Baker Mayfield: Tyrod Taylor has been an “unbelievable” mentor

AP

Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t ready to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in Cleveland. But Mayfield is happy to be learning from Taylor.

Mayfield said on the ThomaHawk Show that Taylor has been an incredible mentor to him, and Mayfield is shocked that the Browns were able to get Taylor from the Bills for just a third-round draft pick.

“They traded a third-round pick to Tyrod just doesn’t make sense,” Mayfield said. “We got a lot more out of that than anybody else could. The guy that he is for this franchise, for all of our teammates is unbelievable. For me to watch him and learn him has been great. He sets the bar high, shows up, his work ethic, it’s a great situation for me to come into to have someone like that. It’s good for me.”

The Bills were ready to move on from Taylor, so they traded him away even though he was their first quarterback to start a playoff game for them in the 21st Century. Mayfield thinks Taylor is ready to show that was a mistake.

56 responses to “Baker Mayfield: Tyrod Taylor has been an “unbelievable” mentor

  1. I wish the Browns well — but Mayfield relying on Taylor as a mentor is kind of like the blind leading the blind.

  2. Keep telling yourself that Cleveland. Maybe by week one, you will think you have Tom Brady in Taylors uniform.
    Truth is, Taylor is pure class, and an absolutely incredible human being, but he can not hit a moving target with consistency. Before setting yourself up for more disappo Name the, I suggest re-running last year’s Bills playoff game for a reality check.

  3. Baker, go watch the reruns of 2 games against the Pats and the playoff game against the Jags. Bills were lucky to get a 3rd pick.

  4. Keep telling yourself that Cleveland. Maybe by week one, you will think you have Tom Brady in Taylors uniform.
    Truth is, Taylor is pure class, and an absolutely incredible human being, but he can not hit a moving target with consistency. Before setting yourself up for more disappointment, I suggest re-running last year’s Bills playoff game for a reality check.

  5. Once the season starts he will see why the Bills traded him away. He’s just a middle of the road QB.

  6. From someone who watched every game Tyrod played for the Bill’s, trust me…it wasn’t a mistake.

    What you saw was the best he will ever be as an NFL QB…which just isn’t good enough. Too bad too because he’s a great guy, a great teammate and handles himself well in the press.

  7. Taylor is apparently a good guy, and he has average QB skills. He can be a stopgap QB for the Browns. Mayfield, on the other hand, can potentially be a franchise QB. Hopefully he’ll have time to learn and mature into the role. We’ll watch and see.

  8. He is a great person, great mentor and a great backup qb! he has been in the league for about 8 years, but hew still had troubles recognizing open receivers with the Bills, preferring to just throw short ‘safe’ passes. He won’t hurt a team but he won’t win a game with him arm. He can’t take them late into the playoffs which is the Bill’s goal. And since he sat on the Raven’s bench for 5 years he isn’t a ‘young’ qb, people kept making excuses for him in Buffalo that he only played 2 years, he has had plenty of time to learn!

  9. I’m not saying that Tyrod is on an express train to Canton, but IMO he’s made progress towards showing that he can be a productive starter with NFL moxie / poise, especially given the fact that he was never given any type of real support in Buffalo. It boggles my mind that a team like Arizona could have had him for less than half of what they gave Bradford, yet still showed no interest. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Cleveland has a better record this year than both Arizona AND Buffalo.

  10. The haters are going to crack on the Browns, but as a non-Cleveland guy I’m still glad to see this franchise moving in the right direction. I’ve been following the NFL since the late 50s and Cleveland was once the pride of The League. Not recently – that’s a given. But the difference year-over-year from 2017-2018 looks amazing so far. Now if Gordon can just keep his head on straight.

  11. Ok Bakersfield… doing way too much… he is clearly patronizing the Browns front office with this over the top dramatization of Tyrod Taylor. Thou protest too much

  12. Mr. Mayfield, Bills fans were GLAD to be rid of him, and you’ll soon find out why. He is the most risk-averse QB in the league, and he will not take chances with the ball — EVER — even when it’s absolutely necessary to win the game. Unless your defense is going to hold teams to 10 points or fewer every game, get used to watching him lose a lot of games until you eventually take over.

  13. Bills fans were way too hard on Taylor, sure he wasn’t elite, but he’s going to win you some games. Dorsey did a great job this offseason and although I’m not a Browns fan I’m hoping he steers the ship in the right direction.

  14. Tyrod is a good QB. The Bills should have kept him, and had their rookie learn behind him. Tyrod’s mobility is really good, and he throws a very good deep ball. The Bills have not surrounded him with very much talent.

  15. be a sponge Baker! Tyrod is very underrated, not elite by any means but you can definitely do a lot worse at QB than Tyrod.

  16. its like when you go to a new school, the first people you meet are gonna seem cool, then after you get settled in you realize you been hanging with the nerds

  17. Taylor doesn’t work well from the pocket – even I could friggin see that. He took too many sacks and did not navigate the field.

    When he was outside the pocket – different QB. Much better. Never understood why McDermott tried to keep him in the pocket so much.

    Todd Haley seems like an obnoxious guy but he is not dumb. He will get something out of Taylor.

  18. Honestly, what do they expect him to say – that Taylor is lazy, unhelpful, and a waste of a third round pick? IMO he is not any of those things, but as many have said he is afraid to throw the ball downfield. The TEs and RBs better be ready.

  19. Respectful, smart, talented rookie. At this moment, Taylor is better suited to start and is the “teacher.” That won’t last long. Hopefully for the Browns, Mayfield doesn’t learn too many of Taylor’s bad habits. He has plenty and that’s why he’s not a Bill.

  20. You guys just don’t get it. Who are you going to learn from Brady, Brees? Top QBs typically don’t teach squat and aren’t the best teachers because things cone easier from them. You definitely don’t have to be a great QB to teach the game. Pederson, Reich? I hate these boards sometimes; so much negativity and bashing players constantly. Taylor got his team to the playoffs without a lot around him. Give the guy and other players a break. It’s a very hard position to play. That’s why there are so few great QBs.

  21. If there’s one thing you will always see about outgoing QB’s. Unless they’re Payton Manning the fans of their old team will always gripe that they were average at best.

    An average QB doesn’t have a winning record as the Buffalo Bills starting QB. We know this because out of 17 QB’s in the last 18 years he’s the only one to do it.

    Fact is Greg Norman and Sean McDermott didn’t value him because they believe in the generic 6’4″ and above pocket passers which Taylor is not. He could have taken the team to the superbowl and he’d still be in Cleveland right now because his fate was tied to Rex Ryan.

    The Browns team is built for a QB like Taylor (well it’s built for Mayfield but him and Taylor are nearly identical physically which is mostly likely why they have both). It doesn’t surprise me that Taylor is getting glowing reviews since he has a team that actually values his skill set and put talent around him based on it. It’s very similar to the Chiefs when they acquired Alex Smith from the 49ers.

  22. Tyrod’s not a bad quarterback at all. Now he’s not a top 16 quarterback, but he owned the most accurate deep ball in the NFL in 2016, spearheaded a Bills team who had no receivers to the playoffs in 2017 and has had success when he had weapons — which is almost never. A lot of bad football opinions and Baker is getting a crash course from a classy guy and competent signal-caller.

  23. Fortunately these guys play in the cream-puff AFC North. Six easy wins there plus a game against the Colts and they are already looking at a 7-win season.

  24. “They traded a third-round pick to Tyrod just doesn’t make sense,” Mayfield said.

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    …coming from a guy yet to take an nfl snap. smh

  25. I always thought Cleveland should’ve drafted Darnold #1 and signed Josh McCown to mentor him. Ironically, that’s exactly what the Jets ended up doing. It’ll be interesting to see who made the right decision.

  26. Cleveland fans – remember, TT is an 8 YEAR veteran – don’t keep saying he’s getting better – he has reached his peak. He was a 6th round pick, he’s a very good backup and a great teammate. He will keep you respectable, but he won’t get you far.

  27. Before bashing Tyrod, let’s all remember that the best coaches were rarely stars as players. It’s similar to how the ignorants bash commentators because their career wasn’t that great. Their physical gifts may not be the greatest, but their attitudes and minds are quite sound. It sounds like Tyrod has a future career in coaching. He has the credentials as an NFL QB and sometimes starter.

  28. As a 55+ year Bills fan all I can say is the Browns have themselves a good QB in Taylor who can get them to the playoffs and who will be a great mentor to Mayfield. I also believe that The Browns have given Taylor quality receivers, something that he never had in Buffalo, which will lead to better performance for Taylor and ultimately The Browns.

  29. Bills trading Taylor for a 3rd and drafting Josh Allen are two examples of an inept front office.

    From all indications, Taylor is a great teammate, great running QB but unfortunately not capable with his arm to win games. If given the opportunity he will get the Browns to the playoffs this season. However, whoever posted the above is either joking or has a “0” football IQ.

  30. Baker Mayfield Translation – “I should have absolutely no trouble taking this job from you”

  31. Hokie grad here, and tyrods always been a class act. He’ll probably never be an elite qb you build your franchise around, but he can certainly play. He got the Bill’s to the playoffs and I’d argue the cast and system there wasn’t suited to his strengths.

  32. He has more talent to work with in Cleveland then he ever did in Buffalo. He’s never gonna be a superstar in the league but he’s good enough to get some wins and be dangerous on a team like Cleveland has assembled.

  33. I’m not saying that Tyrod is on an express train to Canton, but IMO he’s made progress towards showing that he can be a productive starter with NFL moxie / poise, especially given the fact that he was never given any type of real support in Buffalo. It boggles my mind that a team like Arizona could have had him for less than half of what they gave Bradford, yet still showed no interest. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Cleveland has a better record this year than both Arizona AND Buffalo.
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    I mean, the first sentence here is exactly why the Bills moved on. Is Tyrod Taylor a starting QB, yes. Can he potentially be good in the right situation with the right coaches and the right pieces, yes. But, the fact remains that Tyrod Taylors game revolves around not making mistakes. Its not about winning, scoring more points or getting the ball downfield. Simply, dont make mistakes. For a team like Buffalo a few seasons ago, or the Browns now, thats exactly what they need. A middle of the road QB who works hard to come in and not throw games away. But what the Bills learned, and what the Browns are already preparing for, is that Tyrod Taylor is not the QB that you lean on. Simply not losing games is not enough in the NFL. And when the perennial playoff QBs are throwing TDs at twice the rate, its easy to see where his faults are. He cant carry a game. And he may never do so.

    In summary, Tyrod Taylor is the best Qb to turn around a bad franchise…but the worst QB to carry a franchise. And thats why Baker Mayfield is in Cleveland and Josh Allen and Nate Peterman are in Buffalo

  34. Bills fans using their PLAYOFF game, after 17 years, as a contention point.You’re all in for a rude awakening by not having adequate QB play. Ask Browns fans.

  35. Cleveland here. I’m not going get all wound up and excited. Everybody sleep walks through the pre season. Then the first game comes along and reality set in.

  36. Thyroid got Rex Ryan fired from Buffalo so if there is any silver lining to all this he will also get Hue Jackson fired. I hate to wish for a man to lose his job but Jackson is not a head coach.

  37. For those that watched every game did you ever notice Tyrod has no receivers to throw to. None. They paid a Mtn of money for Clay who is ALWAyS hurt. They let Hogan go. They let Sammy Watkins go and do zip to replace them.

    Once a D knows you have nobody to throw to you’re toast because they just load the LOS up and dare you to throw

  38. White QBs have to prove they don’t belong but black QBs have to prove they belong….messed up but true. All you yokels up in ‘Falo know that’s right

  39. T-Rod (Tyrod Taylor) is no better — or worse — than TRENT DILFER lol

    M’boy Baker will take the field at some point during 2018, let’s just wait and see 🙂

  40. As a Steelers fan, I am happy to see any and all misfortunes that come the Brownies way. That said, I don’t get the hate. Is Taylor the long-term franchise answer at QB? Nobody thinks that he is. Is a he a good teammate who can mentor to a young QB on how to be a professional in the NFL? Emphatically yes. Does he have a similar style to Baker? Yep. Will this mean that they can run the same offense for both of them? Yep. Did the Bills, even with this so-called disaster of a QB, make the playoffs last year? Yep. Would I rather have Tyrod mentoring Baker than RGIII doing it like what’s happening with Lamar Jackson and the “old” Browns? By golly yes!

    The Browns were never going to win the Super Bowl this year. Tyrod lets them work out their new offense, gives Baker time to learn and adjust to the pro game and mentors him on how to be a professional. As a Steelers fan I hate all of this and hope that it goes spectacularly wrong – which it assuredly will as long as Hue’s the coach! But this aspect of it? Seems like the least worrisome moving part.

  41. Regardless of his lack of foresight on a football field, Taylor is a gem of a human off of it. A true “good guy, team player” in every sense. The Browns are lucky to have him mentoring their future franchise guy.

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