Where does Baker Mayfield rank overall?
If you assign a numerical value to each player’s standing historically in the above categories, categories I believe are the best barometer for performance, I think you get an accurate picture. If the top spot got 11 points in each category, with one fewer point for each descending player until you hit last, which got one point, here’s how the standings look;
- Baker Mayfield and Bernie Kosar (51 points)
- Otto Graham (50 points)
- Brian Sipe (44 points)
- Milt Plum (43 points)
- Frank Ryan (39 points)
- Tim Couch (35 points)
- Bill Nelsen (28 points)
- Vinny Testaverde (21 points)
- Derek Anderson (16 points)
- Mike Phipps (11 points)
Now, you’re welcome to go do the basic counting on your own, but Mayfield is the franchise leader in completion percentage and a top-two guy in fewest interceptions per pass attempts and quarterback rating.
You’re also welcome to go verify that yourself right here. This isn’t in dispute, Baker Mayfield is at the top of the pile in terms of production for a quarterback with the Cleveland Browns. If you want to assign “bonus points” for guys like Graham and Ryan for winning NFL titles, that’s all on you but I contest that any championship team is a by-product of coaching and team building and not an indictment or compliment of a quarterback.
After all, quarterbacks don’t play defense. So any team-oriented assessments like that aren’t factored into my evaluation. All that said, the Browns’ best quarterbacks based on stats and facts are Mayfield and Kosar. Which is somehow fitting.