Baker Mayfield, Browns Take A Shot At Colin Cowherd With Playoff-Clinching Call

Maserati. That’s the name of the play the Cleveland Browns called for Baker Mayfield on 3rd & 2 with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter against the Steelers. Mayfield caught a block and the play call, dedicated to something Colin Cowherd said about the Browns quarterback way back in 2018.

“It was for short yardage this week, and we called it,” Joel Bitonio told MMQB. “I was kinda giving Baker [Mayfield] a little bit of crap earlier in the week about his speed, having him run the ball. It was a good play getting the extra blocker with Kareem [Hunt] leading the way there. I was on the backside so I just kinda cut my guy off. I saw him get the first down and get down in bounds, and I knew we had the game sealed.”

According to Albert Breer, Maserati hadn’t appeared in the previous 15 game plans before Sunday.

Mayfield and the Browns haven’t forgotten what Cowherd said about their quarterback during his rookie season.

“When you’re a No. 1 pick, I want you to be a Maserati, not a Mazda,” Cowherd said on his show. “Baker’s a Mazda in the NFL. He looked overwhelmed physically. He doesn’t have a great arm. Couldn’t outrun a lineman. Nothing wrong with a Mazda. I’ve driven a Mazda. I like Mazda. But you pay $85,000 for a car, that’s a No. 1 pick. You pay $85,000, you bragging about the cup holder? 

“If you don’t get ‘wow’ moments from your quarterback the first time you see him on a football field, then you made the wrong pick.”

With Sunday’s win, Mayfield is now 22-22 as a starting quarterback. Carson Wentz, whom Cowherd championed in 2018 just as he called Mayfield a Mazda, is 17-21-1 over the same period.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. I was with Colin about his assessment of Baker…but Baker is also the type of guy who uses it as motivation. The fact he has a good coach instead of the clowns he had the first two years helps out a lot.

  2. Baker is actually 24-22 in games he has played in for the Browns. He doesnt get credit for his first game in relief of an injured Tyrod Taylor, even though they were down 14-0 when he got in there and won 21-17, so his record is technically 23-22.

    Boomer Baker! Go Browns! Daaaawwwwggg check!

  3. Colin Cowherd talks like he wears dentures and sounds like Peter Brady when his voice was changing. Show used to be decent. Now he has a 5 minute monologue and spends the other 2 hours and 55 minutes repeating himself. His hot takes today will be contradicted tomorrow. He latches on to a few people like LeBron and Sam Darnold and almost performs oral on them while picking foils like Baker and always trying to prove his point that they stink, even when he is proven wrong. He also states that he’s not political but will mix in his leftist views here and there. He never called out LeBron and the NBA about their China takes. Not sure why FS1 blows the NBA and LeBron, they don’t broadcast their games.

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