Earlier today, news broke that the Cleveland Browns are going to hire offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as head coach. Kitchens’ work with Baker Mayfield over the last eight games no doubt factored heavily into that decision.
However, Fox Sports Radio’s Jason Smith thinks Mayfield’s presence might have been a deterrent for experienced head coaches who were on the market, such as Mike McCarthy and Bruce Arians. In Smith’s opinion, a proven head coach is not going to want to deal with Mayfield.
“Coaching Baker Mayfield is not something appeals to the successful head coach,” Smith said on the radio. “Coaching Baker Mayfield is something that appeals to someone who needs a chance somewhere to be a head coach and may not get it anywhere else.”
"Coaching Baker Mayfield is not something that appeals to successful head coaches."
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) January 9, 2019
Smith would go on to cite Mayfield’s issues with Hue Jackson as a red flag for any potential head coach. His co-host Mike Harmon called Mayfield “petty, hateful and vindictive,” though both conceded that Jackson did not do a good job and deserved to be fired and Smith said Mayfield is “really good.”
“If I get this job, I am signing up for the Baker Mayfield show,” Smith continued. “Baker Mayfield has already proven to be the most powerful person in that organization. He’s got one coach fired already, and whatever it is, everybody is behind him.”
If you know Baker, you knew he was going to respond to this, and he did so on Twitter in typical Baker Mayfield fashion.
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 9, 2019
Mayfield is certainly a unique challenge for a head coach, but I’m not sure about Smith’s theory that he hurt Cleveland’s chances with more experienced options.
After all, Mayfield is a franchise quarterback with a seemingly bright future. That should be the type of player any coach would want to work with.