BEREA, Ohio (923 The Fan) – Following Sunday’s 33-29 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City, Baker Mayfield stood in front of his teammates and delivered a very simple message – we let one get away but there’s a lot of football left to be played.
From the outset, the Browns had the Chiefs on the ropes, leading by as many as 12, but critical mistakes – a fumble, poorly fielded snap on a punt and an interception in the closing minute – washed away their hard work in the blink of an eye.
That’s why Mayfield felt it was important to speak up.
“We played a good game against a great team on the road,” Mayfield said Wednesday. “We have to play a great game against a great team on the road. It’s a good lesson for us as long as we learn from it. so as long as we handle it, it will be a blessing in disguise that it happened in Week 1 rather than later on down the road.”
The Browns are on to Week 2 and the Texans after spending Monday analyzing the film and reviewing what went right and wrong and Tuesday putting the Week 1 loss behind them.
“Be critical of yourself, absolutely should be and I'll be damned if we're not because we expect to go in there and win,” Mayfield said Wednesday, “but there's also more opportunities so you have to roll with the punches, face adversity, how do you handle it? How do you handle it the next week? How do you approach the week of practice and how do you know how to show up the next week?”
Running back Nick Chubb, who was responsible for a fumble early in the fourth quarter appreciated Mayfield’s message.
“He's a great leader,” Chubb said. “Him and Jarvis both said something after the game. Just kind of dwell on it for a little while. Let it soak in again and after that we've got to move on and keep moving forward. It's a long season. The first game, it's behind us. We've got to put it behind us.
Now we've just got to look forward to the Texans this week.”
Although Mayfield wants his teammates to move past the loss, he also wants them to learn from and use it as motivation to be more focused and detailed going forward.
“I think there’s a fine line of walking, you know beating yourself up about it and then realizing there’s 16 more and I think we should beat ourselves up about it because we feel like we should have won that game, but there’s 16 more,” Mayfield said. “This one should sting and you need to learn from it because we had that game and we gotta close it out. So I think there’s a fine line of walking that and my message to them was you know what? We’re going to be really good if we just do our jobs and continue to be efficient and move the chains and help out our defense by staying on the field.
But this one needs to sting. You need to remember that, that all the little things matter and that’s how you need to approach this week of practice.”