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What is the least successful major North American sports franchise of all time? Show more Show less
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Many look to the great sports franchises that have defined generation after generation in all four major leagues; the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New England Patriots. But there is another, rather ugly side to sports that explores just how unlucky, incompetent, and stagnant a major team organization can truly be. There are multiple teams that fit the bill for least successful of all time.

The Cleveland Browns are the least successful franchise of all time Show more Show less

The Cleveland Browns are one of the most well-known franchises in the National Football League (NFL). However, they are known more for their terrible losing streak than their small successes.
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Baker Mayfield is inconsistent because he's insecure about his abilities

Baker Mayfield is currently the Cleveland Browns' main quarterback. He's been playing for them since 2018. However, he could do better at his position.

Context

Sports has been a favorite past time for millennia. In North America, the primary sports are hockey, baseball, football (American football), and basketball. Within these sports there are different teams also known as franchises. The Cleveland Browns is one of the National Football League (NFL) franchises. The leading quarter back of the Cleveland Browns is Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has been with the Cleveland Browns since he was drafted in 2018.

The Argument

A quarterback is the most recognized player in the game. In fact, the quarterback is usually the one who gets all the fame. It’s because they have a very important job to do on the team. They’re the ones who throw the ball. Unfortunately, for the Cleveland Browns, their quarterback needs some more practice. Baker Mayfield has been the Cleveland Browns quarterback since 2018. [1] As the quarterback, he gets a lot of attention. Usually, it’s negative attention. During the 2019 football series, Mayfield had a rate of being tackled 3.2 times per game [2] with a passer rating of 68.5 (the scale is from 0 to 158.3).[2] His records aren’t good. One major reason why his skills aren’t good is because of insecurity. In a 2019 interview, he believed that the past few years of his career were an “emotional roller coaster". [3] He lamented that he wasn’t successful like he was in college or high school.[3] If Mayfield has been struggling so hard, then it has been evident in his plays. Even their coach, Freddie Kitchens, realized that the stress on him has caused Mayfield to have inconsistent results.[2] Unfortunately, instead of trying to improve his skills, the Cleveland Browns aren’t giving him a chance to improve. They rely a lot on Mayfield, even if his plays are inconsistent. A player that notice their weaknesses should be given time to work on them. They shouldn’t be expected to be able to do something they never trained to do.

Counter arguments

If Mayfield has been a quarterback for the Browns since 2018, that means he must be legitimate. Football teams pick players according to their skills. Mayfield isn’t the best quarterback in the NFL. However, he is good enough to be a well-known quarterback. Without a quarterback, a team is lost. Without Mayfield, the Browns would not be able to get their points. He hasn’t been traded or dropped yet. So, he must be a good fit for the team. Yes, Mayfield does have insecurities about his skills. Yes, Mayfield might need to improve. But if he wasn’t doing his best, he wouldn’t be playing. The fact that he’s still the main quarterback must be proof that he’s a good quarterback.

Proponents

Premises

[P1] Mayfield is not a great quarterback because of his insecurities. [P2] The Browns have been relying on Mayfield too much.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Mayfield must be a good enough quarterback if he’s not being changed out. [Rejecting P2] The Browns would be lost without Mayfield.

References

  1. https://www.cleveland.com/browns/2018/07/browns_baker_mayfield_signs_hi.html
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimingraham/2019/10/11/whats-wrong-with-the-cleveland-browns-dont-ask/#2b13916b45fd
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/baker-mayfield-admits-doubting-himself-after-nfl-struggles/ar-BB17YuPm?li=BBnb7Kz
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