Colin Cowherd and Baker Mayfield have plenty of history between one another and while Cowherd is no stranger to criticizing any and all athletes, he’s had Mayfield under a microscope basically since he was drafted first overall in 2018.
The 25-year-old quarterback ended up throwing for just 189 yards on 21-of-39 passing to go along with one touchdown and one interception in Cleveland’s 38-6 loss in Baltimore on Sunday. Following Mayfield and the Browns’ extremely underwhelming performance, Cowherd laid into Mayfield during a segment of his show on Monday.
“You can keep changing head coaches, but Baker Mayfield is the same guy,” Cowherd explained. “Number one, he continues to think that he’s way more athletic than he is, tries to run around, he’s not. Number two, he still has no relationship with OBJ, it doesn’t click. Baker is still wildly inconsistent, his accuracy, which was a strength of his at Oklahoma, is all over the map. He sails the ball way too much.
This team in Cleveland, you can keep changing the coaches, but you’ve got a limited quarterback.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 14, 2020
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Mayfield probably doesn’t like to be labeled as ‘limited,’ but that’s exactly what he was not only against Baltimore on Sunday, but for the majority of last season as well.
Mayfield completed less than 60% of his passes a year ago in what was supposed to be ‘Cleveland’s comeback year.’ He ended up throwing 22 touchdowns a season ago but also threw 21 interceptions after throwing 27 touchdowns and 14 picks his rookie season.
There’s no denying it right now, Mayfield has taken a step – or three steps – backward since his rookie season. Sure, it’s still too early to write him and Cleveland off, it’s just Week 1, but things don’t look great at all for the Browns.