Baker Mayfield is a different quarterback since Hue Jackson was fired

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was struggling through his rookie season until head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired. Since then, Mayfield hasn’t struggled a bit.

Mayfield is one of the best quarterbacks in football in the five games since Gregg Williams took over as head coach and Freddie Kitchens took over as offensive coordinator, something no one would have called Mayfield when he was playing in the Jackson/Haley offense.

With Jackson and Haley running the offense, Mayfield completed 58.3 percent of his passes, averaged 6.6 yards per pass, had eight touchdowns and six interceptions, had a 78.9 passer rating and was sacked 20 times. Since Jackson and Haley were fired, Mayfield has completed 73.2 percent of his passes, averaged 9.2 yards per pass, thrown 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions, has a 114.5 passer rating, and has been sacked three times.

It’s hard to look at those stats and come to any conclusion other than Jackson and Haley were holding back Mayfield’s development.

But the most important statistic is this one: In 40 games with Jackson as their head coach, the Browns had three wins. In five games since firing Jackson, the Browns have three wins.

42 responses to “Baker Mayfield is a different quarterback since Hue Jackson was fired

  1. Whenever I hear stories like this it makes me wonder what the careers of other promising quarterbacks could’ve been had they been surrounded with the proper leadership and teammates: David Carr, Sam Bradford, Tim Couch, and, to a certain extent, Carson Palmer.

  2. I usually feel bad for coaches that get fired, but Jackson seemed so arrogant, with all the “I’M in the head coach’s chair now” and “I’M the head coach of this football team” stuff… never taking any blame or responsibility for any of the team’s failures. I have no horse in this race, but good for you, Browns fans. I’m sincerely happy for you.

  3. Sam Bradford is more a product of injuries them coaching. I always say if you want your next franchise QB get Bradford,Rosen in Arizona, Goff in LA, Wentz in Philly and Cousins/Keenum in Minnesota.

  4. I’m just happy the Browns fans have something more to look forward to than just trying to win 1 game a season and being the laughing stock of the league. Mayfield is gonna be good for years to come hopefully. With Big Ben and retirement looming, Andy Dalton and his mediocre play, Flacco is on the way out it looks, Lamar Jackson is dynamic but hasn’t proven can orchestrate a NFL style offense, the Browns very soon could be running the AFC North. Let’s close down the factor of sadness. The Browns can still have a slight chance to make the playoffs in week 15 right now, stranger things have happened.

  5. It helps Mayfield to have new people since Haley was calling plays that would get Jackson fired, since he wanted to job. Joke’s on him. Haley’s radioactive.

  6. It was like flipping a light switch with Mayfield when Jackson was finally kicked to the curb!!

  7. Some consideration has to be taken into the fact that Baker now “has his feet wet…”, but regardless it does speak to the situation around him improving.

    If Cincinnati hires Hue as the next head coach, I may very well take my 31 years as a die-hard Bengals fan, and set fire to it.

  8. You think maybe simply having more experience has helped too?

    I would guess an analysis of all rookie QB performance would show they get better as the year goes on.

  9. What a great turnaround for the Browns. They’ve gone from “will they ever win?” to having a legitimate shot at winning in every game they play. That is HUGE.

    With the other AFC North teams all showing cracks (and still landing lower in the draft than the Browns, at least for this cycle), the Browns could be on the rise at just the right time.

  10. carloswlassiter says:
    December 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    You think maybe simply having more experience has helped too?

    I would guess an analysis of all rookie QB performance would show they get better as the year goes on.

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    I’m sure this is part of it, but looking at the obscure mess most of his peers’ experiences have been this season – even Lamar Jackson’s actual performance is far below the level of press he’s getting – Mayfield stands out.

  11. The Browns have a tough choice to make this off-season…keep Gregg Williams who appears to be able to lead this team or fire him for a Mike McCarthy type guy who can groom Mayfield to a ALl pro QB. It’s going to be intresting. Maybe Gregg Williams has finally become HC material after all.

  12. I’m all for firing Hue Jackson, but this is misleading. Mayfield’s last two games with Haley as OC was also very good. Everything seemed to be finally clicking in for the rookie and he looked comfortable with the offense.

    Kitchens is running the same offense Todd Haley installed (he worked under Haley as TE coach in Arizona when Haley was OC there). Not sure why people are surprised that a rookie improves with more snaps…

  13. Ah yes, Clueless Hue. Not only is Mayfield on fire but Nick Chubb has also showed what he can do. Remember when Hue said he was trying to find ways to get him more involved? He’s the head coach. Why do you have to “try to find ways” to get him more involved.

    Have the Bengals won a game since they hired this clown? How appropriate is that.

  14. “It’s hard to look at those stats and come to any conclusion other than Jackson and Haley were holding back Mayfield’s development.”

    Here’s another conclusion: Maybe the rookie QB was adjusting to the speed of the game in his first few starts, and he has gotten in the last few starts. #rocketscience

  15. kevpft says:
    December 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    looking at the obscure mess most of his peers’ experiences have been this season – even Lamar Jackson’s actual performance is far below the level of press he’s getting – Mayfield stands out.
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    No doubt. Mayfield looked good on his first play vs the Jets and has gotten better and better as the year has gone on.

  16. It all comes down to time and space.

    If Brady was drafted by the Jaguars he would’ve been Blake Bortles before Blake Bortles was Blake Bortles.

  17. Maybe Freddie Kitchens is the next Sean McVay that everyone is after? Sitting there the whole time, just needing his chance. It’s not like he hasn’t learned from good coaches either. Didn’t Bruce Arians take Freddie along on all his stops? Arians could coach some O.

  18. As a life-long Browns’ fan, I constantly felt that Hue’s play calling was high-schoolish and very predictable. Every team has stars and play makers. A team’s offense cannot be predictable…or the results will be predictable. Kitchens has inserted some innovative calls and along with Baker’s ability has made the Browns at least competitive. I am encouraged.

  19. I have a feeling the Browns will be fun to watch next year. If they continue to look good, I have no idea how they don’t keep Gregg Williams as their head coach and make sure they keep the same offensive staff to aid in Mayfield’s development.

  20. Hue had an agenda that was 1-size fits all. Sadly, it didn’t seem to fit anyone with a clue. Poor Bungles if he’s Marvin’s replacement.

    Go Browns!!!

  21. “Nobody has had to deal with the things which I have had to deal with” – HJ at the end of last year…

    Sorry bud. HC just doesn’t appear to be for you.

  22. Considering that most of his picks under Jackson and Haley came in that Raider game and their terrible defense, I don’t think coaching had much to do with it. That was just one of those bad days at the office. That was the extent of his struggles since being the starter.

  23. Greatest day in Browns’ history, when Hue got fired. Second greatest, when Hue joined the Bengals. Win-Win.

  24. Another profootball site discussed this same topic a week ago. Their main conclusion was the reduction in drops from the receivers. The drops are way down. Mayfield’s receivers have the most drops in the league. Wrap your head around that – his accuracy is uncanny.

  25. Three of the last four games under Williams were against teams with a combined record of 0-15 over the last 5 games.

    Three of the last four games under Hue Jackson were against current playoff teams.

    Unless Hue made the schedule it probably has more to do with Haslam firing his coach and offensive coordinator right when the Browns got to the easy part of the schedule than coaching because the Browns still have more meaningful wins (wins against good teams) under Hue this season than Williams who has yet to beat a team that isn’t on a massive losing streak.

    If the Browns don’t beat the Broncos & Ravens, Williams is definitely not future head coach material especially since Hue already beat one of those teams this season.

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