Former NFL QB: Baker Mayfield Must Lead

“I think they needed to get this one right. You got to have somebody that can lead that ship, and it starts with the quarterback,” Seneca Wallace says

Tiki and Tierney
July 18, 2018 - 5:31 pm
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Playing as a starting quarterback in the NFL is certainly not an easy job, but being the offensive playcaller for the Cleveland Browns has been downright impossible for the last two decades.

Prior to taking former Oklahoma phenom Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the last time Cleveland chose a quarterback at that same top spot was when they selected Tim Couch back in 1999. How many different quarterbacks have started a regular season game for the Browns since then? Well, Mayfield is about to be the 29th. 

As one of those 28 former players before Mayfield, ex-NFL quarterback Seneca Wallace knows a thing or two about the losing culture that’s been commonly associated with the recent history of the Browns. Recapping with CBS Sports Radio about his brief two-year stint in Cleveland, Wallace mentioned this is an intriguing time for the organization. With last year’s Heisman Trophy winner at the helm, Wallace alludes to potential light at the end of the tunnel for his old struggling team.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens with Cleveland,” Wallace said on Tiki and Tierney. “It’s a franchise that’s been struggling for a long time and I think it always starts at the top, like anything else — it starts with management. Obviously, getting the right quarterback I think has been the big hiccup with that situation for the last 20 years. So hopefully they can figure it out and maybe move on to do some big things this season, but we’ll see.”

While briefly talking about the immense pressures of taking on the starting role for a rebuilding team like the Browns, who plays in a division that’s been consistently linked to solid quarterback, including the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton, Wallace mentioned that finding someone that’s at least on par with this elite company is much easier said than done. However, only time will tell if Mayfield will be the franchise’s savior, or just an another number to add to the list.

“I think they needed to get this one right,” Wallace said. “I don’t know, and time will tell if they did, but I do know with (the AFC North) and the teams that they play, I feel like the style of quarterback is very important for that division. If you go through the list of them, they got some pretty big-time quarterbacks. (The Browns) always got the talent. There’s always been talent there, but you got to have somebody that can lead that ship, and it starts with the quarterback.”