Despite the Cleveland Browns’ coaching upheaval, quarterback Baker Mayfield, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick and Heisman trophy winner, is not backing down from the challenge.
When asked about being thrust into a larger leadership role after the firing of head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Monday, Mayfield had three words: "Bring it on."
"For me, it is definitely something new," Mayfield said of the firings on Wednesday, according to ESPN. "It caught me off guard, but (we) have to roll with the punches. Whatever happens, happens.
“We have to stick together as a team. We have to use this as something to make us come together. Obviously, it could be a huge distraction, or it could be something that could bring this locker room even closer."
The Browns have not had a winning season since 2007, and at 2-5-1, Cleveland already has more wins than the last two seasons combined. Two of their five losses have been by just three points. They tied in Week 1 tie against the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has taken over as the Browns' interim coach, with Freddie Kitchens becoming the interim offensive coordinator.
Mayfield is embracing the change, referencing it as his "welcome-to-the-business moment."
"With all the distractions, we will see what kind of men we have in this room,” Mayfield said. “Not what kind of team that we have but what kind of men can handle a distraction the right way, can come together and focus on doing their job and doing it at a high level against a great team come Sunday.”
The Browns face Pat Mahomes and the 7-1 Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.
Mayfield has thrown for 1,471 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions this season.
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