How will Baker Mayfield benefit from the Browns play-action attack? Hey, Mary Kay!
CLEVELAND, Ohio — In this week’s edition of my Browns’ mailbag, I answer questions about Baker Mayfield in the play-action attack, his timing with Odell Beckham Jr. and more. Some of the questions from our Football Insider subscribers, with whom we recently conducted a pre-draft Zoom call. If you’d like a two-week free trial to see what it’s all about, text us at 216-208-3965.
Hey, Mary Kay: I know generally the difference between a drop-back passing attack and a play-action passing attack, but what are the specifics and why is a play-action attack supposed to be so much better for Baker Mayfield? — Ron Martin, Boise, Idaho
Hey, Ron: The use of play-action, in which Mayfield fakes a handoff to the running back, is designed to give him more time and space to operate and to create big plays downfield. More play-action and the outside zone running game will give Mayfield ample time to throw, and when he has it, he’s deadly accurate. The Browns have supplied him with offensive linemen that can move well and execute the outside zone, and that coupled with more run fakes should result in a much higher completion percentage, fewer interceptions and more big plays.
The scheme, the same one run by Kyle Shanahan here and elsewhere, has resulted in tremendous production for quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo, and Mayfield can expect a similar jump this season. His 2019 stats tell the story: in play action, he completed 66.5% of his passes with ...
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