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#pounditMonday, June 21, 2021

Twitter reacts to fake quote stirring up QB controversy with Browns

Baker Mayfield

The Cleveland Browns have maintained throughout the entire offseason that Tyrod Taylor is going to be their starting quarterback in Week 1, but the discussion surrounding the team’s QB situation reached a new level of insanity on Monday morning.

In his weekly column for NBC Sports, Peter King published a quote from Todd Haley that indicated the Browns’ offensive coordinator is in favor of rookie Baker Mayfield starting. King later retracted the quote, noting that he was duped by a joke Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio made last week.

It would appear the quote stemmed from this joke, which was made during Mayfield’s impressive preseason debut against the New York Giants on Thursday night:

Mayfield completed 11-of-20 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 20-10 win over the Giants. Fans were understandably excited, but the Browns were quick to shut down any talk of him supplanting Taylor in the next few weeks.

While King made an honest mistake and owned up to it, that didn’t stop Twitter from having fun at his expense:

In case you need further evidence that the Browns are committed to Taylor, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reported on Monday that the entire Cleveland coaching staff believes Taylor is the right man for the job in 2018.

We have already seen plenty of drama on this year’s installment of “Hard Knocks,” and King surely wishes he hadn’t added to it in this fashion.


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