2. Stefanski’s system rolling
The Browns only put up seven points in the first half, but it was clear Kevin Stefanski had the Falcons off balance with Cleveland’s ability to misdirect on play-action fakes.
Mayfield enjoyed big success with it and Case Keenum did, too. Now, this is where I might lose you. I started thinking about Mayfield’s contract and Stefanski’s system. We’ve seen it for a year now. We don’t want to call Mayfield a system quarterback, but the coach’s scheme works.
Granted, the Falcons barely tried Sunday night, but you get the point and maybe you understand why analytics might be “spooked” by giving Mayfield $43 million per season.
Just because Mayfield wasn’t extended doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere. He’s still under contract for next season and then can be franchised. Hopefully the Browns will drive the money truck to his house after the season, overpaying for him since they waited on paying him now.