WASHINGTON: Taking the field against the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns had not won a game in quite some time. Under head coach Hue Jackson, a record 2-32-1 is far from winning. Over the last few years, the franchise had trouble deciding on a quarterback, exchanging the position 28 times since 1999. Most recently Tyrod Taylor has been the teams QB.
The Browns sent in the rookie quarterback after falling behind 14-0. Taylor had completed just four of 14 pass attempts before being hit, suffering a game-ending concussion.
“This crowd deserved to see that first win at home,” says Mayfield, who entered the game following Tyrod Taylor’s second-quarter injury. “That’s the thing I’m most proud of is we put it together for the fans at home.”
Cleveland Browns scramble for victory and beer
Once on the field, Mayfield threw 23 times, completing 17 passes resulting in a 21-17 win bringing their record to .500. The success causing pandemonium in Cleveland, including fans scrambling for free Bud Light beer.
— Bud Light (@budlight) September 21, 2018
Baker Mayfield has likely set himself up for a starting role on the Browns.
However, Mayfield has not convinced Hue Jackson that he is the man for the job. Jackson telling reporters postgame that: “tonight’s not the night to get into all of that.”
The coach went on to describe how Taylor is in concussion protocol and once he’s back, he will challenge Mayfield for the starting spot.
Jackson has the right to be cautious when it comes to Mayfield’s value.
Jackson cannot fairly assess Mayfield solely on one game’s performance. Other than college tapes, the Jets had no prior film of Mayfield playing.
However, for fans, it will be interesting to see how Mayfield plays against better defensive teams.
One thing is clear: Mayfield deserves the opportunity to start for a struggling Browns team. With Hue Jackson’s meager two wins in over two seasons, one being on Thursday night, the Browns owner and fans of the team will be watching closely to see how he handles the team’s quarterback situation.