Browns QB Baker Mayfield is a much better quarterback without Hue Jackson
Since the Cleveland Browns made the decision to part ways with head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, there has been a notable uptick in offensive production in the weeks that have followed.
Most notably, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has played at a higher level, proving to be a capable starting quarterback that can lead his team to success in the process. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Mayfield has had a huge uptick in his production under the guidance of interim head coach Gregg Williams and new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.
With Jackson and Haley running the offense, Mayfield completed 58.3 percent of his passes, averaged 6.6 yards per pass, had eight touchdowns and six interceptions, had a 78.9 passer rating and was sacked 20 times. Since Jackson and Haley were fired, Mayfield has completed 73.2 percent of his passes, averaged 9.2 yards per pass, thrown 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions, has a 114.5 passer rating, and has been sacked three times.
The change in the coaching staff, along with possible more freedom in the offense, is helping Mayfield along, but it’s like the more experience he has gained on the field, that is helping his maturation process.
More importantly, he is looking like a quarterback that can be their long-term future under center and lead the franchise to success.
In the last five games, the Browns have earned three wins while he has passed for more than 200 yards in each contest along with throwing multiple touchdown passes three times. Granted, there will be bumps along the way, but Cleveland is showing signs of developing.
Although their playoff chances are quite bleak, the Browns are still in the picture at this point in the season. It has been a long time since the Browns were still technically alive at this point in the season.