Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield believes the truth is out there.
Check that. He knows the truth is out there.
Mayfield’s early March sighting of an unidentified flying object provided comedic fodder for everyone from Tampa Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to his media nemesis, Fox Sports Radio Host Colin Cowherd. However, during a Zoom call with the Cleveland media Monday, Mayfield stuck to his guns.
“I'm a firm believer in UFOs and Sasquatch. It's real. I saw it,” he said. “I'm glad the Navy finally confirmed some more pictures. Now everybody doesn't think I'm as crazy. I believe.”
Mayfield said the unexplained incident happened while he and his wife Emily were driving home from dinner in Austin, Texas. Mayfield said Emily was looking at her phone at the time.
"It was bright enough to where it caught her attention, too," Mayfield said. "We kind of just looked at each other, ‘Did you just see that? Yeah.’ Other people in that area confirmed, too."
Mayfield dismisses OBJ narrative
Mayfield dismissed the story line surrounding him and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and their alleged inability to establish a connection the past two seasons.
Conventional wisdom from some corners said that the Browns and Mayfield didn’t take off offensively until after Beckham tore his ACL early on against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 25 during a 37-34 Browns win in Week 7. After losing to the Las Vegas Raiders the next week to end the first half of the season at 5-3, they earned a 6-2 record in the second half of the regular season, and the offense appeared to find an identity.
There was a marked difference in Mayfield’s performance, too, one that he credited to the fact the team’s bye week arrived at exactly the midpoint of the schedule, allowing the Browns to do some self-scouting with a significant sample of plays.
Mayfield began the 2020 season with 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in the first six-plus games. The last of those interceptions occurred in the first quarter in that game against the Bengals on a ball thrown to Beckham.