Baker Mayfield and Rex Ryan made peace in Miami.
Four months after Ryan described Mayfield as "damn overrated" and Mayfield then took a picture of Ryan who was unemployed in the NFL, they shook hands and laughed and closed their differences on live television.
"Baker, we might as well get it over with, just knock each other out," Ryan joked as her section in ESPN's "Get Up!" Started on Friday morning.
Ryan was overly nice to the Browns quarterback sitting next to him, and Mayfield was just as vulnerable to allowing the past as the past.
"At the time, I'm a mouse fool, you're a hunting elephant," Ryan said to Mayfield. “For me that was the reason why I was surprised that you went back not just to me but to other people. That doesn't help you win games. "
"No, it doesn't," Mayfield replied. "And that's exactly what it has to be about. What can I do to help this team win?" What can I do to improve our franchise and go in the right direction? Do the things why I was selected here [No. 1 overall] and make it happen. "
Looking back at the season, Mayfield said it was a "humiliating experience".
"Let's be honest, I put a lot of foot in my mouth last year," said Mayfield. "I'm going to internalize that, and I think that's the way I have to deal with it. Rest in peace Kobe [Bryant], but that's how he did it. He was motivated, he didn't talk much. He spoke to his teammates, drove them to better people, better men. That's how I have to deal with it. "
Ryan said his original comments were based on the Browns' high expectations, which ended 6-10 and Mayfield took a step back after a promising rookie year.
"It depends on me doing my job. I've never flipped the ball so many times – maybe that was the combination of my entire career, ”said Mayfield, who threw 21 interceptions and fumbled six times. "You can't win like that. It falls back on me, I'll take all the blame for it. So it comes down to communication, is on the same side, does my job as well as I can and doesn't care about the outside – does not answer you [Ryan]I'm not telling you that orange and brown don't matter, I'm just doing my job and doing what's really important as a quarterback. "
As early as September, Mayfield's response to Ryan's criticism had a very different tone and message.
"Whatever. In Freddie Kitchens' wise words," It doesn't matter if you don't wear orange and brown, "Mayfield said in September." Rex Ryan currently has no colors for a reason. So it's okay. "
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