Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has noted on multiple occasions that rookie No. 1 pick and reigning Heisman winner Baker Mayfield won’t see regular season action as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. Instead, that role will be filled by former Pro Bowler Tyrod Taylor.
In many ways, it makes perfect sense. Jackson screwed the proverbial pooch by throwing then-rookie DeShone Kizer to the wolves last season. It was an utter disaster for both the quarterback and his team.
In taking a different approach with Mayfield, Jackson notes that while the young quarterback won’t like sitting his rookie season, “he’ll thank me for it one day.”
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Jackson might not be wrong here. Mayfield has impressed during the preseason, but he’s still a rookie and pretty darn raw. Whether Jackson is the head coach when Mayfield thanks him for riding the pine as a rookie remains to be seen.
Once again, Jackson himself is in the news for all the wrong reasons. He’s received a ton of push back for bringing an injured Tyrod Taylor back into last Thursday’s preseason game.
At 1-31 in two seasons as the Browns’ head coach, early struggles this year could very well lead to Jackson being replaced as head coach by offensive coordinator Todd Haley.