This past weekend the Cleveland Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 35-20 in Cincinnati. One of the bigger stories from this game is that the Browns destroyed their old head coach both on the field and off of it. Hue Jackson was hired as a special assistant to Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati shortly after his firing in Cleveland.
In the week leading up to the game Cleveland safety Damarious Randall stated that “If they don’t have A.J. (Green), they’re getting their ass beat.” A.J. Green is the Bengals star wide receiver who injured his toe during the Bengals’ game on October 28th against the Buccaneers. On Sunday Green didn’t play and the Browns definitely did.
At halftime, the Browns lead 28-7 and were led by Baker Mayfield who threw for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half alone. Randall made even more noise during the game when he intercepted a pass from Andy Dalton and handed it to Hue Jackson.
After the game ended Randall continued to trash talk Jackson by signing a fan made poster of Jackson’s face over Dwight Shrute’s from The Office that reads “Special Assistant To The Head Coach”.
Mayfield made noise about Hue Jackson as well both on the field and off the field. Since Jackson has been fired Mayfield has thrown for 9 touchdowns and just 1 interception with a passer rating of 129.5. Only future Hall of Famer Drew Brees has a higher passer rating during that time.
During post game handshakes Jackson went to hug Mayfield and Baker clearly avoided it with an awkward handshake. After the game, he displayed his disliking for Jackson’s decision to join Cincinnati, a division rival.
Since then Mayfield has been battling back and forth with some members of the media over his comments. Specifically with Damien Woody on ESPN’s First Take who said, “Baker Mayfield needs to grow up.” Mayfield commented on First Take’s Instagram post of Damien Woody and said, “Not even comparable… I didn’t lose 30+ games be fake and then do that…” This is who Baker is. This confidence and swag that carries him throughout life is what the Browns need in a leader to help them revive the franchise. It has already helped Baker destroy some embarrassing records during just his first season with the Browns such as the first road win since 2015 and the first back-to-back wins since 2014. He is proving to the world why the Browns were right in taking him with the first overall pick.