"It doesn't bother me personally. Because, again, I've been in the National Football League for a long time, and I've seen a lot of different ways that people handle things. He has to do what he feels he needed to do, and that's how he's handled it. Again, everybody is going to handle things differently. That's how he chooses to make sure that he's ready to go, ready to play, or has his team ready to play. The Browns weren't playing Hue Jackson. They were playing the Bengals."
In a recent profile by ESPN's Mina Kimes, Mayfield said it was "human nature to want to get revenge" the first time the Browns played Cincinnati with Jackson on the coaching staff.
The Browns fired Jackson on Oct. 29, 2018, and he joined the Bengals as an assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis on Nov. 12.
Mayfield threw four touchdowns in the Browns' 35-20 win over the Bengals on Nov. 25. He gave his former head coach an awkward handshake on the field after the game and then told reporters he didn't like that Jackson joined an opponent in the same division immediately after being fired:
The chip that Mayfield keeps on his shoulder seems to help him. The 24-year-old went from being a Heisman Trophy winner at Oklahoma in 2017 to the No. 1 overall pick by the Browns in 2018. He showed tremendous promise with 3,725 yards and a rookie-record27 touchdown passes.
The Browns will hope Mayfield builds on that debut season to lead them into the playoffs for the first time since 2002.