As we can reasonably expect, Cowherd claims no player or coach is under more pressure this season than Baker Mayfield. He claims due to the Browns having one of the most talented offenses in the NFL, Mayfield must win at least nine games and cut out the nonsense or the organisation is going to look to move on.
Firstly, let's get this out of the way, there is no nonsense. Mayfield has yet to do a single thing wrong which could even reasonably be considered a valid mark against his name. He's instead one of the most respected players on the team, was voted a team captain last year and has yet to commit a sin worthy of the kind of noise Colin generates about Mayfield. Sorry he chugged a beer and grabbed his junk in college, man whose wife only gets three minutes of missionary while you keep your shirt on.
But the question is a valid one: How much pressure is Mayfield under? Mayfield was fantastic as a rookie, and meh in his second year. I say meh because he threw for 3,800 yards and 22 touchdowns in an offense which did not fit his strengths, with his top receivers and tight end injured, with a crap pair of tackles and a coaching staff who didn't seem interested in helping him correct the mistakes in his game.
Not exactly the end of the world. He's still vastly more productive than Darnold and Allen, who remain handcuffed to protect themselves from themselves, and obviously isn't in Rosen territory. The knock on Mayfield seems more to be that he hasn't produced like Lamar rather than him not being at an appropriate level for a young quarterback.
The issue this season is Mayfield no longer has the valid excuses he once had. The tackle spots should be either fixed or at least serviceable, he's got so many skill players around him that our depth could be starters elsewhere and his coaches have gone to great lengths to address correctable issues in his game to help transition to an offense he perfectly fits.
Mayfield is in the kind of situation which any quarterback would be envious of. Think of how many star quarterbacks around the league don't have this kind of talent around them. The pandemic has made preseason hard, he's learning a new offense, but he's ultimately in an incredibly favorable positon.
It is hard to say if Berry and Stefanski would consider moving on if Mayfield fails to perform. Of course, it depends on quarterback availability, but they won't tolerate a turnover machine forever.