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Kevin Stefanski responds to Baker Mayfield’s cryptic ‘internal things’ comments

For inner use solely? Not fairly.

On Dec. 12, in an interview with NFL Network’s Kurt Warner, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield cited “inner issues” as an impediment he is had to overcome this yr. What he meant by that was a bit imprecise, however it did not precisely paint a rosy image of the scenario within the ‘Land:

“It comes down to trying to find an even balance of listening to those opinions around you that truly matter — friends, family, teammates,” Mayfield mentioned. “That’s been the tricky part about this year: There’s been a lot of internal things. It hasn’t been just outside noise.”

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Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski caught wind of Mayfield’s comments, and delivered a imprecise, coach-speak reply in response:

“I discuss to Baker each week, every single day, so I believe we received line of communication,” Stefanski mentioned. “But I believe we simply all — coaches, gamers — as we transfer ahead, with all these large video games, AFC opponent this week, our focus is at all times simply gonna be on the identical web page, and doing what we’d like to do to get a victory.”

Stefanski did not precisely dispel Mayfield’s phrases, however coaches usually communicate in tongues, so take this as a dodged bullet relatively than an indictment.

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It hasn’t been the season anybody in Cleveland had envisioned: With a myriad of accidents to key offensive gamers (together with Mayfield), drama with wideout Odell Beckham Jr. (launched) and middling offensive returns, the Browns’ hopes at an AFC North crown are, considerably surprisingly, nonetheless alive.

Mayfield’s accidents have been a serious point of interest in 2021: He’s coping with a completely torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, in addition to a heel and knee damage. He’s additionally handled a rib damage that compelled him to sit out a recreation.

All’s effectively that ends effectively: The Browns topped the Ravens this previous weekend to maintain their division hopes alive. 

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