There is a familiar template for the relationship between the hot-take artists of the world and the athletes they discuss. Hot-take artist releases a controversial and aggressive opinion probably not based in reality, the athlete responds in a human way and everybody else gets ready with the fire emojis and overwrought responses.
Case in point: On Wednesday, Fox Sports Radio's Jason Smith suggested that the Cleveland Browns weren't linked to more successful and tenured head-coaching candidates because Baker Mayfield isn't the sort of quarterback that those types of coaches would want to work with.
And Mayfield found it all humorous, because it was:
Mayfield, as a rookie, just threw for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while leading the Browns to a 7-8-1 record. In the previous three seasons combined, they only won four games in total. But yeah, that's the sort of quarterback a head coach wouldn't want to work with.
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