Talking less, working more
Baker Mayfield has a tendency to run off at the mouth. He’s not one to back down from anyone or anything. This has landed him in hot water from time to time and has not made too many allies on ESPN or Fox Sports 1. The one thing, however, that just about everyone agrees with is that Mayfield can throw. If he can focus more then maybe, just maybe, he can become an elite passer in the NFL.
Mayfield already has a slew of records to his name stemming from his rookie year and has shown what he’s capable of when he’s properly motivated, focused, and protected. To see him apparently more focused than ever before is a good thing. He’s taking time to get to know his teammates, work with coaches and players on the new schemes and has kept his mouth shut for most of the offseason, with the exception of a few interviews here or there that were largely innocuous.
This more laser-focused version of Mayfield should pay dividends in the regular season. Mayfield has shown to have the skillset and abilities to succeed in the NFL but what he needs to do is stop forcing things that aren’t there. That comes with experience and maturity. If his ability to keep himself out of the headlines is a sign that he’s matured, then his game should follow suit.
With everything we’ve seen so far from Mayfield, the additions to the team and the new offensive structure that’s being implemented to help Mayfield succeed, there are few reasons to doubt the Browns will be much improved offensively in 2020.