Cleveland Browns new OC reveals his thoughts on Baker Mayfield
The Cleveland Browns cleaned house following a disappointing 2019 campaign, so a new offensive coordinator is at the helm.
This time around, it’s Alex Van Pelt, who has spent the previous two years serving as quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
As a result of coaching in the AFC North, Van Pelt is very familiar with Baker Mayfield, and he was highly complimentary of him when discussing his thoughts on the Browns quarterback.
“Playing against him for the last two years, you see the type of competitor he is,’’ Van Pelt said in a news release on Monday, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “The type of player he is on the field, loves the game, plays it with passion, those are all the things you’re looking for in a great player.’’
Cleveland was supposed to be one of the best offensive teams in football this past year, but instead, it struggled, largely due to Mayfield’s nightmarish campaign.
However, Van Pelt has a lot of hope for the Browns’ offense heading into 2020.
“It all starts with the run game and the play-action off it and the keepers that come off from the action,” Van Pelt said. “Obviously, having Nick [Chubb] is huge and Kareem [Hunt], those two are two of the best in the league. The outside receivers are tremendous players. To be able to come in and put an offense together with two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,400-yard rusher is pretty exciting as a coach.”
Thanks to a very busy offseason last year, Cleveland was viewed by many as a potential Super Bowl contender going into this past season, but the Browns ended up going 6-10 and missing the playoffs entirely.
Perhaps the new coaching staff will mean better days for Cleveland next season.