The Cleveland Browns only have themselves to blame about the Baker Mayfield fiasco.
The Cleveland Browns is the Cleveland Browns, more honest words were never spoken more truly by Pittsburgh Steeler Juju Smith-Schuster. We didn’t know it at the time, but he was right. To paraphrase the tagline of the Fallout video game series; The Browns, the Browns never change. Here we are, with a playoff-caliber quarterback, on a team loaded with potential, and what do the Browns do?
They piss him off.
Some will make this about just going out and trying to trade for “someone better”. I don’t think that’s it and you’d be hard-pressed to convince me otherwise. It was the Chris Mortensen report. The whole “the Browns want an adult at quarterback”, who were courting Deshaun Watson, a man of 22 sexual misconduct lawsuits.
So clearly they only want adults, and whatever Watson is.
This isn’t surprising, and it all falls back on Jimmy Haslam. Haslam is notorious for his poor management skills. He was so bad at managing the Browns and the Haslam Sports Group that his wife had to take over.
Haslam would often call Sashi Brown “Obama” (because they’re both biracial, I guess?), and fired numerous executives just because. Never gave a reason. He brought in Johnny Manziel and Hue Jackson, so if you don’t think that, of all people, Haslam should have to explain himself, then I have no idea what to tell you.
The worst possible outcome for the team happened and it’s all Haslam’s fault. It was bad enough that you tried to replace him with a pretty awful dude, but to do it, insult Mayfield through the media and then decline his request to leave?
Well, The Browns is the Browns.
Dysfunction will follow this franchise as long as Haslam owns it and, unfortunately, we can’t change that. What we can do is spend the next few minutes dunking on Haslam with some pretty awesome tweets.
Some of the best tweets about the Baker Mayfield and Cleveland Browns drama