Mayfield’s Comments Spark Drama In Cleveland
Quarterback Criticizes Team Over Handling Of Injury
On a day when Cleveland Browns fans should have been celebrating their team’s fourth win in the last five weeks, they were instead left with concerns about the state of their franchise and the future of its biggest star.
After Cleveland’s 27-19 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday, quarterback Baker Mayfield voiced his issues with the team’s handling of an injury Odell Beckham Jr. has been dealing with since the preseason.
According to Mayfield, the injury “wasn’t handled right.” The Browns quarterback went on to say that, “It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100 percent is still good enough for us.”
Mayfield suggested that the team could have opted for surgery during training camp, which would have kept Beckham out for the first game or two rather than getting a full season of the star receiver held back by injury.
Asked if the injury will require surgery, Beckham replied that he would figure it out after the season. He also mentioned that he doesn’t know precisely what the injury is.
For now, the 6-7 Browns continue to fight for a playoff spot against long odds and with rumors of strained relationships between players and the team only growing louder.
Controversies Piling Up In Cleveland
This newest drama comes on the heels of last week’s controversy in which Beckham was vague about his future in Cleveland.
He told reporters, “No one knows what the future holds, like tomorrow.”
Beckham attempted to reduce the attention to the story by tweeting that he wasn’t unhappy in Cleveland, but rather was just hoping for better results.
However, reports coming out of Fox Sports on Sunday morning said that Beckham had been telling players and coaches from other teams to “come get me” out of the Browns organization. After Sunday’s game, Beckham told reporters he wasn’t answering questions on the topic.
The number of issues facing the Browns and their star receiver is culminating in what is Beckham’s worst statistical season of his career. Although Cleveland defeated Cincinnati this weekend, Beckham was held to two catches for 39 yards, which marks the seventh straight game in which the star receiver has failed to top 100 yards.
So, after coming into the season with high expectations, the Browns could be entering an offseason in which they’ll lose both their head coach and their All-Pro receiver.
Can The Browns Salvage Anything This Season?
Cleveland has only gotten 59 catches for 844 yards and two touchdowns out of Beckham this year, which has contributed to a 6-7 record through 13 games. With three games left on the schedule, do the Browns still have a shot at playoff football?
With seven teams sitting at 8-5 or better in the AFC, the simple answer is that it would take a near-miracle for Cleveland to find a way into the postseason.
First of all, the Browns would likely need to be perfect through their final three games. While Cleveland is a two-point favorite against Arizona next week and will likely be favored over the Bengals in Week 17, it will be a huge underdog against Baltimore in Week 16.
With all of the above pointing towards another season without postseason football, the Browns are currently sitting on odds of -3500 to miss out on the playoffs.