Sunday morning, Baker Mayfield walked into Empower Field at Mile High with all the confidence in the world. By Sunday evening he looked like a man broken by the constant disappointments of an underwhelming season. Dustin takes a look at the current state of the Cleveland Browns QB.
Baker Mayfield walked into Empower Field at Mile High with all the confidence in the world. He arrived locked-in and looking extremely focused at a chance to right the ship in a Browns’ season that has been marked by underachievement.
Look at that. Such focus. Such concentration.
Normally a beard is a perfectly acceptable game look but Baker went even further when he took the field:
I have a few thoughts about his decision to shave the beard down into a Fu Manchu ‘stache.
- Did he bring a razor with him or is that provided by the hosting stadium?
- Did he always plan on rocking the Fu Manchu or did inspiration strike and he had to run and shave quickly before the game?
- When I saw this I knew it was either going to be an amazing day or an absolutely crushing defeat.
Unfortunately, the game did not go well. The Browns lost 24-19 to the Broncos. To make matters worse, the Broncos’ starting QB was a young man who had never played in an NFL game before, let alone started a game. But Brandon Allen and his normal facial hair outplayed Baker Mayfield and may have sent the Browns’ QB into a tailspin.
This is how Baker arrived to the postgame conference:
Even the lighting here is doing Baker a disservice. Compare his arrival to now, that outfit looked strong when he got to the stadium but now he slumps to the podium looking like a Wet Bandit. Confidence clearly is key.
Those photos are just a year apart. Hell, he’s wearing the same coat! But look at what this season has done to Baker.
The swagger: gone. The smile: gone. The hair: disheveled.
Here are a few things that Baker Mayfield looks like more than Browns QB:
The Cleveland Browns’ season began with such excitement, such promise and now, they stand at 2-6 with their franchise QB looking like he’s a grizzled detective who’s commitment to cases is straining his life at home. With a home game against the Bills next week, all eyes will be on Baker Mayfield, and his facial hair, to see if he can finally conjure up that preseason excitement again.