When he was the head honcho at Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield was well known for his attitude that some would deem extremely cocky.
That attitude has followed him into the NFL.
Despite video evidence showing otherwise, Richard Sherman took issue with the Cleveland Browns quarterback snubbing him during the coin toss ceremony prior to Monday night’s game and he insists that he still felt a level of disrespect from Mayfield that he doesn’t get from other players.
Apparently, Sherman is not the only player in the league that feels a type of way about Mayfield.
Several NFL veterans have told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report that Mayfield rubs them the wrong way and is “too cocky” for someone who hasn’t won anything at the professional level yet.
“Players, and not in insignificant numbers, have been saying quietly for some time they believe Mayfield acts like he’s a better player than he is. Said one defensive player who has a Super Bowl ring: “He acts like he’s won 10 Super Bowls. He hasn’t won any.”
Players will tolerate cockiness if it can be backed up with ability and winning. And sometimes, not even winning. Great play gives you great leeway in this league.
But Mayfield also has run afoul of the expectation that players should show other players respect, especially veteran ones.
This isn’t the playground or high school. This is a professional league built on the backs of preceding generations of players.
And to a number of players across the league, it appears Mayfield doesn’t understand that yet.”
Hate it or like it, Mayfield’s cockiness has gotten him where he is at today, but unlike his talent being showcased at Oklahoma, he better start winning on a consistent basis or life in the NFL will be a lot more difficult for him going forward.