Todd Haley feels Baker Mayfield "has a long way to go"

Tyrod Taylor has established himself as the leader according to the Browns offensive coordinator

Daryl Ruiter
June 14, 2018 - 7:43 pm
Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley yells instructions during practice

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – If you were holding out hope that Baker Mayfield would start Week 1 for the Cleveland Browns, you might want to pump the brakes.

Or slam them with both feet.

Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley gave a rather honest assessment of where the No. 1 pick in the draft is right now when it comes to potentially pushing Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in training camp Thursday as the team broke for summer vacation.

“He has a long way to go,” Haley said. “I would say it is clear that Tyrod is the leader of this team.”

Before anyone hits the panic button, there wasn’t anything negative intended by what Haley said.

Tyrod Taylor has simply separated himself on and off the field. He’s been that good since being acquired from Buffalo for the 65th pick in the draft.  

“He is interested in this team being as good as it possibly can be,” Haley said. “He obviously wants to be the quarterback, and he is working his butt off to do that from an on the field standpoint; but off the field, he is a great character really.

“I knew him just from watching him on tape and evaluating him that way, but you really do not get to know the ins and outs of a guy. This guy is a unique teammate, and one that I am very excited about.”

What is clear following the June minicamp is that there really won’t be a quarterback competition come training camp, no matter how bad some fans might want one because of Mayfield.

But for the Browns, who seem to have one every year, that is a very good thing.

“Tyrod has done a tremendous, tremendous job of establishing himself as the leader of this offense,” Haley said. “His car is there every morning in his spot when I get here in the morning, and it is there when I am leaving. That is what you are looking for in the leader of the offense.”

In fact Haley delivered quite a compliment concerning the entire group of quarterbacks on the roster Thursday, one that raised a few eyebrows.

“Probably in my career, this is one of the best if not the best quarterbacks rooms in general that I have had,” Haley said. “The group in general is what I am excited about. I think that it is an intelligent, intelligent group with ability to throw the football and make plays with their legs some of them. When you have that, I think good things happen.”

That’s high praise considering Haley’s distinguished resume that has Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner on it.