Myles Garrett: Facing Baker Mayfield had us a bit off the leash

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Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s past with the Browns was a popular topic of conversation leading into Sunday’s game between the teams and both sides did their best to say that their focus was on the game rather than settling any old scores.

There were some bumps in the road and attempts to cash in on all the attention, however. One of the latter was a t-shirt authorized by Mayfield that promoted the game with the phrase “Off the leash” in an apparent reference to leaving the Dawg Pound behind now that he’s in Carolina.

After the Browns’ 26-24 win, defensive end Myles Garrett referenced that phrase when he was asked about how the run-up to the game impacted the Browns’ mindset.

“It had us a bit off the leash . . . “I mean, the tone was set with the attitude of some of the guys on the other side. We were just ready to go out there and finally put things to bed.”,” Garrett said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Garrett sacked Mayfield twice, forced a fumble and batted down one of his former teammate’s passes in the win. While he sounded put off by the Panthers’ approach to the game, Garrett said Mayfield “didn’t lose my respect” at any point in the proceedings and now both sides will move on to less emotionally charged games in Week Two.

11 responses to “Myles Garrett: Facing Baker Mayfield had us a bit off the leash

  1. The Panthers stink and they beat them by 2 on a 58 yard FG. I’d hold off printing Superbowl tickets and getting all weird about “revenge”.

  2. I have no ill-will towards Baker and wish him well. That said, he’ll never get any taller and will always struggle as an NFL QB – Browns fan.

  3. Garrett needs to take it still another level and be more ball aware.He thinks the play is over after he’s made a sack while the ball is still alive.

  4. Garrett is certainly at a higher level in the position he plays then Mayfield is in his. It’s kind of Captain Obvious, so I don’t know why Garrett has to verbalize this.This was only my 3rd ranked game on Sunday ticket’s early group, so I didn’t see much of it, but, from what I saw it did not live up to the hype.

  5. The Panthers were leading when Mayfiled left the field. Defense has to do their part. All you can ask for.

  6. pointafter says:
    September 12, 2022 at 9:28 am
    Garrett is certainly at a higher level in the position he plays then Mayfield is in his. It’s kind of Captain Obvious, so I don’t know why Garrett has to verbalize this.This was only my 3rd ranked game on Sunday ticket’s early group, so I didn’t see much of it, but, from what I saw it did not live up to the hype.
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    The key word being “hype”…..which came from Baker (t-shirts…..”bleep you up” comment) and the media. This was just a way to say “thank you” for the extra motivation. Again, classic Baker yesterday…..just enough to lose (5 batted passes, 1 INT, 4 fumbles….strip sack) and just enough to give false hope for the future (2 big plays on blown coverages and some fist-pumping). Not a bad QB….not a franchise QB.

  7. Don’t worry. Your QB has a history of having one game of year of note and then showing why he is not a starter on a contender.

  8. 1. Fact: Baker never made the bleep you up comment; he categorically denied it and the source walked it back. 2. Fact: Baker had no input on the design of that shirt and said so. 3. Never let facts get in the way of your idiotic opinions.

    Yeah, he obviously had some jitters in the first quarter, but he had the win in the bag with a minute left. That also happened a lot in Cleveland, like in the loss to KC in the playoffs. Bake will prove all you doubters wrong.

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