Freddie Kitchens: Baker Mayfield’s skill for escaping can’t be coached

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Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens likes Baker Mayfield‘s ability to escape the pocket and make plays with his leg. But Kitchens won’t take credit for it.

Kitchens said that’s an ability a quarterback either has or doesn’t have, and Mayfield has it.

I do not really think you can coach anybody on escaping, and if they tell you that they can, then they are lying to you,” Kitchens said. “I think you just got to have to have a feel for the pocket and when it is collapsing or whatever you got to get out of there or sit there and take a sack, and I do not like sacks.”

Kitchens said part of his job is to rein in Mayfield to make sure he doesn’t expose himself to unnecessary hits.

“I think that is part of it,” Kitchens said. “When you have a skill set like Baker has, that is what you have to determine, is when to escape and when to shuffle and move. That is why we are practicing this to get those feel for things, feel for the pocket. I know he is safer inside the pocket. With somebody with that kind of skill, you do not ever want to diminish the fact that he can get outside the pocket because that is where his big plays are created a lot of times. It is just something we are working through and he is working through, and he is continuing to get better at it.”

Kitchens was pleased with Mayfield’s performance in the first preseason game, as Kitchens’ offense continued to look like the right fit for Mayfield’s “uncoachable” skill set.

25 responses to “Freddie Kitchens: Baker Mayfield’s skill for escaping can’t be coached

  1. Neither can be a choke artist. He singlehandedly blew the week 17 game last year with ugly interceptions

  2. A lot of people will slam the comment but I think Freddie is right. You have it or you don’t. He clearly has it.

    Also agree with Simms on the prospect for the Browns to make the playoffs, if for no other reason than I think the division is going to be weak. They are clearly better, their rivals are on downswings. And yeah I am a Browns fan, but I’ve called it like I’ve seen it for 2 decades now (4 actually) – and its usually been bad.

    This year I just feel different. And it is good for the NFL.

  3. Much as I hate to admit it, Romo had the sixth sense when it came to avoiding pressure. Uncanny ability to escape pressure is a definite asset.

  4. Whatever, the dude is fun to watch. Ever since they got OBJ I’ve been looking forward to this season. They were fun last year, this year could be even better. And no, I’m not a Browns fan per se, just like good football.

  5. Kitchens is absolutely right.
    People are only having an issue with the comment because he said it about Mayfield.
    If the HC’s for Seattle, Houston, Arizona, Carolina, Tampa, KC, Baltimore said this about their QBs, y’all would be in 100% agreement.

  6. You are running up a tab when you run around in the backfield as a QB. Most end up paying it. The people chasing you today are too fast, too big and fully aware they are now pursuing a runner, not trying to reach the quarterback protected by the referee.

  7. As an impartial observer, it would be nice to see the Browns do well this season as I’m tired of seeing the same old teams come out of that division. Met some of their fans in London a couple years ago and they were some of the nicer opposing fans I’ve met. That being said, there’s so much hype with them this year (and they ARE the Browns) that I feel they’re primed for a big letdown.

  8. “Also agree with Simms on the prospect for the Browns to make the playoffs, if for no other reason than I think the division is going to be weak. They are clearly better, their rivals are on downswings”

    Not sure about the Raves, the Bengals will likely continue to suck, but the Steelers have had a very quiet off season with their heads down working hard when they’re not busy laughing their rear ends off at the Raiders and Jets who took their cancers off their hands. The Steelers should win the AFCN this year. Maybe Cleveland gets a wild card.

  9. 1052thatswho says:
    August 11, 2019 at 8:45 am
    Much as I hate to admit it, Romo had the sixth sense when it came to avoiding pressure. Uncanny ability to escape pressure is a definite asset.

    Romo missed almost 20% of his starts when he was Dallas’s #1 quarterback.

  10. Darnold and Baker have sloppy/choppy footwork but they have seemed to be able to master it to their advantage and create throwing lanes for themselves in the pocket. They can also just accurately sling it with velocity with their shoulders square and while flat footed it’s a special talent, they’re very similar but also different somehow. I am not sure about the rest of the 2018 QB’s though. I saw a lot of would be picks in the regular season during the Dolphins game and Josh Allen is still leading Zay Jones out of bounds, throwing him into hits, refusing to take the check down which will become easy pickings when teams start dropping a deep safety, and still looks panicked without pressure.

  11. I think his success at escaping the rush depends a whole lot more on the defense that the Browns are up against on any particular game day. Having said that I think the Browns will be a solid force to have to deal with this year. Baker Mayfield is the real deal. Whether or not nattination’s feeling that the O-line will be a clink in the armor remains to be seen. Sometimes QB’s that can move like Mayfield can help fill in some of the o-lines deficiencies. Their fans suffered long enough….time for a little robust cheering of fans and news articles alike. Don’t take the Browns lightly this year.

  12. I don’t think he escaped the police real well that night in college….the guy has football talent, but he’s a moron too.

  13. Lots of research has been doing on acquiring skills, athletic, musical, interpersonal, social etc. and the consensus by the research is that it can be taught.

  14. Why does Freddie Kitchens act like he’s Belicheck? This is going to be fun to watch. I can’t imagine anything’s go to go wrong with all “the team guys” they have on this team—no one’s going to be craving any attention. Mayfield may be good but let’s pump the breaks. He’s played half a season when there were no expectations…..you can’t count his time from college because he played three meaningful opponents in his career. Freddie realizes that teams will have an idea of what they’re doing this year. I’m predicting an 8-8 season in the worst division in the NFL.

  15. jchemengr says:
    August 11, 2019 at 9:30 am
    You are running up a tab when you run around in the backfield as a QB. Most end up paying it. The people chasing you today are too fast, too big and fully aware they are now pursuing a runner, not trying to reach the quarterback protected by the referee.

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    That’s why Baker was successful last season actually. He is not a running QB. The second the D-line gets into “pursue the runner” mode he launches downfield to whomever gets open. He was one of the least sacked QB’s in the league the last month and a half of the season. A mobile pocket passer is a scary combination.

  16. I’mBetterThanYou says:
    August 11, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    Why does Freddie Kitchens act like he’s Belicheck? This is going to be fun to watch. I can’t imagine anything’s go to go wrong with all “the team guys” they have on this team—no one’s going to be craving any attention. Mayfield may be good but let’s pump the breaks. He’s played half a season when there were no expectations…..you can’t count his time from college because he played three meaningful opponents in his career. Freddie realizes that teams will have an idea of what they’re doing this year. I’m predicting an 8-8 season in the worst division in the NFL.
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    He played more than half the season. His first game was week 3 and the Browns had a winning record when he had his first start week 4.

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