It’s everyone’s worst fear. The world as we know it completely ending.
That’s how Browns fans have been acting after quarterback Baker Mayfield’s performance in the Minnesota Vikings game. The best part is that the Browns were actually able to win, 14-7 and improve the team’s overall record to 3-1 on the season.
In the Week 4 win, Mayfield went 15-33 for 155 yards and some of his passes looked like he was shooting for the moon or something. Yes, it was that bad.
However, the fan base was informed that Baker is dealing with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder. As someone who has recently dealt with shoulder injuries myself, I can attest to the fact that these are very painful. I certainly wouldn’t want to be throwing a football, let alone taking hits from huge defensive linemen.
Baker is tough. We knew this from the beginning and it is showing now with his willingness to fight through this injury and continue to play. However, this is the question that Browns fans will start to ask if Sunday’s game doesn’t have a happy ending.
Browns fans will be wondering if Baker should take time off, get that surgery and make sure he is healthy for the back half of the season when it counts for so much more. After all, the Browns are paying backup quarterback Case Keenum six million dollars just to watch.
Now, my prediction for Sunday’s game?
Well, we will see some of the same “misses” so to speak on those throws by Baker. I don’t think he will be as bad as he was against the Vikings, but that remains to be seen… This article is more of a, “What if?” than a clear-cut prediction…
Of course, we all want Baker to have success on Sunday and beyond. It’s just a matter of that shoulder and how much he can take without letting it affect his throws.
Hypothetically, let’s say Baker is awful with a similar stat line and the difference is this week the Browns take the loss to the Chargers. The world will end here in Cleveland. Fans will go crazy suggesting that Mayfield should be benched, he’s not a franchise quarterback, the season’s over for the Browns and more.
Of course, that would be a major overreaction from that sector of fans.
Baker needs to do what he feels is best for him and the team. If that means continuing to play through the injury and the pain that comes with it, so be it.
What’s the oldest saying in the books? Winning cures all. If Baker can continue to win games with this injury, keep on playing through it. If the results start becoming losses, the organization will have to reassess what to do moving forward.
It’s an exciting time to be a Browns fan. Moreso than most of the years previous. We should be excited about the team and not get too worked up with Baker. Let’s hope for a win on Sunday with improved accuracy, communication and control throughout the game from our quarterback.