Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has been the talk of the town following Sunday’s beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals. Mayfield has been praised for his four touchdown performance. Baker has also been praised and criticized for his interaction and postgame comments about former head coach Hue Jackson.
“Everybody likes to make things a bigger deal than they really are,” Mayfield said. It is how it is.”
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It’s clear Mayfield wants to move forward and focus on Sunday’s matchup with the red hot Houston Texans. He is also not backing down from the criticism directed his way over the last couple of days.
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“People took it as me personally attacking Hue. That is not it. It is the fact that I get to have my own opinion on how [his hiring in Cincinnati] transpired, and he gets to do what he wants. That is how it is,” Mayfield said. Although, I am an athlete, I am not a cookie-cutter quarterback. I never have been and never will be. I speak my mind. That is just how I am. I did not like the move. People do not have to care. I am not looking for anybody’s approval. I do not regret any of it. It is about this team and what we have, and we have to stick together and play together.”
Some of the criticism comes from Baker referring to Jackson as fake on his instagram account.
“There were just things that happened inside of the building that I am not going to go into detail with,” Mayfield said. It is in-house information. It does not matter.”
One of the big critics nationally to Baker’s comments is from former defensive end and current ESPN analyst Marcellus Wiley.
“I do everything with a purpose so when somebody comments on my story when they really do not know anything about it, I get to voice my opinion, just like how he is on a talk show voicing his,” Mayfield said. “There are certain things about me being myself which, yeah, I think helps this team, but in no way am I trying to create a distraction. I think everybody in this locker room knows that. The people outside of this locker room can say what they want. Inside of this locker room we have each other.”
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So what should we take out of all of this? Mayfield is showing that he supports his team, and wants to make sure the public knows that.