Earlier this week, Baker Mayfield made it sound like he was done with social media. Late Tuesday night, he confirmed that with a social media post
He added that he was going to focus on loved ones and family, making it seem as though he was done with social media. However, he was not as 90 minutes later he “liked” a tweet criticizing him — something he does often for motivation.
Now, however, he’s reaffirmed his stance against social platforms as he made an Instagram post in the middle of the night on Tuesday saying he logging off for the “foreseeable future.”
In all honesty, this is the right move for the Cleveland Browns quarterback. He’s proven in his four NFL seasons that he’s unable to block out the negative noise and while one can argue it “fuels him,” the truth is — it shouldn’t.
Baker Mayfield needs new motivation
Mayfield is a professional now and was the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The days of being an underdog who walked on twice are over. He was chosen as a player to right the ship, lead a franchise, and compete with the best quarterbacks in the game.
His motivation should lie in proving he can hang with players such as Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson — both of whom were taken after Mayfield in his draft class — not in whether or not he can prove a blogger or local media personality incorrect for their opinion.
Mayfield is entering a critical season. He’s going into year five and has no contract beyond 2022. There’s also growing doubt as to whether or not the Browns will continue the relationship between the two sides following a roller coaster start to his career.
Logging off social media and focusing on the things that truly matter is a great first step as Mayfield tries to prove he should be the guy for years to come.