Baker Mayfield Is Brutally Honest After His Three Fumble Performance

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Baker Mayfield’s postgame Zoom press conference after Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the New York Jets was short and not so sweet if you are a Browns fan who figured there would be no problem rolling into New Jersey and getting a win. Mayfield attempted 53 passes while missing his top four wide receivers due to COVID and contact tracing. While there’s plenty of blame to go around for the Browns loss, Bake wanted it squarely on his shoulders and that was that.

“I failed this team. I put three balls on the ground. I didn’t do enough,” Mayfield said during his Zoom press conference before walking away thinking about those three fumbles, including a late 4th quarter fumble on fourth and inches that ended any chance of a comeback.

The loss puts Cleveland into a must-win situation next Sunday against the Steelers who beat the Colts and wrapped up the AFC North with the Browns loss.

“It was inches. You can’t lose the ball on a sneak,” Kevin Stefanski said of his quarterback’s performance. ““You’ve got to protect the football.”

Stefanski wasn’t going to let his quarterback take full credit for the loss. He wanted in on that action too.

“We got beat today. I got outcoached, we got outplayed. We did the things we can’t do, minus-2 in turnover battle, penalties, drops, not good. Credit to the Jets,” Stefanski added.

The good news for the Browns is that Pittsburgh could sit Big Ben in Sunday’s game. Roethlisberger just smiled today when asked if he would sit out Week 17.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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    • Even the Jets were smart enough to game plan around stopping the run and daring Baker to beat them with his arm (yes he had new WRs but still had the same TEs and RBs). And much like last season and most of this season when Chubb was out, it’s a recipe for a Browns loss.

    • I’d say that having his top 4 receivers 2 offensive linemen and 2 starting linebackers out, is what cost them the game. A shitty gameplan that called for 53 passes to Practice Squad WRs, 7 dropped passes, a missed PAT, 3 Jets TDs to wide open guys on busted coverages, a Myles Garrett strip sack miscalled an incompletion, averaging less than 2 yards a carry and yes Baker’s fumbles certainly did not help. A real team effort.

      His 3rd fumble gets too much attention: it was 4th and less than one, they ran a QB sneak for the 3rd time in the game, Jets were on it and stuffed him at the LoS and ripped him down backwards, so wasnt gonna be a 1st down even if he held on to the ball.

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