Baker Mayfield and the Browns had high expectations last year. Off the field, they were the talk of the league, with the off-season acquisition of receiver Odell Beckham Jr. On the field they fell flat. Mayfield struggled and so did the Browns, going just 6-10 and head coach Freddie Kitchens was fired after just one season. Mayfield is entering his third season and will play for his fourth head coach in Kevin Stefanski and is optimistic a turn around is on the horizon.
“I have a different approach this year,” Mayfield said Wednesday in a Zoom call with reporters. “Everybody who has been interviewed on our team has hit the nail on the head over and over about this is time to work. It is time to do our thing, instead of talking about it. This is the first media thing I have done, just because there is no need to be talking about it. It is just time to go do it and right now. It's moving in silence, which is fine with me. That is how I used to do it before getting on a bigger stage, so I am happy to get back to those roots, get back to the fundamentals to where I can accomplish the goals when the season comes around.”
Mayfield spoke with reporters for about 15 minutes. Here are some of the other headlines.
On how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his perspective: “You only get so many opportunities in this game that I have been blessed to play. It does not last forever. To be able to take advantage of that and enjoy the moments, I think it is going to be good for me, getting back to that and having fun and enjoying the process of how to get to winning, because that is the most enjoyable thing looking back on it.”
On entering year three of his career: “There’s no doubt Year 3 is always a big year in these contracts and timing-wise, everybody knows that but I’m not going to put any added pressure on myself. There’s no need for that. Because if I win, good things will happen. That’s the most important part. If I play better, that’s why quarterback is one of those positions that’s the hardest in sports. If I play better, our team’s going to do better. So I put that pressure on myself. So it doesn’t matter what year it is, I have to be way better each year.”
Mayfield also discussed expectations for Beckham and Jarvis Landry, who are both coming off off-season surgery, his impressions of Stefanski, his thoughts on the moves made by new GM Andrew Berry and more. You can check out the entire Zoom call below.