Kevin Stefanski hopes Baker Mayfield is much more comfortable with offense in 2021

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As the Browns went through the 2020 season, quarterback Baker Mayfield clearly progressed within head coach Kevin Stefanski’s offensive scheme.

Now as the team begins its second offseason with Stefanski at the helm, the head coach is hoping Mayfield’s comfort with the system is “significantly better.”

“I hope as he starts to listen to the installs with [quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt] and you are hearing it for not the second time — he’s heard these plays over and over again, we’ve streamlined concepts and we’ve tried to adjust what we do based on his strengths and our players’ strengths — I would hope he’s much more comfortable from that perspective,” Stefanski said, via George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s what time allows you to do — time together.”

Stefanski noted that just like the rest of his teammates, Mayfield has an improvement plan for the offseason. With NFLPA president J.C. Tretter on the roster, the Browns players have announced that they will not be participating in voluntary in-person workouts. So ostensibly, any improvement Mayfield makes entering his fourth season will have to be done thorough virtual meetings and work on his own.

Mayfield threw for 3,563 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2020.

12 responses to “Kevin Stefanski hopes Baker Mayfield is much more comfortable with offense in 2021

  1. I have the same hope as a Browns fan. Last year was Stefanski’s first year, Baker was learning a new offense during a pandemic, and he progressed well during the season. Usually we’re changing head coaches or at least offensive coordinators and the offense is re-learning a new playbook, but not this year. So many returning starters on offense this year too. This team has needed this level of stability for a long time.

  2. Overcoming lots of limitations. That’s what “comfortable” means here, and he needs to overcome a major height issue. I don’t see Baker being more than what he is. Is that going to be good enough when they passed over a tank in Josh Allen, who is killing it in Buffalo? .

  3. Mayfield has a better feel for the ball when passing then Allen, I have watched Allen and he is a good quarterback but I think he lacks the touch when throwing the ball maybe it will get better in time but I think Mayfield has that up on Allen at this time

  4. Why not create an offense that Baker is comfortable with? These NFL Coaches are so basic. I see why Belichick and Tom Brady dominated the NFL for 20 years. While they changed their offense up constantly, most of these NFL coaches aren’t functional out of the one system that they learned.

  5. Mayfield has a better feel for the ball when passing then Allen, I have watched Allen and he is a good quarterback but I think he lacks the touch when throwing the ball maybe it will get better in time but I think Mayfield has that up on Allen at this time
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    That’s hysterical….says everyone with buyers remorse inside Cleveland…..
    Yeah, Mayfield was in the MVP convo…LOL..

  6. The Brown over performed last year — losing season for them coming up — mark it!

  7. Mayfield had a stacked deck on offense and he produced Case Keenum type numbers last year. He is what he is. He will always have problems with accuracy because of his poor footwork. How much more do you have to do for this guy?

  8. I’m so happy to finally have a competent football team!!!!! Haters can hate all they want. We were made fun of and ridiculed for decades. You think your “over hyped” and “over performed” comments are gonna bring us down? Ha!

  9. He’s not a franchise QB. He has tons of batted passes while in the pocket. His QB vision stat has to be one of the lowest in the league. Because of his height, they have to scheme rollouts to allow him to have a chance at throwing. There aren’t too many HOF QB’s who couldn’t pass in the pocket. Until he can learn to read a defense like Brees…he’ll never have that level of success. The Browns could have drafted Lamar Jackson and Saquon Barkley instead of Mayfield and Chubb. They missed again on another draft.

  10. No offense but “CaptainOblivious” may want to check the facts about Baker especially on batted balls. I thought the “QB Vision” stat was from Madden.

    May also want to check to see who has more playoff wins between Jackson & Barkley and Mayfield & Chubb. Hint: M&C.

  11. @ captainobvious: “He’s not a franchise QB. He has tons of batted passes while in the pocket.”

    Per Pro Football Reference Advanced Passing Accuracy Metrics, this opinion is outdated.
    In 2020, Mayfield had 8 passes batted down. So did Mahomes, Jones and Tannehill. Rothlesberger, Rivers, Cousins, Newton…all 2 to 4 inches taller than Mayfield, had more passes batted down. The median # of batted down passes for starting QBs was “6”, so Mayfield only had 2 more than the median over 16 games. His height is not a big deal.

    We’ll see if he can continue his 2nd half success of 20 TDs vs. 3 interceptions (including playoffs). If/when he comes close to that ratio in 2021, it will be time to call him a franchise QB.

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