Trent Dilfer: I hurt for Baker and I hurt for Cleveland

Dilfer joined The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima to give his thoughts.
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On Friday, former Browns QB Trent Dilfer joined The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima to discuss what's going on with Baker Mayfield. While Dilfer admitted he needs to improve both on and off the field, he also was adamant that he's still a "Baker believer."

"I just want to get Baker for five minutes so I could just say, bro, you could be so good if you just realize there's lots of ways of winning football games," Dilfer said. "Ultimately your job as the quarterback is to win the game, and make people around you better -- not throw for a certain amount of yards, or have a certain completion percentage, or have your fantasy dork friends and fans be fired up about your fantasy numbers. This is about winning, especially in Cleveland! I only spent one year there, but I couldn't be more impressed with the mentality of a Cleveland Browns football fan, which is just win. We just want to win a game. We don't care how you win a game, just go win a game each Sunday."

Mayfield won't play in the Browns' season finale against the Bengals this Sunday, as the team announced earlier in the week that he'd undergo surgery on his shoulder. An underwhelming 2021 season saw him put up career-worst marks almost across the board, and Mayfield's future in Cleveland has never been more in doubt than it is right now - especially heading into the last year of his rookie contract. After watching him start his Browns career with so much exciting potential, Dilfer said Mayfield's current situation "kind of made him hurt for Baker, and for Cleveland." He even made the comparison to his own career, one that Dilfer feels could have gone significantly better.

"I was an average NFL quarterback at best," he said. "And I think could have been really, really good. I had the talent to be really, really good. The mentality to be really, really good. And I got lost. I got lost early in my career, and I don't know if I ever rebounded. I kind of got rehabbed at times, but I don't know if I ever rebounded ... I wasn't nearly as good as I should have been, because I got caught up in all this other crap. And I kind of see that happening to Baker. I see that happening to other guys in the league, too."

Dilfer had plenty more to say about Mayfield, including where he can improve both on and off the field, and how, in a lot of ways, he's similar to Bengals' QB Joe Burrow. You can listen to his entire conversation on The Ken Carman Show With Anthony Lima in the embedded player below.

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