Browns interim coach Gregg Williams doesn’t want the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft to hesitate Sunday against the Falcons. He’s pushing quarterback Baker Mayfield to play with confidence.
“We have his back, now, let’s go,” Williams said, via Cleveland.com. “You’re a smart enough quarterback, instinctive enough quarterback. We understand that mistakes are going to be made. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Just cut it loose and play, and make faster and faster decisions.
“That’s the No. 1 thing that I’ve tried to convey to him. It’s not just me, it’s everybody — his teammates having those conversations with him, the other coaches having those conversations with him. That’s the next step for a young quarterback in my mind.”
Mayfield has struggled as of late.
The Browns are on a four-game losing skid and the rookie quarterback is currently 29th in the league with an 81.5 passer rating. Mayfield has thrown 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games. He has completing 60 percent of his passes, but has been sacked 22 times.
Cleveland will be looking for its third win of the season and its second with Mayfield as its starter when the Browns host the Falcons.