TAMPA, Fla. — When the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield No. 1, Drew Stanton puzzled if touchdown in The Land as gigantic brother to whichever QB they chose modified into once a immense mistake.
“I modified into once like ‘why am I here?’” he urged cleveland.com this week as the Browns ready to retract on the Bucs Friday evening within the third preseason game. “‘I’m now not going to be succesful to lend a hand this kid.’”
A 13-year professional and profession-prolonged QB mentor with a strong point in No. 1 picks, Stanton had considered the identical Mayfield clips all americans else did — the working from the cops, the crotch-take grasp of vs. Kansas, the flag-plant at Ohio Dispute. He figured there modified into once no capability Mayfield may possibly presumably perchance perchance be receptive to his pearls of files.
“We joke about now on account of he’s like ‘you doubtlessly hated me after I purchased drafted on account of you noticed a child who did all this stuff,’” said Stanton. “And I’m like ‘yeah, to be factual I wasn’t staunch overjoyed.’ But we worked by all that.”
Stanton, who helped navigate Mayfield by a midseason teaching change and contributed to his 2d-half of surge, lickety-split realized that Mayfield’s media persona is now not what teammates advance true by. Even this week, with the flap over Mayfield telling GQ Journal that it “blows my tips” the Giants drafted Daniel Jones, Stanton believes Mayfield when he says he modified into once taken out of context.
“Baker said to me, ‘correct so , it modified into once two varied interviews,'” said Stanton, firmly ensconced as the No. 2 QB sooner than Garrett Gilbert. “And I modified into once like ‘hear, man, irrespective of you recount and irrespective of you enact, that’s your prerogative.’ But these were two varied articles that bought roughly lumped together and there’s a human within the encourage of all of that. That’s what gets lost in translation.
“He has that moxie, but the capability he treats my kids, the capability he interacts with everybody else when the cameras aren’t on, numerous other folks don’t get to glimpse that aspect unfortunately.”
He said “it’s worrying on account of numerous it is correct in lawful fun. He’s in an period where everybody desires get entry to. There’s no sick will in direction of Daniel Jones. If he didn’t like him, I’m sure he would’ve advance correct out and said it on account of he had no instruct announcing it about the newborn at Texas (Sam Ehlinger).”
Even supposing Mayfield has been Stanton’s payment since Day 1, he gained’t ask to tone it down.
“That’s none of my change,” he said. “Baker’s a grown man. I occupy in my lane and let him be who he’s on account of that’s what makes him as lawful as he’s. I know a human being fully varied than what’s doubtlessly portrayed within the media. After we get within these walls, none of that impacts how he works.”
Freddie Kitchens: Drew Stanton ‘is our backup quarterback’
Kitchens made it determined that Drew Stanton is peaceful the No. 2 quarterback despite a lawful game against the Colts by Garrett Gilbert.
When Stanton signed with the Browns in March of 2018, a couple of month sooner than the draft, he had no idea the Browns were drafting Mayfield. All he knew modified into once that Tyrod Taylor modified into once the starter and that it modified into once his job to tempo up the finding out curve of whichever rookie they brought in. The signing made sense, on account of Stanton modified into once shut to then-working backs coach/affiliate head coach Freddie Kitchens, who modified into once his quarterbacks coach for four years in Arizona, and properly-versed in newly-employed coordinator Todd Haley’s offense.
Stanton had also already backed up three No. 1 picks in Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, Indianapolis’ Andrew Ideal fortune and Arizona’s Carson Palmer. No other NFL quarterback owned that distinction, of interesting firsthand the psyche, the mindset and the pressure dealing with three No. 1 picks.
“That modified into once the reason I came here, to lend a hand whoever they drafted and John Dorsey took that position very seriously, so I knew what it modified into once,’’ said Stanton. “I correct knew that my job modified into once to lend a hand this kid.’’
One of many most important issues Stanton did modified into once to support Mayfield to be himself.
“In this league, strive and be professional, so irrespective of that appears to be like as if, enact that,” he said. “He didn’t need me telling him that, I modified into once correct re-asserting it on account of that’s who he’s. That’s most certainly the greatest advice I will give anybody on account of I modified into once a younger guy looking out for out my capability on this league and rarely you may possibly presumably perchance perchance presumably also lose yourself.”
Mayfield relied closely on Stanton when Haley and Hue Jackson were at odds the most important half of of the season, and after they were fired and Kitchens took over as offensive coordinator. Stanton modified into once a constant for Mayfield, each on and off the discipline, especially on the sidelines true by these final eight video games when he went 5-3.
“You behold it from a varied lens,” said Stanton. “Especially within this offense, having the relationship that I enjoy with Freddie, I will plug on to Baker and soar a couple of steps.”
Stanton’s affect on Mayfield hasn’t been lost on teammates, including receiver Damion Ratley.
“I don’t mediate you know the manner spruce Drew if truth be told is,” Ratley said this week. “Drew will allow you to know something that’s going to work and that thing works. He’s doubtlessly the smartest soccer player I’ve ever been spherical. Drew’s teaching him and Bake’s bought so worthy abilities. Ideal wait. Bake’s going to be if truth be told unhealthy.”
Despite Kitchens working largely the identical offense susceptible in Arizona with enter from unique offensive coordinator Todd Monken and others, Stanton noted “we’re repeatedly adapting. It’s a collective neighborhood of Freddie, (quarterbacks coach) Ryan (Lindley) and a few issues Baker likes. Baker has done a wide job of finding a comfort diploma true by the offense, and various it is correct the system that Freddie’s effect in keep and Ryan’s carrying it out.”
If Mayfield wasn’t already unhealthy ample, he’s now bought three-time Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr. making spectacular one-handed catches and giving opposing defensive coordinators suits.
“In the event you spot at this methodology, there’s been guys that enjoy thrived within the X, the Antonio Browns, the Santonio Holmes, tempo guys that isolate off one aspect of the discipline,’’ said Stanton. “And then we now enjoy the lush of hanging Jarvis Landry and David Njoku to the other aspect so what are you going to enact? And then being ready to enjoy two big working backs, it’s numerous fun for a quarterback. Odell is a generational abilities and it’s an anomaly on this league to enjoy any person like him.’’
Admire Kitchens, Stanton isn’t worried about Mayfield and Beckham getting on the identical web page. Peyton Manning these days urged cleveland.com there’s no replace for reps between a QB and his receiver, but Stanton is assured all would possibly be properly.
“Peyton modified into once a form of fellows that most fundamental these reps for the reason that receiver has to be correct here at this space,” said Stanton. “The entirety modified into once so rehearsed and he modified into once the conductor of that offense. Guys like Odell enjoy that ability where you’ve a lawful if truth be told feel. when he sinks his weight or he puts his foot within the ground and he does something you may possibly presumably perchance perchance presumably also roll out of it.’’
What’s more, he said, Mayfield and Beckham had been working within the encourage of the scenes.
“Reasonably a couple of it is communication and they’ve thrown together within the previous and the route tree is now not going to alter,’’ said Stanton. “Odell is conscious of the total stuff that we’re doing. Odell’s going to suit in precisely beautiful, especially hanging him on one aspect, and you’ve the lush of giving him single man routes.”
With Mayfield’s pinpoint accuracy, and the abilities diploma of each, they don’t must be ideal to connect, Stanton said.
“Baker’s extremely athletic and I don’t mediate he gets ample credit for it,’’ said Stanton. “All americans talks about how quick he’s, but his ability to provide off-schedule throws or be off-stability after which get encourage on stability, that’s where you search guys making errors or attempting to provide throws that they’re now not in a position to making.’’
The subsequent step for Mayfield, Stanton said, is to race more no-huddle and retract recount of the offense very like a Manning or a Tom Brady. When he opened within the two-minute against the Redskins within the preseason opener, he zoomed downfield and threw a 24-yard touchdown plug to Rashard Higgins: 5-of-6 for 77 yards, 1 TD, ideal 158.3 score.
“He’s very comfortable working it,’’ said Stanton. “It’s what he did in college, that uptempo snappily-tempo but being ready to enjoy all of this stuff where you may possibly presumably perchance perchance presumably also get on the ball and give him complete regulate. Otherwise you plug two-minute and give him regulate, otherwise you pull it encourage and recount you’re multi-faceted, like Tom Brady’s done the route of his profession. They’ll beat you on the ground and beat you within the air.’’
He entirely expects Kitchens to hand more of the reins to Mayfield and let him enact his thing.
“Freddie has complete have confidence in what Baker’s doing,’’ said Stanton. “(Baker’s) an especially wise human being. Garrett Gilbert is very spruce too. So we’ve bought a excessive IQ in there with David (Blough) as properly, and Ryan and you add all that and it raises the depth and pushes the limit and that’s what we desire to enact offensively.’’