HBO announced on Thursday that former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns will be featured on the next edition of Hard Knocks, an original series that gives behind-the-scenes looks at franchises across the NFL.
To little surprise, one pundit who has repeatedly criticized Mayfield over the last several months isn’t a fan of the news.
FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd said on a segment of the The Herd on Thursday that the decision to make Mayfield and the Browns the focus of the series could result in a tumultuous 2018 season for Cleveland — just as things went for several other franchises previously featured on the show.
Cowherd argued that coaches and higher-ups “hate it” when cameras have a constant presence around a franchise and that the situation could have been avoided if Cleveland had drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold — who Cowherd characterized as “stoic, humble and adult-like” — instead of Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.
Here’s a glimpse of what Cowherd had to say, followed by the entire video segment:
“Reality shows seek dysfunction and time-bombs….”
“Noisy people have always attracted noise. Reality shows seek dysfunction and time-bombs. This is just another ancillary issue with Baker Mayfield. Will it be interesting? Oh yeah. Might as well call this show ‘The Real Quarterbacks of Cleveland’ because man are they always interesting … you realize if you draft Sam Darnold, no cameras in the locker room. Coach happy, GM happy, secrets kept, dysfunction gone. Congratulations. It was a disaster last year for Tampa Bay. It was disaster for the Rams the year before. The series on Amazon has basically ended Dez [Bryant]’s career, and even Houston, who had a winning record three years ago, had arguably the best roster and underachieved.” — Colin Cowherd
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 17, 2018
We all know by now that Mayfield is a fiery competitor, and he has already proven Cowherd — the man who once called him “undraftable” — wrong on multiple occasions.
It appears the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner now has another opportunity to do it again after the host’s latest claims on Thursday.
Cleveland begins the 2018 preseason on Aug. 9 at the New York Giants. The Browns begin the regular season at home vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 9.