Browns OL knows opponents “want a piece of” Baker Mayfield

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The Browns are coming to realize that Baker Mayfield brings this out of people.

Which is fine and part of their personality. But there are still people who have to try to keep him upright against motivated foes.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns guard Joel Bitonio said he knows he has to prepare for extra effort at times.

“It’s one of those things that people, they see Baker’s name, they see him the media, they see some of his quotes and things of that nature, and they want a piece of him,’’ Bitonio said. “And it’s one of those things that we’re going to expect and we’re ready for.

“If that’s the way they motivate themselves to play, I just don’t know how someone can play harder. From my perspective, I don’t know how I could go out on the field and be like, ‘This Baker Mayfield guy did something, so I’m going to play harder today.’”

Monday’s loss to the 49ers provided a coupe of examples, from Nick Bosa planting an imaginary flag after a sack, as payback from a two-year-old college snub. Then came the Richard Sherman handshake-gate, in which a perceived slight became a massive story for a day.

“I feel like you’re already at a point as a professional where you’re playing your hardest, at least I hope so,’’ Bitonio said. “But maybe some guys aren’t at that level. Maybe some guys need it for motivation or to inspire them to do that, but as a professional, I feel like you should be motivated to go out and play. But obviously some guys are using it because we’ve heard it multiple times where teams are saying, ‘Yeah, we want to be motivated by this.’ And that’s what they’re using, so we’ve got to step up to the plate ourselves.”

Mayfield’s on his side, so Bitonio doesn’t mind. But the fact other guys are bringing their best because of Mayfield’s big personality makes his job harder sometimes, as well.

24 responses to “Browns OL knows opponents “want a piece of” Baker Mayfield

  1. Wow!! I guess if your a Browns fan you should be happy Mayfield is a loud mouth village idiot, because your O-line actually blocks a little harder. To bad it doesn’t work.

  2. “…they see Baker’s name, they see him the media, they see some of his quotes and things of that nature, and they want a piece of him…I don’t know how I could go out on the field and be like, ‘This Baker Mayfield guy did something, so I’m going to play harder today.’”

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    And that, Joel, is why you became an o-lineman and not a linebacker or defensive tackle/end.

  3. Just more bull coming out of Cleveland. Every defensive lineman wants a piece of the opposing QB, even the Browns’ D-Line. If I can remember correctly, wasn’t it Myles Garrett that got not one, but two roughing penalties against Nick Foles, and the second one ended his season? Excuse me, but Nick Foles doesn’t run his mouth. Guys like Myles Garrett and Nick Bosa have been sacking QB’s long before the ever got to the NFL. This is a good Thursday story, but it doesn’t hold any water. Why do you think Tom Brady gets rid of the ball so quickly? Guys are trying to sack him too. And isn’t Drew Brees out of action, and Big Ben too? None of those guys are talkers. Pro players don’t need extra motivation, that’s why they’re pro’s. The ones who do don’t last long.

  4. No one plays harder because they’re going against a certain individual, but when that individual runs their mouth like Baker, stares down opposing sidelines when he makes a play, and does a certain celebration while running to the sidelines, you can best believe he’s gonna hear about it when players are teeing off on him.

  5. Fantasy football fan: the Browns traded for OBJ
    Jersey retailer: the Browns traded for OBJ
    Casual football fan: the Browns traded for OBJ

    Educated football fan: The Browns traded away Kevin Zeitler, their best offensive lineman

  6. A real pro doesn’t need phony motivation like the opposing QB is a prick.
    They try their hardest because of professional pride.
    Since when do elite players “try harder” because of what so and so said? They are elite because they study the film and work on their technique and have innate talent.
    I don’t see Tom Brady saying”I’ll try harder against the X because I don’t like them”, which implies he doesn’t try as hard other times.

  7. Baker talks to much. He should shut his big mouth and just play. The target on him stems from him running his mouth, which gives defensive players extra motivation and incentive to humble him by making him look subaverage. Baker has been a punk, maybe he’ll learn his lesson soon. San Fran was just the opening of the flood gate though…the deluge is still on it’s way.

  8. I’m guessing his O-Line likes Baker about as much as everybody else in the world. Time to call out the Red Dog 10 times a game and see what happens.

  9. Why did the GM trade their best O-Lineman for edge rusher Olivia Vernon? A drunk at the end of the bar would have known better than to make that trade.

  10. Baker doesnt stand enhance when the right side of his line is trash. He has the worst right guard in football and one of the worst tackles . I could be eric kush 1 out of 3 times. Freddie the hick to much of a players coach to bench litteraly the worst guard in the nfl. Eric kush sucks so hard.

  11. The mouth and sarcasm will only get him so far..
    I think this little guy was exposed for his weaknesses a lot quicker than Browns fans could ever imagine.

    Just think, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold… both twice as good already with a huge upside. I think we’ve seen everything we’re going to get out of the little guy…

  12. From a physical standpoint pass rushers go full tilt every play, it’s a high effort position. However, if you don’t believe that Bosa wasn’t preparing extra hard studying film on Cleveland’s line you are out of your mind. It was definitely personal for Bosa and that had been festering for years and good for him to get his revenge. He’s going to be a very good player for a long time.

  13. george1859 says:
    October 10, 2019 at 9:19 am
    The mouth and sarcasm will only get him so far..
    I think this little guy was exposed for his weaknesses a lot quicker than Browns fans could ever imagine.

    Just think, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold… both twice as good already with a huge upside. I think we’ve seen everything we’re going to get out of the little guy…

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    The league history is full of examples of players with “upside” that was never reached. Sam Darnold has so far looked like Mark Sanchez 2.0 who can’t seem to stay healthy. Josh Allen is riding his defense right now. We’ll see but potential is not a guarantee for success in this league.

  14. Knows they must play better to stop opponents from knocking down their QB. Can’t stop opponents from knocking down QB. The offensive line is simply not good enough. End of sad story.

  15. vikesfansteve says:
    October 10, 2019 at 8:27 am
    I don’t want a piece, I want the whole damn thing. Bob Barker
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    That’s not a direct quote but point taken.

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