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Baker Mayfield Addresses His Criticism Of NFL Officiating

A closeup of Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after the Baltimore Ravens 26-24 win over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Baker Mayfield knew he'd be fined. He said as much, after calling the officiating "pretty bad out there" during the team's 32-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The brash Cleveland Browns quarterback doesn't regret what he said, though. After taking a $12,500 fine for his comments about the officials, he addressed the situation today.

Per 92.3 The Fan's Keith Britton, Mayfield said that he felt it was necessary to be critical of officials because their "blatantly obvious" wrong calls were having an impact on his and his teammates' jobs.

Mayfield is rarely afraid to speak his mind, and that continues to be the case, even through a disappointing first half of the year for the 2-4 Browns.

Cleveland has been very up-and-down this season, though there has been much more of the latter so far. In a 40-25 win over the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens, the team capitalized on the promise it had entering the season. The narrow loss to a tough Seahawks team might actually be the most positive result since, given the other win came against a Sam Darnold-less Jets team. The team also has two blowout losses to the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. Mayfield's play has also been much worse than it was last year. His completion percentage is down from nearly 64-percent to 56.6-percent, he's down almost two full yards per attempt (7.5 to 5.6), and his interception rate has taken a huge spike from 2.9 to 5.6-percent. After a 27 touchdown, 14 interception rookie campaign, Baker Mayfield has just five touchdowns to go with 11 interceptions through six games. Officiating has been an issue across the league for much of the year; the Browns are certainly not the only team with complaints. The franchise has much bigger concerns than some iffy calls on the field. [

#Browns QB Baker Mayfield on criticizing officiating: "I knew I was going to get fined, but it needed to be said." Says when it affects people's jobs, people need to be held accountable. Says he was stating calls were wrong was "blatantly obvious"

— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) October 23, 2019

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