BEREA, Ohio – Baker Mayfield fired back again Wednesday at former NFL mentor and ESPN analyst Rex Ryan for calling him “overrated as hell” previously in the 7 days.
“It is no matter what,” the Cleveland Browns quarterback stated. “In the smart phrases of (Cleveland mentor) Freddie Kitchens, if you you should not don orange and brown you really don’t issue, and Rex Ryan won’t have any colors correct now for a cause. So, it really is Alright.”
Ryan slammed Mayfield on ESPN’s Get Up on Monday, after the Browns dropped to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday evening to fall to 1-2.
“I really don’t get it. I would like to be an offensive coordinator right here,” Ryan explained of Cleveland. “If I have Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb and there is Baker Mayfield – yeah, I know he is overrated as hell. …”
When pressed to expound, Ryan mentioned, “Seem, I bought into the dang hype. I am like, ‘Oh, yeah’ – not to the place the place everyone’s stating he’s going to be the league MVP.
“What is actually he executing suitable? Here is a person right now that’s a 1-browse man, and then he is heading to improvise. He’s gotta recognize that you are a person of the slowest guys on that industry when you get off with it. The other point, the ball’s not coming out in rhythm. You happen to be staring down fellas, and you’re not that exact down the field.”
Immediately after coming in next in the NFL rookie of the 12 months voting past time, Mayfield is off to a tough begin statistically by 3 months. He ranks 30th in completion charge and 32nd in quarterback score. In section as a end result, only 4 groups have scored much less points than the Browns, who are averaging only 16.3 points per video game.
Prior to Wednesday’s exercise, Kitchens arrived to the protection of his quarterback, calling Ryan’s responses, “asinine to even say.”
“I take pleasure in his opinion and all that, but he is not in our constructing, he has no plan what we are accomplishing,” Kitchens said.
Beckham also dismissed Ryan’s criticisms of Mayfield.
“At the conclusion of the working day, when we go out there, no offense to Rex due to the fact I enjoy him, we never definitely treatment what you explained,” Beckham claimed. “‘Overrated as hell,’ none of that is gonna matter when you go on the field.”
Mayfield, nonetheless, admitted that blocking out these criticism from people like Ryan can be hard.
“It really is a little something you seriously have to be conscious of, mainly because you happen to be surrounded in an surroundings in which you hear a whole lot of issues, stuff pops up on your telephone or things is on Television set,” Mayfield mentioned. “Persons discuss. You have to make a conscious choice to secure your locker home and consider care of your men and block out the unfavorable stuff. And when they pat you on the back, it is really even even worse.”
Even with their sluggish commence, the Browns could nevertheless get the AFC North Division lead with a victory Sunday at Baltimore. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy for Louisville in 2016, the calendar year ahead of Mayfield gained it at Oklahoma, experienced almost nothing but praise for Mayfield.
“I come to feel he is a good quarterback,” Jackson explained. “He went quantity a single in the draft for a rationale.”