Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield had a tough go at it in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
A combination of the rookie holding on to the ball too long and a horrible performance in pass protection from Cleveland’s offensive line led to Mayfield being sacked four times and hit a total of eight times in the initial half.
Mayfield was also seen getting up slow after slipping on the sideline. From that point on, it was readily apparent that this reigning Heisman winner wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent.
With Cleveland looking to find itself at above .500 this late in the season for the first time in well over a decade, things didn’t start swimmingly for Mayfield and Co.
By virtue of his struggles in the passing game and some big plays on the other side, Los Angeles headed into the half up 21-6.
Obviously, Twitter was very active in talking about the painful first half we saw from Mayfield.
Chargers getting to Mayfield routinely. Browns receivers not getting open. The abandonment of the running game isn’t helping things
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) October 14, 2018
Mayfield is slow and indecisive in the pocket after tweaking his ankle. Becoming more noticeable with each possession.
— Nick Shook (@TheNickShook) October 14, 2018
Now Baker Mayfield is hobbling around.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) October 14, 2018
Baker Mayfield looks like hot garbage today
— Ryan Phillips (@RumorsandRants) October 14, 2018
Mayfield is finally having a game where he looks like a rookie, the Browns coaches are insistent on throwing the ball with no healthy wide receivers, and referees can’t call a blatant false start. Rough Sunday.
— Jacob Nave (@jnay77) October 14, 2018
Screen. Quick passing game. Different run concepts.
Asking Mayfield to take 5-7 step drops with this protection and expecting a pair of rookies and Landry to make it happen is terrible.
— Pete Smith (@_PeteSmith_) October 14, 2018
Baker Mayfield is still in the game but you can clearly see something’s not right with that leg since the sideline incident
— trey wingo (@wingoz) October 14, 2018
That's a sick anticipation throw from Mayfield. I would bet anything on his future, just hoping Hue doesn't Hue him too much.
— scott pianowski (@scott_pianowski) October 14, 2018