Baker Mayfield: Sometimes “a nice punch in the mouth” is good for everybody

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Kevin Stefanski’s debut as the head coach of the Browns did little to suggest that it was the dawn of a bright new era for football in Cleveland.

The Ravens rolled over the Browns for a 38-6 win that saw Cleveland struggle in all three phases of the game. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was included in those struggles as he went 21-of-39 for 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception and he said after the game that he thinks getting knocked around like that could wind up helping the Browns in the future.

“Sometimes a wakeup call is pretty good for everybody — a nice punch in the mouth, and that is how we should take it,” Mayfield said, via “We should not dwell on it, realize that we just got beat today, they played better than us, look at it, get better, move on and go play the Bengals. That is all we can do.”

The Browns lost to the Titans 43-13 to open the 2019 season and then bounced back to beat the Jets in Week Two. That success didn’t sustain itself, however, and the team was 2-6 halfway through the season, so sometimes getting punched in the mouth is just a precursor to more punches in the mouth.

21 responses to “Baker Mayfield: Sometimes “a nice punch in the mouth” is good for everybody

  1. Wasn’t last year the punch in the mouth?!? At this point it’s just starting to look pretty certain that Mayfield is a bust.

  2. Maybe “a nice punch in the mouth” is good for everybody sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you have to lead with your chin.

  3. Tough job for a rookie head coach to have to prepare his team for a first game that counts rather than a preseason contest.

  4. Well Baker I come to you with some good news. Considering you’re the Cleveland Browns – you can expect a nice punch to the mouth, every game, every day for the rest of your life

  5. C’mon Baker…all of last year should have been the punch in the mouth you needed. We’re tired of hearing it from you. This team is beyond lost….already. Blame it as much on the QB and the WR that quit already (OBJ) as you do on the coach. Fake punt from deep in your own territory? At least I know that I won’t be wasting my next 15 Sunday afternoons watching your dumpster fire. I QUIT.

  6. At least no one is predicting them to go to the Super Bowl like they did last year, so now they can start letting reality set in.

  7. where are all the dopes now that blamed Freddie Kitchens for the reason Mayfield sucked last year. he is a backup QB and nothing more

  8. I feel bad for the fans of the Browns. I did not expect them to win, but at least show up. Last year first game, they were overrated and the Titans were underrated. This year it was not so. Kitchens got too much blame last year as well as the O-Line. Two teams that had worse lines made the playoffs. Kitchens was in over his head bigtime, but that was not the reason Mayfield and crew stunk up the joint. Like last year the Browns will play an even worse team in the second game and win big and think problem solved. Sorry Brown fans…. my question is which team gives up on their firrst rounder first and tanks for Lawrence, the Browns with Mayfield or the Jets with darnold/

  9. Doesn’t seem to matter… Hue, Freddie and now Stephanski ….. Chubb goes for 48 yards in the 1st quarter and disappears, averaging 5 yards per carry as a team, 3rd and 1 and they go empty backfield eliminating half the offense making the defenses job easier ….

  10. Do you ever notice that these guy always say the same crap and never correct it. Mayfield isn’t the answer to the browns same results just a different day

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 14, 2020 at 12:32 pm
    It’s looking more and more like Lamar Jackson is the only good QB from his draft class
    Pat Mahomes was also in Bakers’draft class and Cleveland could have had him. Probably wouldn’t have worked out because it’s Cleveland and they are a QB graveyard.

  12. @patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 14, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    My bad, Mahomes and Baker were a year apart, but Cleveland still could’ve gotten Mahomes.

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