How deep are the Browns ’problems?
A report from Cleveland.com on Wednesday night detailed the dispute between Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski, which appears to have escalated for the better part of the season. Sources said Mayfield felt Stefanski’s ability to play “could not always succeed or play with his strengths.”
However, on Thursday, Browns ’attack coordinator Alex Van Pelt put an end to speculation that there was bad blood between Mayfield and Stefanski, who will spend their second season against the Bengals on Sunday after being knocked out of the playoffs.
“[I’ve] I saw that it was zero, ”Van Pelt said. According to Browns analyst Fred Greetham. “I know the line of communication between these two guys is open. I know they would meet every week, on Tuesdays, to make sure everything was fine. I don’t feel it at all. “
Stefanski, who led the Browns to the playoffs last season, has already shut down Mayfield for the team’s season finale as the 26-year-old midfielder undergoes shoulder surgery this month.
Mayfield, the first choice in 2018, will have a procedure to repair a torn labrum on his non-discarded shoulder, which he has been playing since the start of the season. After losing 26-14 to the Steelers on Monday, Mayfield told the media he was “very cursed.”
“I kept putting it on the line and I wasn’t healthy and I tried to fight for our guys. Now to tell you the truth, I was very much defeated. There is no way around this. I gave everything I had tonight, ”he said.
Mayfield’s numbers have plummeted since last year, raising questions about its long-term future with franchising. In 14 games this season, Mayfield has covered 3,010 yards for 17 tags and 13 balls, while in 2020 he has 3,563 yards for 26 tags and 8 balls in 16 games. yard distance covered.
“There have been many ups and downs [this season]Mayfield told ESPN on Monday, “Do I believe I can play better? Absolutely. Do I believe there are positions where we can be criminalized? Absolutely. There will be a lot of criticism throughout the year. If Otherwise, we wouldn’t be sitting here at 7-9. “
Mayfield has a contract with the Browns for the 2022 season.