December 24th, 2018
It took me all of 2 hours after I logged on to this site to find something to comment about. Yesterday, Baker Mayfield led the Cleveland Browns to a 26-18 win over their in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals, who is now the employer of their former head coach, Hue Jackson. The rift between Mayfield and Jackson was the main reason he was fired following the Browns Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mayfield has not been bashful about his feelings toward his former coach and stared him down after icing the game on Sunday.
Mayfield drew criticism for the move, being called “immature” for his actions. On Monday, Fox Sports 1 radio host Colin Cowherd, who has garnered a reputation for unnecessarily ripping Mayfield, lit into the former Oklahoma quarterback once again.
“He’s a very accurate thrower of the football, and he also yesterday taunted a coach…Long-term I’ll take a grown up. I’ll take Wilson, Luck, Darnold. I won’t take taunting a coach who got fired & crazy, took another job.”@ColinCowherd on Baker Mayfield staring down Hue Jackson pic.twitter.com/p6eLVhDpq9— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 24, 2018
While I could agree, that yes, it is somewhat immature, how else are you supposed to act around someone who was a two-face liar to you and wouldn’t give you the chance to play right away as the #1 overall draft pick? Baker Mayfield is every college age kid when they see a person they absolutely despise when you’re walking to class, out in the bars, or eating lunch, you give them a look as to say “Get away from me, now”. This isn’t something that raises a red flag and no one should be marginally concerned about it, in fact, I think interim head coach Gregg Williams loves the intimidation Mayfield is giving off.
While Cowherd can go on and on about how Mayfield is immature, it’s becoming more and more clear that he is running out of ammo to hit Mayfield with. He has, in one season, turned the Cleveland Browns into a near .500 football team and is likely one of the top two (along with Saquon Barkley) candidates to win Rookie of the Year. In 13 games this season, Mayfield has thrown for 3,349 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions…but you’re worried about him staring down a coach that tried to rob of him of a fair chance to play. Give me a break.
Baker Mayfield is the future of the NFL and this incident just shows the chamber in the anti-Mayfield gun is own to their last couple bullets.