Don’t call Baker Mayfield a bad teammate unless you want to get roasted

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield plays with a gigantic chip on his shoulder. So Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd probably should’ve known Mayfield wasn’t going to take criticism sitting down during an interview Thursday.
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Especially when it was half-baked, lazy criticism made in bad faith.

Mayfield, 23, hasn’t always been a squeaky clean player between the lines. He apologized for planting an Oklahoma flag in the middle of the Ohio State logo in Ohio Stadium after a win in September 2017, and apologized again in November when taunted Kansas players by grabbing his crotch.

For much of the time before the 2018 NFL Draft, he had to convince teams he could rein in his competitiveness and pettiness when necessary. That would’ve been a fair criticism.

When Mayfield calls out Cowherd for suggesting he’s a bad teammate — something his Oklahoma teammates would undoubtedly, emphatically deny — the Fox Sports host starts backtracking.

No, I don’t think that. I think sometimes your judgement is a tad off, and I think the NFL is a judgement league. The game is so fast. The windows get really, really tight and really, really small. You’ve got to make decisions really, really fast. In college, you’ve got that Orlando Brown, you’ve Authentic Shaquille O’Neal Jersey got a little more time. I don’t love that decision. I don’t love it.

It’s been a while since Flacco tossed his name into the elite debate when he led the Ravens to a Super Bowl during the 2012 season. His play in recent years has left much to be desired, and is the reason Lamar Jackson shouldn’t take long to take the wheel.

But there’s no reason to believe that the knee injury Flacco suffered in 2015 is the reason his play has plateaued.

Knee surgery’s impact: Flacco was the same quarterback before and after his injury — for better and for worse.

Most quarterbacks over the last decade or two haven’t had much trouble bouncing back after an ACL tear. Griffin, and maybe the long-term effects suffered by Bradford, are the only significant counterexamples.

For Tannehill, Watson, and Wentz, the danger is an accumulation of surgeries if they continue to get injured the way Bradford has. Perhaps the biggest red flag is that Griffin was the most dangerous runner on this list. Tannehill, Watson, and Wentz are all athletic quarterbacks who have the ability to run or escape when the pocket breaks Rees Odhiambo Womens Jersey down.