Following an embarrassing 38-7 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baker Mayfield received a barrage of criticism. However, the 25-year-old took the high-road — sort of — by telling reporters he doesn’t “give a damn.”
During the onslaught by the Steelers, Mayfield threw two interceptions, one of which came on Cleveland’s first possession. He posted a passer rating of 54.9 and was subbed out before the end of the game.
“I don’t give a damn what they say,” Mayfield stated on a Zoom call. “It is within this building. We know we can do better. I know I can do better. The outside noise does not matter. They get paid to talk. We get paid to do our work.”
Unfortunately for Mayfield, this ‘subpar quarterback’ narrative is becoming a staple for him. He ranks an abysmal 26th in passing yards (1095) and has only thrown 10 touchdowns against six picks. That’s the fourth-most, respectively. He’s also 17th among quarterbacks in Quarterback Rating (67.9). As a testament to Mayfield’s inaccuracy in throwing the football, the Browns lead the league in rushing.
Pundits across all stations are calling for Mayfield’s proverbial head. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith consistently laments that the former No. 1 overall pick has more success in his commercials than on the field. Moreover, he recently stated that Mayfield’s terrible quarterback play means Odell Beckham Jr. needs to leave Cleveland.
Cleveland is 4-2 on the season. They will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.