BEREA, Ohio — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens called former NFL coach Rex Ryan’s criticism of quarterback Baker Mayfield “asinine.”
Ryan, who now works as a TV commentator, called Mayfield “overrated as hell” earlier this week and slammed other elements of the second-year QB’s game.
One of Ryan’s biggest peeves is that Mayfield is a “one-read quarterback,” meaning he can see only one receiver before bailing on a play.
Kitchens said he appreciates Ryan’s opinion, but “he’s not in our building, he has no idea what we’re doing. ... Is he a one-read quarterback? No, he’s not. I mean, that’s asinine to even say.”
Mayfield has had some struggles through three games for the Browns (1-2), who play at Baltimore on Sunday. His completion percentage has dropped from his rookie season and he’s thrown just three touchdown passes and five interceptions.
Kitchens remains confident the 24-year-old will improve and said he’s “not panicking” about Mayfield.