Browns coach Freddie Kitchens praises Baker Mayfield’s mobility
Baker Mayfield is heading into his second year in the league. As a result, the Cleveland Browns quarterback has plenty of expectations laid ahead of him. Most pressing is the responsibility to become the driving force of the franchise.
In his rookie year, Mayfield has made a strong impression on first-year head coach and former offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens has raved about his quarterback’s ability to escape pressure in the pocket. It is something that Kitchens believes that Mayfield has learned how to do on his own, according to Scott Patsko of Cleveland.com.
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“I do not really think you can coach anybody on escaping, and if they tell you that they can, then they are lying to you,” Kitchens said. “I think you just got to have to have a feel for the pocket and when it is collapsing or whatever you got to get out of there or sit there and take a sack, and I do not like sacks.”
That being the case, it still shouldn’t be ignored that Kitchens and the Browns gave Mayfield the reins to run the offense and show his ability. There have been some hiccups along the way, but it has also allowed him to show his potential on the field.
Mayfield’s ability to extend plays with his legs and make things happen on broken plays could be crucial factors at times in his career. That said, this ability is certainly something that will help him at times when things get tough or challenging.
Beyond that, what these comments from Kitchens show that there is plenty of faith in Mayfield to finally be the answer under center the franchise has long been waiting for.