The San Francisco 49ers blew out the Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Monday Night Football. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was sacked four times, and he finished the game 8 of 22 for only 100 yards and two interceptions in the loss.
The always outspoken Richard Sherman brought in one of the two picks — and after the game, revealed Mayfield provided extra motivation for the 49ers during pregame warmups.
“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said, via NFL.com. “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.”
“Respect the game,” Sherman added, referencing Mayfield. “You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment — especially when you’re young. He hasn’t earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He’s acting like he was the MVP last year. If 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.”
Last season, it felt for a while that Mayfield might be good enough to compete with Mahomes in the AFC, but this year hasn’t followed suit — at least so far. The Browns are 2-3 through five games, and Mayfield has four touchdowns and eight interceptions, making headlines more for his pre and post-game comments than for his success.
Mahomes’ Chiefs are 4-1 and he has 11 touchdowns with no picks. Meanwhile, he continues to be the exemplar when it comes to handling the media off the field.