Baker Mayfield and Kevin Stefanski Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) and head coach Kevin Stefanski during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

When the Cleveland Browns kick off the 2022 NFL season, Baker Mayfield will be on the field with them. However, unlike in previous seasons, the quarterback will be on the opposing sidelines after he was traded this offseason to the Carolina Panthers.

The drama between the Browns and Baker started long before the team traded for Deshaun Watson. We know that Mayfield is going to be putting a lot of emotion and energy into getting revenge against the franchise he feels left him out to dry.

Meanwhile, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about what it will be like to coach against Mayfield instead of with him, and he told reporters that Cleveland will rely on what it knows about Baker as they plan.

“Baker obviously is a player that we know well,” coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters on Monday. “He knows us really well, too, in terms of scheme and those type of things. I think our players and our coaches have a real good understanding of his strengths.”

However, Mayfield certainly knows a thing or two about the Browns as well. But in terms of how much preexisting knowledge will help either team, Stefanski didn’t get too ahead of himself.

“A lot of times, I think it is overrated in terms of they know that we know that they know and those type of things,” Stefanski said. “He is a really good football player, and we have to get to work and preparing to play him.”

When asked if he had a chance to say goodbye to Mayfield when he was traded from the Browns, the head coach decided not to share that information.

“I am not going to get into those things,” the third-year coach said. “I keep conversations between all of our players [in-house], we have talked about that.”


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to