Baker Mayfield will be the first to say he hasn’t been playing his best football of late.
Speaking to the media Monday, he said that he has “played like s—” and that he’s been frustrated by his performance.
But when it comes to the booing he received from the fans, he said he doesn’t think much of it.
“Those are probably the fans that won’t be quiet while we’re on offense and trying to operate, so don’t really care,” Mayfield said.
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Mayfield’s comments came a day after his team narrowly edged past the winless Lions in a 13-10 finish. After the game, Mayfield was not available for questions despite it being common for reporters to have a chance to speak with the starting quarterback.
Mayfield said that “not one part of that’s not being accountable” and explained that he was just frustrated by his performance.
“Yeah, I was frustrated, among other things. I mean, I never dodged any questions or hid away from that, so it’s not about that,” Mayfield said. “Just frustrated, removed emotions and all that from it, just decided it was best to wait.”
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The 2021 campaign has been a struggle at times for Mayfield and the Browns. The team began the season 3-1, but has since gone 3-3, and now sits in last place in the AFC North.
Mayfield has dealt with injuries, including a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder and a knee injury he suffered against the Patriots in Week 10.
As he has played through the injuries, Mayfield has struggled, particularly in his past two games. Against the Patriots and the Lions, Mayfield has completed just 52 percent of his passes for 249 yards with two passing touchdowns and three interceptions.
In his first eight games of the season, Mayfield completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,917 yards with eight passing touchdowns and three interceptions.
“For me, decision-making was great. It was the lack of execution,” Mayfield said of his play on Sunday. “I think there were some plays that just, I’m not going to make every throw. Nobody does that, but very, very frustrated with how where I was going with the ball compared to how the results were, and that’s very, very frustrating. I’ve always been an accurate guy and that was not the case yesterday. And that’s extremely frustrating to me when I feel like I let my teammates down. Preparation week, everything leading up to the game was great. Felt like I was in a good position to be able to play and play at a high level and I didn’t, so that’s a very frustrating thing.”
Mayfield and the Browns have a huge matchup looming Sunday as they face the North-leading Ravens on “Sunday Night Football” in Baltimore.
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