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Going into Detail: Peyton Manning’s takeaways on Baker Mayfield’s film – Cleveland Browns Blog


When the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick of the 2018 draft, they initially said he would backup Tyrod Taylor.

That plan lasted until Week 3, when Mayfield went into the lineup after Taylor suffered a concussion against the New York Jets. All Mayfield did that Thursday night was help the Browns end their 19-game winless streak with a 21-17 victory over the Jets.

Mayfield has started the past six games. Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was Mayfield’s first outing since the Browns fired coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is the team’s interim coach, with Freddie Kitchens calling the plays.

The loss to the Chiefs is the focus of the fourth installment of the ESPN+ show Detail with Peyton Manning.

Here’s a quick recap of Manning’s breakdown of Mayfield:

Been there, done that

Manning, who was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft, knows how Mayfield feels being tossed into the lineup for a struggling team.

“Certainly not an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback, already having a new head coach and new offensive coordinator in the middle of a season,” Manning said. “First pick of the NFL draft, I know those shoes. People expect a lot. They expect you to come in and be this dominant player right away. There’s a reason you’re the first pick of the draft. You’re going to a team that has earned that first pick of the draft — you’re going to be the bad team.”

Manning’s Colts went 3-13 in his rookie season. He took every snap and threw what is still a rookie-record 28 interceptions.

Manning said Mayfield’s approach this rookie season has reminded him of “Brett Favre, for his enthusiasm and love for the game.”

Disregard the audible

Manning used an incompletion from the Browns loss to show how he would call a “dummy audible” or go in the huddle and tell the rest of the offense to “disregard the audible.”

It showed a side of Manning’s game that defenders said made him one of the all-time best. They had to try to determine at the line of scrimmage how much of Manning’s hand movements and cadence actually meant something and how much was just for show.

“Animal House”

Talking about the “squirrel route” — the out, up and out — and how he doesn’t know why they call it a squirrel route, Manning showed his propensity to quote the movies he enjoys.

He used a reference to John Belushi’s character in “Animal House:” “Told the pledge in Animal House your nickname is Pinto, he said, ‘Why Pinto?’ and he said, ‘Why not?'”

“So it’s called squirrel. I don’t know why, but why not?”

Manning also stumbled a bit on “anticipatory” and offered, “I’m not even sure it’s a word,” but he made a quality point on how a Mayfield throw to Jarvis Landry required some patience.

The free hand

Manning pointed out Mayfield’s attention to detail with something Manning took great pride in during his career: making the play-action fake and the handoff look the same. Manning pointed out what defenders are looking for and explained why Mayfield’s was such a quality effort.

“I like the effort, and I like the discipline. Don’t be afraid, quarterbacks, to study good play-action quarterbacks,” he said.

I really like this throw

Manning also commended Mayfield’s footwork on a quick slant with a three-step drop out of the shotgun, something Manning remembered from the preseason.

Manning showed a drill for quarterbacks who want to learn how to get to the laces quickly on quick passes to the middle of the field.

About the nightmares

As he pointed out where Mayfield should have put the ball on a play, Manning also showed why, with his own interceptions by the likes of Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, as he made a point about the range of the game’s best safeties.

“I’m going to quit bringing their names up — I won’t be able to sleep tonight,” Manning said. “ … You got to respect these safeties and their ability to cover ground.”

Manning also gave a shout-out to daughter Mosley’s fantasy football team, “The New Sheriff,” because he gave a shout-out to son Marshall’s team last week.

They study

Manning zeroed in on another piece of technique near and dear to his heart: discipline with your hands as a quarterback.

As he gave Mayfield props in the run game earlier with his technique, Manning pointed out the other side of the coin. Mayfield had his hands at his side until he raised them just before the snap. Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford used the move as a tell to time the snap, get to Mayfield and knock the ball out.

“They study your pre-snap mannerisms,” Manning said. “ … Let’s be sure we’re doing the same things.”

Lesson on clock management

Spoken like a true quarterback, Manning used a completion by Mayfield in the two-minute drive to show how the receiver should have handed the ball to the umpire instead of leaving it on the ground and how it would have saved valuable time for the offense.

He also expressed his disdain for wasted timeouts, especially timeouts by the defense “because you don’t know the call.”

He went on to say, “I’m just gonna say it. Those are really the offense’s timeouts, OK? I know you have three timeouts a half, but it’s really the offense that has the three timeouts, all right? That’s just the way it is.”



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Inside look at Baker Mayfield’s first game with Cleveland Browns – Cleveland Browns Blog


CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns played miserably in the first half against the New York Jets on Thursday night.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was hesitant and under duress, and the offense was doing nothing. Late in the first half, Taylor had completed just 4-of-14 passes for 19 yards, and the Browns were behind 14-0.

After a sack by Jets linebacker Avery Williamson, Taylor staggered to the sidelines and was taken right to the medical tent, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.

Coach Hue Jackson went to rookie Baker Mayfield and told him, “Baker, you’re up.” With 1 minute, 42 seconds left in the second quarter, Mayfield trotted onto the field.

What followed was one of the most electrifying debuts for a quarterback in Browns history, giving the franchise its first win since Dec. 24, 2016.

Here’s a look through the words of those who lived the 21-17 win:

Getting the call

The Browns are down and struggling when Mayfield takes over. Everyone feels Mayfield is ready for the moment.

Jackson: “I meet with Baker after every game in my office, and we sit and talk about a lot of different things. I always try to put things into context for him that this can happen, and when they do, how is he going to handle it? I am being very honest with you, he normally looks at me in my office and goes, ‘Coach, basically, are you kidding me? I am going to go out there and play my tail off.’”

Receiver Jarvis Landry: “For Bake to come in right before half, it is just a testament. I promise you, it is just a testament to how he has worked since the day he stepped into this building and not having that backup mentality. He was so ready for this moment.”

Mayfield: “Treat it like any other time. I have to go do my job. Don’t overthink it. Live in the moment.”

Guard Joel Bitonio: “He was talking [junk] to the defense. He was ready to go.”

Chipping away

Mayfield guides the Browns to a field goal on his first drive, but the energy he brings to the team and stadium are tangible. The Browns go to the locker room at halftime down 14-3.

Mayfield: “Just wanted to chip away. All points are good points at that point.”

Wide receiver Antonio Callaway: “That juice. That fire. He is always fired up. He gave us a spark.”

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Carlos Hyde muscles in for a touchdown, and the Browns get tricky on a two-point try with Jarvis Landry finding Baker Mayfield in the end zone.

Second-half success

Excitement grows as Mayfield gets an early field goal and then guides a 69-yard touchdown drive to cut the Jets’ lead to 14-12 with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.

Bitonio: “There were some good rhythm throws. He got to his point, he threw the ball and got it out of his hands. The crowd fed off it for sure. You could tell they were excited to have him out there. We got some first downs and moved the ball. That had an avalanche effect and got us moving on offense.”

Jackson: “It felt like it was moving quicker. It felt like that position was playing quicker. Seeing things very clearly and the ball was coming out of his hands.”

Mayfield: “You want to put them [the other team] on their heels. When you do that, the offense builds confidence. The defense will see that. They start to build that confidence as well. The crowd gets into it. When you get all three phases like that, it is pretty tough to stop.”

Baker’s Special

After a 1-yard TD run by Carlos Hyde cuts the Jets’ lead to 14-12, the Browns fail on a two-point conversion. But offsetting penalties give them a second try, and they run a direct snap to running back Duke Johnson, who laterals to Landry, who then throws to Mayfield.

Bitonio: “We call it the ‘Philly Special.’ I think we saw Philadelphia run it in the Super Bowl and they said, ‘Hey we can do that.’”

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Baker Mayfield is looking toward the future after winning the Browns’ first game in 635 days.

Jackson: “We did not steal that from them. Please. I know everybody wants to think that. We have had that in our back pocket for a while.”

Landry: “We were on the sideline. [Mayfield] comes to me and says, ‘Your ass better throw me that ball.’”

Mayfield: “I think that is how the play was drawn up. … I was the first read, so I was hoping he was going to throw it to me.”

Energizing the crowd

Mayfield exults after the play, and the giant scoreboard shows him screaming toward the fans, who feed on the excitement.

Mayfield: “Anytime you can get the crowd to be a factor. … Kudos to the crowd. They played a factor late in the game. Anytime you can get them to be your 12th man. As cliché as that sounds, it is the truth. Whatever we have to do to fire them up to affect the other offense, it is great.”

Landry: “He [energized] the whole stadium. I am sure you felt it.”

Jets linebacker Darron Lee: “He just made a couple of throws.”

Final assessment: ‘He’s special’

Mayfield finishes 17-for-23, and has three passes dropped. He also guides the Browns on a game-winning, 75-yard drive, with the Browns scoring the winning touchdown with 2:04 to go.

Mayfield: “Seeing things, [releasing] quickly and just trusting your guys to in the spots that they are supposed to be in.”

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold: “I know Baker is a great player. He’s done some great things at Oklahoma, and he continued to do great things tonight. I felt the crowd rallied pretty well around him.”

Defensive end Myles Garrett: “I see it almost every damn practice. He is a winner. That guy has a chip on his shoulder, and none of this surprised me. I knew he was going to go out there and have a hell of a game whenever it was.”

Landry: “He is special. He is really special.”

A win at long last

For the first time since Dec. 24, 2016, the Browns win a game.

Mayfield: “This city deserves it.”



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Browns coach Hue Jackson raves about Baker Mayfield’s approach to game


BEREA, Ohio — On the fourth day of Cleveland Browns training camp, rookie Baker Mayfield gave his coach reason for praise.

“Baker Mayfield has been everything I thought a quarterback should be for our organization thus far,” coach Hue Jackson said Sunday after an impressive day of practice from the first overall pick in the draft. “He’s doing the things that we want him to do the way we want him to do it, and he’s exceeding those things. Because he’s putting in the time. He doesn’t have a pride or [arrogance] any kind of way.

“His thing is, ‘You guys tell me what you want me to do, and I’m going to do it.’ That’s what he’s done since he’s walked in the building. To me that’s exciting. That’s a player that’s eager to learn, and grow.”

Jackson has been known to gush at times about his players — he did some of the same a year ago with then-rookie QB DeShone Kizer — but Mayfield’s play justifies the words. He has earned the praise with his demeanor, approach and work operating as the backup behind Tyrod Taylor.

He’s shown he has picked up the offense quickly, and he has an understanding of the system. He has a strong arm, he’s been accurate and he gets rid of the ball quickly.

On one throw in team drills on Sunday, Mayfield threw behind the ear of a defender and into the hands of Rashard Higgins on a deep in. The ball was one of several placed perfectly in team drills.

“To me it was outstanding,” Jackson said. “Those kind of things that he’s doing along with staying in the pocket … I think he’s seeing the offense unfold a little better because I think he understands the system better.

“I think he’s making really good progress, which you want to see from a quarterback.”

Taylor remains the starter, though the Browns and Jackson have made it clear if Mayfield earns the job they will not hold him back. Taylor also had a good day throwing the ball on Sunday, and Mayfield’s next step will be playing against NFL competition in preseason games. That will be a quantum leap from practicing against teammates.

Jackson said Taylor and Mayfield have “an unbelievable bond.” The two spend long hours at the facility (along with veteran Drew Stanton), and their relationship seems solid based on the pair’s willingness to put in the time.

“I think there’s trust, I think there’s honesty and transparency among that group,” Jackson said. “They’ve done a great job. And when you’re the first pick in the draft and you walk in, normally like you [see] some guys walk in with their chest out and it’s me, me, me.

“[Mayfield’s] not about that.”



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