- The Cleveland Browns were heralded as a potential Super Bowl contender entering the 2019 season; Baker Mayfield was seen as an MVP candidate.
- Since losing Week One to the Tennessee Titans in epic fashion, the team and Mayfield have fought to stay afloat only to spiral downward
- But over the last week culminating with Sunday’s game against the Broncos, the Browns may have officially imploded and hit rock-bottom.
When the 2019 NFL season began, the Cleveland Brown were the cool kids. After a solid second half to the 2018 season and some offseason acquisitions, the bandwagon was fuller than a clown car at the circus. It was so full that the Browns were considered contenders entering the season (Super Bowl odds +1400 as of Sept. 4). People were betting on Mayfield like he was the favorite to win the MVP (as of Sept. 5, his odds were +1100).
Those dreams came crashing down as soon as they played that first game – and they haven’t stopped.
The Deconstruction Of Baker Mayfield
Confident is one of the many ways people describe Baker Mayfield. That swagger he was infamous for in college followed him into the NFL, and when the Browns started winning games last season, people flocked to him. They couldn’t get enough, and he was happy to indulge them.
When things started to go south this season, he remained as confident as ever. But then last week, cracks began to show. When Odell Beckham Jr. gave Tom Brady goat-hair cleats after the game, he looked jealous. Then there was the toned-down Ryan Leaf moment he had when a reporter asked him a stupid question.
He was still somewhat in control at that moment and the same old Baker Mayfield.