Baker Mayfield won’t let laundry list of Browns QBs haunt him

Mayfield on board with team’s plan, will be ready when called upon

Daryl Ruiter
August 15, 2018 - 2:29 pm
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield joins Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan on Aug. 15, 2018

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – If all goes according to plan, when Baker Mayfield takes the field as the Browns starting quarterback, No. 6 will be No. 30.

Tyrod Taylor has a reservation Sept. 9 against Pittsburgh to be the 29th different starter since 1999.

Cleveland has become a graveyard for quarterbacks’ careers over the last 19 seasons but Mayfield refuses to let that deter his determination to be the player that finally stops the never ending spinning carousel under center.

"I care about the tradition of this franchise, but at same time, the history of the quarterbacks, to me, does not matter right now,” Mayfield told Bull and Fox in an exclusive interview on 92.3 The Fan Wednesday. “That laundry list or whatever you want to call it, that doesn't matter because every year you have to hit the reset button. It doesn't matter if you were 0-16 or you went 16-0, you've got to be able to hit the reset button and start over. The most important day is always the next one so, for me, that pressure is non-existent.

“I set my own expectations and I think it also helps you block out the outside noise. You don't listen to everything else, you don't let it cloud your judgment or get in your head.”

The Browns picked Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, No. 1 overall in the hopes that he’ll be the centerpiece of the resurrection of the doormat and punchline of the NFL that has endured 15 double-digit loss seasons and is coming off the worst 3-year stretch in league history – 4-44 – including 0-16 last year.

In order to give Mayfield the best chance for success Taylor was brought in to handle things on the field his rookie year and Drew Stanton was added to mentor him.

“They put it all out there up front, so it's nothing surprising to me,” Mayfield said. “I've known exactly what my role is from before I even got here. It's been great to know that and when you see it all laid out, now you just go out to do my job, and that's to get better every day. I don't know when I'll play, whenever that time is, I just need to be ready for it.”

Taylor is already making an impact on Mayfield.

"He's come in and he's been such a great leader,” Mayfield said. “I have a profound respect for leaders like that. You can have all different types of earning respect, but his is he just goes out there and does it. He shows what he's capable of, he shows that he knows the game and he can just command the whole team.”

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being the No. 1 pick, even more to be one for the Browns.

Most things said and written about Mayfield leading up to the draft were not positive but since arriving in Cleveland Mayfield has shown himself to be a model teammate and citizen.

"That's the problem with today's generation and the social media era.  You get a lot of praise, but I have also been through all the ups and downs. But they're also the same people that will drag you down and throw you right in the trash,” Mayfield said. “It's a bit of a learning experience for me and just being aware of everything has a consequence or a reaction to it.”

Maybe that’s why Mayfield plays with an edge, or as some would say, a chip on his shoulder.

"It's something I've always done, it's helped carry me to this point and with the old saying 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', gotta carry that same mindset,” Mayfield said. “Tom Brady, greatest of all-time, he still has that same mindset each and every day. So that's the type of thing you need to have if you're trying to have a championship team."

Mayfield was impressive – but not perfect in his preseason debut last Thursday at New York that saw him complete 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns but the throw that stands out is the sideline completion that went for 24 yards to Antonio Callaway.

"That's something we've been stressing with our receivers throughout camp. We have a couple guys here playing quarterback that can move around a little bit, so they have to get open when they see us moving,” Mayfield said. “They've got to stay alive and keep the play alive. He did a great job stopping where he was and coming back downhill. You've gotta save some room on the sideline, that's exactly what he did and he made a great play. Those are the types of plays I've been working on for a long time. It's just a part of my game."

Mayfield’s pocket poise was not only noticeable, but impressive for a rookie.

"I think part of that is due to what I'm seeing in practice and what I have been seeing, a lot of different, complicated looks," Mayfield said.

Mayfield won’t be on the field week 1, but he will eventually – be it this season or next – and he plans to be ready whenever his number is called.  

“Right now, I'm not worried about that, I just need to be ready when that time comes,” Mayfield said. “Right now, that is week 1, technically, but as of now I'm getting better each day in practice and focused on the Bills on Friday."