The Browns got embarrassed on a big game once again. Baker Mayfield looks like a shell of himself and oh by the way, he’s not necessarily making friends in the NFL either. Richard Sherman, All-Pro cornerback, said Baker snubbed him during the pre-game handshakes and refused to shake his hand. Here’s what he said after the game:
“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said Monday night, according to NFL.com. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.”
Richard Sherman didn't appreciate Baker Mayfield's pregame handshake snub. pic.twitter.com/CCjDZflMre
— ESPN (@espn) October 8, 2019
So there’s that. Also, what’s up with Baker Mayfield‘s play ? I get that the Browns offensive line is not very good, but he looked awful this game. His stats:
- 8-22 for 100 yards passing2 INT4 sacks2 Fumbles, 1 lostpasser rating of 13.4. Scale 0 to 158.3
That’s just bad. He missed some throws as well he would normally hit. It seemed like he was off even on the throws he did complete. Odell Beckham didn’t have a particularly great game. 2 receptions on 6 targets for 27 yards. He also fumbled trying to make a play on punt return instead of just going down when clearly he was going nowhere. Is it possible the Browns trade Odell Beackham? Clearly he’s not happy in Cleveland. He wanted to go to LA or go play with Tom Brady and the Patriots. (Please Bill, get OBJ).
The Browns lack identity right now, running all sorts of gadget plays. Coach Kitchens is trying to hard to get Odell Beckham the ball but the truth is this team is much better going through their running game. You saw it last week against the Ravens. Nick Chubb had an alright game, 87 rushing yards on 16 attempts, could’ve done more to get him the ball.
The connection with Odell Beckham just isn’t working out, Baker Mayfield is trying to force it to his star receiver and the team is suffering because of it. Baker to Odell this year? 53.5 completion %, 1-2 TD-INT, and a 67.5 passer rating. It’s just not working.
The niners are looking really good right now. Nick Bosa had a monster game:
- 4 tackles 2 sacks for 21 yards 2 tackles for loss 5 quarterback hits 1 forced fumble 1 fumble recovery
He was all over Mayfield last night. The Browns O-line was overmatched and could not contain him at all.
I want to touch on Jimmy Garoppolo briefly tho. I’m not sure I’m sold on him yet. I kinda get a Dak Prescott feel from him where he looks good because everyone else around him is really good. This game was nothing special, 20-29 passing for 181 yards, and 2 TD. Here are his stats for the year:
Let me know what you guys think! And if you haven’t done so, check out my thoughts from the Sunday Games.