CLEVELAND, Ohio — Baker Mayfield has by no means had a lot of a filter between his mind and his mouth, jawing with or at Kliff Kingsbury, Colin Cowherd, Rex Ryan, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Giants QB Daniel Jones and others through the years and making daring proclamations.
However the mouth that roared has been principally silent this offseason as he gears as much as rebound from his poor 2019 season.
“I’ve a unique strategy to this 12 months,’’ he mentioned Wednesday on a Zoom name with Browns media. “I feel everyone who’s been interviewed on our group has hit the nail on the pinnacle time and again about ‘it’s time to work. It’s time to do our factor, as a substitute of speaking about it.’ That is the primary media factor I’ve completed simply because there’s no should be speaking about it. It’s simply time to go do it. Proper now, it’s sort of shifting in silence, which is okay with me.’’
Mayfield has modified his tune on the behest of coach Kevin Stefanski, who’s requested all of his gamers to let their efficiency do the speaking. Final offseason, the talent-loaded Browns talked a giant recreation and couldn’t again it up, going 6-10 within the Season of Nice Expectations.
“That’s how I used to do it earlier than getting on a much bigger stage,” he mentioned. “So I’m joyful to get again to these roots and … get again to the basics to the place I can accomplish the objectives when the season comes round.”
Mayfield tumbled to second-last within the NFL final 12 months in interceptions (21), score (78.eight) and completion proportion (59.four).
“There’s been lots of studying all through this course of,’’ he mentioned. “Throughout all this, it’s sort of made everyone return to the simply sheer fundamentals. You may’t accomplish that many advanced drills and all of the stuff you may and everyone may not have the identical gear, however we will train the very base fundamentals of what this new teaching employees desires to do and go from there. I feel that has been the very best factor is basically simply getting again to the fundamentals.”
In the course of the digital offseason program, Mayfield additionally took it upon himself to host teammates for a throwing session in his hometown of Austin, Texas final week.
“It felt actually good, I can be sincere,’’ he mentioned. “We didn’t have everyone. We didn’t need to carry among the youthful guys right down to overwhelm them as a result of we’re not via our installs but. We wished them to nonetheless really feel like they’re getting used to it. We had 9 guys right here. It felt actually good to get round them, to begin talking the terminology and for a few of these guys to simply to be round one another.’’
Teammates who attended included Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Rashard Higgins and Damion Ratley.
“That was a giant factor for Hooper to be down right here and be round among the guys,’’ Mayfield mentioned. “Lots of them had been right here final 12 months, but it surely was good for everyone to be round, talking the identical terminology and simply sort of hanging out throughout all this. You’re sort of caught at house, however we had an opportunity to get exterior and throw a bit bit.”
He additionally used Camp Mayfield to work on the brand new footwork that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt applied.
“The large factor when he’s speaking about that basically is altering my stance up in shotgun formation and placing my left foot ahead, which I’ve by no means completed,’’ he mentioned. “As you take a look at locations he has been, Andy Dalton did it in Cincinnati. Aaron Rodgers does it in Inexperienced Bay. It’s only a totally different rhythm and timing. It’s breaking among the habits that I’ve had for a very long time, however I’m getting used to it.
“That’s the reason having the fellows down final week was so nice, with the ability to truly translate that to actual timing on routes.”
Regardless of the current uncertainty, Mayfield expects to play a full 2020 season.
“I don’t know if we’ll have something within the offseason,’’ he mentioned. “I do know there are rumors going round a couple of attainable minicamp or issues like that. I’m staying optimistic as a result of the world wants sports activities. We should be secure with that in thoughts, however I feel hopefully quickly it is going to begin to open up and we’ll have soccer again once more.
“It’s good to listen to the information that different sports activities are trying [to return]. That’s the blessing in disguise about soccer having the later begin to the season so we get to see how individuals deal with it and the way it goes earlier than we actually should make any rash choices.”
He’s additionally excited concerning the organizational alignment amongst GM Andrew Berry, Stefanski and the remainder of the teaching employees, which wasn’t the case final 12 months.
“It looks as if they’re completely one message, one group,’’ he mentioned. “We now have a gameplan for what we actually need to attempt to accomplish. … Personnel-wise of what they’ve tried to do for the scheme and matching that up, they’re on the identical web page, I’ll say that.’’
He complimented the acquisitions of Conklin, Hooper, Jedrick Wills and others.
“For the entire group, we’re bringing in guys which have the fitting mindset, that need to win and it appears as if they’ll do something to have that completed,’’ he mentioned.
Along with conserving his foot out of his mouth, he’s gotten a membership in his fingers throughout Covid-19.
“I’ve tried to get higher at golf,’’ he mentioned. “It’s not taking place. My effort’s there, I’ve all the time been a high-effort man. I’m swinging arduous nonetheless, but it surely’s nonetheless not going straight. Aside from that, I’ve tried to search out some new exhibits. I loved the Tiger King and bought again into Ozark. We’ve been on the lake fairly a bit. We’re attempting to benefit from the climate whereas we will.”
Mayfield acknowledged that he appreciates soccer now greater than ever.
“Every thing that we’d have taken without any consideration once we had been dwelling in a non-quarantine life, I feel we are going to look again on that when issues do open up once more hopefully quickly and that we’ll reap the benefits of these alternatives. You solely get so many [opportunities] on this recreation of soccer that I’ve been blessed to play. It doesn’t final ceaselessly.
“It may not be enjoyable through the course of, however you then look again, and also you’re very grateful for that course of. I feel it’s taking us again to the fundamentals.”
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