BEREA, Ohio – Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns quarterback, said on Wednesday that he did not regret calling former coach Hue Jackson "a fake," and he immediately criticized those who had questioned his maturity.
"The maturity is confused with the fact that I'm 100% comfortable in my skin," said Mayfield. "So, that's absolutely what I am .I have always been like that.It's not immature.I am I who am exactly what I am every day, c & rsquo; Is the same guy for our team and I think it's very important at the moment. "
Mayfield acknowledged that he had called Jackson "fake" but he declined to explain why.
"There are just things that have happened inside the building that I will not go into details with," Mayfield said Wednesday. "It's an internal information."
Jackson is no longer available for the media since Mayfield said Sunday that he had personally taken it for granted that Jackson had joined the group. The coaches of the Cincinnati Bengals after being fired by the Browns. Cleveland beat Cincinnati 35 to 20 on Sunday.
After Damien Woody of ESPN criticized Mayfield on First Take, Mayfield responded by commenting on First Take's article on Instagram.
Mayfield's brother, Matthew, then criticized Jackson further, claiming he was "particularly bad and statistically bad at his job".
Baker Mayfield acknowledged that it was difficult to place the word "false" in the public domain without giving more details, but he still refused to say more.
"I understand," he says, "but I do not need to go into details – that's how it works."
Mayfield said that he was going to express his opinion, that he has always done it and that no one should be surprised when he does it.
"People took it for me, personally attacking Hue," he said. "It's not that, it's the fact that I have my own opinion about how [the move to Cincinnati] sweated, and he has to do what he wants. It's like that.
"Although I'm an athlete, I'm not a cookie quarterback, I've never been, I'll never be, I'm talking like I care.
"I do not seek the approval of anyone, I do not regret it."
Acting coach Gregg Williams could only say that the Bengals game was over and that "we are at the Texans today".
Mayfield has played extremely well since Jackson's dismissal, completing 74 percent of his passes with a score of 129.5. The Browns have won two straight wins and two of three since Jackson's dismissal with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
The most impressive victory of the team came in Cincinnati. The Browns led 28-0 in the first period before taking away 35-20. After the match, Jackson went to salute Mayfield, who gave his former coach a quick handshake. After the match, Mayfield said that he did not like Jackson joining a rival, which sparked criticism from analysts.
Mayfield bristled particularly at Woody by comparing Jackson joining the Bengals with Mayfield moving from Texas to Oklahoma, Oklahoma. This led him to respond via social media. He did not deny that his actions are designed to galvanize his team.
"I do everything with a goal," said Mayfield. "So, when someone comments on my story while she really does not know anything about it, I can express my opinion just like he is in a talk show expressing his own." So, as I said, I have the right to think about it and some things that I am myself, which, yes, helps this team.
"But I'm not trying to create a distraction, and I think everyone in this dressing room knows that, I think people from the outside can say what they want." In this cloakroom, we met. "
Mayfield said his brother's job was "protective".
"That's why you want family," he says. "I hope some of these guys in this locker room will go to war with me too. It's like that."
Mayfield said that he did not think Jackson was holding him back and that his improved game did not come from the fact that Jackson had been fired.
"I mean obviously the easiest answer is to look at that and say," Yes, I've played a lot better since then, "he said." But that's not it. It's just for me to do my job at a high level. That's not why (the shots). "
He rejected comparisons with other NFL quarters – Drew Brees and Peyton Manning were mentioned specifically – which are not as direct.
"Yeah, the quarterback is a little different from some guys to express it, but that's how I've always been," said Mayfield. "I will not change for anyone."
"If you look at Baker's work since he's here, I think he's shown that he was a confident, sometimes arrogant player," said goalkeeper Joel Bitonio. "But you have to be that to be a quarter in this league, people do things differently, and he plays the game the right way, he does the right thing, he does the right thing, and I'm happy that he's doing it right. he is our strategist. "
Asked about the "fake" comment, Bitonio replied, "You can ask Baker to talk about these things."
"I have an opinion, I'm entitled to it," said Mayfield. "But the most important thing is that I do my job and I can handle both."