CLEVELAND, Ohio — Baker Mayfield’s self esteem, swagger and moxie are significant causes the Browns drafted him No. 1 overall in 2018.
But his gunslinger mentality has also gotten him in trouble since final year, which includes for the duration of Sunday’s 32-28 loss to the Seahawks, in which he generated the fourth three-interception video game of his younger job.
Mayfield sales opportunities the NFL with 11 interceptions this time, and also prospects the league with 25 because his rookie calendar year, according to profootballfocus.com. The 11 are the most by a Browns quarterback in six games considering the fact that Paul McDonald experienced 12 in 1984, in accordance to ESPN Stats and Data.
The 25 are one particular more than the Bucs’ Jameis Winston considering the fact that final period, but Winston has started out only 15 video games in that span to Mayfield’s 19.
“I feel each and every and every single interception has its own tale,” Kitchens said Monday. “I want Baker to carry on to operate to make far better decisions. Then we need to function all over him to make guaranteed we’re the place we have to have to be. Quarterback participate in is dictated by persons around him remaining on very same site.”
Mayfield has thrown a few interceptions in four of his 19 begins (8-11), and the Browns are -4 in those people games — two this 12 months and two last yr. In fact, he’s experienced 7 multipick online games, and the Browns are -7 in all those online games.
Granted, some of all those 25 picks have not been entirely his fault. Some have gone off the hands of receivers, such as Antonio Callaway’s drop on the target-line in San Francisco that bounced into the hands of cornerback K’Waun Williams, and Dontrell Hilliard’s fall in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks match that landed in the arms of linebacker K.J. Wright.
But Mayfield is not fully innocent on some of these picks both. In both equally circumstances, the ball was thrown guiding the receiver.
Even on his interception in the conclude zone meant for Jarvis Landry in the 2nd quarter of the Seahawks video game, the ball was thrown at the rear of Landry, the place it was deflected by Shaquill Griffin and picked off by security Tedric Thompson.
In most situations, Mayfield has put the blame for the deflected picks on himself.
“The corner backed off,’’ he reported Sunday of the Hilliard pick. “The linebacker buzzed the flap trying to get it to him right before he gets there and type of toss it on his back again hip. Rough capture for him. Just looks a ton of these bounces appropriate there are not heading in our favor.”
He also magnanimously took some of the warmth off Callaway, even even though offensive coordinator Todd Monken afterwards referred to as the drop “catastrophic.”
“You look back at it and certainly it’s unlucky, but I could’ve been far more correct with the ball,’’ Mayfield said. “Honestly, it is extra than just 1 participate in that turned the game about.”
As cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises pointed out past week, Corridor of Famer Brett Favre was also an interception equipment through his profession, and the Packers took the very good with the negative en route to 6 playoff berths and a Tremendous Bowl victory.
Favre, in his next yr as a starter in Environmentally friendly Bay, had similar to numbers to what Mayfield has now: He was 3-3 with 9 touchdowns and nine interceptions, with a 74.4 rating. He was finishing 59.57 per cent of his passes. The Packers built the playoffs as a Wildcard team with a 9-7 mark, and conquer the Lions in their to start with game but missing to the Cowboys in the divisional round.
Mayfield is 2-4 with 5 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with a 66. ranking for 33rd in the NFL. He’s finishing 56.6 of his passes.
Mayfield continue to has the total support of Freddie Kitchens.
“I considered Baker was wired in, concentrated, concentrated in the course of the training course of the week,’’ Kitchens mentioned following the Seahawks sport. “We experienced the best 7 days of exercise that we’ve had and did not execute in the significant conditions, and I did not simply call excellent adequate performs in crucial scenarios. We are likely to go on to get greater each individual and just about every day.’’
Mayfield has the bye 7 days to relaxation up and regroup. The Browns also have a opportunity to dig into the film to assistance Mayfield accurate the challenges. When he gets back at it Oct. 27 against the Patriots and their No. 1 protection — just one that leads the NFL with 14 interceptions — he’ll have to try to minimize down the picks to aid get the period turned close to.
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