As a Browns fan I can’t say that I’m surprised
After winning one game in the previous two seasons, the Cleveland Browns were able to turn their fortunes around a bit this year – posting a 7-8-1 record, and finishing outside the basement of the AFC North for the first time in a million years.
OK, maybe it wasn’t that long. But you get what I’m saying.
The Browns luck started turning around the minute rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield took the field against the New York Jets in Week 3, when he fired rockets to all of his receivers, ultimately guiding Cleveland to a comeback victory.
Mayfield went on after that to throw an NFL rookie record 27 touchdowns, while maintaining a QBR of 93.7.
Despite those eye-rattling statistics, NFL writers (and whoever else votes for these awards) decided to overlook Mayfield’s accomplishments, and instead offer up the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award to (cough, cough) New York Giants own running back Saquan Barkley.
First of all, both these guys have first names that are super-dope. Baker and Saquon? (Dang mom, you should’ve gotten more creative! Matthew is cool I guess, but I’d much rather be Baker or Saquon.)
Now I will say this, Barkley did have over 2000 combined yards this season – which, for a rookie, is very impressive. But he only had 15 touchdowns to Baker’s 27, and didn’t have the ball in his hands nearly as much as Baker did in his.
So – what do you guys think? Is this just another example of professional sports laughing in the face of Cleveland fans? Or, was this latest Cleveland loss a legitimate one?
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