Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is not only one of the most promising draft picks of the NFL season, he’s also giving his coaches pointers during his limited time off.
Mayfield, who has somehow led the Cleveland Browns to a 2-4-1 record thus far, told reporters after their close game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he isn’t panicking yet. (RELATED: Jim Brown Is Not Excited That Baker Mayfield Got Drafted First)
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Mayfield confided in a press gaggle and voiced his concerns — or lack thereof — about the team now that the NFL season is fully underway.
“I think a lot of things are said postgame, emotionally. I think the thing around here is, we don’t need to re-invent the wheel. We need to perfect our craft. We have what we have, we don’t need to change too much,” he said, per Cleveland-based sports reporter Keith Britton.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield on Hue’s postgame comments: “I think a lot of things are said postgame, emotionally. I think the thing around here is, we don’t need to re-invent the wheel. We need to perfect our craft. We have what we have, we don’t need to change too much.”
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) October 24, 2018
It’s interesting, as CBS Sports points out, to note that the QB’s comments seem to stand in direct contradiction to what head coach Hue Jackson told reporters after Sunday’s game:
“I think I have every right as a head coach to jump in to help and assist,” Jackson said.
#Browns Hue Jackson says he’ll dive in and be more involved in the offense. “I’ll do whatever I need to do” to get this offense going. I’m the head coach of this football team” pic.twitter.com/k47lYjZoyV
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 21, 2018
We’ll see whose approach is right. The Browns’ next game is against the Steelers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (eastern time).