Baker Mayfield: Browns players expect a playoff berth

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Outside expectations are high for the Browns. Inside expectations are pretty high, too.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield told Mike Tirico of NBC Sports that the players in Cleveland believe that a playoff drought that dates back to 2002 will end this year.

“That’s what the guys in this locker room expect,” Mayfield said in an interview that will be televised on NBC’s Football Night in America, the Sunday night pregame show of record. “And I don’t think we can wrap our minds around what it would mean for this town until it actually happens. And so I think that benefit of being a little naive about it, it’s taking it one week at a time. Knowing where we want to go, what our expectations are and what we have to do get there. But then don’t look up until it’s there. And don’t look up ’til you’re done and to see what you’ve created and that culture that we would have at that point and the energy that the fans would have.”

The fans would have plenty of energy, even though the fans already believe it’s going to happen. Of course, they all got a cold splash of water 13 days ago, when the Titans beat the Browns in Cleveland by 30 point. After Monday night’s win over the Jets, the Browns have a chance on Sunday night to show that they belong in the conversation as to the best teams in the league, with the Rams returning to their original home, from 1936 to 1945.

38 responses to “Baker Mayfield: Browns players expect a playoff berth

  1. I can see that. It’s not too far fetched to think that Cleveland could finish top six in the AFC. I think they may compete with Buffalo for the last wild card spot. I think they could take second in their division with Big Ben out and I don’t see two AFC South teams making the playoffs. I believe SD will take second in the West with a playoff-worthy record. Just my two cents.

  2. The Browns have the talent to be a playoff team if and only if Baker performs like a playoff QB. So far 2 games into the season he has fallen a little short of that standard! Hopefully, that changes but any playoff aspirations for the Browns fall squarely on young Mr. Mayfield’s shoulders like it or not.

  3. Brown’s are a improved team. But it will take a few years before they are playoff bound. Honesty Expect them to take major step backward for the next few years.A lot of new player’s that have not jell yet as a team. Mayfield is confident, but he doesn’t block or run or caught, are even make tackle’s on defense.Good luck with the confident beating reality.

  4. Wait, I thought everyone had them pegged as Super Bowl winners….
    WHATS CHANGED??
    Oh yeah, they still had to play……

  5. Their not making the playoffs not after what I saw the first 2 weeks. And now they face rams and ravens, the browns will be 1 and 3 and be lucky too finish season 8 and 8 or 7 and 9. They should have blew out the jets on Monday. Yeah the scores says it was a 3 score game but Anyone who watched that game saw that the browns were struggling all game.

  6. Wrong. The correct answer was “We are focused on the Rams, and not looking beyond what’s in front of us”.

    He does not — and never will — “get it”.

  7. First: Baker is hardly better than Mark Sanchez – especially if you take away Cindy from the numbers. Secondly, importantly, you never hear a NE player make this kind of comment nor make one attributable to the team sentiment. In NE, it’s ‘get better, do your job, and compete.’

  8. The Rams are a playoff team. Beat the Rams and you can legitimately talk about being a playoff team. Lose to them… and you’ve got a lot more work to do before you can seriously talk about going to the playoffs.

  9. Hey Baker the playoffs are only obtainable by WINNING on the field not having the biggest mouth in all of football

  10. The Browns should have Baker to work with a QB like Troy Aikman or Steve Young and if they could pick up Antonio Brown , and Jalen Ramsey they would be unstoppable on both sides of the ball .

  11. I can see that. It’s not too far fetched to think that Cleveland could finish top six in the AFC. I think they may compete with Buffalo for the last wild card spot. I think they could take second in their division with Big Ben out and I don’t see two AFC South teams making the playoffs. I believe SD will take second in the West with a playoff-worthy record. Just my two cents.
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    Not happening. They are looking more like a 6-10 team. I watched their first 2 games and they looked bad. They got crushed (at home) by the Titans, who are 0-2 vs teams not named the Brown’s. They beat the Jets with a 3rd string QB and they didn’t look very good in that game. Their next 5 games are against 2-0 teams. Rams, Ravens, Niners (in SF and the Niners will be coming off a bye and Shanahan will have 2 weeks to prepare), Seattle, and then the Pats. That still leaves them with 2 against the Bengals, 2 against the Steelers, 1 against the Ravens and the Bills. Don’t be shocked if they are 1-6 after their next 5 games. I agree that only the 6th playoff spot is a possibility and the Bills started 2-0, haven’t played Miami yet, and they have a much easier schedule the rest of the way.

  12. Someone tell Mayfield to shut the hell up and do something before he talks about it. He really sounds like someone that knows he is selling a worthless product so he needs people to buy now.

  13. brownsfan13 says:
    September 21, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    The Browns have the talent to be a playoff team if and only if Baker performs like a playoff QB. So far 2 games into the season he has fallen a little short of that standard! Hopefully, that changes but any playoff aspirations for the Browns fall squarely on young Mr. Mayfield’s shoulders like it or not.

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    Teams that get a top draft pick are usually few years away from doing anything significant let alone make the playoffs. The Browns can make the playoffs but it will be on the back of their defense. They have talent on defense to carry them to the playoffs.

  14. Baker Mayfield: Browns players expect a playoff berth
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    For some reason the song “Dreamer” by Supertramp just popped into my head!

    Come back and see us tomorrow after that loss to the Rams sinks in B!

  15. They’re starting to remind me of the Browns of the 1980-90’s, they think they’re going to the Playoffs every year but by week 6 or 7 they’re saying, “JUST WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR”!

    The Browns, rebuilding since 1964!!!

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Teams that get a top draft pick are usually few years away from doing anything significant let alone make the playoffs. The Browns can make the playoffs but it will be on the back of their defense. They have talent on defense to carry them to the playoffs.
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    NO team that makes Maroita look like Mahomes has the talent on D to make the Playoffs, PERIOD!

  17. Easy on the Mayfield bashing folks. He’s only saying the same thing that the coaches of every other half decent team in the NFL is thinking. it’s not about entitlement, it’s setting an expectation and holding yourself accountable to reach it.

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