Let’s be honest. The Cleveland Browns’ offensive display last season was terrible. And, their promising quarterback Baker Mayfield too disappointed his fans. He uncharacteristically missed his marks very often. A more disappointing fact is that when he launched, the ball went far over and wide of his target.
By the time the 2019 season ended, Mayfield ranked second-last across the league, courtesy of his poor completion rate of 59.5 percent along with 21 interceptions. It was indeed shocking that a quarterback of his caliber ended up making so many mistakes. His accuracy was all over the place. While he continued winning the QB accuracy contests in practice, he was far away from his true potential in the actual season. But this year, he may have a chance to come back with full force and resurrect his lost form. At least, former Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly believes so.
Casserly appeared on the NFL Network recently, where he talked about the chances Baker Mayfield and Cleveland Browns would have this upcoming season. He later posted the video on Twitter.
He said, “I’ll tell you what. It was a major objective of the Browns to give him more help this offseason and then get to what he can do better. First of all, they fired the head coach. They fired the play-caller. So now he has a new head coach and a new play-caller. Then offensively, they did a good job with the offensive line, bringing in Jack Conklin to play the right tackle and Jedrick Wills to play the left tackle. Tight ends, Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant come in to make that position better. But from him, there were too many options in the offense. Cut down on the options. Just give him a small… Don’t give him so many things to think about. So he has got too many options.”
He also suggested strategies to keep Mayfield motivated. He continued, “The other thing is to hold him accountable. And they would definitely hold him more accountable. This offense fits him perfectly. You gonna have a good running game, bootleg play in action, all that… That’s gonna give him quicker ease, simpler ease, less options. This guy should have a real good season this year. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t.”
Moving into the 2020 season, the Browns have made considerable changes to their roster. After a poor performance carried out by the team’s offense division last season, they are eager to turn around their fortunes. They fired Freddie Kitchens as their head coach because of their disastrous gameplay. And appointed Kevin Stefansky. This year, the Cleveland Browns are betting big on Stefanski and a better offensive line, customized according to Mayfield’s strengths. How well they ultimately utilize the team’s potential will be clear once the season starts.