Browns OC Reveals How He's Limiting Baker Mayfield

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Cleveland Browns are trying to put Baker Mayfield in the best position possible to succeed.
The Cleveland Browns are trying to put Baker Mayfield in the best position possible to succeed. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
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It's key for every NFL team to recognize the limits of their starting quarterback. After some turnover-heavy games, the Cleveland Browns adopted a shift in their play calling to maximize QB Baker Mayfield.

Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt discussed the results of that adjustment and how it's paid off.

By limiting ambitious pass attempts, Mayfield has become much less turnover-prone, even if it limits the chance for big-time plays.

By limiting mistakes, the Browns' dynamic rushing attack gets more opportunities to make the splash plays.

Mayfield threw 7 interceptions in the first seven weeks of the season, but thanks to the team's play-calling shift, Mayfield has recorded four straight starts with zero interceptions. He was one of only two QBs in the league to accomplish that feat last month.

The Browns have gone 3-1 in their last four games, making them 8-3 this season, good enough for second in the AFC North. Cleveland's run game and defense have carried the team despite Mayfield only accounting for 2 passing TDs in the last four contests.

Cleveland will need its quarterback to make plays down the stretch of the season as they hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. So far, it appears they're putting him in the best position possible to help his team from under center.


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