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What Should Baker Mayfield Learn From Patrick Mahomes?

Most NFL fans will tell you that Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback currently in the NFL, and he seems likely to keep that title for the foreseeable future. Despite the success he has had in his short career, including leading the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years, he remains humble, especially compared to other superstars in the league.

Baker Mayfield made a splashy entrance into the league after the Browns took him with the top pick in the 2018 draft. Mayfield is still looking for a winning season with Cleveland, but that hasn’t stopped him from being cocky at times. He could probably use a lesson on how to be humble from Mahomes.

Another disappointing Browns season

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After the Browns went 7-8-1 in 2018, they were a trendy preseason pick to make the playoffs in 2019 and there was a lot of hype surrounding them heading into the season. That didn’t pan out, though, as they ended up going 6-10 in Baker Mayfield’s first full season as the starting quarterback.

Despite playing in two more games — three extra starts — Mayfield had just 102 more passing yards than 2018, and he had five fewer touchdowns with seven more interceptions. His quarterback rating dropped from 93.7 in 2018 to 78.8 last season, with his QBR going down from 53.2 to 49.1.

It should be concerning for the Browns to see their franchise quarterback regressing from his rookie season. Mayfield really needs to turn things around.

Has Baker Mayfield learned a lesson?

With a personal record of 12-17 in his first two seasons in the league, Baker Mayfield seems to have been humbled some compared to when he first entered the NFL coming off a Heisman-winning season at Oklahoma. He was interviewed on FS1’s First Things First in the week leading up to Super Bowl LIV, and the answers he gave indicated a bit of maturity and humility.

He said he “truly regret[s]” making postgame comments blaming refs for some of the Browns’ losses, saying he put his foot in his mouth. Mayfield also called his career “a learning process” and that he still has room to grow as an NFL player.

Mayfield even said “the whole process of losing” was “a humbling experience” for him, acknowledging that he was focusing too much on things that were out of his control instead of what he can control.

Can Baker Mayfield learn from Patrick Mahomes?

Patrick Mahomes has never been as splashy as Baker Mayfield has been in his past, and he has become a star player on a team that appears set to be Super Bowl contenders for years to come. Mahomes is a quiet leader who focuses on his job and what he has to do to help his team win; he doesn’t concern himself with things going on off the field as much as Mayfield has.

But with Mayfield’s apparent changed attitude, where he is more humble than he was earlier in his career, maybe he can start to turn things around for the Browns and get them to playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. Nick Wright, who conducted the interview on First Things First, is optimistic about the Browns’ chances in 2020 thanks to the newly humble Mayfield, who hasn’t been used to losing prior to arriving in Cleveland.

But will a change of attitude for their quarterback be enough for the Browns to have a winning season, which they haven’t done since 2007? They have a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski — who will be the fourth of Mayfield’s career, including interim head coach Gregg Williams in 2018 — and he will have to keep Mayfield humbled if the Browns want to contend this season.