Sunday’s humiliating 6-38 loss to Baltimore Ravens means that the Cleveland Browns have now not won a single opening day fixture since 2004.
Head Coach Kevin Stefanski painted a frustrated figure as his offense, led by Baker Mayfield, failed to do any damage to a strong Ravens defense. At the end of the game, the Browns had only themselves to blame.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield was subjected to major criticism after the defeat, and rightly so.
Popular sportscaster, Colin Cowherd, did not hold back in his recent assessment of third-year quarterback, Baker Mayfield.
“I think I saw more potential from Joe Burrow in his first game yesterday. He is bigger than Baker. He throws a better ball than Baker. He’s more athletic than Baker. He feels more poised. He feels more consistent. More calm,” he said on The Herd With Colin Cowherd.
He further went on to slam Mayfield’s inaccuracy in the middle.
“[Baker] continues to think he is more athletic than he is. Tries to run around. He’s not… He’s not as athletic as he thinks he is. I don’t think it was a punch in the mouth moment.
“It’s a ‘realize who you are and play to your strengths’ moment… I thought it was a moment of clarity, which is: If Baker’s going to be throwing it 35 times a game, This is what it’s gonna look like,” Cowherd added via Brownsnation.
Cleveland Browns will go up against the Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday in a crunch Week Two encounter. Pressure will be on coach Stefanski to recover from an opening day loss to the Ravens.
Meanwhile, Burrow will look to bounce back from the narrow loss against LA Chargers. It’s going to be a match-up between the two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks, may the best man win.