The hype in Cleveland is through the roof. It’s been years since we’ve seen any team in the NFL with more hype than the Cleveland Browns this season. With hype, comes expectations, and the Browns certainly are not lacking those either. For a team that has seen a win-less season only a couple years ago, it’s rare that a turnaround at this magnitude happened so quickly. GM John Dorsey gets a lot of the credit for that, alongside Baker Mayfield, of course.
In an interview with Complex Sports, Baker Mayfield spoke honestly about expectations and how the team is handling them going into this season. If Mayfield is anything, he’s a guy that says what he’s thinking.
“I’d say the chatter doesn’t matter, the expectations for us within the locker room last year were higher than what we accomplished. Outside the locker room, people threw us in the trash before the season. They didn’t expect much out of us just because, the year before that, [the] Browns were 0-16. So, you know, you can only go up from there. And I think now we need to have the same mentality. It stays within that locker room.”
“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,” he said. “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.”
“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.”
You can see where Baker is coming from. It’s funny how fans react to the underdogs versus the potentially overrated. People love the underdogs and Cleveland has been that for years. As soon as the Browns started to show promise, they went from the underdog role to the team people are giving Superbowl chances too. On the other side of the coin, fans do not like teams that are too hyped up.
Once the season starts week one versus the Tennessee Titans, all expectations good or bad will no longer mean anything. The only thing that matters is the players playing. Baker Mayfield under-center, Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry lined up side-by-side with Nick Chubb in the backfield. There’s no denying the talent that is on this roster.
If everyone plays to their full potential, the sky is the limit on what this young Browns team can accomplish.
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