Baker Mayfield is Becoming the Leader the Browns Need Him to Be

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Back in January, Baker Mayfield took the stage on ESPN’s ‘Get Up,’ where he was described in a way you don’t often hear when it comes to the often brash quarterback.

Humble.

Following the Cleveland Browns’ brutal 2019 campaign, Mayfield admitted he had to be a better leader. He accepted blame for his team’s putrid performance, owning up to the numerous missteps which littered such a miserable season.

Most importantly, Mayfield hammered home the fact he needed to lead by pushing his teammates to be better instead of picking fights on Twitter.

While it was admittedly refreshing to hear, he still needed to put his words into action. Sure, everything Mayfield said was practically required after last year. Still, it’s easy to talk a big game about making positive changes. Actually doing so requires much more effort.

So far, he’s kept his word. After claiming he needed to become a better leader, Mayfield has spent the past few months doing exactly that.

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook


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