BEERA, Ohio – Baker Mayfield stepped down Wednesday against former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, calling him "overrated as hell" earlier in the week.
"Everything is everything," claims Cleveland Browns defender. "With the clever words of (Cleveland coach) Freddie Keeches, if you don't wear orange and brown, you don't matter, and Rex Ryan doesn't have any colors at the moment for whatever reason. So it's all right."  Ryan hit Mayfield on ESPN on Monday after the Browns lost to Los Angeles Aries on Sunday night to fall to 1-2.
"I don't understand. I'd like to be offended. Coordinator here," Ryan said of Cleveland. "If I have Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chub and Baker Mayfield ̵
When pressed to clarify, Ryan said," Look, I bought a joke. I'm like "Oh yeah" – not that everyone says he'll be MVP in the league.
"What Is He Doing Right? Here's a guy right now who's one read boy and then will improvise. He needs to realize that you're one of the slowest guys on this field when you take off with The other thing is, the ball doesn't go rhythm. You look down guys and you're not as accurate on the pitch. "
After entering second in the NFL Offensive Player of the Year vote last season, Mayfield started off roughly as a start in three weeks. He is ranked 30th in completion rate and 32nd in all-around defense. Partly as a result, only four teams have scored fewer points than the Browns, averaging just 16.3 points per game.
Ryan has been fired from two major coaching jobs over the last five years, including in New York
Before Wednesday's training, Keachen stood up for his quarterback, calling Ryan's comments, "asinine to even say . "
" I appreciate his opinion and all that, but he is not in our building, he has no idea what we are doing, "said Kits.
Beckham also rejected Ryan's criticisms of Mayfield.
" At the end of the day we go out there, no offense to Rex because I love him, we don't really care what you said, " Beckham said. "" Overrated as hell, none of this will matter when you go out on the field. "
However, Mayfield acknowledged that blocking such criticism from people like Ryan can be difficult.
" This is something you really need to be aware of, as you are surrounded by an environment where you hear a lot of things pop up. on your phone or things are on TV, "Mayfield said." People talk. You have to make a conscious decision to protect your dressing room and look after your boys and block the negative things. And when they pat you on the back, it's even worse. "
Despite their slow start, the Browns can still lead the AFC North Division with a win Sunday in Baltimore. Laban Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy for Louisville in 2016 The year before Mayfield won him in Oklahoma, there was nothing but praise for Mayfield.
"I feel he's a great quarterback," Jackson said. "He went number one in the draft for a reason."