Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL halfway through the Cleveland Browns Week 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, a game that ended as a hard-fought win for the Browns. With the Browns winning without Beckham, and Beckham’s season over, one question came up repeatedly.

Is quarterback Baker Mayfield better without OBJ on the field?

Mayfield defends OBJ

The mere suggestion that he’s a better quarterback without Beckham offended Mayfield — especially since Beckham just experienced a season-ending injury.

“I think it’s completely insensitive to a guy who just tore his ACL. I’m not even going to comment on it.”

– Baker Mayfield, asked why the narrative that he is a better QB without OBJ is “unfair”.

— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 28, 2020

The idea that the Browns and Mayfield do better without Beckham has its roots way back in 2019. Beckham played all 16 games with the Browns last year and the Browns finished 6-10. Of course, Beckham started all seven 2020 games before he got hurt, and the Browns are currently 5-2 while Baker’s had a few good games before Beckham’s injury. The theory doesn’t hold much water.

Beyond thinking it’s unfair that people would think that he or the Browns play better when one of their star wide receivers is injured and not in the game, Mayfield said that the absence of Beckham affects the Browns’ offense in numerous ways, and he’s worried about it.

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