It’s been a rough week for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield after Sunday afternoon’s 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6 where he threw only 10 completions, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. However, Mayfield’s wife, Emily Wilkinson, has fired back at the criticisms tossed at her husband by sports analysts and fans on social media.
Wilkinson took to Instagram and reposted a photo that showed Mayfield walking with his head down. The original post’s sarcastic caption said, “4 head coaches in 3 years, took over a 1-31 football team, and has the most wins at First Energy Stadium of any QB since 1999 in only 3 years. That’s my quarterback.”
Mayfield’s wife defended her husband on her Instagram story by sharing the post with a few choice words added.
“He’s not in an easy position. And he’s grinding for this city. It takes time. Don’t send me some stupid s***,” Wilkinson posted.
Baker Mayfield Has Had Better Days
On Sunday, the undefeated Steelers outplayed the Browns on both sides of the ball. In fact, things were going so poorly for Mayfield, head coach Kevin Stefanski substituted backup quarterback Case Keenum late in the third quarter.
After the game, Mayfield said he understood why Stefanski made the change. The Browns were trailing by 24 points to the Steelers when they changed quarterbacks, and Mayfield visibly struggled with the injury to his chest.
“I am focused on the here and now, and I am thinking in the moment that I want to get out there and have some success,” commented Mayfield postgame. “In his words, he has a big picture mindset so just have to roll with the punches.”
As bad as the game went for Mayfield, Cleveland still has a 4-2 record for the year. Coach Stefanski said Mayfield will retain the starting quarterback position. In addition, he said Mayfield is a big reason the Browns have a winning record.
“I didn’t want to see him get hit one more time,” Stefanski explained of the substitution. “I put that on myself. Went into this game knowing we had to keep him clean, and we didn’t do a good enough job. So that starts with me, obviously. He’s a very, very tough player, and I know he wants to fight, but it’s a long season. We’ve got a game next week, and I didn’t feel like it was the right thing to put him back out there.”