CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - We’ve had a quarterback get stuck under the American flag (Brandon Weeden), and another stuck in a downward spiral (Johnny Manziel), so, if you’re going to criticize Baker Mayfield for being a little too amped up, a little too fiery, after the way he’s delivered, well, you might want to take a trip down memory lane. Then, maybe Mayfield’s stare-down of Hue Jackson on Sunday won’t bother you.
“I do not get why people have a problem with football being a competitive sport", Mayfield said on Wednesday. "You are supposed to play with emotion. You are supposed to play with passion. Quite honestly, if you do not like it, whatever. Football is not meant to be a soft game. Couldn’t care less.”
Head coach Gregg Williams was asked if he’s talked with Mayfield about his on-field antics, which could possibly draw a penalty. Williams refused to get specific about closed-door conversations, but did speak about the subject in general.
“We live on the edge, we play on the edge but we do not hurt the team", Williams said. "We do not hurt the team. You do not have setbacks. You do not have penalties. You do not do those types of things. There are no penalties. There are no flags so what I have to do is that we have to make sure that we are playing football. It is a competition to play football.”
A competition that Mayfield is conquering. Hey, whatever fuels his fire. He’s the best quarterback to come through here in three decades, and you can’t have his play without the passion.
Mayfield was asked if he ever has concerns that his actions will be wrongly perceived.
“That sounds like the exact questions I got before the combine. No, not one bit.”