Baker Mayfield was loud and clear on this one.
The Browns own a 4-2 record, but there are a lot of hard feelings
With Blowout losses to the Baltimore Ravens (38-6) and Pittsburgh Steelers (38-7), the national media has centered those losses around the Browns quarterback.
As a result, Mayfield has responded to those critics with a pretty hefty message.
It’s better to just let Mayfield say this one himself.
#Browns Baker Mayfield on all the criticism he’s taking in the national media: “I don’t give a damn what they say”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 21, 2020
The best part of the quote is that, given Mayfield’s personality and demeanor, he probably does not care.
It would also suggest that Mayfield is irritated by the questions that have lingered about his job security.
During the Steelers loss, Mayfield was benched for backup quarterback Case Keenum.
Due to that move, many believe that Keenum has a chance to start this upcoming week, which was ultimately shut down by Kevin Stefanski.
Football news! Kevin Stefanski: If healthy, Baker Mayfield is Browns starter https://t.co/yyH0SVfiNp
— Max Twest (@max_twest) October 19, 2020
This is not the first time that Mayfield has been testy with the media and it sure will not be the last.
Mayfield said that he stuck his foot in his mouth too many times during the 2019 season.
The Feeling In The Room
According to ProFootballTalk, Mayfield later said that he remains confident and that “4-2 never felt so much like 0-6.”
Here’s what Brown’s fans need to understand though.
You have a winning record and are long ways away from 0-6.
Remember that stretch from 2015 to 2017 when the Browns were 4-44?
The Browns had finished 0-16 and gone 1-31 in the two seasons prior to the 2018 draft. They were 4-44 between 2015-2017. They’d had five head coaches in the 2010’s. No playoff appearances in previous 15 seasons and 5 in the previous 28 seasons.
— GL (@Redsfan5021) February 6, 2020
If anything, those around Cleveland should be happy that the team is taking this loss so hard.
In order to be an elite team, a franchise has to win against elite talent.
The Browns are not quite there yet, but every team that is growing into a contender features their lumps along the way.
This is just one of those instances.
The Browns have winnable games left on their schedule over the course of the next 10 games.
On Sunday, the Browns play the Bengals, which should get the team back to their winning ways.
Also on the schedule, the Browns have matchups with the Texans, Eagles, Jaguars, Jets, and Giants.
Those are six possible wins that would get the team their first 10-win season since 2007 and a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.
The Browns will get a rematch with the Ravens and Steelers again, while also testing their talents against the Raiders and Titans.
If the Browns want to prove they get over the hump, going at least 2-2 against these potential playoffs teams would be incredible.
After getting the Steelers trip out of the way, the #Browns now have the NFL’s easiest remaining schedule, according to ESPN FPI.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 19, 2020