Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is struggling on the field with his play and in the trainer’s room with injuries. That prompted one of his biggest critics, FOX Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd, to defend him.
Mayfield’s Browns beat the Detroit Lions 13-10 on Sunday, and it was as ugly as the score indicates. Mayfield finished 15-of-29 passing for 176 yards and one interception. On the season, Mayfield ranks 27th in ESPN’s QBR metric (37.2).
“My opinion is the only one that’s ever been right,” Colin Cowherd said about the quarterback. “Which was everybody was too high and unrealistic on Baker initially, and now they are beating the crap out of him, and it’s not fair.”
Cowherd went on to say that everyone jumps to the extremes, negative or positive, with Mayfield.
“So let me once again give the only reasonable opinion on Baker Mayfield in America,” Cowherd continued. “Cuz I don’t get emotionally involved in this stuff. It’s all biz—you know what I’m saying? A: he’s never been a No. 1 pick talent. B: he is a franchise quarterback, but he needs a ton of help around him, and C: He’s way too cocky, too much ego for the position to rely on him.”
Mayfield’s wife, Emily, stoked the fire even more after the game on Sunday with a controversial social media post. Mayfield himself had thoughts about the booing Cleveland fans on Sunday.
“Those are probably the same fans that won’t be quiet while we’re on offense and trying to operate,” the Cleveland quarterback said Monday. “So, don’t really care.”
Colin Cowherd had the solution for Mayfield’s play ready to fire off for Browns fans.
“Cleveland fans were outrageously delusional from the start, and now you’re unbelievably critical and unfair now,” Cowherd said. “So once again, America’s honesty broker hahaha— Me—delivers the truth.”
Cowherd says he would bench Mayfield ahead of Sunday’s game against Baltimore, let him get healthy over the team’s bye the following week, and roll him out for the final five games.
“As a front office, I’ll get a reasonable evaluation of him because he’ll be 90% healthy,” Cowherd explained. “Which, frankly, is where most quarterbacks are during the season.
Paul Finebaum Writing Book on Nick Saban/Jimbo Fisher Feud
“I think there’s a lot that has not been uncovered, and I feel very confident we are well under way of breaking this code in many different ways,” Finebaum told AL.com’s Mark Heim.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is taking some time to work on a book, and some of the subject matter is going to be juicy.
Finebaum plans to work with John Talty of AL.com to write the book. This will be Finebaum’s first book since 2014.
Plans are to highlight the rivalry between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. That rivalry was amplified this past spring when the two coaches traded verbal jabs about recruiting and NIL.
“I think there’s a lot that has not been uncovered, and I feel very confident we are well under way of breaking this code in many different ways,” Finebaum told AL.com’s Mark Heim. “There is a great appeal. I’ve looked at other things in the past but, to me, this is the most intriguing story that I’ve seen in many many years.”
The book will be published by Penguin press and has a fall 2023 release date. Even Hollywood will be paying attention to the book, as a potential TV series or movie could arise.
Finebaum added that he hopes to take a deeper dive into NIL and talk to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.
“The main goal is to get the truth, unvarnished and as accurate displayed as we can through individuals speaking on the record or through sources,” he said. “That’s all you can hope to do. The goal is to get beneath the surface and go where you can’t go in a 3-hour radio show or a 750-word column.”
Mason & Ireland Ink Contract Extensions with ESPN Los Angeles
The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo in L.A.
The long-running West Coast sounds of Mason & Ireland will continue. The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo for ESPN Los Angeles.
Steve Mason and John Ireland have been on-and-off partners in radio since 1992.
Mason said of the extension, “I love L.A. sports and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I really appreciate ESPN and our new owner Good Karm Brands. We’ve got a really good team on Mason & Ireland with producer Greg Bergman and associate producer Jorge Briones. And I especially love doing the show every day with John Ireland, my friend of 30 years.”
Ireland also has a statement that read, “It’s both an honor and a privilege to continue this ride with ESPN. During the course of our last deal, the Lakers, Rams and Dodgers all won titles. Obviously, we were able to mistakenly convince our bosses that we had something to do with that, so they’re letting us continue. Please, nobody tell them.”
Mason & Ireland airs weekdays from 1-4p PT on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles.
Mike Francesa and Phil Mushnick Lock Horns Over Golf Bets
That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claiming his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”.
Phil Mushnick of The New York Post, is no fan of Mike Francesa. The latest bout between the two was triggered by a series of erroneous golf bets that Francesa has given out in each of the last three majors.
Francesa, on his podcast with BetRivers Network, told folks that the best bet to win the Masters was Brooks Koepka. The best bet to win the PGA Championship was Scottie Scheffler. He also said the best bet to win The U.S. Open was Cameron Smith. Neither won. Neither even made the cut.
That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claimed his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”.
Francesa heard about, or read, the piece and responded on Twitter, calling Mushnick “sad, pathetic” and said that Mushnick’s writings make him look “like the jealous old man that he is”.
Moments later, Francesa tweeted again, “Ask him to add up how much the horses I own have won the past two years. What a complete, obsessed fool.”
As AMNY points out, these two have rammed horns before.
Mushnick once said he had alleged tapes of Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo demanding loyalty oaths from Jews after 9/11.
The writer would also accuse Francesa of fighting with his then-boss Mark Chernoff, after losing to ESPN New York’s Michael Kay in ratings, an accusation Francesa denies.