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Baker Mayfield went from scowling at Hue Jackson to glaring at critics.
Three days after he tried to embarrass his former head coach with a prolonged stare down in the closing minutes of Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati, Mayfield owned up to his actions and then said he doesn’t regret them.
“I don’t get why people have a problem with football being a competitive sport,” Mayfield said Wednesday as the Browns (7-7-1) prepared for their season finale at Baltimore. “You’re supposed to play with emotion. You’re supposed to play with passion. Quite honestly, if you don’t like it, whatever. Football is not meant to be a soft game. I could care less.”
With the Browns clinging to an eight-point lead Sunday, Mayfield connected with tight end David Njoku for a game-sealing 66-yard gain. As he ran past Cincinnati’s sideline, the rookie quarterback looked directly at Jackson, who was fired this season by the Browns.
Mayfield then kept his eyes trained on Jackson as he shuffled and backpedaled his way down the field.
Following the game, the No. 1 overall pick, who has guided the Browns to the biggest one-season turnaround in franchise history, said “No idea what you’re talking about” when asked about his antics, which came a few weeks after he gave Jackson the cold shoulder following a game in Cincinnati and called his former head coach “fake” on social media.
The glowering gaze — and an earlier crude gesture he performed on the sideline after throwing a touchdown pass — drew criticism that Mayfield simply dismissed.
He’s not going to change his act.
“I’ve said it, I’m not a cookie-cutter quarterback, but everybody is different,” Mayfield said. “Everybody leads a different way. Everybody is competitive in a different way. I’m not trying to be anybody else. I’ve been who I am and that’s gotten me here. I’m going to continue to do that because I try to improve every week. I’m not trying to get anybody’s approval. I’m trying to win football games and do this for as long as I can. That’s the goal.”
Surgery for Broncos’ Lindsay: Denver head coach Vance Joseph says rookie running back Phillip Lindsay needs an operation on his injured right wrist and the recovery could take up to four months.
Lindsay, the first undrafted offensive player ever to earn a Pro Bowl selection, got hurt Monday night at the Coliseum shortly after surpassing 1,000 yards rushing.
Seahawks seek to match record: Of all the records Seattle has set during Pete Carroll’s tenure, he might not be more proud than what the Seahawks can accomplish this week.
The Seahawks enter Week 17 having committed just 10 turnovers all season, with five of those coming in the first two weeks in losses to Denver and Chicago.
If Seattle can make it through the regular-season finale against Arizona without committing a turnover, it would join the 2010 New England Patriots and 2011 49ers as having the fewest turnovers in a 16-game season.
Mariota hurting: Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota said he is doing “everything in my power” to be available Sunday night against Indianapolis with a playoff berth on the line.
Mariota did not practice Wednesday with what the Titans listed as neck and foot injuries.
Mariota declined to detail what symptoms he’s still enduring after being hurt on a sack late in the first half of Tennessee’s win over Washington on Saturday.
Heinicke out: Taylor Heinicke’s stint as the Panthers’ starting quarterback was a brief one. Carolina placed Heinicke on injured reserve after he sustained a left elbow injury in his first career NFL start, a 24-10 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Head coach Ron Rivera said undrafted rookie Kyle Allen will start against the Saints on Sunday with Carolina already eliminated from playoff contention.
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