Remember Jarvis Landry’s 63-yard bomb against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday?
During that play, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was wearing a mic, giving everyone some insight about what he was thinking.
Mayfield threw for 284 yards and three scores in engineering the Browns to yet another win Sunday, but his staredown of fired Browns coach Hue Jackson grabbed more attention than anything. It came after the rookie quarterback connected with David Njoku for a 66-yard gain that sealed a 26-18 victory over Cincinnati.
Jackson, canned by the Browns eight weeks ago and now working as an assistant for the Bengals, was standing on the sideline while Mayfield glared in his direction for a good 10 seconds.
Mayfield played it coy when asked about the staredown: “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said.
Everyone else did.
After Cleveland’s win in Cincinnati four weeks earlier, Mayfield passed on a postgame hug with Jackson. Criticized for dissing his former coach, Mayfield shot back on Instagram by saying, “I didn’t lose 30+ games be fake and then do that .”
“That,” in Mayfield’s words, was taking a job with Cleveland’s in-state and divisional rival so soon after leaving the Browns.
But there’s no doubt, Mayfield and the Browns have come out ahead in the deal.
After finishing 0-16 last season, Cleveland is 7-7-1 (5-2 since Jackson left) and has a chance to close out 2018 with a winning record. Despite sitting on the bench the first two games — Jackson’s call— the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft goes into the finale with 24 TD passes, two shy of the rookie record held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.
And to think, Mayfield owned the internet over a good chunk of Sunday’s action, even in a game with no playoff implications.