CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns had been taking part in miserably within the first half towards the New York Jets on Thursday night time.
Tyrod Taylor was hesitant and below duress, and the offense was doing nothing. Late within the first half, Taylor had accomplished simply Four-of-14 passes for 19 yards and the Browns had been behind 14-Zero.
After a sack by Jets linebacker Avery Williamson, Taylor staggered to the sidelines and was taken proper to the medical tent, the place he was recognized with a concussion.
Coach Hue Jackson went to rookie Baker Mayfield and informed him, “Baker, you’re up.” With 1:42 left within the second quarter Mayfield trotted on the sphere.
What adopted was one of the crucial electrifying debuts for a quarterback in Browns historical past, givnig the franchise its first win since Dec. 24, 2016.
Right here’s a glance by means of the phrases of those that lived the 21-17 win:
Getting the decision
The Browns are down and struggling when Mayfield takes over. Everybody feels Mayfield is prepared for the second.
Jackson: “I meet with Baker after each sport in my workplace and we sit and discuss quite a lot of various things. I at all times attempt to put issues into context for him that this could occur, and after they do, how is he going to deal with it? I’m being very trustworthy with you, he usually seems at me in my workplace and goes, ‘Coach, mainly, are you kidding me? I’m going to go on the market and play my tail off.’”
Receiver Jarvis Landry: “For Bake to come back in proper earlier than half, it’s only a testomony. I promise you, it’s only a testomony to how he has labored because the day he stepped into this constructing and never having that backup mentality. He was so prepared for this second.”
Mayfield: “Deal with it like every other time. I’ve to go do my job. Don’t overthink it. Reside within the second.”
Guard Joel Bitonio: “He was speaking (junk) to the protection. He was able to go.”
Mayfield guides the Browns to a area objective on his first drive, however the power he brings to the workforce and stadium are tangible. The Browns go to the locker room at halftime down 14-Three.
Mayfield: “Simply needed to chip away. All factors are good factors at that time.”
Broad receiver Antonio Callaway: “That juice. That fireplace. He’s at all times fired up. He gave us a spark.”
Carlos Hyde muscle tissues in for a landing, and the Browns get difficult on a two-point strive with Jarvis Landry discovering Baker Mayfield in the long run zone.
Pleasure grows as Mayfield will get an early area objective after which guides a 69-yard landing drive to chop the Jets’ result in 14-12 with 42 seconds left within the third quarter.
Bitonio: “There have been some good rhythm throws. He bought to his level, he threw the ball and bought it out of his palms. The gang fed off it for positive. You would inform they had been excited to have him on the market. We bought some first downs and moved the ball. That had an avalanche impact and bought us shifting on offense.”
Jackson: “It felt prefer it was shifting faster. It felt like that place was taking part in faster. Seeing issues very clearly and the ball was popping out of his palms.”
Mayfield: “You wish to put them (the opposite workforce) on their heels. While you do this, the offense builds confidence. The protection will see that. They begin to construct that confidence as nicely. The gang will get into it. While you get all three phases like that, it’s fairly powerful to cease.”
After a 1-yard TD run by Carlos Hyde cuts the Jets’ result in 14-12, the Browns fail on a two-point conversion. However offsetting penalties give them a second strive, they usually run a direct snap to operating again Duke Johnson, who laterals to Landry who then throws to Mayfield.
Bitonio: “We name it the ‘Philly Particular.’ I feel we noticed Philadelphia run it within the Tremendous Bowl they usually stated, ‘Hey we will do this.’”
Baker Mayfield is trying towards the longer term after successful the Browns’ first sport in 635 days.
Jackson: “We didn’t steal that from them. Please. I do know everyone needs to assume that. We now have had that in our again pocket for awhile.”
Landry: “We had been on the sideline. (Mayfield) involves me and says, ‘Your ass higher throw me that ball.’”
Mayfield: “I feel that’s how the play was drawn up. … I used to be the primary learn so I hoped he was going to throw it to me.”
Energizing the group
Mayfield exults after the play, and the large scoreboard exhibits him screaming towards the followers, who feed on the joy.
Mayfield: “Anytime you will get the group to be an element. … kudos to the group. They performed an element late within the sport. Anytime you will get them to be your 12th man. As cliché as that sounds, it’s the reality. No matter we’ve to do to fireside them as much as have an effect on the opposite offense, it’s nice.”
Landry: “He (energized) the entire stadium. I’m positive you felt it.”
Jets linebacker Darron Lee: “He simply made a few throws.”
Remaining evaluation: ‘He is particular’
Mayfield finishes 17-for-23, and has three passes dropped. He additionally guides the Browns on a game-winning, 75-yard drive, with the Browns scoring the successful landing with 2:04 to go.
Mayfield: “Seeing issues, (releasing) shortly and simply trusting your guys to within the spots that they’re speculated to be in.”
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold: “I do know Baker is a superb participant. He’s performed some nice issues at Oklahaoma and he continued to do nice issues tonight. I felt the group rallied fairly nicely round him.”
Defensive finish Myles Garrett: “I see it virtually each rattling apply. He’s a winner. That man has a chip on his shoulder and none of this shocked me. I knew he was going to go on the market and have a hell of a sport every time it was.”
Landry: “He’s particular. He’s actually particular.”
A win in the end
For the primary time since Dec. 24, 2016, the Browns win a sport.
Mayfield: “This metropolis deserves it.”