Things aren't going so well for the Cleveland Browns this season. After being crowned offseason champions following a flurry of big acquisitions, they are just 2-5 and have lost their last three matchups.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has received a lot of heat for his play lately after throwing for just 1,690 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He also is tied with Jameis Winston for the most interceptions thrown this year with 12.
Some of that frustration appeared to spill out into the locker room this week, as Mayfield got into it with a reporter and stormed away on Wednesday.
Mayfield clearly did not appreciate the reporter butting in during his answer and also didn't like the kind of questions he was being asked. According to the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, this episode may have more to do with the reporter asking the questions rather than Mayfield's struggles.
The Browns had a chance to turn public perception around last week against the undefeated New England Patriots. Despite having a bye week to prepare for the matchup, the Browns turned the ball over three times in just the first quarter, which put them in a 17-0 hole. Mayfield threw for 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the 27-13 loss.
Discipline has been the issue for the Browns so far this season, as penalties and turnovers have taken them out of games on several occasions. The Browns lead the NFL in penalties with 70 -- averaging 10 penalties a game (which also leads the league). The 591 penalty yards are second in the NFL behind the Minnesota Vikings (604), but they have played one more game than Cleveland.
Mayfield took to Twitter shortly after the incident to explain the situation from his point of view.
"Everybody wants to hear the truth until they actually get it ... I am who I am and always have been," tweeted Mayfield. "Don't call it emotional when it's convenient and then passion when it fits. I care about winning, so yeah I'm frustrated. If I was to act like it's okay to lose, then y'all would say that I've gotten complacent. My sense of urgency is at an all time high. And if I offend anybody along the way... that's too bad."