Baker Mayfield on the loaded Browns: ‘If we really do not have chemistry, none of it matters’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Baker Mayfield has been down this street ahead of with a boatload of expertise on offense, and that Browns ship sunk to 6-10 in 2019.

He’s not about to permit that transpire once more. He’s acquired some of the same stars around him, including Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, but he’s acquired the hard way that talent can be fool’s gold.

“We have a whole lot of terrific players, and this is not using anything at all absent from them due to the fact I enjoy these fellas,’’ Mayfield said Wednesday at his Procamps Youth Soccer Clinic at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. “But it doesn’t issue who we have, if we really do not have chemistry and we really don’t do our work, none of it issues.’’

A match and trim Mayfield has taken matters into his individual hands when it will come to creating on what they did in the offseason.

“I’d say not taking anything for granted when it will come to chemistry,’’ he explained. “I imagine interaction and overcommunicating just because we’re in the very same procedure and we discuss in the identical phrases, but you have to overcommunicate. I think which is the most critical section is leaving absolutely nothing remaining unsaid, and, to me, which is the place we’re at right now.”

For Mayfield, that will be a large amount easier in the second calendar year of a technique for the initial time in his professional vocation. Now that he’s mastered the offense, he can lead with far more moxie and yell with much more authority. He’s also operating it back again with the same varsity squad.

“The exact same method provides me far more confidence,’’ he explained, “just simply because I know how to push these men now. Certainly likely into minicamp, all the coaches and the players saw that I was way a lot more snug in the process yet again. But [it’s] just hitting the floor working. Not to say that we’re heading to start off off correct where by we remaining it, but that’s often the target is to proceed to increase and make on what we have. We have to start out fresh new and that’s the most important section. Nothing’s heading to be presented to us. We have to earn it.’’

One of the most important storylines for Mayfield is the return of Beckham, who suffered a torn ACL Oct. 25 in opposition to the Bengals. Beckham has rehabbed with a vengeance, and appears like his 24-12 months-previous self in conditions of velocity and conditioning. He and Mayfield worked on their timing all through Camp Mayfield in Austin, Texas last thirty day period, and also on a limited foundation in the course of minicamp.

“About a month in the past I would have said that he looks really, quite excellent, and I know following speaking with him that he feels even superior,’’ Mayfield mentioned. “So I’ll let you guys see that for by yourself.”

Mayfield really should also have far better chemistry with limited close Austin Hooper, who had an adjustment interval last calendar year coming from Atlanta, and with David Njoku, who wasn’t all in substantially of last year but vows to be from the leap this yr.

“The factor I normally check out and harp on is past calendar year does not issue, good or lousy,’’ he explained. “You have to begin new. It doesn’t make a difference if your staff was in the Super Bowl or you didn’t win a activity. You have to begin contemporary and you have to build the foundation to focus on the next period.’’

With the Chiefs up initial on Sept. 12, Mayfield stressed the relevance of a robust start out. Past period, just one a lot more loss and they would’ve skipped the playoffs, so just about every recreation is very important.

“It’s crucial, certainly, early in the year we have to be a whole lot improved,’’ he said. “More constant. When we get a direct, preserve the aggressiveness, stay ahead, never let teams again in the sport. I think just it is a minimal little bit of every thing for us. I think it is controlling the ball for me and just managing the tempo as an offense as a whole.’’

When the offense will develop on its good results in 2020, the defense now has the talent to continue to keep speed, with as lots of as nine new starters from new faces John Johnson III, Greg Newsome II, Jadeveon Clowney, Takk McKinley, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Troy Hill.

“Good players, but good locker-space men, great leaders,” said Mayfield. “You can inform that we have been pretty younger as a crew as a full, and to carry some of those people veterans in on protection, just the management-sensible that they aid deliver alongside to assistance with fellas like Denzel [Ward] and Myles [Garrett] and some of our youthful players.

“They’re leaders, and that’s the most critical part. You have to have a team-to start with mentality often, and those men that we introduced in are executing just that.”

His information on that side of the ball, while is the exact as on his side.

“It’s not just going to take place just since we brought in some fellas [on defense] and we have the similar individuals on offense,’’ he said. “We even now have to go out and do our occupation.”

It is that singular target on profitable that enables Mayfield to block out any ideas about his agreement extension, which could occur throughout the year.

“I genuinely do mean that I’m about successful and I believe all the things will enjoy alone out,’’ he mentioned. “I’m not anxious about it at all for the reason that if we win, we’re headed in the ideal path.”

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