On the day when the Cleveland Browns held the press conference to introduce Deshaun Watson as the team’s quarterback, owner Jimmy Haslem discussed his other quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Haslem strongly refuted the media report that the Browns needed “an adult in the room.”
Jimmy Haslam: 'Contrary to what's out in the press, we think highly of Baker (Mayfield).' Denies that organization needed more of an 'adult' at quarterback
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 25, 2022
Haslem claimed that the sentiment of the ‘adult in the room’ did not come from ownership. Haslem stated: “Contrary to what’s out in the press, we think highly of Baker.”
There is quite a lot to unpack there. To begin with, if he is simply saying it did not come from ownership, that does not exclude the sentiment from being expressed by other members of the organization. Even if the media report didn’t come from inside the Browns organization, it does not make it less accurate.
Mayfield has always been talented. But most of his issues have been perceived to be in between the ears. In turn, that led to his actions on and off the field. In college at Oklahoma, Mayfield made inappropriate gestures on the field against opponents and ran from the police on camera.
His maturity never seemed to come to fruition in the pros either. Whether it was the Browns QB’s willingness to engage in twitter feuds with pundits and fans, or not showing up for press conferences after a win, Mayfield never seemed to get it.
Maybe what makes this even more interesting is the fact that the Browns then traded for Deshaun Watson. Watson is currently embroiled in a massive scandal allegedly involving sexual misconduct.