The San Francisco 49ers dismantled the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, easily defeating the preseason darlings 31-3, and staying unbeaten during the 2019 season.
But 49ers’ cornerback Richard Sherman wasn’t finished with the Browns, particularly quarterback Baker Mayfield, when the game was over. Sherman ripped Mayfield to the media for a pregame handshake snub.
“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said, according to NFL.com’s Michael Silver. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.”
Sherman, and many of his teammates, took exception to Mayfield’s actions, which they deemed as disrespectful to them, and the game.
“Respect the game,” Sherman said. “You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment — especially when you’re young.
“He hasn’t earned anything in this league” Sherman continued.
“How many games has he won? He’s acting like he was the MVP last year. If (Patrick) Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game.
“And when you see a guy who doesn’t? You humble him every chance you get. Because eventually, he will have respect for the league — or he’ll be out of it.”
On the field, Mayfield was taking shots and under duress all night, with a rabid 49ers front, including Nick Bosa, that harassed Mayfield and kept him scrambling all night.
“We’ve been rattling all the quarterbacks we play” Bosa said. “I just knew he would hold onto it and we’d get to take some shots.”
“He was getting sacked, and he should have just eaten the ball,” Sherman said. “He’s throwing as he’s falling, and I’ve already broken on the ball, so there’s no reason to chuck it. That’s youth. You’ve got to eat that play and get to the next one. And he’s throwing it to Callaway — it’s one thing if he puts it up for Odell or (Jarvis Landry), because those guys are so good they might be able to make a play. But no, he shouldn’t have thrown it.”
Sherman said that Mayfield needs to grow up.
“There’s no reason for him to say and do those things, especially given how little he’s accomplished,” Sherman said of Mayfield. “That’s where he’s gonna have to grow up. He might get there, but he has a long way to go.”
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Patriots Addresses Filming, Say Video Crew Filmed Sideline During Browns-Bengals Game
The New England Patriots are explaining themselves after a story hit the news wire, sparking a league investigation, saying that the team had filmed that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to ESPN, the Patriots’ crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a Patriots web series called “Do Your Job,” but the Patriots did not inform the Bengals or the NFL, which they called “an unintended oversight”, and led to the controversy that has dominated NFL headlines on Monday.
“The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” the Patriots said in an official statement. “There was no intention of using footage for any other purpose.”
The Patriots went on to say that the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of the team’s football operation.
The NFL is currently investigating the incident and has a copy of the video, although they have not commented on the incident as of yet.
“They 100% know. All of our scouts, all of our video people and everything, they know what that is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI on Monday (h/t ESPN). “Again, I have nothing to do with the TV production shows and stuff like that. I have no idea what they do. Or what their projects are and everything else.
“As I understand it, they were videotaping him, trying to show kind of what an advance scout does, or something Iike that, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see the show I guess and see how it’s presented.”
The Patriots and videotaping isn’t something new, as they were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium, a game in which they won, and an incident dubbed “Spygate”. The 2007 fiasco ended up costing the Patriots a 1st round draft pick in 2008, a $500,000 fine for Belichick and the team was orderd to pay $250,000 for the incident.
The Bengals, who flagged media relations and Bengals security staff after observing a videographer shooting the sidelines, play the Patriots this Sunday.
Browns’ Baker Mayfield Rips Training Staff Over OBJ Injury
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is spouting off at the mouth again, and is taking aim at his own organization, specifically for the way that the training staff handled the injury of Browns’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..
“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s not able to run as well as he … should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”
Beckham reportedly has a sports hernia injury and is weighing offseason surgery to correct the issue that has been hampering him since training camp.
“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “You have to ask the doctors if you have a chance to interview them. I really don’t know what to tell you.”
“I think it could’ve been addressed earlier on,” Mayfield said. “Looking back on it, obviously, hindsight is 20/20, he probably would’ve missed the first two [games]. One or two. Just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain; he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy he is.”
Mayfield took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments.
Those people within our building know my intentions and where I am coming from. I truly believe that and I apologize to those that don’t deserve the backlash…. today was a good team win. On to the next one.
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 8, 2019
Steelers-Browns Brawl Is Black Eye for NFL
An ugly brawl broke in the closing seconds of Thursday Night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns that is dominating national discussion, even outside the world of sports, on Friday.
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was ejected after ripping the helmet off Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.
Along with Garrett, Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey were also ejected.
Ogunjobi pushed Rudolph to the ground from behind following Garrett’s hit on Rudolph, and Pouncey jumped onto Garrett, punching and kicking him as Steelers’ guard David DeCastro was holding Garrett to the ground, as the fight continued.
“I thought it was pretty cowardly,” Rudolph said following the game.”Pretty bush league.”
Browns’ head coach Freddie Kitchens called Garrett’s actions “embarrassing” and said there was “no excuse” for what Garrett did at the end of the game.
“I’ve never seen that in my life,” Kitchens said. “It’s not good.”
What I did was foolish, and I shouldn’t allow myself to slip like that,” Garrett said. “That’s out of character, but a situation like that where it’s an emotional game, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with what happened.”
Garrett is likely to be hit with a significant suspension, and many are calling for the NFL to levy the biggest suspension the league has ever seen.
“Absolutely, 100 percent,” Pouncey said, saying he believes Garrett should be suspended for the rest of the season. “We’ll see how serious the NFL is about their players. … My man got hit in the head with a helmet.”
“At that point, it’s bigger than football,” Pouncey said. “It’s protection. … He could have killed him. What if he’d hit in him the temple?”
“Myles is a good dude,” Steelers’ cornerback Joe Haden said. “I mean, I’ve never seen him act like that or do anything like that on what happened. But that’s not OK.”
“Obviously, stuff like that is dangerous,” Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “So it was tough to see that, knowing Mason.
“It was tough to watch.”
The longest ban for a single on-field incident in NFL history is the five games, when the league hit Tennessee Titan’s defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth with the suspension back in 2006 when he stomped on the head of Dallas Cowboys’ offensive lineman Andre Gurode, which resulted in Gurode needing stitches.
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