Baker Mayfield got a bit more work in with the razor than with the football on Sunday. The Cleveland Browns quarterback sported three different facial hair styles on Sunday, which struck some people as interesting.
When he arrived at Denver’s Mile High Stadium on Sunday, he was sporting a full beard. It didn’t last for too long.
Here’s how Mayfield looked as he got to the stadium on Sunday. From the Browns’ Instagram account:
By the time he came out for warm-ups, Mayfield had a very different look, sporting a pretty distinct handlebar mustache:
And then, after the game, he came out to his press conference looking as dejected as possible. Apparently this is the look of someone whose team just lost to a struggling Denver Broncos team on a third-string quarterback.
— Mike Ryan Ruiz (@MichaelRyanRuiz) November 4, 2019
That look sparked a number of memes. While he isn’t in 2019 Sam Darnold territory, the Browns, who entered the season with serious hype, have become one of the jokes of the league (again).
Today, he was asked why he felt it necessary to shave twice on Sunday. His answer: the Browns quarterbacks planned are participating in “Movember” for the month, but after the game, he “didn’t deserve” the handlebar. He had previously been undefeated while wearing it, so after the loss he went with a more basic look.
Baker, on why he shaved twice Sunday. Said he shaved off the handlebar mustache after the game because he “didn’t deserve it.” pic.twitter.com/iscYtHlpoB
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 6, 2019
Obviously, as everything with Mayfield and the Browns this year, the situation caused some consternation. Even embattled head coach Freddie Kitchens said he planned to “hold his opinion” about the whole thing to himself:
#Browns HC Freddie Kitchens on Baker Mayfield shaving twice Sunday: "I'll hold that opinion to myself. I think they have the shave for November thing. I'm not really sure. I didn't know he shaved the day of the game. I don't really look at faces that much in terms of facial hair"
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) November 6, 2019
So there are probably takes out there about Mayfield focusing on the wrong things on gameday, as there are when his commercials run throughout Sundays while his team loses on the field. It is understandable that Browns fans are frustrated and trying to find reasons for this season turning out the way it has, but the football issues are better arguments than Baker Mayfield taking a few minutes to shave before and after a game.