Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield can see Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley getting a head coaching position in the NFL one day, but doesn't plan on pushing his pro team to hire his former college mentor.
"Lincoln's been ready," Mayfield said Wednesday. "Just who he is, how he coaches, the respect level he's had from all of his players. How detailed he is. He's ready. But that's his decision. He's got something special there (at Oklahoma). I don't think anybody's going to blame him if he stays there for the next 20 years."
Riley, who spent three years working with Mayfield at Oklahoma as quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and head coach, could still be a contender for the Browns job that was vacated when Hue Jackson was fired in October. And the Green Bay Packers have a position open after they sent Mike McCarthy packing on Sunday following a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
"Obviously, you guys can take it how you want," Mayfield added. "I have a relationship with Lincoln. It's been great. We had success. But whatever decision is made here I'm going to make the most of it. Obviously, there's been a level of comfortability with him in the past that I've had. But whatever happens, happens."
Mayfield, though, doesn't plan to consult with Browns general manager John Dorsey or Riley about the opening. "It's not my decision," he said.
Yet the rookie believes Riley has a promising future awaiting in the NFL.
"Like I said earlier, some of those coaches that are so successful, they have a standard and they live by that standard every day," Mayfield said. "He does it with football, family. He's just a great human being. Wants the best for everybody. Always encouraging."
The 4-7-1 Browns will host the 6-6 Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Riley will lead Big 12 Conference championship game winner Oklahoma (12-1), which secured the fourth and final College Football Playoff spot, to the Orange Bowl, where the Sooners will play No. 1 Alabama (13-0) on Dec. 29.
--Field Level Media
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