Browns QB Baker Mayfield speaks out on lack of accountability and discipline in Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns suffered their latest loss on Sunday, falling to the New England Patriots by a score of 27-13, and now, with a record of 2-5, their once promising season is hanging in the balance.
The Browns accumulated an ugly 13 penalties in the defeat, and afterward, quarterback Baker Mayfield ripped the team for its lack of discipline.
“It’s just non-disciplined, guys not being focused on doing their job,” said Mayfield, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “It starts first and foremost with me, to be a leader every single down. Get our guys lined up, make sure that we’re set, we’re paying attention because if we can’t use cadence we’re hurting ourselves. Any time we try to use a double count, it seems like we’re false starting a little bit, but we’ll get the discipline part fixed, the accountability. Like I said, we’ve pointed out the problem, now we have to execute it on Sundays. Once again, I feel like we had a great week of practice, we just didn’t translate it.”
It’s a good thing that Mayfield shouldered some of that blame, because his play been horrendous this year.
On Sunday, Mayfield completed 20 of his 31 passes for 194 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and on the season overall, he has thrown for 1,690 yards, six touchdowns and an NFL-worst 12 picks while completing just 57.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 67.8.
It’s a major step backward for Mayfield following an incredible rookie campaign in which he set the single-season record for most touchdown passes by a first-year quarterback, but Mayfield is not the only problem.
Cleveland has had a plethora of issues on both sides of the ball, and now, it might be too late to fix them.