Browns coach Kevin Stefanski advises Baker Mayfield ‘stay safe’ when it comes to private team workouts
Some NFL quarterbacks have been organizing private workouts while teams have not been able to officially convene due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has advice for Baker Mayfield: “Stay safe.”
The NFLPA has advised against players conducting private workouts and Stefanski is also worried about potential virus transmission among Browns players if Mayfield attempts to bring the group together. Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Stefanski said:
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 25, 2020
The NFL has not been able to have a normal offseason this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But some players have been making up for it by having some private workouts on their own. While the workouts do help the players ready and creating good chemistry between them, it also means that the players are more exposed and at risk to the virus. That led to the Players’ Association’s warning.
Mayfield, meanwhile, is coming off a disappointing sophomore season in the NFL. And now the Browns have a new head coach in Stefanski, which presents its own set of hurdles.
But clearly Stefanski is worried about the safety of his quarterback and the other Browns players. He would rather they be safe and healthy than get a few extra workouts in together.
It remains to be seen if the advice will be taken. And it remains to be seen how the relationship between the Browns quarterback and his new head coach will play out as well.