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Baker Has Motivation

C-town, if that doesn’t get you hyped for next year, I don’t know what will.

February 07, 2019 - 12:11 pm
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Baker Mayfield did not win the NFL’s rookie of the year award. And if you think he didn’t notice that, think again. If you think he didn’t notice that, you don’t know Baker Mayfield.

"Yeah, I'll use it as motivation. But the more important thing is winning football games. Yeah, it's more frustrating than anything because Saquon, that's my guy and he'll hold it over my head forever. But you know what, I'll use that as motivation and I'll be better in the long run."

Thank goodness. Finally, Baker Mayfield has motivation. Finally that guy has something to get him out of bed in the morning. Finally, he has a chip he can put on his shoulder. He's got some juice and drive now. 

I mean, can you imagine how good this guy will be now that he has some motivation? Now that he’s not just going through the motions and actually has some passion to his game.

I’m kidding of course. This guy is all motivation. When you see him walking Radio Row, he’s got “it.” He’s got an energy and a momentum to him, just walking around the set that is really something to see. My man is pure motivation, and that’s before finishing runner-up to Saquon. And I love it.

This is a guy who’s already proven everything to everyone. Walked on to two different college teams and won the Heisman. Then had doubters coming into the draft, was taken number one, and completely turned around the worst franchise in professional football and maybe professional sports. He and his crew turned Cleveland’s team into America’s team.

And yet when we sat down in Atlanta, he still remembered what everyone said when he came out of college.

By the way, how dumb are those comparisons now? Comparing Baker Mayfield, a guy who turned a franchise around, to a guy who bombed out of the NFL, threw more interceptions than touchdowns in the CFL, and who’s been accused of assaulting rupturing his ex-girlfriend’s ear drum during an assault. Are you kidding me with that?

I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing, people comparing Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel or just Johnny Manziel. I’ll go with the latter. Because as bad as those comparisons look right now, Manziel just flat out looks worse. Anyone who made that comparison should apologize to Mayfield immediately.

Mayfield is right about the Rookie of the Year award and that the real focus is one winning games, not winning awards, but that doesn’t mean he’ll forget about the award.

The worst part of coming in second, is that Mayfield and Barkley had a bet riding on it. Not a financial bet, but a jewelry bet. The loser has to design and buy a chain. And Mayfield already has something in mind.

"It'll say 'Quads' on it.'' A diamond tribute to Barkley’s tree trunk legs. "Not 'Sa-quads' but just 'Quads.' The two extra letters in there cost a little bit extra money, so we'll stick with just 'Quads.'"

And he told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland dot com that he’s going to be right back at it in the offseason, working on his game. Just don’t look for him to be hanging out with a quarterback guru.

"No, I'm not going to have any guy swiping a broom at my feet in the ocean, that type of quarterback training. I don't believe in that. I'll go to a normal gym where I trained last year. I don't need some guy to try and teach me how to throw. I'll have a guy that pushes me in workouts. Has other athletes in there. The intensity's up. It's a working environment.''

Hell. Yes. No guys swiping brooms at his feet in the ocean. Nobody throwing couch cushions at him. Or chucking volleyballs. Nobody making him dodge tires when he goes through his progressions. Just grinding and getting better.

And C-town, if that doesn’t get you hyped for next year, I don’t know what will. Between losing the award, getting the Quads chain, and getting after it in the gym, I’m so ready for next season to start. Last year was good, this year is going to be even better.

Baker Mayfield did not win the NFL’s rookie of the year award. And if you think he didn’t notice that, think again. If you think he didn’t notice that, you don’t know Baker Mayfield.

"Yeah, I'll use it as motivation. But the more important thing is winning football games. Yeah, it's more frustrating than anything because Saquon, that's my guy and he'll hold it over my head forever. But you know what, I'll use that as motivation and I'll be better in the long run."

Thank goodness. Finally, Baker Mayfield has motivation. Finally that guy has something to get him out of bed in the morning. Finally, he has a chip he can put on his shoulder. He's got some juice and drive now. 

I mean, can you imagine how good this guy will be now that he has some motivation? Now that he’s not just going through the motions and actually has some passion to his game.

I’m kidding of course. This guy is all motivation. When you see him walking Radio Row, he’s got “it.” He’s got an energy and a momentum to him, just walking around the set that is really something to see. My man is pure motivation, and that’s before finishing runner-up to Saquon. And I love it.

This is a guy who’s already proven everything to everyone. Walked on to two different college teams and won the Heisman. Then had doubters coming into the draft, was taken number one, and completely turned around the worst franchise in professional football and maybe professional sports. He and his crew turned Cleveland’s team into America’s team.

And yet when we sat down in Atlanta, he still remembered what everyone said when he came out of college.

By the way, how dumb are those comparisons now? Comparing Baker Mayfield, a guy who turned a franchise around, to a guy who bombed out of the NFL, threw more interceptions than touchdowns in the CFL, and who’s been accused of assaulting rupturing his ex-girlfriend’s ear drum during an assault. Are you kidding me with that?

I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing, people comparing Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel or just Johnny Manziel. I’ll go with the latter. Because as bad as those comparisons look right now, Manziel just flat out looks worse. Anyone who made that comparison should apologize to Mayfield immediately.

Mayfield is right about the Rookie of the Year award and that the real focus is one winning games, not winning awards, but that doesn’t mean he’ll forget about the award.

The worst part of coming in second, is that Mayfield and Barkley had a bet riding on it. Not a financial bet, but a jewelry bet. The loser has to design and buy a chain. And Mayfield already has something in mind.

"It'll say 'Quads' on it.'' A diamond tribute to Barkley’s tree trunk legs. "Not 'Sa-quads' but just 'Quads.' The two extra letters in there cost a little bit extra money, so we'll stick with just 'Quads.'"

And he told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland dot com that he’s going to be right back at it in the offseason, working on his game. Just don’t look for him to be hanging out with a quarterback guru.

"No, I'm not going to have any guy swiping a broom at my feet in the ocean, that type of quarterback training. I don't believe in that. I'll go to a normal gym where I trained last year. I don't need some guy to try and teach me how to throw. I'll have a guy that pushes me in workouts. Has other athletes in there. The intensity's up. It's a working environment.''

Hell. Yes. No guys swiping brooms at his feet in the ocean. Nobody throwing couch cushions at him. Or chucking volleyballs. Nobody making him dodge tires when he goes through his progressions. Just grinding and getting better.

And C-town, if that doesn’t get you hyped for next year, I don’t know what will. Between losing the award, getting the Quads chain, and getting after it in the gym, I’m so ready for next season to start. Last year was good, this year is going to be even better.