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LeBron left…again. It sucks, I cannot lie. The Cavs are 5-20 and have no hope of even sniffing the playoffs in the next few seasons. Despite the fact that the team just traded back for Matthew Dellavedova, they are not going to have a miracle run back to the NBA Finals for a very long time.
But, a ray of sunshine has come in the form of Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Browns.
Now, the orange and brown are not going to make the playoffs this year, but they are most certainly trending upward as they have a record of 4-7-1 compared to 1-31 the last two years combined. Even so, former Head Coach Hue Jackson was fired after the Pittsburgh game this year and Gregg Williams took over and did a fantastic job thus far.
Even so, the job is not necessarily his after this season is over and I believe these final four games will dictate if they keep Williams at the helm or look elsewhere.
If I am Owner Jimmy Haslam, I have Baker Mayfield in the room to help make the decision for who is the next head coach for a number of reasons. I want to give him the “LeBron” treatment that The King had back in the day. Here is why:
Frankly, I hate giving players too much power and LeBron had the Cavs handcuffed for the entire time he was here. But what happened in 2016? The Cavs won it all. That is the price to pay for success in this day-in-age.
Thus, I bring Baker into the decision room this offseason. I ask him what he is thinking and if he has any preferences, who he wants to work with moving forward. Remember, this is going to be our quarterback for the next decade if all goes perfectly.
I want this guy happy.
We all know Cleveland isn’t the sexiest place to play, especially for a guy who played his college ball in Texas. Baker seems to understand the rich history of football in Cleveland, though. If you thought LeBron was a God-like figure in Cleveland, if Baker leads the Browns to the playoffs and beyond…look out.
That is why I want to make sure the head coach is a guy Baker absolutely 100% loves. It sets the tone of a sophomore season that can truly be one that leads this franchise back to the promise land after many years.
Baker clearly didn’t like Hue Jackson. Let’s not make that same mistake again. It is time to put value in our quarterback’s opinion just as much as his ability on the field. We want him in Cleveland for his entire career and to have the success he is capable of wearing the Cleveland Browns uniform!