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Browns QB Baker Mayfield press conference - 10/24

On if he has a good understanding of the Browns-Steelers rivalry following his first game:

"Absolutely. Can feel it from our crowd. That was the first game of the year so a little bit different, but yeah, absolutely. Can sense the physicality of this game. That is kind of how all of our division games go. I got a good taste for it."

On how to fix the offense's slow start to games:

"Have to eliminate the minus plays. We had two penalties – one penalty on the first drive, one on the second drive and then the third drive had a negative run. If we do our job, we will eliminate those things and we will be in a much better position to take points and any points are good points. We have to feel the awareness. We have to score when we have a chance. We have to do that and be proud to do that."

On the Steelers defense:

"They play hard. Obviously they have a lot of talent everywhere. That is the obvious thing, but they play hard. They play with each other, and they feed off the energy. They feed off of the big plays that they are making. It will be a great test for us."

On the NFL's statement on the helmet-to-helmet hit last week:

"I did not hear it at the time because I was so fuming mad to hear the ref say he was allowed to be hit in the head. I thought that is why they put in the rule, but we will see."

On the offensive series ending at the 1-yard line following the helmet-to-helmet hit:

"Absolutely, it could have helped us to score. It could have been 15 more yards and a first down closer to the end zone. Like I said, we need to take any points we can get, but that did not define the game. We should have scored earlier and after that, too."

On if the NFL should consider adopting a targeting rule that is reviewable, similar to the NCAA:

"I definitely know it affected our team [at Oklahoma]. Anytime you have guys that are flying around trying to impose their will on an offense and a hit like that could take them out of not only that second half but then the first half of the next game. That could affect a lot of guys. I do not know. It is something you could think about. It is just everybody implies the rules differently. I do not know."

On if the NCAA's strict policy made his college teammates consider adjusting their play, given the potential suspension:

"Oh absolutely. It makes you hesitate sometimes, yeah."

On if he feels better that the NFL will possibly fine the Buccaneers player who applied the hit:

"No. After the fact it does not really matter. It is just one of those things that in the moment you have to be able to call that."

On his in-game reaction to the referee explaining why it was not a penalty:

"No words honestly. No words."

On if he heard from the Buccaneers about the hit:

"No. No."

On his teammates' reactions after he popped up and approached the Buccaneers player:

"That is the type of energy and fire that I try to bring to the game. I do not know. Good reactions. It was a big play. We converted and we moved the ball down the field. We played well in that second half because we were clicking on all cylinders."

On if he was thankful he did not sustain a concussion on the play:

"I will be alright, yeah."

On if he heard the officials potentially discussing on the field a penalty for taunting, given there were two flags on the play:

"I did not see the flag or it was not called. Neither was targeting."

On if the team is tired of having to continually answer questions about officiating decisions:

"Absolutely, but if we do the things right, it does not come down to those calls. It is easy to point and blame certain calls during the game, but if we are scoring points, we can take the refs out of the game. We can eliminate all of those things to where we are not counting on having a good call. We can do the things right to where none of that really matters."

On if he wonders what would be a penalty, given that hit was not called in the game:

"Probably not playing quarterback for the Browns (laughter)."

On why the Browns offense has started slow in overtime despite success in the fourth quarter:

"Little things. What it comes down to is doing little things right. Early on in the game when emotions are high, you have to settle in quickly and do your job. Late in the game when it really matters, you do not have to do too much. You just have to do your job."

On if he loves to have the ball in his hands with the game on the line:

"Absolutely. You live for those moments. It is like if you are playing basketball you want the ball in your hands for the last shot. Anything like that I think is a great opportunity for a quarterback."

On Head Coach Hue Jackson saying he will get more involved in the offense:

"I think a lot of things are said postgame emotionally, but I think the thing around here is we do not need to reinvent the wheel. We need to perfect our craft. You look at the good teams around the league, they work hard at what they do and they become very, very good at it. We have what we have. We do not need to try to change too much. We just need to get better at what we are doing. There is not secret recipe for success, besides working your [butt] off with what you have."

On if he has been comfortable with the scripted plays to begin games:

"Oh, absolutely. They give me full freedom to say if I do not like to something. I have liked it. Now, it just comes down to us doing our job."

On receiving feedback from multiple offensive coaches during a game:

"I think you have to play the game, but there is a time when everyone has a piece of advice. It is knowing when to listen to those things. They are seeing something different from when I am out there on the field. What it comes down to is I see things on the field that is different. When you are out there in the chaos, you have to react, you have to play and what you see is what you get, but you can come back. You can look at the pictures on the sideline, you can listen to the things they are saying and take that out and translate it, but it is not letting it cloud your judgement too much. You still have to play fast and I think that is the most important thing."

On if he has felt overloaded with input:


On how many individuals give him input during a game:

"I do not know. I will count it up this Sunday, and I will be able to have an answer for you."

On multiple people advising him during a game:

"Everybody wants to win so any piece of advice that is trying to help us, they are going to say that because we want that. We want a team that is hungry for a win. We want a team that wants to get better, wants to improve and wants to make those plays. Yeah, people have things to say, but it is not all negative. People talk for a reason. They are seeing things. I want my receivers to come back and have feedback. I want to have that relationship to where the offensive line is like 'Hey, we are getting this look. Run this.' Or the receivers say, 'Hey, I am killing this guy on out routes. Maybe double-move him now since he is seeing that a lot.' I do not know. You want to hear that stuff."

On if he feels the game is slowing down after his first starts:

"Yeah, a little bit. Slowing down, but we need to speed up in the first half. That is the motto right now."

On feeding off of a rivalry atmosphere as he did with Oklahoma-Texas:

"Football is a physical game, and when it comes to rivalry games, that is when it is the most physical. A lot of things, assignment errors and stuff like that can be overcome by imposing your will on the other team. That is what AFC North is about, and that is what this rivalry is about. When it comes down to it, you have to do your job, but a lot of the time, the team that runs the ball the best and is the most physical wins."

On running QB sneaks:

"It is a little bit hard when the ball gets set that late, and they are able to fill the gaps and line up for it. We have a general plan on where we are supposed to go, but after that, you have to play ball. You have to find a way to get it in."

On Jackson saying he has done a better job of getting the ball out of his hands, despite the number of sacks on Sunday:

"We made progress, but there is always more room for improvement. That is where my head is at right now. Happy with some things that I did, but absolutely not satisfied."

On Steelers LB T.J. Watt:

"He is obviously one of their best players. He had four sacks against us last time so that stands out on film. When he is not making plays, that is because someone is keying in on him and somebody else is opening up an opportunity for that. You have to pay attention to where he is, but that does not mean lose sight of everybody else."

On why the ball was set late prior to the QB sneak:

"I could not tell you."

On if his connection with WR Jarvis Landry was due to practice or the gameplan:

"A little bit of both. I think we wanted to get him involved early. He is one of our best players so we had to keep him involved and find ways to get him the ball. Absolutely, it shows the work that we tried to put in during the week of practice and just talking through certain things. As I learn about these receivers more and more and get more reps, that is what is going to happen."

On the Browns' 2-4-1 record:

"If we come out with a win on Sunday, that is a huge division win. The Steelers are leading it right now. We like to think of it as these games count as two down the road. We need to take advantage of this opportunity and put ourselves in a good spot moving forward."

On if there have been additional challenges that are harder than expected as defenses have opportunities to gameplan against him:

"No, I just think I need to improve on my craft and keep getting better."

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