According to a report from cleveland.com, it’s only a matter of time until Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson names Baker Mayfield as his starter. In fact, that is announcement is set to come Monday per the report. But, Jackson wants to take care of one other thing first.
“Baker Mayfield will be announced as the Browns’ starter on Monday after coach Hue Jackson meets with the quarterbacks to tell them first,” writes Mary Kay Cabot.
Additionally, Jackson is also trying to be respectful of Taylor. During Thursday night’s game against the Jets, he didn’t make it through the first half. He’s been in concussion protocol ever since. And yes, Mayfield made his debut and ultimately led the Browns back from 14-0. But it’s never a bad thing to consider another person’s feelings. Coming into the season, Taylor finally found himself alongside plenty of talent.
He just hasn’t shown he’s good enough this season.
“I think that you guys all feel good about where things are headed, so let’s just wait and see and go from there,” Jackson said during a conference call.
“The most important thing is let’s just see where he’s at physically first and foremost. There have been some other concussions. We’ll see what’s best for him first and foremost and then where all of this fits as we move forward,” he continues.
Of course, all things even it just makes more sense to roll with Mayfield right now. Before his debut on Thursday, the Browns offense did look lifeless. With some better kicking, Cleveland could’ve potentially been 2-0 already. That said, they could’ve been there with better QB play as well. Over parts of three games, Taylor is completing just 48.8% of his passes. He has 462 yards with two touchdowns and interceptions apiece. That’s good for a passer rating of just 63.7.
Sure he’s mobile and can make plays with his feet. We’ve always known that. And thus far, Taylor is averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the ground en route to 125 yards and a score. But if we’re talking about who is throwing the football better, Mayfield is the guy to turn to. He’s the hot hand the Browns have to roll with.
Thursday night, he went 17-of-23 passing (73.9%). That includes three drops from his wideouts. He didn’t turn the ball over either, throwing for 201 yards in the process. Oh, and he led them to their first win since December 2016.
Again, it’s an easy decision.