Baker Mayfield’s yardage is down, but Browns are happy his interceptions are down

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is averaging a career-low 191.6 passing yards per game, but his coaches are OK with that.

Cleveland offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said the key for Mayfield is that he’s also averaging a career-low 2.4 percent of his passes intercepted. Van Pelt said he’d rather see Mayfield complete something short and easy than take a chance at a big gain that also has a good chance of getting picked off.

“I would gladly take a five-yard gain over a 20-yard chance of an interception. I think that’s the mindset we have to take,” Van Pelt said, via BrownsZone.com.

Mayfield has gone four straight games without an interception, and Van Pelt sees that as progress.

“It’s really a mindset,” Van Pelt said. “We do talk about it, we don’t talk a lot about it. When you get out there, it can backfire on you. But surely the mindset, I’m not going to turn the ball over. He’s really grasped that now, the last four or five weeks. Just understanding the importance of turnovers, giveaways and how that’s a big part of our success is not turning the football over.”

Ideally, the Browns would have Mayfield making big plays to win games for them. But they can live with it as long as he doesn’t make any plays that lose games for them.

10 responses to “Baker Mayfield’s yardage is down, but Browns are happy his interceptions are down

  1. Can’t have it all. I mean you could always have a Jameis Winston, with Star Wars passing and TD numbers…

  2. Mayfield is turning out to be a bit of bust. I mean Mayfield was the #1 overall pick yet he plays like a 3rd round pick, he’s not even as good as a young Andy Dalton back when Dalton took Cinci to the post season 4-5 seasons in a row. Mayfields INT”s are down because the Browns don’t let him throw the ball, he has just 294 attempts this season with 180 completions and he still has 7INT’s which is terrible. The Browns aren’t build around Mayfield at all either and that’s by design because he cannot carry the offense like the good & top QB’s can and do. The head coach cannot trust Mayfield to carry a heavy load offensively so instead he has to design game plans around the running game and playing great defense.
    I’d bet Money the Browns front office seriously regrets taking Mayfield #1 overall especially considering that Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson were in that draft. The Browns took the wrong OU QB 1yr too early as OU does have a young super-star in the league who is an elite talent but his names Kyler Murray not Mayfield. Browns fans once again got a raw deal taking Mayfield #1 overall.

  3. “I would gladly take a five-yard gain over a 20-yard chance of an interception..” Uhhh you have a #1 overall pick at QB and you have to instruct him to throw short at risk of turning the ball over? Wow, that shows a lot of faith. The Browns are the biggest fraud of the NFL and will be exposed here very soon.

  4. Mayfield holds onto the ball too long. For a guy who appears quick-witted in commercials, he sure doesn’t seem to have a fast-enough processor on the field.

  5. Yes it’s Bakers 3rd year but it’s his 4th head coach and 4th offensive system. This matters. They are working on some basics with him this year.

  6. ‘“I would gladly take a five-yard gain over a 20-yard chance of an interception..” Uhhh you have a #1 overall pick at QB and you have to instruct him to throw short at risk of turning the ball over?’

    Do you remember the guy called two-yard Tom? He has 6 rings to his name.

  7. “I’d bet Money the Browns front office seriously regrets taking Mayfield #1 overall especially considering that Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson were in that draft.”

    It’s hard for the front office to regret something that they didn’t do. Baker was drafted by the previous administration. Besides, if it wasn’t Baker it would’ve most likely been Darnold or Rosen which haven’t fared any better. Allen was a possibility, but no one was projecting Lamar to go #1 overall.

  8. The overall importance of turnover ratio is indicative of the over emphasis of the QB. If defenses were allowed to play proper defense, the turnover wouldn’t be as important.

  9. The Browns can only succeed running the ball. Any time they stray from that they’re going to be in trouble. If they can beat the Titans, I’d consider that their first “quality win” of the season. They should make the playoffs, but they don’t scare anybody yet.

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