Baker Mayfield has not done any favors since learning about official downfall in Cleveland after the Browns traded in for his replacement, DeShaun Watson. 22 civil cases for sexual misconduct The fact that Watson was still pending wasn’t enough to frighten the Browns, which meant the end of Mayfield’s career in Cleveland. Now Baker feels disrespected and isn’t afraid to share her feelings about the situation. And he did it on YNK Podcast earlier this week.
“I feel disrespected” Mayfield said. “One hundred percent because I was told one thing, and they completely did another. That’s what I’m in between now. I get it because I’ve had four different head coaches in four years, a bunch of different coordinators. ”
“I love showing up in someone’s room and just booing them,” Mayfield said. “Watch them crumble.”
Mayfield was delivering smoke to anyone within earshot. He’s calling the Browns. He even had words for the Cleveland fans who booed him last season. The Browns are also not without reason in this situation. As Baker mentioned, having so many head coaches and offensive coordinators in such a short amount of time has something to do with that. But overall, Mayfield has never hit the hype of being a No. 1 draft pick.
I’ve said this many times and kept this feeling: Mayfield is an average NFL quarterback. In his four years as a starter for the Browns, he won six games in those three seasons. In 2020, Mayfield has won 11 games, which is the worst year on his résumé. However, just because he’s average, doesn’t mean he’s still not a starting QB. And it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to feel the way he feels.
If Mayfield feels disrespected when the Browns tell him one thing initially then do another, I totally understand that. According to Baker, Cleveland told him he would return for another year, then return and exchange for Watson once criminal charges of sexual conduct were dropped. I think anyone would be upset if it really turned out that way.
Here’s my question. How do Baker’s comments help him move forward in finding a new team? The simple answer is they don’t. Honestly, he sounds like someone that lacks awareness of the situation around him. Mayfield not terrible, but he was never considered to be the best QB in the top 10. And if we look at his performances on the field, no one can compare Baker better than Deshaun. Ethically once you add to the field, most people outside of the Browns will probably steer clear of Watson. But then again, we know how much the NFL cares about ethics, especially with regard to women.
Then, Baker wanted to boo the fans at their workplace to see how much they liked it. You, most people, sit in a room that isn’t there to entertain the masses. Fans don’t pay to see people type emails. People pay to watch Baker Mayfield pitch as the NFL’s QB. They literally paid for the right to boo or cheer on whoever they felt deserved, whether it was their team or an opponent.
I have no problem with that as long as the fans don’t go overboard and throw bad words and stuff of that nature. Yes, Mayfield was injured last season, but he wasn’t great during his four years in Cleveland. Fans have finally had enough and are willing to admit they were wrong. They realized Mayfield wasn’t the guy.
Now that Mayfield is available, there hasn’t been much interest around the league. The fact that he shows up and blames everyone else doesn’t look good and certainly won’t get him a new gig. Once he’s healthy, I think Baker will find a new NFL home. I’m just not sure what it’s going to be like at first. At the very least, he’ll likely need to fight in training camp to land a starting job somewhere.
Mayfield will be an upgrade over Drew Lock in Seattle, but the Seahawks are probably waiting for the Browns to drop Baker like every other team because they already know he won’t be returning to Cleveland. ESPN’s Louis Riddick summed it up best in his advice to Baker.
“Talk less do More.” Let’s see if Mayfield really accepts this advice or goes on to tell anyone who will listen how he went wrong. If I had to bet money on it, I would go with the latter. Please note that Mayfield turned 27 on Thursday, so happy birthday to Baker. Hopefully someone has found him a clue this year.