- Apr 18, 2005
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Baker's game vs the Ravens was a continuation of what we saw all last season. Couldn't blame it on the line this time either. A new coach/system is going to affect things, but many of the problems I saw with Baker last season were still very apparent yesterday like locking on receivers, fleeing the pocket unecessrily, not identifying open WR, inexplicably overlooking defenders, etc.
Coaching helps correct those problems to a degree, but Baker did those things in college as well. IMO, It was harder to spot in college because he routinely got away with it due to talent disparity.
Given the circumstances, I think Stefanski mostly gets a free pass for the season. No FO is going to come in with huge expectations for a rookie HC in Covid. Just a unique situation. I also think if the Browns are in the position to draft #1, most of the blame is going to get tossed on the failure of Baker Mayfield (Who this coach and FO didn't pick) and not on Stefanski.
I love these discussions. People point to Mayfield as the over arching problem with everything that happened on Sunday, even though he was 1 of about 100 different failures. He is learning his 4th system in 4 years, after having limited practice time and 0 real game reps. Mean while the team was going against a favorite to make the super bowl. But for some reason that doesnt seem to sink in and fans are calling for his head asking for his backup. A TEAM struggle was to be expected on sunday.
I get it, he is the starting QB and he has a target on him. However in the same damn post you say the head coach should get a "free pass" if this team finishes with the worst record in the league, meaning they did DRASTICALLY worse than they have done in the last 2 years. We arent just talking about a team not meeting its season goals, we are talking about a team that won 6 games the year before with freddie fuckign kitchens at the helm, that suddenly has the worst record in the league. If that happens you better be damn well prepared for the entire coaching staff be cleaned out again because absolutely no one would deserve a "Free pass"