Baker Mayfield turned in a four-interception day on Saturday afternoon in a 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but that won't stop Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski from sticking by his starting quarterback.
After his team's third loss in four games, Stefanski defended the former No. 1 overall pick and reiterated that Mayfield would be the starter for the Browns for the remainder of the season.
"He's our starting quarterback, yes," Stefanski said of Mayfield postgame,
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Mayfield was all over the place this weekend and hasn't exactly played up to par this entire season. A number of injuries have limited his capabilities and have led many to suggest that the Browns should turn elsewhere for a solution at quarterback.
Stefanski's commitment to Mayfield after Saturday's loss only sparked more frustration among Browns fans who would rather see a new face under center.
However, many media members felt like Mayfield wasn't solely to blame for his shoddy performance on Saturday. Other criticism was directed at Stefanski for his reliance on his quarterback rather than the Browns' strong run game, led by Pro Bowler Nick Chubb.
Regardless of who should bear the brunt of the blame for Saturday's loss, the Browns playoff chances took a massive hit this weekend. At 7-8, with just two games remaining against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland would need some luck to find a way into the postseason.
If the 2021 campaign does end a few weeks before the Browns hoped, the organization will need to use that extra time to evaluate its future at the quarterback position. Time will tell if Stefanski and the Cleveland front office want to stick by Mayfield or explore a better option in free agency this spring.