The Cleveland Browns have finally seen a much-needed resurgence that the fans have needed for a long, long time.
After a decade of losing seasons from Cleveland, including the second ever 0-16 season in the history of the NFL, John Dorsey made multiple moves, including trading for former Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Miami Dolphins four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver in Jarvis Landry and former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall, who has been converted from cornerback to safety.
John Dorsey also made a huge spark in Cleveland by drafting Georgia running back Nick Chubb, University of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward and, most importantly their true franchise quarterback, who is, two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and 2017 Heisman trophy winner, Baker Mayfield with the no. 1 pick.
Baker had a rough start to his career, as the Hue Jackson era began to come to an end. During his time under the Jackson/Haley regime, Mayfield threw for 1,471 yards, adding in six touchdowns but also throwing 8 interceptions, for a passer rating of 78.9. Once Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens took over in week 9, the rookie from Oklahoma began to show the NFL why he won the Heisman back in college.
In the 6 weeks post the Hue Jackson/Todd Haley era, Mayfield has thrown for 1,594 yards of his total 3,065 yards this season thus far, while adding 13 touchdowns and only throwing 5 interceptions, with a passer rating of 114.5. Per ESPN’s statistics on each game, he has the uncanny ability to throw to every receiver without distinguishing a true WR1, a trait that is seen in Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (currently the front-runner for the MVP trophy).
Besides his astounding play between the lines, it’s his demeanor outside of the football field that has every Browns fan falling in love with him. Baker has captivated the locker room, and throughout the struggle of losing a head coach in the middle of the season, he has kept the locker room together as one of the key leaders of the team.
Going into Week 16 against division rival Cincinnati, his play has motivated his teammates to be at his level, and due to that attitude and effort the Browns are still in the hunt for a wild card spot, which would be the first time they’d make the playoffs in 16 years. Week 16 will mark the first game in a long time that will see First Energy at full capacity and a completely sold out stadium, per the Browns organization.
The energetic atmosphere for the Cleveland Browns and their passionate fanbase has finally returned, and Baker Mayfield is at the epicenter of it.