Baker Mayfield Rips Refs After Browns' Loss to Seahawks: 'It Was Pretty Bad'

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIOctober 13, 2019

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated his team in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Baker Mayfield spoke his mind, as he does more often than not, following his Cleveland Browns' 32-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. 

"The refs are never an excuse, but I'll probably be fined for saying this, but it was pretty bad out there," the second-year quarterback told reporters. "Kinda ticks me off." 

The Browns were called for nine penalties worth 83 yards in the game, but one call in particular drew their ire when Cleveland's Morgan Burnett was called for a horse-collar tackle during what would be the Seahawks' game-winning drive midway through the fourth quarter. 

Daryl Ruiter @RuiterWrongFAN

How is grabbing the back of the jersey a horse collar tackle? Thought hands hand to be inside the pads and pull down?

Ryan Clark @Realrclark25

The horse collar call on Morgan Burnett was terrible. Russ laid there like he was dying but that doesn’t change the fact that all Mo did was grab his jersey

James Rapien @JamesRapien

These officials are insane. Morgan Burnett had ALL jersey. There's NO way that was a horse collar tackle

Mike McFadden @MUTGuru

So you can get called for a horse collar without touching the collar? Then hands to the face? Just put a red jersey on the QB and attach a flag to his belt and let’s call it a day? @nfl #Browns

Mayfield also didn't want to use his "tender" hip as an excuse. The 2018 top overall draft pick briefly went back to the locker room in the third quarter after appearing to hurt his hip on a scramble but returned to the game.

The Oklahoma product finished with 249 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He carried the ball four times for 35 yards and his first career rushing touchdown.

His three picks brought his season total to 11, the most by a Browns quarterback through six games since 1984 (h/t ESPN Stats & Info). 

It was a frustrating day all around for the Browns. Cleveland jumped out to a 20-6 lead the first quarter but was outscored by Seattle 26-8 from the second quarter on. 

"Any loss hurts," Mayfield said. "Losing at home sucks. ... Especially when it was a game we felt like we needed." 

Mayfield added: "If we don't hurt ourselves, this team can go where it wants to go. ... If we eliminate that, we can be a great football team."

To Mayfield's point, the Browns entered Week 6 as the second-most penalized team in the league.

Cleveland was looking to rebound from a brutal 31-3 Monday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Instead, the Browns lost their second in a row and dropped to 2-4 on the season. 

It won't get easier for Cleveland after next week's bye, either, as they travel to face the undefeated New England Patriots in Week 8.