FILE PHOTO: Aug 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after a punt return for a touchdown by wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi (not pictured) during the second half against the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn’t care if other clubs think the Cleveland Browns are being overhyped.
Mayfield insists that the Browns are worried about their locker room, not the noise coming from others.
“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,” the 24-year-old Mayfield said in an interview with Complex Sports.
“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. But we’ve got to go out there and take it one week at a time. We’re trying to win every week.”
Mayfield wasn’t done.
“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.’ That’s why you’ve got to have an even-keel mindset when it comes to that stuff.”
The Browns made a series of offseason moves following their 7-8-1 mark in 2018, most notably naming Freddie Kitchens as head coach and acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Kareem Hunt and defensive end Olivier Vernon.
Mayfield was 6-7 as the starter last year, throwing for 3,725 yards and setting an NFL rookie record with 27 touchdown passes.
—Field Level Media