It seems that the play that put the Cleveland Browns within the postseason might have additionally been a nod to one among Baker Mayfield’s greatest critics.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s word: the video within the story above is from Jan. 3, 2021.
With the Cleveland Browns clinging to a 24-22 lead, quarterback Baker Mayfield lined up within the shotgun formation dealing with a third-and-2 on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 42-yard line with 1:10 seconds remaining within the recreation.
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With Pittsburgh down to 1 timeout, a primary down wouldn’t solely win the sport however finish the NFL’s longest energetic playoff drought (17 years). In the meantime, a cease — on the very least — would pressure Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski to make the troublesome choice to both go for it on fourth down and threat turning the ball over on downs or to punt the ball again to the Steelers whereas main by lower than a subject aim.
As huge receiver KhaDarel Hodge ran behind him in movement, Mayfield sprinted to the proper with working again Kareem Hunt serving as his lead blocker. Three yards later, Mayfield was sliding for a primary down and the Browns had been heading again to the playoffs for the primary time since 2002.
After the sport, Mayfield revealed that he thought the preliminary play-call was a joke.
“I heard the play name after I was on the sideline and I used to be over with [backup quarterback] Case Keenum and he advised me,” Mayfield stated. “I assumed he was joking at first as a result of I didn’t hear it properly. We referred to as it, and I stated ‘Let’s go do it. Clearly, no matter it takes.’ It was a fantastic name.”
Sometimes, that is the place this story would cease, besides Browns guard Joel Bitonio revealed to Monday Morning Quarterback‘s Albert Breer that the title of the game-clinching play-call was “Maserati.” As Eric Maroun famous on Twitter, that is awfully paying homage to one of many analogies that Fox Sports activities’ Colin Cowherd — a famous Mayfield antagonist — as soon as used when to explain Mayfield.
“While you’re a No. 1 choose, I need you to be a Maserati, not a Mazda,” Cowherd stated of Mayfield throughout a phase in August 2018. “Baker’s a Mazda within the NFL. He regarded overwhelmed, bodily. He would not have a fantastic arm.”
Whereas there’s all the time an opportunity the title of the play might need been a coincidence, it appears unlikely. In the exact same clip, Cowherd famous that Mayfield “could not out-run a lineman” — a sentiment the No. 1 choose of the 2018 NFL Draft disproved for at the least one play on Sunday.