Browns' Baker Mayfield Addresses 'Ups and Downs' on IG: 'Winning Is the Priority'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 03: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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Baker Mayfield had a tough Week 4, finishing 15-of-33 for 155 yards and three sacks in a 14-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. 

On Wednesday, Mayfield took to Instagram to talk about working through those struggles:

Emmett Golden @egoldie80

Baker Mayfield on IG <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> <a href="https://t.co/OQNBXiLyDS">pic.twitter.com/OQNBXiLyDS</a>

Mayfield was pretty blunt in his assessment of his own play after the Minnesota game.

"That piss-poor performance by me isn't going to cut it," he told reporters. "I've got to be better. It's just that simple."

“Just didn’t get into a rhythm,” he added. “A lot of easy throws there I missed. I pride myself on being extremely accurate. And today I don’t know what the hell that was.”

One factor might be an injured left shoulder and a harness he was wearing during the game, though Mayfield downplayed that idea:

Mary Kay Cabot @MaryKayCabot

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> Baker Mayfield acknowledged during his podium interview that he wore a harness to protect his injured left shoulder vs. the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vikings?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Vikings</a>, but said 'it shouldn't' affect his throwing.

Mayfield had to have his non-throwing shoulder popped back into place after taking a hit following an interception in Week 2. But he hasn't offered that as an excuse. 

"It’s attached," he said of the shoulder on Sunday. "I'm all right."

Head coach Kevin Stefanski also didn't seem particularly alarmed when discussing Mayfield's struggles with accuracy in Week 4. 

"You can always point your finger at a few things, but we missed a couple of guys, and we are going to work really hard to make sure we hit them this week," he told reporters. "I have seen Baker have great success in games, and I have no doubt that we will work at it this week."

Getting Mayfield back on track will be vital for the Browns, however, as they head into a tough matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. The 3-1 Browns have looked like viable contenders thus far, but they'll only go as far as Mayfield can take them.