Baker Mayfield doesn’t regret calling Hue Jackson “fake”

Browns rookie says he's not a cookie-cutter QB, does everything with a purpose

Daryl Ruiter
November 28, 2018 - 2:25 pm

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield plays with no regrets and he carries himself that way off the field too.

“Everybody likes to make things a bigger deal than they really are,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield didn’t back down Wednesday from how he handled Sunday’s handshake with former head coach and Bengals special assistant Hue Jackson as well as his postgame comments at Paul Brown Stadium.

“People took it as me personally attacking Hue,” Mayfield said. “That’s not it. It’s the fact that I get to have my own opinion on how it transpired, and he gets to do what he wants. That’s how it is. Although I’m an athlete, I’m not a cookie-cutter quarterback. Never have been, never will be. I speak my mind, that’s just how I am.

“I didn’t like the move and people don’t have to care. I’m not looking for anybody’s approval. I don’t regret any of it. It’s about this team and what we have and we have to stick together and play together.”

Mayfield indicated Wednesday that his problems with Jackson run deeper than just him taking a job with the Bengals, which led to him calling Jackson “fake” on an Instagram video post by ESPN’s ‘First Take’ showing host Damion Woody criticizing him for throwing shade at Jackson.

“There's just things that happened inside the building that I’m not going to get into detail with, that’s in-house information [and] doesn’t matter,” Mayfield said.

When asked about the contradiction between what he said previously about Jackson while he was the Browns’ head coach and his recent comments Mayfield responded, “I get it, but I don’t have to get into details.”

Mayfield, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns in the 35-20 win over the Bengals, finds it easy blocking out any perceived distractions that his comments or actions may cause.

“I think dealing with it for my whole life, everybody always has an opinion,” Mayfield said. “And you’re entitled to that. There’s no worries about it, but you gotta block it out. If I’m doing my job then what it comes down to is I shouldn’t be playing.  

“I have an opinion, I’m entitled to that. But the most important thing is me doing my job, and I can manage both. That’s what people don’t understand….That’s just how I’ve always been. I’m not going to change for anybody.”

As for the critics who say Mayfield continues to lack maturity or might be falling back into old habits at Oklahoma, the rookie countered them too.

“Some Oklahoma mistakes, as in like sideline gestures or getting arrested? No. Those are the only mistakes I made at Oklahoma,” Mayfield said. “People get maturity confused with me being 100 percent comfortable in my own skin. So, that’s absolutely how I am. I’ve always been that way. It’s not immature, it’s me being exactly who I am every day.”