Browns are sticking with the plan at quarterback

AP

Rookie Baker Mayfield had an impressive debut for the Browns on Thursday night, but it wasn’t impressive enough to get the Browns to change their plans at quarterback.

We’re sticking with our plan,” quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said Sunday, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Let’s get on with Tyrod as our starter. He’s our guy.” (Curiously, that specific comment didn’t make its way into the “select quotes” the Browns are now distributing from player and coach media availability.)

The Browns repeatedly have said that Taylor will be the starting quarterback, and not just for the start of the season but ideally for the full year. People on the outside are beginning to think that could be a mistake; the real question is whether the people on the inside — specifically, other players — agree.

NFL teams fall into two categories: Those that have a franchise quarterback, and those that are looking for one. The Browns think they’ve found one in Mayfield. So why not use him?

And if they’re not going to use him, why didn’t they draft someone else with the first overall pick, like Saquon Barkley?

Eventually, Mayfield will be the guy. The sooner he’s the guy, however, the sooner he’ll begin getting the kind of reps that will allow him to reach his ceiling.

39 responses to “Browns are sticking with the plan at quarterback

  1. The browns have taken how many first round qbs in the last 15 or so years? And every one of them was thrown to the fire too soon. The browns made positive moves this past off season but the core of that team still went 1-31 in the last 2 years. Stick to the new plan and maybe they won’t flush mayfield’s career down the drain like they did so many others

  2. Let him sit and get acclimated. Taylor is a good QB, and will be replaced by Mayfield but there is no sense in forcing it. Aaron Rogers sat, that turned out ok. Is Tyrod as good as Brett Favre? No, but still think it would be beneficial for Mayfield to sit.

  3. and I have 2 words for you… Aaron Rodgers.

    and a lot of other 2 words for this idea… Mark Sanchez, David Carr, Jamarcus Russell, etc etc.

    Maybe, just maybe this once the Brownies have a better plan.

  4. Mayfield is ahead of Taylor in quickness of release and accuracy. When he passes Taylor in reading defenses and adjusts to the speed of the NFL game, he should be the starter. Probably late this season after the Browns are eliminated from the playoffs and Mayfield has more reps under his belt.

  5. I’m a Ravens fan and the new road Cleveland is taking, scares me. Letting Mayfield learn the NFL game for a year will only pay dividends for his development. He will have plenty of time to get on the field in his career. Sacrificing 1 year to allow him to read a true defense is the right move. Don’t throw him to the wolves too soon.

  6. jm91rs says:
    August 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    The browns have taken how many first round qbs in the last 15 or so years? And every one of them was thrown to the fire too soon. The browns made positive moves this past off season but the core of that team still went 1-31 in the last 2 years. Stick to the new plan and maybe they won’t flush mayfield’s career down the drain like they did so many others

    4 QB in first round since 1999. Why do people think Cleveland has drafted a QB with every first round pick? Couch went #1 overall. Quinn Weeden and Manziel all drafted #22. Baker is going to be legit and his time will come.

  7. Stay with the plan, It was a pre season game. Teams are not going to show the blitz packages they worked on all off season. Rookie QBs are going to see Vanilla base defenses.
    When the season starts Rookie QBs will see a steady diet of stunting & blitzes to see if they can beat them. If they can make the hot reads and beat the blitz, they will continue to play. If they can’t they will be on the bench, in rehab or in the dumpster.

  8. If they changed their plan, they’d be criticized…..if they don’t, they’d be criticized……if they had taken Barkley and Ward or Chubb, they would have been criticized…….2nd time in 20 years the Browns have taken QB in the top 10…..let’s nit try and be too rash……also, 5-5 for 99 yards and a TD with a perfect QBR is not a bad start either (Tyrod Taylor)

  9. C’mon! WHAT A JOKE OF A PLAN! Tyrod Taylor and another 0-16 season on the table. Brown fans
    think about wearing paper bags over your head during national telecast.

  10. Goodness will people PLEASE stop trying to make a QB controversy where there is none? Short of an injury Tyrod is starting Week 1, now get over it and move on.

  11. 4 weeks of pre-season and training camp and Huey still can’t get this kid into shape?? Wait till the Steelers throw a shut week 1 and the stress cracks start to form.

  12. “…and I have 2 words for you… Aaron Rodgers.
    and a lot of other 2 words for this idea… Mark Sanchez, David Carr, Jamarcus Russell, etc etc.
    Maybe, just maybe this once the Brownies have a better plan…”

    And Two words to that – Brett & Favre

  13. BREAKING: BROWNS REFUSE TO BENCH STARTING QUARTERBACK DESPITE HIS PERFECT QB RATING IN THE FIRST PRESEASON GAME!

    Seriously. Tryod is the hero Cleveland needs right now.

  14. The media just can’t help themselves. Any Browns fan can tell you all about starting rookie QBs (Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, Johnny Dumbass Manziel, DeShon Kizer). Come on, ProFootballtalk.com — you can do better than this. What part of “the plan isn’t going to change” can’t you accept! Geez.

  15. Tyrod Taylor hardly ever turns the ball over. That is such a huge improvement from the biggest turnover machine position of the last 20 years. I’d like to see how not literally giving the other the team the ball all the time works out before I’d annoint the rookie.

  16. Geez. Florio trying to get the team to ruin this guy. I’m pretty sure the team enjoyed tyrod’s season debut along with Mayfield’s. I don’t think the team will mind letting Baker develop and having Tyrod as the starter. It seems that football players like Tyrod more than the media does. 5-5 with a TD is pretty good.

  17. Mayfield is under contract for years so no need to rush him. Eventually he will take over, but there is no “rush” to make Mayfield play this year. Have you seen the Browns schedule for the first 10 games? Brutal – take your time with Mayfield and if Tyrod works out even better, they will have options.

  18. Tyrod Taylor is suffering the same fate as Jason Campbell. Guys who could be above average starters but who got screwed over by being on horrible franchises. I hope TT can start all year so that teams can see what he can do when he’s with a franchise that believes in him, even if he’s just keeping the chair warm for the next “it” guy.

  19. Browns are finally doing the right thing. Not to mention Tyrod has his first set of a legit line and WRs around him. Let BAKER sit and learn till eliminated. Then Browns crush it for 15 years after. (Not Browns fan)

  20. Yeah this is a tired story for me. I liked what I saw from Mayfield – in one game, against the 2nds and 3rds. He has a great future in this league. I like what I saw from Taylor as well, AND what I have seen from him for years. I am with hailtothenamechange. TTs TD:INT ratio is in the top of the NFL. Browns’ problem over several years was….yep..TD:INT ratio (more like INT:TD ratio). Just because you get selected first doesn’t mean you’re ready.

    Remember, the Browns went 4-0 in preseason last year. Everyone is always trying to anoint someone. Guess we lack heroes.

  21. Who was the last top level QB prospect that we saw play for an terrible team week one and actually turn out well?

    I mean when a team is a complete dumpster dive like the Browns you don’t want to throw in your QB, go 0-12 then bench him and probably ruin him forever.

  22. Hmmm. TT is the starter and Mayfield the back-up for this year. BUT! Bridgewater will be available and Huey will pluck him right up. . . to save Mayfield if TT gets hurt. Huey is such a pretender to the office of HC; and this year will be the year he cleans out his desk and moves on. Going 3-13.

  23. A rookie QB running Air Coryell is the perfect recipe to go 0-16 or 4-12 because of the interceptions that are bound to be thrown in that system. Stick with the plan.

  24. The only people questioning the plan are the media because they have to overhype every rookie draft pick every year and college football fans because those picks represent their school.

    Yes, Mayfield easily had the best stats out of all the rookie QB’s in the pre-season but the guy in front of him was top 3 for the week for all NFL starters rookie or veteran. Seems kind of backward to want the second best QB on your team (which Mayfield currently is) starting.

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