Insane Stat Proves How Much Baker Mayfield Changed Browns Culture
Over the last few decades, the Cleveland Browns have been one of the biggest laughing stocks in the NFL. It didn't matter who they drafted in the first round or what coaching changes they made, the team continued to underperform. However, that disappointment seems to be a thing of the past.
Ever since Baker Mayfield was drafted first overall by the Browns in 2018, the team has shown considerable improvement.
According to the NFL Stats Twitter account, the Browns have more wins over the past three seasons, including the playoffs, with Mayfield on the roster (25) than they did from 2011 to 2017 (24).
It may seem hard to believe, but it's true.
The Browns won seven games in Baker Mayfield's rookie season, followed by six in 2019. However, things took a turn last season as Mayfield led the Browns to an 11-5 record, making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
While they were eliminated in the Divisional Round by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Browns' Wild Card victory was their first postseason win since 1994.
Speaking from an individual standpoint, Mayfield got back on track this season. In 2020, he threw for 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. He also looked impressive during the team's playoff run, racking up 467 passing yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception in two games.
If Mayfield can take another step forward in 2021, the Browns could make a deeper playoff run. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists their odds of winning the Super Bowl at +2000.
The fact of the matter is that this team proved it was for real last season. The days of laughing at the Browns could be a distant memory going forward.
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