For years, Cleveland was LeBron James’ city.
Now that he’s gone, James is able to appoint a brand new king of The Land — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield gained the hearts of town when he changed an injured Tyrod Taylor towards the New York Jets in Week three for his NFL debut and subsequently led the Browns to their first win since 2016.
Since then, the Browns have gone on a four-game shedding streak. However they’ve additionally gained three video games, together with two straight within the aftermath of firing former head coach Hue Jackson. All of it provides as much as 4 instances as many wins because the crew tallied within the earlier two seasons.
LeBron James: Mayfield has the ‘it’ issue
James, an avid Browns fan, likes what he sees.
“I believe the quarterback of the Browns ought to all the time be the face of town,” James instructed The Athletic. “The quarterback place is probably the most prestigious place in sports activities, interval. And the truth that he has the ‘it’ issue, you’ll be able to inform that teammates like taking part in with him.”
Mayfield actually does appear to have the “it” issue. And that’s an element that certainly provides him the kind of clout that would lead him to taking up James’ former mantle because the face of Cleveland.
James referenced the quarterback of the Browns all the time being the face of he metropolis, which is a handy factor to say now that he’s gone. The listing of Cleveland quarterbacks throughout LeBron’s two stops with the Cavaliers contains Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye and Kelly Holcomb.
No person was mistaking any of these guys because the face of Cleveland with or with out James on the town.
Mayfield’s perspective serving to him win assist
However Mayfield’s getting outcomes on the sector and profitable assist together with his brash method that endears him to followers, coaches and teammates alike.
He’s proven zero regret since giving Jackson a cold reception when the Browns confronted him with the Cincinnati Bengals final week, expressing displeasure in Jackson becoming a member of a division rival. It’s the identical Mayfield who was chided for grabbing his crotch towards Kansas and planting the Oklahoma flag on the Buckeyes brand after beating Ohio State in faculty.
It’s the form of conduct thought of boorish for a median or unhealthy participant, however is fascinating when tied to success. The Browns are lastly tasting a semblance of success with Mayfield. And his coaches have his again.
Browns OC: Mayfield gained’t ‘blow smoke up anyone’s ass’
“I promise you this, Baker’s not going to blow smoke up anyone’s ass,” offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens instructed reporters Thursday. “So, if he stated it, that’s what he feels, and I’m standing behind Baker Mayfield.
“I don’t care about anyone that doesn’t work on this constructing and what they consider what he stated, all proper? That’s what I stand behind is him and these gamers on this locker room.”
An unusual Browns winner
Make sure. Success on the sector is integral to gaining that assist. Mayfield was just lately named NFL offensive rookie of the month for November and has the within monitor to be named rookie of the yr.
He’s thrown 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions whereas averaging 249.5 passing yards and tallying a 93.2 quarterback score in 9 sport this season, simply justifying his No. 1 total choice over the remainder of the NFL’s first-round quarterback choices this yr.