Kevin Stefanski on Baker Mayfield: We push each other and there’s a level of respect

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The Browns have had some positive things to say about Baker Mayfield since the end of a disappointing fourth season for the quarterback.

Earlier this week, head coach Kevin Stefanski and General Manager Andrew Berry both said they expect Mayfield will be able to bounce back and play well in 2022, whether or not the quarterback has a new deal.

But Berry also said he doesn’t have any concerns about the relationship between Mayfield and Stefanski. That partnership has been called into question after Mayfield noted there were “internal things” that were problems in 2021, and one such issue was reportedly play-calling. That would fall under Stefanski’s purview.

In a Thursday interview on 92.3 The Fan, Stefanski nonetheless spoke positively of his relationship with the quarterback.

“We push each other and there’s a level of respect there,” Stefanski said, via Tom Withers of the Associated Press. “We work well together. I respect him. He respects me. I push him. He understands how we operate. We’ve had two years together, and I think as a team we’ve certainly just had our ups and downs.”

Mayfield finished the 2021 season completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But even as the Browns say nice things about Mayfield at the start of the offseason, there is plenty to figure out for the team and player entering 2022.

6 responses to “Kevin Stefanski on Baker Mayfield: We push each other and there’s a level of respect

  1. The Browns should go after Jimmy G. He is familiar with the Stefanski/Kubiak/Shanahan system. His only knock is he can’t stay healthy so they will need a viable backup like Keenum.

  2. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If Stefanski keeps trotting Mayfield out there as a franchise QB, by definition, he’s insane. Mayfield wasn’t even the top QB of his draft class. Surely, the Browns can find a different game managing QB that, most importantly, doesn’t turn the ball over in clutch situations. Baker doesn’t progress through his reads very well, doesn’t set his feet very well and is forced to roll out of the pocket on most plays because he can’t see over his linemen. Mayfield is more Jake “The Snake” Plummer than he is Tom Brady. We know what kind of career Jake Plummer had. Stefanski and Berry both need their eyes checked.

  3. He got all the excuses in the world this year from injury to Odell being the offense destroyer. Maybe next season there won’t be any excuses if he plays bad

  4. What is the purpose of spending $6M on a QB backup? Sounds like the QB tells the HC if he plays and if he doesnt. Mayfield said he feels good and he feels the worst, but still played.
    Stefanski owns this lousy non-playoff year.

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