For groups assessing whether to go after quarterback Baker Mayfield, the obstacle becomes knowing the differences involving two fantastic seasons (2018 and 2020) and two lousy types (2019 and 2021). It is a tiny much easier to comprehend why issues went improperly for Mayfield in 2021.
His left shoulder was messed up, poorly.
Indeed, it was his own fault for attempting to make a deal with following throwing a 7 days Two interception against the Texans. It occurred in the 1st 50 % of a September video game. Unquestionably not the situation to throw warning to the wind by hurling his overall body into the fray. The shoulder injuries plagued him for the relaxation of the calendar year, and it plainly influenced his general performance.
Consider this quote from his current visual appearance on the Ya Neva Know podcast: “So I tore my labrum completely, like comprehensive front and like fundamentally 90 % in the back again. That was Week Two. I did that in the initially 50 percent. Performed the rest of the video game, I was great. . . . 4 months later, we were being actively playing the Cardinals, and I dislocated my shoulder yet again. But I dislocated it so negative and at a unique angle that the bone, like the humerus that goes up into your shoulder socket, like the significant bone suitable below [that] will come up into your ball and socket and it pressured its way out. And I fractured the bone due to the fact it wasn’t gonna be a clear exit. So I fractured the bone. So when I experienced the labrum completed and that fracture, the irritation and every thing, I had no operate in my left shoulder. And we have been likely into a Thursday game that 7 days. Monday, I could not carry my arm. When I could not raise my arm, I was like, ‘I can’t do this.’”
To his credit history, Mayfield put in a lot of the 2021 year downplaying the injury. Indeed, even when he knew he would not be capable to engage in in a Thursday night time video game against the Broncos, he stored talking as if he could and would.
On the exact Monday that he decided he “can’t do this,” he claimed that the arm “feels like shit” but that he thinks he’ll be equipped to engage in by way of it. The next working day, he mentioned he expects to engage in in the Thursday evening video game. His estimates created the obvious perception that he considered he could engage in with the damage — and that he regarded it as his simply call and his simply call by itself.
“I have to make that determination,” Mayfield stated at the time. “Only I know how my overall body feels. If any person thoughts irrespective of whether I am hindering the crew and heading out there wounded, that is just not correct. It is my choice. I get to say whether or not I am ready to engage in or not, and that is just how it is.”
We now know that, right before he reported that, he currently experienced made the decision, “I just can’t do this.” The only way to reconcile his earlier phrases with his existing words and phrases is that, in the second, players like Mayfield are wired to enjoy. It is an admirable trait.
And he played as substantially as he could. That high quality — the dedication and the toughness and the refusal to make excuses — needs to be weighed by any team that is thinking no matter if it desires to roll the dice with Mayfield. Though there clearly are some negatives (in any other case, Cleveland wouldn’t have made the decision to shift on from him), there unquestionably are some positives.