CHARLOTTE, NC — While it may seem like most of Baker Mayfield’s teammates jumped on him last season after being kicked out of the Odell Beckham Jr. saga and Mayfield’s season finale, that’s not the case.
Several of his attacking teammates, including Nick Chubb, Wyatt Taylor, Karim Hunt and Joel Bittonio, remained in his corner. The relationship between Mayfield and Jarvis Landry became a bit complicated due to Landry’s fierce loyalty to Beckham, but many of the aggressive people who had developed close ties with Mayfield, and significant others who had become close to Emily Mayfield, had been reunited with her. Stayed in the corner and was helpful.
Which is why you saw Mayfield playfully trolling Chub during his Wednesday press conference, calling him a mime for never saying more.
In the pregame on Sunday, Mayfield hugged with offensive coordinator Alex van Pelt, running back coach Stump Mitchell, special teams coordinator Mike Prefer, receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and quarterback Jacobi Brissette.
Miles Garrett, who said he would be open to a postgame handshake with Mayfield if this arises, told Cleveland.com last week that his relationship with the QB was “a bit complicated” and that he used Mayfield’s good farewell text. had refused to answer. Him.
Some of his former teammates, including safety John Johnson III, did not like that Mayfield pulled himself out of the season finale against the Bengals after he spent the entire season with a completely torn labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder. had played.
Part of the issue was that Mayfield announced after the loss at Pittsburgh, in which he was dismissed nine times and batted five passes, that he would consult with his agent and decide whether to play. Meanwhile, Johnson, who missed the last two games with injuries, and others played that meaningless game to finish it off with his teammates in a show of solidarity.
It was a mixed bag, for sure, but Mayfield was not universally disliked.
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It’s true that Mayfield was mad at Kevin Stefansky for skipping an offensive meeting.
True, Mayfield was furious with Stefanski for recalling the offensive meeting a day after the Browns’ 45-7 loss to the Patriots, a league source said.
Stefansky used that time to meet Miles Garrett, who called on defensive coordinator Joe Woods for his gameplan in New England.
However, it is not true that Stefansky wrongly selected Mayfield for the film review thereafter, a source said. Stefansky treated Mayfield the same way he treated every other player in team meetings, highlighting the good and the bad.
As to the communication issues between Stefansky and Mayfield
Mayfield didn’t like Stefanski’s “leash” last season, as evidenced by the “off the leash” T-shirt he’s hawking this week. But as far as the lack of communication with the coach is concerned, it is wrong, said a source.
Stefanski constantly sought input from his offensive players — especially quarterbacks — and took into account what he liked and didn’t like about the game plan. If Mayfield wanted things to be different, she needed to be more vocal about it.
Instead, Mayfield opted to publicly criticize Stefanski twice after the Games: one for being too conservative, after a narrow victory over the Ravens, and once after a loss at Pittsburgh, giving James Hudson III rookie rights. Not to be provided, with chipping help against the ultimate NFL defensive player. Year TJ Watt.
Watt had four sacks on his way to tying Michael Strahan’s single-season record of 22.5.
By that time, Mayfield was already well aware that publicly calling out a coach was against team policy.
Mayfield had a lot on her plate in 2021
Besides a completely torn left labrum and a clunky harness to play with for most of the season, Mayfield had plenty of other things on his plate. The shoulder seemed to have worn him down mentally as much as physically, and he wondered which of his teammates were with him and who were against him. A source said that he was also discussing some tense issues with his family and colleagues.
All of this, in addition to believing that Stefansky was not using him properly, was a recipe for disaster.
He has a lot of layers to it when it comes to playing more independent this season.
Deshan Watson’s plan
Watson has been working in Houston and Cleveland during the early part of his 11-game suspension, which began on August 30. Over the next six weeks, he will be mostly working in Cleveland with quarterback coach Quincy Avery Off. -site.
Watson will be allowed to re-enter the Browns facility for team meetings and weight workouts on October 10, and can begin full practice with the team on November 14. If he meets the terms and conditions of his treatment program, he will be reinstated for the December 4 game against his former team in Houston on November 28.
Greedy Williams injury
The defensive back injured his hamstring while participating in a special team drill this week, and at first, it didn’t feel that bad. But examination showed that it was about 4–5 weeks of injury, and he was placed on injured reserve, where he would have to stay for at least four matches.
The silver lining is that third-round pick Martin Emerson Jr. was coming on strong and making a solid case for winning the third corner job.
Emerson will be in Denzel Ward opposite outside today when the Browns are in the sub-defense, with Greg Newsom II in the slot. But all of Brown’s corners and some safaris would serve as nickelbacks at times.
Christian McCaffrey is circled in the red for the crime
1 for Brown, even more than Mayfield, McCaffrey, is a double threat to the Panthers. In fact, McCaffrey is almost as much a slot receiver as he is a running back.
That would put enormous pressure on the Browns’ defense, and players like linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa would have to be on point. Safetys Grant Delpit and Johnson will also play a big part in the inclusion of McCaffrey, arguably the most dynamic player on the field today.
Brown’s two-headed monster of Chub and Hunt together is on par with McCaffrey from a skill standpoint, but he is one of a kind and will be a load today, especially with the Panthers looking to take the pressure off Mayfield.
Big day for second year pro James Hudson III
Hudson, who started with a right tackle in place of Jack Conklin (knee), will have his hands full today. The Panthers have the most aggressive, offensive defense in the NFL — led by defensive end Brian Burns — and will try to go after pro for a second year. Hudson has come a long way since last year’s loss in Pittsburgh. Brown will have to give Hudson a lot of help today.
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