Bad Pass Offense
Baker Mayfield had one healthy wide receiver to throw to the entire year, and that was Jarvis Landry. That’s the thing that always gets overlooked, who did Mayfield have to throw to? Landry and….a wounded and hurt Odell Beckham Jr.? That’s the big revelation people refuse to acknowledge, this team had only one reliable option all year. What was Mayfield supposed to do? Pull a Mr. Perfect and catch the passes himself? The Browns were 9th in the league for most dropped passes this year, tied at 19.
So you had an injured star and no reliable backups. Well the Browns had slot receivers, right? No, not really. Ricky Seals-Jones was third on the team in receiving yards for all wide-receivers. He was fifth on the team altogether. Want to know who the third and fourth leading receivers on the team were? Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt. Chubb isn’t known for his pass-catching skills, and Hunt only played in half the dang season.
Yet people are going to pretend that Mayfield was just somehow bad? What did he have to work with? Even the best offenses have three, four or five targets. Heck, think about the Greatest Show on Turf. Kurt Warner had FOUR wide-receivers to throw to, and a tight end, and two running backs. The best offenses aren’t built on the backs of one or two stars but on an entire offense. This was NOT a good offense. This team needs a lot of help.
Drafting a receiver and tight end need to be on the docket for this off-season.