Browns’ Baker Mayfield wants the home crowd to be quiet when he has the ball
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield tells it like it is, and this week, he is urging Cleveland fans to be quiet.
Well, when the Browns have the ball, that is.
Mayfield noted that during Cleveland’s win over the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday, the crowd noise was “a little loud” when the Browns were on offense, which he said was “strange at a home game,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Maybe that’s why Cleveland lost its first three home contests of the year before finally notching a three-point win against the Bills in Week 10.
But seriously, Mayfield wants the home crowd to be more considerate of the Browns’ offense the rest of the way:
“It might’ve ruffled some feathers, once again that’s okay, but when we’re on offense on a critical down, we need to be able to have silence in our home stadium,” he said. “It’s got to be an advantage for us, and then when they get the ball, it’s got to be really loud. It’s just basic football.’’
Mayfield enjoyed what was, by far, his best performance of the season this past weekend, completing 26 of his 38 throws for 238 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
On the 2019 campaign overall, the second-year signal-caller has been less-than-stellar, to say the least, as he has thrown for 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing just 59.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 75.2.
Mayfield’s shaky play has not been the sole reason for the Browns’ disappointing season, but if Cleveland wants to have any chance of making the playoffs, the University of Oklahoma product needs to play like he did in Week 10 every game going forward.
The Browns are 3-6 on the year and will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.