Baker Mayfield: People want to see Browns lose because the hype is real
No NFL team has had more buzz surrounding it this offseason than the Cleveland Browns, and there will undoubtedly be people lining up to laugh at them if they fall short of their lofty expectations. To this point, Baker Mayfield feels the team has been doing a good job of handling all that.
In an interview with Zach Frydenlund of Complex this week, Mayfield was asked what it is like to go from an underdog that took everyone by surprise to a team with a target on its back. Mayfield said some people want to see the Browns fail because “the hype is too real.”
“You’ve got to believe in it and take it one week at a time. Because I wouldn’t say that everybody wants to beat us. I think in the media and everything that comes with the hype around our team right now, people want to see us lose, just because the hype is so real,” he said. “But we’ve got to go out there and take it one week at a time. We’re trying to win every week.”
Mayfield acknowledged that jumping from a team that celebrated winning a single game to one with playoff expectations can present challenges, but he’s confident the Browns are taking the right approach.
“It went from having excitement over Bud Light coolers being opened to now people waiting to see us lose so they can say, ‘Oh, they got too hyped up,'” Mayfield added. “That’s why you’ve got to have an even-keel mindset when it comes to that stuff.”
The Browns aren’t going to catch many teams by surprise this season. Mayfield proved last year that he is a viable NFL starter, and he now has one of the best wide receiver duos in football in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Opponents are going to take them seriously, which can often lead to more challenges. If Mayfield tackles those challenges with the same enthusiasm he showed during a preseason coach’s challenge, the Browns will be in good hands.