Browns quarterback voicing concern about wrong thing
Football players should be chippy, with a side of swagger.
It’s one of the things about Baker Mayfield that has endeared him to Cleveland Browns fans.
His “With-us-or-against-us/Cleveland vs. Everybody” rhetoric is exactly the kind of attitude that resonates with a fan base that has borne the brunt of disrespect and insults since 1964.
No group of people has been more devoted to a team that has deserved it less.
By now, perhaps even Job would have kicked the can down Lou Groza Boulevard.
But love has never made much sense, has it?
Year after year, Browns fans show up and show out, packing the Muni lots before dawn; withstanding everything Lake Erie’s weather can inflict; christening their sons after players; and raising them to yell and scream and cheer, no matter what.
And now we’re hearing that this, this, is a problem?
During a recent post-game news conference, Mayfield remarked that, at one point, they were having problems relaying the plays in the huddle due to fans in the Dawg Pound cheering.
So, enthusiasm is the reason why the Browns couldn’t cross the end zone from the 1-yard line, not once, but six consecutive times against the Buffalo Bills?
Is that what we’re going with?
The issue isn’t the penalty flags that fly like ticker tape or that the coach is so far in over his head it’s a wonder he doesn’t get the bends?
The problem is with faithful fans who were trying to gin up an offensive line that, at times, plays like a turnstile?
Mayfield has somewhat of a point. There are indeed things that shouldn’t be shouted at the Browns from the Dawg Pound.
Things that can’t be printed.
That said, it wouldn’t be Cleveland Browns football if something jaw-dropping and bizarre didn’t occur during the season.
It’s hard to fathom what turned lineman Myles Garrett, a happy-go-lucky dinosaur nerd and pacifist, into Conan the Barbarian during last week’s surprising victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which he clocked the opposing quarterback with his own helmet.
People still are debating about who started it and who did what to whom. Some have remarked that had Garrett attacked a woman, he wouldn’t have been suspended indefinitely.
A few even claim hypocrisy by a league in which violence is not only integral to how the game is played, but celebrated.
To his credit, Garrett has made no attempt to excuse his behavior, understanding that some mistakes have consequences that can’t be escaped. He’s a flawed human who’s entitled to forgiveness just like the rest of us.
But a hard lesson is about be learned regarding what happens when you don’t put your team first.
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