Stoops: Rex Ryan Wasn't Saying That Last Year

Baker Mayfield wasn't overrated when he lit up the league as a rookie, Bob Stoops says, so why is he overrated after a slow start to the season?

Taz and the Moose
September 26, 2019 - 9:41 am
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Earlier this week, Rex Ryan slammed Baker Mayfield, saying the former No. 1 overall pick is “overrated as hell.” Mayfield responded by saying Ryan doesn’t wear orange and brown – and thus, doesn’t matter. In fact, Mayfield said that Ryan “doesn’t have any colors right now for a reason.”

Yikes.

Mayfield is off to a slow start this season, but former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops does not agree with Ryan’s assessment of the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“There’s a larger sample size a year ago where he played more than a couple of games,” Stoops said on Taz & The Moose. “The big sample size last year, Rex or no one else was saying that about him after about six games last year.”

Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games last season.

“Last year wasn’t one or two games; it was half of a season and he played really well, and they came close to maybe even getting in the playoffs,” Stoops said. “The bottom line is he’s that kind of guy. He’s a winner, he’s got a great arm, he’s an incredibly smart, bright guy that can make more than one read.”

Mayfield has struggled out of the gate. He’s thrown for 805 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions in three games. His completion percentage has gone from 63.8 as a rookie to 56.9 in 2019.

“No one in this league – in the NFL or at the collegiate level – does it alone,” Stoops said. “I think he’s going to continue to do well. Baker, he’s got the smarts, he’s got the toughness, he’s got the attitude, he’s got the talent, the arm talent. I’m just anxious to see him the rest of the year. I think he’ll do well.”

The Browns (1-2) play the Ravens (2-1) in Baltimore this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Stoops’ interview in its entirety.