BEREA, Ohio — Joel Bitonio understands that Baker Mayfield writes some checks with his mouth and actions that his teammates have to income, but he’s more than joyful to do Mayfield’s banking for him.
“It’s a person of those people items that persons, they see Baker’s name, they see him the media, they see some of his rates and issues of that mother nature, and they want a piece of him,’’ Bitonio mentioned Wednesday. “And it is a single of people matters that we’re going to assume and we’re prepared for. If that’s the way they inspire by themselves to enjoy, I just do not know how anyone can participate in harder. From my perspective, I don’t know how I could go out on the area and be like, ‘This Baker Mayfield man did anything, so I’m heading to perform tougher right now.’’
Bitonio seasoned ‘The Baker Effect’ on defensive players firsthand when a snorting, hulking Nick Bosa ran in excess of him for one of his two sacks. Bosa, the former Ohio Condition star, was added inspired from the 49ers to correct revenge on Mayfield for planting the Sooners flag at Ohio Stadium two many years back. He erupted for two sacks, 3 quarterback hits, a pressured fumble and a restoration, and essentially took over the match en route to a 31-3 49ers blowout.
“I come to feel like you’re previously at a position as a expert the place you’re enjoying your hardest, at minimum I hope so,’’ claimed Bitonio. “But possibly some fellas aren’t at that stage. Possibly some men need it for motivation or to encourage them to do that, but as a skilled, I sense like you really should be determined to go out and enjoy. But certainly some guys are making use of it due to the fact we’ve heard it multiple instances the place groups are expressing, ‘Yeah, we want to be inspired by this.’ And which is what they’re making use of, so we’ve bought to move up to the plate ourselves.”
Mayfield, in vintage Mayfield clapback trend, obtained one more minor dig in on Bosa Wednesday, so it is protected to say the beating he took is not heading to tone him down.
“Great for him,’’ Mayfield mentioned. “He had it premeditated. He’s been contemplating about it naturally for two several years now — so that’s a extensive time to assume about that loss.”
As for Sherman, who stated Wednesday he’s heading to apologize to Mayfield for dragging him through the handshake mud, Mayfield claimed he has no challenging inner thoughts. A online video refuted Sherman’s assert that Mayfield snubbed the 49ers throughout the common coin toss handshake.
“I never feel Sherman’s was a personal vendetta,’’ Mayfield mentioned. “He stated what he explained. I regard him and who he is as a player. He’s a great participant and has been for a when and in no way did I imply something like that.”
Mayfield reported he has not still listened to from Sherman.
“I did not have my mobile phone on me,’’ he stated Wednesday following observe. “I just obtained out of follow. I just listened to that (he ideas to achieve out). It is good of him.”
Did it hassle Mayfield what he mentioned? That he disrespects the game?
“Uh, no,’’ he said. “I know what I did, but that is the a single time the digital camera and something recording me has absent in my favor.’’
Similarly, he’s not concerned about the avalanche of national criticism the “snub’’ story brought him.
“I know precisely what I did,’’ he said. “It is what it is. If individuals want to portray an image of me as who I am as a man or woman, I could care a lot less.”
He acknowledged that Sherman’s postgame remarks, to NFL Network’s Mike Silver, astonished him.
“But you know what, it is what it is,’’ he mentioned.
The blowout reduction aided Mayfield notice that they have to bring their A-activity each 7 days.
“Uh, it’s been a superior wake-up contact for us,’’ he stated. “To notice, it does not subject who we’re taking part in, we have to participate in our game. We have to give them our finest shot. It’s time to stop stressing about specifically what they’re accomplishing and do our task 1st and be ready to adapt on the fly like I claimed. We received execute our task initial and foremost.”
Bitonio does not care how Bosa, the No. 2 overall decide on, gets his recreation deal with on.
“He was taking part in truly perfectly and we didn’t do enough to halt him,’’ said Bitonio. “If he was added-determined or some thing like that, much more electricity to him in that feeling. We’ve just got to get out there and block him, as uncomplicated as that is. It might not be uncomplicated in the circumstance, but which is what our task is, to go out there and consider to make individuals performs.’’
Bitonio attributes Bosa’s outburst far more to the point that he was healthy and all set to roll.
“He was a great participant,’’ reported Bitonio. “He had a significant ankle sprain in preseason and you didn’t get considerably film on him. He was nevertheless coming back early in the year he obtained the bye week. He arrived back. Each and every workforce is enthusiastic. I’ve never ever gone into a sport and been like, ‘Man, these guys are signify to me in the media, I’m all set to go a minimal harder.’ It’s a person of these points where it’s a feeling of delight. He performs tricky, he’s a great player, he created some issues occur for him and he’s going to be a very good participant in this league and we require to do a improved career of blocking him.’’
Likewise, Kitchens isn’t worried about Mayfield drawing undue heat.
“I consider diverse individuals find determination from distinct issues,’’ he stated on a convention call Tuesday. “I feel eventually, it is what we do on the subject not off the field in that sort of placing that matters. In the long run, we go to the game with the prepare, and if we execute the approach, we are typically successful. If it is a fantastic system and we execute it, we are usually profitable with it. It has very little to do with items off the industry like that. It is all about how you perform the activity.”
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