Mayfield got little help from coach Kevin Stefanski’s offensive game plan, which ignored Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb for much of the night. “There’s been a lot of ups and downs. Do I believe I could play better? Absolutely. Do I believe there’s positions that we, as an offense could have been put in that are better? Absolutely. There’s so many critiques throughout the year. If there wasn’t, we wouldn’t be sitting here at 7-9.”
Biggest hole in the game plan: Where was Chubb? Even as the offense tumbled into a disaster, Chubb was often wearing an orange jacket on the sidelines standing next to Stefanski, who reiterated at halftime that Chubb wasn’t injured. As Peyton Manning noted during the ManningCast broadcast, “Any time Chubb is not next to Baker, nothing good is happening.” Maybe the Browns were protecting Chubb for the future, given that their playoff hopes were already toast. Shelving Chubb didn’t mean Stefanski had to shelve the running game altogether.