I don’t want to take away anything from what was a tremendous night for Cleveland. Browns fans certainly deserve something positive, and Baker Mayfield did a great job once he entered the game.
I also don’t have much time for you if you are going to declare Sam Darnold a bust after one bad night or express regret over drafting him. Yes, he was miserable in this game. You should have expected games where he doesn’t look like a functional football player. Almost all rookies will have them. Mayfield will too at some point this season.
What is difficult to fathom is how the Jets blew a 14 point lead to a team that has won a single game since the start of the 2016 season. It is difficult to fathom how easy this defense made things on a quarterback playing his first NFL snaps. Mayfield was great, but the Jets didn’t exactly make him break a sweat. The blitzes stopped getting home the second Tyrod Taylor left this game. It is difficult to fathom how the Jets kept trying to slam running backs into eight and nine man fronts. It is difficult to fathom how in four years this is the offensive line Mike Maccagnan built.
This is now a 1-2 football team heading into an exceptionally difficult road game at Jacksonville.
And this is the type of game that sometimes leads to a season unraveling and everybody getting fired.