Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns got the Bill Belichick treatment
It has been established. Nobody hates the Cleveland Browns more than Bill Belichick. The New England Patriots head coach is incredibly spiteful about getting canned by his former employer more than a quarter of a century ago. After being down 7-0 early to the Browns, the Patriots rattled off 45 unanswered points. Baker Mayfield got taken to the woodshed by Mac Jones.
While Mayfield is clearly not healthy with his labrum issue, he is not playing well enough to merit a second contract with the Browns. He completed 11-of-21 passes for 73 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His backup Case Keenum entered the game and outperformed him once Mayfield succumbed to yet another injury. Keenum played clean, completing 8-of-12 passes for 81 yards.
Now at 5-5, the Browns are running out of runway to possibly get back into the AFC playoffs. This was a team that many saw as serious Super Bowl contenders. With their playoff hopes hanging in the balances, we have to wonder if Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski will go with his former Vikings signal-caller Keenum to put out the fire Mayfield and the Browns offense has created.
Mayfield is not likely to get benched here, but he is far too inconsistent to win big in Cleveland.