Andrew Harbaugh | June 14th, 2019
Okay, Browns fans let’s talk for a second.
We as a fanbase have not had a winning team since 2007 when the Browns went 10-6 with Derek Anderson leading the way.
We have the infamous jersey of quarterback names that hung in the store downtown displaying our dismay and just how lost we were looking for a hero.
Then on September 20, 2018, the savior we had been looking for came in before the half of a Thursday night game against the Jets and the rest, as the overused line goes, was history. Baker Mayfield had arrived and who better to be the face of a beaten down franchise than a quarterback who never got a scholarship offer and had to walk on at not one but two colleges and earn his reps.
Baker Mayfield is a great quarterback but we have to remember he will be a second-year player who is still earning his stripes and is going to make mistakes. Just like any parent you want to protect your kids but we also have to realize that they are not perfect and will mess up from time to time.
That being said, Baker Mayfield messed up.
When Baker Mayfield was asked about Duke Johnson asking for a trade, after the Browns made it known to teams that they were shopping the running back, he responded by stating
“…He is going to handle his stuff how he wants but you are either on this train or you’re not cause it’s moving, you can get out the way or you can join us it is what it is.”
The comments themselves are not horrific but when you watch him talk and the body language he displays comes across as disrespectful, even that can be up for interpretation, but when he is asked a follow-up question about if the situation was awkward he cut off the reporter and said
“It’s not awkward”
When he was then asked why as a follow up he responds with
“Because it was self-inflicted”
What Baker needs to realize is that not everyone is a number one overall pick with a giant signing bonus, guaranteed roster spot, and a large yearly salary. Baker voicing his displeasure with his teammate who is asking for a different team where he can show his true value and earn more for his family serves zero purpose.
When Baker left Texas Tech because he felt he was treated unfairly after his injury his freshman year. What if Davis Webb had made these types of comments after Baker announced his public displeasure after transferring to Oklahoma? I’m sure Baker would feel slighted based on how he reacts to media, such as Colin Cowherd, who go against him.
This all comes back to what happened the other day when Mike Silver, a veteran of 30 plus years in journalism covering the NFL, tweeted that some of the veterans took offense to Baker’s comments. What followed that? Brown’s social media attacked Silver, who has had several issues with the fan base in past months because they are protective of Baker Mayfield.
The report was not made up, it was not fabricated to fill an agenda, it was not a leftover ax to grind because he is friends with Hue Jackson, we need to accept that maybe Baker Mayfield who is still a kid had a learning experience.
If I were John Dorsey I personally would sit down with Baker and just remind him that they are always looking for a slip up from him and he needs to be careful with his wording. I worry if Baker keeps his free-flowing media sessions that, as Matt Miller stated on Stick to Football, we may be the second coming of the Steelers and we aren’t talking about multiple Super Bowls.
Questions and comments?
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