2019 was the most anticipated Cleveland Browns season since the team re-entered the league in 1999. But through the first-half of the 2019 campaign, this season has felt a lot like a majority of the other seasons that the Browns have had in the last two decades.
After a 27-13 loss in New England in Week 8, the Browns are just 2-5. Make no mistake, their schedule has been difficult - the combined record of the opponents that they've faced thus far is 36-17. But there have been other concerning trends.
Most notably, Baker Mayfield has struggled in his second season, as he's thrown just six touchdowns thus far and has been picked off a league-leading 12 times.
In a session with the assembled media Tuesday, Mayfield's frustration boiled over, which led to him blasting a reporter and ultimately leaving the media session. Video of the incident can be seen above.
Mayfield later took to Twitter and doubled down on his sentiments:
In addition to Mayfield, first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens has seemed in over his head at times in 2019. While it's believed that Mayfield voiced support for Kitchens during the Browns head coaching search last offseason, Mayfield hasn't performed well this season under Kitchens, who was the offensive coordinator in 2018.
After being acquired in a blockbuster trade from the New York Giants, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has underwhelmed in 2019 as well, as he's averaging just 69.7 receiving yards per game. Beckham Jr.'s career average for receiving yards per game is 90.4.
Even running back Nick Chubb - who has otherwise had a breakout season - fumbled twice in the first-half of the Browns loss to the Patriots last weekend.
The second-half of the Browns schedule looks significantly softer than what they largely failed to navigate through in the first-half of the 2019 season. But while he may have been able to walk away from reporters in this instance, there are quite a few questions that Mayfield and the Browns have to answer in the second-half of this season.