Odell Beckham Jr. gave Tom Brady a pair of goat hair cleats on Sunday. It was a nice gift with an air of symbolism that was not hard to identify – goat hair cleats for a guy many perceive to be the greatest quarterback of all time. It was a nice gesture but one that didn’t take into consideration how another player might feel—OBJ’s current quarterback, Baker Mayfield.
From some of the pictures fans tweeted following the game, it certainly looked like Mayfield might have been a little envious. If he wasn’t, lots of people, including one NFL legend former tight end Shannon Sharpe, certainly thought he was.
Many, along with Sharpe, took to Twitter to share their opinion and troll Mayfield.
You would think there might be a little professional courtesy from one (former) player to another. But Sharpe is more of a member of the media now and makes his living giving hot takes on his show, Undisputed. So, it isn’t too surprising that he would troll someone:
Sharpe’s tweet elicited a ton of responses, including a couple from former NFL players, but he wasn’t the only one trolling Mayfield. Several fans got in on the fun as well:
Mayfield may wish his wide receiver would show him some love and respect. But as confident as Mayfield is, even he can’t think he is in the conversation when it comes to being a GOAT (greatest of all time).
Many thought he had MVP aspirations this season. He was even one of the more popular MVP candidates with gamblers before the season started. But a terrible start to the season against the Tennessee Titans quickly put any MVP aspirations to bed.
With how the season has gone for Mayfield and the Browns, it is not hard to understand why they might troll him. Cleveland had playoff aspirations, was favored to win the division, and even had decent odds to win the Super Bowl.
But heading into Week Nine, they are 2-5. Playoffs are still possible, but it would take an epic turnaround like they had last season. With how Mayfield has been playing (132-229 for 1690 yards, six touchdowns, and 12 interceptions), it doesn’t look likely. Oddsmakers don’t even have much faith in him and the Browns anymore.
They face a 2-6 Denver Broncos team this week that will be starting Brandon Allen at quarterback. Allen has yet to throw a pass in an NFL game, and the Browns are only favored by 2.5 points.
If they are going to win a game, let alone make the playoffs, Mayfield will undoubtedly have to stop doing things like this:
Should the Browns make a surprising run down the stretch, we will undoubtedly see Baker Mayfield doing a lot more of that.