CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said frustration with his own performance — not being booed by Cleveland fans — caused him to head straight to the locker room following the game and not speak to the media.
Mayfield threw two interceptions in Sunday’s 13-10 victory over the winless Detroit Lions, a sloppy, penalty-filled affair for the Browns (6-5), who survived and kept their playoff hopes intact.
After the final snap, Mayfield took off his helmet and didn’t acknowledge teammates or the Lions as he gloomily walked off the field. He declined doing postgame interviews, which are required by the NFL unless a player is getting medical treatment.
“I was frustrated, among other things,” Mayfield said Monday on a Zoom call. “I mean I’ve never dodged any questions or hid — so just frustrated, removed those emotions and all of that from it and decided it was best to wait.”
Mayfield defended his decision to not discuss his uneven game.
“Not one part of that is not being accountable,” he said, snapping at a question. “I’d be the first to tell you I played like (expletive), so it’s not about accountable and I don’t owe you guys any of that.
“I owe that to my teammates and I talked to them, so that’s what matters.”
Mayfield played despite shoulder, knee and foot injuries, but had another uneven performance, completing 15 of 29 passes for 176 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown.
The 26-year-old quarterback overthrew a wide-open Jarvis Landry on Cleveland’s second possession for his first pick, and then was booed after a pass in the fourth quarter was first deflected by a Lions defender and hauled in by cornerback A.J. Parker.
Mayfield dismissed the negative reaction from some in FirstEnergy Stadium.
“Those are probably the same fans that won’t be quiet while we’re on offense and trying to operate,” he said. “So don’t really care.”
In addition to a fracture in his left shoulder, Mayfield is dealing with a bone bruise on his heel and a knee issue. He acknowledged the injuries are affecting his play, but insists he didn’t have any setbacks against the Lions. He expects to start Sunday against Baltimore in the first of two games between the Browns and Ravens in three weeks.
Mayfield said he was most frustrated by inaccuracy. He made several quality throws, but missed some easy ones.
“The decision making was great. It was the lack of execution,” he said. “I’ve always been an accurate guy and that was not the case yesterday, and that’s extremely frustrating to me when I feel like I let my teammates down.
“Preparation week, everything leading up to the game was great. I felt like I was in a good position to be able to play and play at a high level, and I didn’t. So that’s a very frustrating thing.”
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