Yesterday the #TooManyLegs Teaser of the Week lost for the 5th straight week to fall to 4-7 on the season (despite the record it's still +31 units).
One of the six legs that did hit in the Week 12 edition was Browns -1 thanks to a narrow 27-25 Cleveland victory over the one (1) win Jacksonville Jaguars.
Before I shit on Baker too hard, let's be positive! At 8-3 the Browns have clinched their first non-losing season since they went 10-6 in 2007 AND he threw his first touchdown in over a month!
If you were able to catch some of the action on Redzone you probably saw Progressive Spokesperson, Baker Mayfield airmail a surefire touchdown to Rashard Higgins about midway through the 2nd quarter.
Between the poor footwork, hesitation and overthrow it's easy bash Baker for that miss and I will gladly do so for internet clout (#HireDozo), but I think it's unfair for everybody to harp on Baker for that missed TD. People should be focusing on this Randy Johnson fastball to Kareem Hunt on 3rd and inches late in the 4th quarter.
Despite the missing connection to Rashard Higgins in the 2nd quarter, the Browns were up by 8 late in the 4th with a chance to ice the game (and cover -7). IMO this throw is a million times worse because at least on the missed TD you could make the argument the pass rush forced him to shuffle his feet so he could see over the line of scrimmage. Here, Baker has plenty of time to get the ball to a wide open Kareem Hunt AND the memory of his previous missed connection. How does he follow that up? By pegging the ball at Hunt like a middle school boy playing kickball trying to impress the only girl in 6th grade whose got tits.
After the game, Baker made things worse with this clearly practiced Ron Swanson quote. Boy, Baker sure is zany! Ron Swanson, wow! Way to show you're a NBC hipster by not quoting the Office. I bet he has a Bill Murray bumper sticker on car too. Over/under 1000 times he's said "Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion"?
There's been abortions with cleaner deliveries than that, Baker. Be better!! (don't worry he'll tell you himself that he needs to)
Not since JJ Watt compared The Red Rifle himself, Andy Dalton to a Red Rider BB Gun has an NFL player had a more cringeworthy clearly rehearsed postgame comment.
Which begs the question....what was worse?