Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield did not take what would be described as a “normal” path to the NFL.
As a high school player in Texas, Mayfield was looking at scholarship offers from Rice, Florida Atlantic and New Mexico. He walked on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, where he once again had to find his way as a walk on to the Sooner football team.
Mayfield’s journey would see him win the Heisman Trophy as a senior before being the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Given his background, something as simple (and widely expected) as a coaching change is not going to throw the rookie quarterback for a loss.
Mayfield faced the media for on Wednesday for the first time since head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired by the Browns. And befitting his stature as the team’s franchise quarterback, Mayfield is rolling with the situation, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“It is one of those things that you can handle it as a distraction or you can use it to come together as a team. This locker room can become a lot tighter. I expect the guys in here to be grown men, to be experienced football players and to handle it that way and keep that same mindset of that we have the same goal. We need to reach that and work with each other.”
It hasn’t been all non-stop fun for Mayfield and the Browns through the first half of the season, but Mayfield continues to show the talent and the mental toughness to handle what has been, since 1993, the league’s dark hole.
But Mayfield has three simple words for the challenges awaiting the team:
The Browns are in a better place now that they have moved on from Jackson.
And the future will be even better, thanks to having Mayfield at quarterback.