Baker Mayfield: People want us to lose because the hype is so real

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At this time last year, the Browns were riding a 17-game losing streak and carrying few expectations that they’d be making a push for a playoff spot.

It’s a very different scene around the team this year. Between a 5-2 close to last year, Odell Beckham‘s arrival and the continued maturation of young players like quarterback Baker Mayfield, people have found several reasons to predict bigger and better things from the 2019 Browns.

Others believe that the Browns have been pushed too far too fast and Mayfield told Complex.com that “you’ve got to have an even-keel mindset” when both things are going on at the same time. That sounds right and Mayfield said “chatter doesn’t matter,” but it is clear that the quarterback has heard the negative view over the course of the offseason.

“It stays within that locker room,” Mayfield said. “You’ve got to believe in it and take it one week at a time. Because I wouldn’t say that everybody wants to beat us. I think in the media and everything that comes with the hype around our team right now, people want to see us lose, just because the hype is so real. But we’ve got to go out there and take it one week at a time. We’re trying to win every week.”

There’s little doubt that the Browns will hear from those who think they were overhyped if they stumble out of the gate this season. If things go the other way, Mayfield and company will have to be sure that things don’t tilt too far in the other direction before they actually accomplish their goals.

116 responses to “Baker Mayfield: People want us to lose because the hype is so real

  1. People want this team to win because it would be exciting and new – but I’m starting to hope they end up winning with the backup QB because Baker wont shut up!

  2. Hype: promote or publicize (a product or idea) intensively, often exaggerating its importance or benefits.

    So yeah, Baker, having the hype being REAL really doesn’t mean anything…

  3. I think prior to this offseason 90% of football fans were happy for the Browns to finally have a competitive team. The Browns have been run poorly for years, and their fans deserve to see a competitive team after so long.

    All that good will will be gone with due to unlikeable players running their mouths.
    Baker Mayfield is talented but I find him somewhat unlikeable.
    Hopefully, he pipes down and matures.

  4. “Hype” is not “real”, by definition. It’s mere hype. That’s why they call it hype. If hype was real, Mel Kiper would make more than 3% of his draft predictions correctly.

  5. We’ve seen the Browns lose enough, it’s time to let these guys build their team and confidence together. They deserve it! If you don’t wear brown and orange, you don’t matter! Go dawgs!

  6. Part of me wants the Browns to lose to bring Mayfield back to Earth. I get he wants to pump up his team and whatever but be a little humble. Part of me also wants him to be good because I have the feeling Mayfield is the type of guy who would leave the Browns in a heart beat if they don’t give him the contract he wants.

  7. “I think in the media and everything that comes with the hype around our team right now, people want to see us lose, just because the hype is so real.”

    Fake narrative. Other than trolls, who is hoping this team loses? If you want to see people actually hope you lose, keep pushing fake narratives.

    Also, “the hype is so real.” When you haven’t done anything, comes off as laughable and arrogant.

    I’m a Steeler fan that wants to see the Browns be good, but some of the blabbing/posturing is annoying, borderline cringeworthy.

  8. You can run your mouth when actually can cross off the below.

    Step 1: Win more games than you lose
    Step 2: Make the playoffs
    Step 3: Win a playoff game
    Step 4: Go deep in the playoffs.

  9. To be fair, I really only want him to lose. And it’s not because the hype is real. It’s because he is a clown baby

  10. What starting QB in the NFL keeps his mouth shut when a mic is in front of him. It’s their job, they have to give interviews. Doesn’t matter what he says, haters will hate. I’m sure glad he is on my team. Compared to what we’ve had the last 20 years, it’s night and day. He is referring to all of you haters, that’s all.

  11. Mayfield and the Browns are fortunate to be playing in the cream-puff AFC North. The Steelers are a shell of what they were, the Ravens don’t even have a QB capable of throwing a forward pass and the Bengals…..well they are the Bengals….

  12. SMH hype is not “real”, hype is artificially generated hope that something will be great.

    Real is what you will do when you’re actually on the field.

    This guy worries far too much about what people are or are not saying. He’s distracting himself from what he should be concentrating on, thus making it more like he will fail then if just concentrated on work.

  13. If the Browns put up a winner this year it’ll be in spite of their owner. And Browns fans should beware that Jimmy Haslam may very well foul things up for the Browns after they start winning the same way that Son-of-Al did with the Raiders after it looked like the Raiders were finally becoming competitive again a few years ago.

  14. I was digging on the Browns until Mayfield starting yapping and playing his clown role. Season hasn’t started and I’m already tired of him.

  15. Gotta love the delusional hate towards the Jets and Browns from the clearly bitter Giant fans, Bills Mafia, and Steeler faithful this entire offseason. I guess you have to let it all out before the actual games start.

    It’s especially funny how I see a few Buffalo fans here, what exactly did Josh Allen do that tells you he has a future? Because if you look at the adjusted YPA and completion percentage that accounts for the drops you scream about Josh Allen still completed 58% on 5.4 YPA.

  16. Long suffering Cleveland fan here. We are NOT making parade plans. We are just hoping and praying everyone stays healthy and let the chips fall where they may. This seems too real to be real… but we are not drinking “the hype machine” Kool Aid. We need to win something / anything before we fans start throwing all our chip in… and yes… I was at the 0 – 16 parade.

  17. I am dying to see the Browns win. I like the whole team except Odell. I am so tired of seeing this franchise in the gutter. I’m not a Browns fan by any means, but I think the fans are top notch and deserve it.

  18. WOW I really liked Baker when he was drafted. Now he is so into himself its sad. The browns will be lucky to be 7-9 with all the divas over there.

  19. 90% of you that are posting “I hate Baker” comments didn’t even read the article. You read the headline and scurried to your keyboards to write up the same lame regurgitated punchlines that we’ve seen a hundred time over. He said exactly what you want your franchise QB to say, but it hurts your feelings because “Baker’s a jerk.” I would love to hear what makes him a jerk.

  20. I don’t see this as Mayfield saying the hype is coming from the Browns, or that “the hype is real” means the Browns believe it. I think he’s simply saying that they hear the hype, which is coming from everyone else, but the team isn’t listening; it’s trying to keep an even keel and simply take it one game at a time.
    All we’ve heard from the Browns is that they haven’t won anything yet. Only a couple of rookies have said anything about the Super Bowl. But they have noted that every team HAS to believe it can win, and HAS to have the playoffs as a goal, because what’s the point in playing of that’s NOT the goal.
    I suspect Mayfield was simply answering a question ABOUT the hype, and whether or not it’s affecting the team, not trying to say how great the team is.

  21. ” the continued maturation of young players like quarterback Baker Mayfield”. Poor choice of words. He may have gotten a year older and gained on field experience, but nothing Mayfield has done in the last year would lead anyone to believe he has matured.

  22. Given Hue Jackson didn’t even give Baker backup QB reps during training camp, I thought he did pretty good taking over during the season. It will be interesting to see him after full off-season as a starter.

  23. I’m beginning to see the reason Patrick Mahomes beat out Mayfield at Texas Tech. Usually the guy who keeps telling you how good he is turns out to be overcompensating for his lack of talent.

  24. Yo, Mayfield, a friendly reminder.

    Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  25. Lots of Baker haters out there. 2 for the price of 1 says you won’t be at the end of the 2019 season.

  26. As much as I think Baker Mayfield is a great talent I am waiting to see how he handles things when he has bad games and the team loses some games. I have the feeling things could get really bad in Cleveland

  27. dear lord. who exactly is saying the want the browns to lose besides rivals? this is more “nobody believes in us” crap that I absolutely cannot stand.

    People have the Browns going to the superbowl for crying out loud. i have a feeling i am really going to dislike baker mayfield.

  28. I knew this guy was full of himself when him and Barkley made a bet over who was going to win rookie of the year……when in reality it should have went to Quinton Nelson.

  29. I feel myself liking Mayfield less and less everytime he talks however for the sake of Browns fans I hope they live up to the hype and at least make the playoffs. Those fans deserve to see winner for once.

  30. I’m not sure I see a single “guaranteed” win on their schedule. Pending injury issues, almost every team they’re playing should be improved form last season.

  31. First of all, it’s not the team, coach or Baker who have been hyping the Browns, it’s the media. Don’t you morons see what Baker is doing. He’s using your hatred to develop the chip on their shoulders that the Browns need. Your doing exactly what Baker said. All he said is that people hope they lose because a lot of people have been pushing them. Baker and Freddy have not been predicting any great things for the Browns. It’s been the media.

  32. Don’t really care one way or another but given the head coach’s apparent paranoia and Mayfield’s attitude plus having OBJ’s temperament in the locker room, this is looking like a team that could fly apart fast if a little adversity (losing 3 in a row) comes their way.

  33. I see most here don’t understand what he’s saying.

    Part 1: Every year the media picks a team to hype up. Part 2: Fans fall into the trap of wanting that team to lose as if it’s their fault the media is salivating over them.

    The average fan has lost the ability to think for themselves.

  34. Let’s see

    You got a rb coach as the HC.. and then you have a headcase in Odell.
    And a guy who has never won anything significant.
    You guys will be lucky to get to 8-8

  35. He does have a point. People do not like teams that were hyped in the past. For example, I did not like the Cowpies when they were hyped as “American’s team” and I wanted them to lose. I still want the Sea Dorks to lose, because they were hyped as the best team ever and as a “dynasty” when in fact they won because of Defensive Holding Gate.

  36. 5 & 11. Browns are relying on OBJ and Jarvis Landry – two guys who do nothing but lose. Baker needs to shut up – he will be sacked alot. They are the Washington Nationals… talk more than work.

  37. torgow says:
    August 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    Hype always fails in the NFL, and so does running your mouth to the cameras.

    ————

    Hype doesn’t always cause a team to fail, but it can’t really help a team succeed. At worst it causes a distraction, at best it does nothing. It cannot have any positive impact on winning games.

  38. No, I want them to lose because he implied that the Giants didn’t have real fans, despite somehow being around for almost a century, and still having over 90% attendance after recently having their worst season in the Super Bowl era. Plus a WR that didn’t want to be on the team, then cried when he was traded.

    Normally, as in every other season until this one, I could not care less about the Browns. Reap what you sow.

  39. feckyerlife says:
    August 14, 2019 at 11:38 am
    No i want you to lose because you keep opening your mouth.

    —-

    Yeah, that’s really the only issue I have. Besides Kareem Hunt. Mayfield better be able to put up some great numbers to back up his mouth.

  40. It looked worse in the headlines, but I think his play is behind his mouth at this point. I don’t think his words are helping anything.

  41. Not sure what he said that’s an issue? He didn’t call a presser and say this. A reporter asked him the question, and he answered.

  42. He reminds me of the pretty good beer league softball player who has a few too many, and can’t stop talking about how good he is.

  43. Mayfield goes deep to Beckham jr. Oh wow. The ball got stuck in mid air. Looks like it’s trapped in their egos.

  44. Let him be, he hasn’t Dabbed yet or did the “Rip my jersey off to see the Superman logo” gesture yet.

  45. The Rust Belt loves you Mayfield – you have that stand up toughness. Many – not all – fans from places like Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo – are all rooting for you (as well as their own teams). Just deliver dude – beat those dudes who think they’re entitled do11wn in the southwest and strange rangers in the Northwest. KC v Cleve is where it’s at

  46. I thought i was the only one thinking to self is this guy making me not want the browns to win? Now i know there are thousands of us. Too bad, i feel bad for Clv fans.

  47. You guys are misinterpreting Baker’s words. When he says “The hype is so real” it doesn’t mean he’s saying the hype is justified. It means the hype is everywhere, and people get tired of overhype and start to root against what’s being hyped. That’s what he’s saying.

  48. Mayfield said. “You’ve got to believe in it and take it one week at a time….”. One week? No way! He is so far ahead of the rest of the league with this thinking.

  49. I want them to lose, but by 0-3. I want the defense to feel good about themselves. Myles Garrett and the crew are the real leaders.

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