Baker Mayfield admitted to staring down former head coach Hue Jackson, and he doesn’t care what you think about it.
The Cleveland Browns aren’t going to the playoffs this year, but they have a chance to ruin that opportunity for the Baltimore Ravens. Mayfield led the Browns to a 26-18 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and then he proceeded to stare down his former head coach Hue Jackson with a Grinch-like smirk on his face.
Mayfield initially denied that the grin was intentional, but he admitted the truth eventually.
Check out the hilarious backpedal below.
Mayfield was surprised and amused that there was any fan or media reaction to the moment.
“I don’t get why people have a problem with football being a competitive sport,” he said to ESPN. “You’re supposed to play with emotion, you’re supposed to play with passion. Quite honestly, if you don’t like it, whatever. Football’s not meant to be a soft game. Could care less.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers are probably loving Mayfield’s swagger right now, because the rookie quarterback seems determined to beat the Ravens this weekend. To make the playoffs, Pittsburgh needs to win or tie versus the Bengals, and they need the Browns to knock down the Ravens.
Mayfield clearly isn’t seeking approval from anyone. That is part of what makes him special, and the Browns must be thrilled that they appear to have found a franchise quarterback after years of failing in that regard. The Johnny Manziel experiment obviously didn’t work out.
Cleveland has the potential to finish over .500 in a full season for the first time since 2007. Mayfield is a huge reason for that, and it makes sense that he would resent Jackson. If the Browns had started the rookie from the beginning of the season, then Cleveland could very well be looking forward to a playoff game.