One thing no quarterback wants while in the NFL is to be compared with Ryan Leaf. He was once highly touted coming out of college as experts debated whether he or Peyton Manning were the better QB
I think we know how that turned out.
The Cleveland Browns entered the 2019 season as one of the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, but then the actual season started and that train has since derailed.
Fast forward to October, and the Browns are 2-4 with their next game against the undefeated Patriots.
Baker Mayfield is struggling badly as he currently sits with a league-high 11 interceptions through six games to just five touchdowns. It has gotten so bad that Ryan Leaf is seeing similarities between the two and that has him worried.
“When things start to go bad, you put yourself out there in this form. And people can easily attack it. I have a very small sample size: 2-0 to start my NFL career. Talking a lot of smack. And then I walk into Kansas City and put up the worst football game of my existence. And I’ve always been this brash, arrogant kind of guy. That’s the way I came back at everybody instead of just walking up in front of the camera and going, ‘Oh my God. This was my fault. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.’ And hearing Baker yesterday — even though small — blame the officials for some calls is problematic for me because as a quarterback, you want to be able to stand up in front of everybody and take personal accountability.”
As Leaf pointed out, he did start out 2-0, but would go on to throw 1 touchdown to 13 interceptions during an 8-game stretch. It never really got better after that.
Baker still has time to turn it around.