Baker Mayfield discusses Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt at post-game press conference: Transcript
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield answered questions from reporters following Sunday’s 26-6 win over the Bears.
Here is a transcript, provided by the Browns Media Relations Department:
On what it’s like to have WR Odell Beckham Jr. back on the pitch today:
“It felt good. Obviously losing a guy like (WR) Jarvis (Landry), one of our main skill players, you’ve got to have people stepping up so it was a blessing to have the late check-in of ( WR) Odell (Beckham Jr.) and play for us.
On the adjustments made by the Browns’ offense for the passing game early in the game:
“They are very talented up front. There is no other way around it. Our O line is also great, but every time you play against a team like this you have to find ways to eliminate their strength. I need to get the balloon out of my hands faster and find ways to eliminate it where they don’t have that bloody smell in the water, the “binge eating” saying. I have to get the ball out of my hands and eliminate that.
On RB Kareem Hunt’s performance, particularly in the second quarter:
“It’s a big back. I think just the look in his eyes everyone could tell the way he was running. He looked angry – angrier than usual. When that happens, just find a way to give him the ball. “
How he would describe DE Myles Garrett after today’s performance:
“He’s a Monster, man. 4.5 bags, right? It’s unreal. He is outside eating – look at the throne with him. (Bear QB) Justin Fields slips the bag late with Myles, then he turns the corner and hello, (DE) Jadeveon Clowney. These guys play well with each other. I hadn’t realized what he had said until this week. It lived up to the hype, and they delivered.
If he could tell how tired Beckham was today, given that Beckham said he was “exhausted”:
“The reps of the game and all the extra effort you have – chasing after a run – when in training you don’t try to bury your teammate in training. It’s just those extra efforts, and we played a lot in attack today. Lots of possession time, I think we had 20 minutes in the first half so it’s a lot for him to come back for the first game. You can tell, but it will be quick. He will be fine.
If he felt like the Browns’ defense was tired of hearing outside criticism about their performance in the first two games:
“Not exactly. We don’t talk about all of this outside. We try to keep it inside the building. They’ve been energetic this whole week of practice. You could tell they were locked up. Yes it was. is the difference, then of course, but there was no discussion about it in the building.
On the potential of the Browns offense:
“We keep improving and finding ways to win. There will never be a time when you will feel like you’ve reached that level of graduation and mastered the offensive system. You always want to try to improve yourself. For us, we each have this mindset of not being college dropouts, of continuing to improve and finding ways to win. “
On how he would describe Hunt’s ‘angry look’ and whether to tell his teammates or coaches when that happens:
“It’s pretty obvious. Hope this is obvious.
How K Chase McLaughlin Was Today:
“We would like to have more success in the third downs and be able to get closer to finish in the red zone, zone of the high red fringe, but he was on point today. It’s a great bailout when playing against a team that is obviously very rigid on the defensive end of the ball. Being able to get three points on some of these discs is important. For him, kicking like that is pretty special.
On the importance of TD just before half-time:
“We talked about it – we had to go and score just to help the defense. They were playing the lights and giving them the reassurance that they were going to have the freedom to play aggressive. We had to do it. It was just an accent to do it. Fortunately, we had some good games together, we went down there and were able to score a touchdown. (TE Austin) Hoop (Hooper) played a great game. It was a good road for us.
On his confidence in the TD pass to Hooper:
“In the caucus the game was called off and I told him to be ready for two-tier security defense and know he was going to win. I just tried to get the ball in his hands as quickly as possible, and he did a great job beating the middle linebacker.
Learn more about Hunt’s ‘angry look’:
“If you watch the game you can tell by the way he runs that he’s still angry, but today was pretty special. When he comes into the open and delivers the contact – he’s open and there’s only one guy left – and when he finds a guy to meet and make a contact, that’s when that you know you are in the area. It’s Pablo’s life for Kareem.
On how RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt can play, even when they appear to be tackled for loss:
“It’s very rare for one of our backs to be attacked by a single individual, so for them to do that it gives us a bailout. In some of those early checks the mindset is to talk to them early on, and there was a guy who met him on the line of scrimmage and he somehow shoots it. positive play. It’s a blessing for us to be on the offensive side of the ball. “
On trust in WR Donovan Peoples-Jones:
“Donovan is a guy – I mentioned him earlier this week – that he’ll never get the credit he really deserves. He’s a guy who works week after week, shows up on Sundays for us and us. “We’re lucky to have him. He’s going to do anything to win. Luckily we have a lot of guys like that. He’s a bit eclipsed, but we really appreciate him.”
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