I wasnt too huge on Mayfield to begin with, I felt like the success last year was mostly due to defense. I thought it was a mistake at the time, and still do, that the Browns named the wrong head coach. I think they should have kept Gregg Williams as HC, and left Kitchens to run the offense. Kitchens went from QB coach to HC in less than a year. Thats a massive leap, and Im not sure he was entirely ready for it. I think Cleveland was so concerned about keeping Mayfield happy, they dropped the ball on this one here.
As for Mayfield himself, I heard earlier in the year after the first game that it was apparent Mayfield was misidentifying coverages. He couldnt identify whether guys were in zone or man. Thats about as basic as it gets and something an NFL QB absolutely must be able to do at this level. I kinda chalked it up to overreaction Monday stuff, but if anything its beginning to show its more and more true. For the last game, lets ignore the pick where he hit his WR in the hands for a sure TD just to watch Calloway pop the ball into the air for an easy pick. Lets also acknowledge that his offensive line is a disaster, especially the left side. Greg Robinson may have gotten some props from PFF, but the Greg Robinson I saw looked a lot more like the Lions version. Their LG was even worse.
8/22 for 100yds, and a lost fumble because of complete carelessness and another fumble for patting the ball too long. These are not marks of an NFL QB. 36% completion percentage. Even Josh Allen would tell you, thats bad! I think its becoming clear, Mayfield is in big trouble right now. He has some time to save himself, but the comments that he cannot identify defenses are starting to ring a lot more true than false. Im all for a guy being confident in himself and his abilities, but you also have to be able to self evaluate and know that its time to shut up and get back to the drawing board. Lets see if Mayfield has that kind of fortitude