All the hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns has officially disappeared. Baker Mayfield and his team were downright manhandled on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Mayfield struggled on the field, throwing for just 100 yards and two interceptions. It was actually what he did before the game that raised a few concerns.
Prior to kickoff, the former Heisman Trophy winner reportedly refused to shake hands with the team captains for the 49ers. Richard Sherman went as far as to say “He hasn’t earned anything in this league.”
Due to his poor performance at quarterback and questionable attitude, Mayfield has been the topic of conversation around the league on Tuesday.
ESPN analysts Marcus Spears blasted Mayfield on ESPN’s Get Up this morning.
Here’s what Spears had to say on Get Up, via 247Sports:
“Baker Mayfield came in this league like he was the reason dudes played in this league, like he’s the guy who has made careers and made guys great,” Spears said Tuesday. “The more you talk, the more they remember. The worst thing you can do is talk about other players. Every player that plays the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield has extra incentive to make this team look terrible because of the quarterback and his personality.
“(All you hear is) ‘This is his moxie, this is how he plays great’ but you know what? When you get to the NFL, don’t nobody give a damn about that. Nobody cares about how much confidence you have. I’ll tell you this too, if they continue to play like this, his team ain’t going to give a damn about his leadership or his moxie because winning equals checks. And when dudes stop getting their checks, they turn to the guy who is responsible for it.”
Those are some strong words from Spears.
Mayfield will have his chance to silence his critics this weekend against the Seahawks.