For much of the season, and increasingly after the last 2 weeks, there have been questions about Baker Mayfield and if the Browns should be considering moving on from him. All of this despite leading the Browns to their best record 2014, and on the brink of the playoffs. The pundits dismiss the weather (2 weeks in a row of weather no QB could succeed in) and the fact that the Browns went INTO the season with a new HC that has a history of relying heavily on the running game...and the fact that the Browns have 2 (not 1) legit running options in the backfield.
With all that said...here is an interesting comparison:
Baker: 149/243, 1646 yds, 15 TD, 7 INT, 0 Fum, 67 yds lost on 12 sacks
QB2: 158/247, 1762 yds, 14 TD, 5 INT. 3 Fum, 129 yds lost on 23 sacks
The net yardage is 1579 to 1632...a mere 53 yards...on 15 fewer pass plays...with 1 less turnover and 1 more TD. Oh, and both teams are 6-3...yet one is still seen as a pro-bowler and Baker seen as a QB you may want to move on from.
The above is Baker Mayfield vs Lamar Jackson....and Lamar has played in 1 poor weather game and lost it badly.
Anyone ready to move on may want to consider all of the above. Baker is being the guy he has been asked to be. The leash will be lessened when needed...but why do that until the running game is stopped (which also protects our D)?
Baker is fine. He will get even better. Time...and time with the same coaches, and the same system...is all he needs.
Can we Browns fans give it to him? I know I am willing.