Baker Mayfield diagnosing team issues, going forward

Pete Smith

After the Cleveland Browns 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Baker Mayfield took questions in his media availability ranging from the issues that plagued the team, his own issues, his confidence in their ability to address them and his health.

Dealing with penalties, Mayfield said the following:

“It is extremely difficult. Anytime you get something going, you shoot yourself in the foot. That was our big problem today was not being able to build positive plays. Like I preached last week, we are trying to eliminate the negative ones. That is exactly opposite of what we did today, and that falls back on me. We are going to look at the tape and like (Head Coach) Freddie (Kitchens) said, evaluate the problem. I think we know it is within ourselves. They are a great football team. Whenever you hurt yourself, you are not going to win.”

On his confidence in his teammates ability to move on from this:

“Because everybody is going to throw this in the trash. I think that is good. I know what type of men we have in this locker room. Quite frankly, I do not give a damn what happens on the outside. I know how we are going to react. I know what we are going to do. We are going to bounce back. We have a Monday Night game coming up so we do not really care. We are ready to go.”

The difference between the first drive and so many of the others:

“In that drive, we overcame one penalty. Later in the game when we hurt ourselves, we were not able to overcome it. Therein lies the difference. When you hurt yourselves, you are not going to be able to overcome it every time. You have to eliminate those things and then trying to press and do too much and having bad technique, it is just kind of a snowball effect.”

Addressing the notion if the lack of preseason reps as a team contributed:

“No, negative plays – anytime you get back behind the sticks and you are letting a team that is coached very well on defense tee off on you and you are pressing too much because you are trying to make up ground, it is going to hurt you.”

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J Hager
J Hager

Was not what I expected from this team today. Everything looked discombobulated after the 1st drive. Better get it cleaned up before next week or this will be a long year for Browns fans once again.

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