Is Baker Mayfield to blame for the Cleveland Browns’ struggles?

Disappointing second season as QB struggles

Is Baker Mayfield to blame for the Cleveland Browns’ struggles?
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes as San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa applies pressure during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Source: Ben Margot)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - We live in a world that wants immediate results, and ... we live in a town that demands and deserves 'em, especially with this talented team, and when it’s not happening, fans want heads to roll.

Well, one head in particular.

No question, it’s been an education for Cleveland Browns Head Coach Freddie Kitchens, and he’s failed a few tests along the way, but how much of the blame should he shoulder --80%, 90%?

Aren’t his players responsible as well?

What about his quarterback?

We all hesitate to look that way, because we need him to be the franchise player we’ve been waiting for, but ... let’s face it, we’ve been watching a different Baker Mayfield all season.

Different from the one who took over and electrified this fan base in his rookie season.

This year, he’s been hit or miss, mostly miss, with 10 fewer TD tosses this year, in the same amount of games, and more interceptions, 17, with two games to go.

But you can’t just look at numbers.

Look at the tape.

Watch him sail that pass to OBJ on their first drive the other day, right into Patrick Peterson’s hands.

Then, watch him miss seeing a wide-open OBJ late in the third, costing the Browns a touchdown that would have put them ahead.

Three minutes later, they were down 11.

See ya later.

Remarkably, yesterday, Freddie tried to take the blame for that missed opportunity.

“Yeah, he could throw to any of them, but that was a bad play call,” Kitchens said. "That was my fault ... we did not execute it. We did not do it right. It was a bad call, a bad situation.”

I’m not sure about that.

Blame the head coach for a lot, but don’t blame him for everything.

The Browns have left a lot on the field this season.

And those moments, just like the true bad calls (including that shovel pass to Landry on 3&2 that lost six yards) cost you games, and in their case, a season.

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