‘Take Cleveland Browns Seriously’ – Analyst Backs Baker Mayfield and Co. in 2021

Published 04/10/2021, 3:27 PM EDT
Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws the ball past Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Stefanski arrived in Ohio with a major task on his hands. After parting ways with Freddie Kitchens, AFC North big boys Cleveland Browns brought in Stefanski to turn things around. Looking at how the season panned out for Baker Mayfield and his teammates, we’d say that he’s done the job, at least for now.

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – JANUARY 14: Kevin Stefanski talks to the media after being introduced as the Cleveland Browns new head coach on January 14, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Browns concluded their 2020 NFL regular season campaign with a 22-24 win over rivals, Pittsburgh Steelers. They beat them again in the Wild Card Round to qualify for the NFL Divisional Round. However, Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs did enough to secure a 22-17 win at the Arrowhead.

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Baker Mayfield and the Browns tipped for HUGE season in 2021

Popular Good Morning Football analyst Kyle Brandt made some interesting claims with respect to Baker Mayfield and Cleveland earlier today. He said, “We’re talking a lot about Cleveland because of the draft and it feels great to say we have to take the Browns seriously. I don’t know when the last time that was said, but I really liked the Browns this year.”

“And look, they were in the ring with The Undertaker or Ric Flair, whoever you want to call the Chiefs. And they’re trading suplexes and they showed up to that game…This is the Cleveland Browns’ season maybe.”

Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) drops back to pass in the first quarter against Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leah Stauffer-USA TODAY Sports

“I know it’s a punch line and it doesn’t play well on social media because the Browns have a reputation. I don’t really care. The future is now. I think the Cleveland Browns are gonna be really good….I don’t know what they’re gonna do on the draft, but I like them next year,” Brandt said on the show.

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The Browns definitely did show signs of improvement in Stefanski’s first year as head coach. Despite missing experienced WR Odell Beckham Jr. for the latter half the season, Cleveland did good.

In fact, one could argue thaey did more than good. The likes of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, Myles Garrett and of course, Baker Mayfield, proved that they have it in them to put together a Super Bowl run.

Is 2021 the lucky year for them? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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