from Martin Rogers
FOX Sports activities Columnist
it is Baker Mayfieldafter by chance dropping a saved, locked and detonated F-bomb, now much more motivated to get revenge on his former group in week one?
After listening to the muscle prediction talked about above, are the Cleveland Browns now so loopy that they need to beat Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers much more than earlier than?
Solutions to each of those questions quickly.
There are some issues to debate after Mayfield instructed a reporter in an off-the-cuff dialog that when he goes in opposition to the Browns, he will “f— them up” — and information of that change reached everybody’s ears.
The Mayfield-Cleveland reunion is a part of a Week 1 NFL rematch, additionally headlined by newly put in Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson dueling his previous Seattle Seahawks teammates.
Story-wise, it does not get a lot better than the theme of punishment, because it permits us to take all the pieces Shakespearean and really feel the emotions of jealousy and anger we have all skilled — with out having the privilege of expending that angst on a soccer subject. .
Mayfield all the time has a approach of constructing issues extra fascinating, does not he? From flag-planting and crotch-grabbing in Oklahoma, to the varied media flip-flops after the No. 1 decide was made. 1 general, to … sure, all these commercials … he is by no means removed from the dialog and he likes it that approach.
When The NFL released its top 100 players list recently, Mayfield was nowhere to be seen, and probably nowhere near the bubble, but he is one of the most talked about players in the entire league and has been since he arrived.
He’s not boring—not ever—and fans tend to appreciate that kind of thing.
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Now, back to the original questions, and this is where it gets a little more complicated than it needs to be.
Let’s start with the Browns. To suggest Cleveland is now extra motivated to land their former quarterback because of comments he made to sideline reporter Cynthia Frelund, who then relayed them during an episode of the “Around The NFL” podcast, feels a bit silly.
Were the Browns not fully motivated before? Was there room to grow in the desire to win their first football game in eight months? Knowing that the entire Browns franchise will be subjected to ridicule if Mayfield beats them on 9/11, weren’t the fires already lit?
And yet, the bulletin board works in mysterious ways. Countless times before, a spicy comment from a potential enemy had the appearance of igniting a clash that already contained plenty of fire.
“I’m not mad that he uses that fire and that chip on his shoulder to help him play at the level he has,” Browns defensive end Myles Garrett told reporters. “He has been successful in what he has done.
“He does the same for us. We’ll take him and use him, and I’m hoping for a great game.”
Really, what Mayfield said didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. He’s not happy with how he was treated by the Browns. He feels bored. He’s upset that they got rid of him after a season in which he played through a torn labrum and they went after Deshaun Watson with massive money, even with the associated negative publicity.
He is on. Turned on enough, honestly, to want to “f—” them. And direct enough to tell the last person who asked.
It’s all part of why the Panthers wanted to go get him, to give them some guts and buzz to get them out of a long malaise where nothing interesting has happened since Cam Newton led the team to a Super Bowl seven years ago. .
Mayfield makes things happen. It can energize a room. Some of his teammates in Cleveland loved him, others he alienated. That may already be the case in Carolina. But he brings energy.
“Baker is a firebrand and an inspiration to his football team,” FS1’s Skip Bayless said on “Undisputed.”
Mayfield holds nothing back, and he’s made a career out of being just that. The biggest surprise may be that his first Cleveland-bound volley was delivered by way of a flippant comment, rather than a defiant scream straight into the camera.
There are 11 days left. Maybe he’s saving that for next week.
Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @MRogersFOX AND subscribe to the day by day publication.
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