Hue Jackson didn’t get the warmest of welcomes when he faced his former team Sunday.
First, Damarious Randall appeared to troll the former Browns coach by handing Jackson the ball he intercepted from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Then, Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield snubbed Jackson after the game, avoiding a hug from the coach that helped select him as the first overall pick in the 2018 draft.
Mayfield was asked about Jackson after the game.
“He left Cleveland and goes down to Cincinnati? I don’t know, it’s just somebody that was in our locker room asking for us to play for him, and then goes to a different team we play twice a year,” he said. “Everybody can have their spin on it, but that’s how I feel.”
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Mayfield’s treatment of Jackson continued to be a talking point Monday, as some defended him but other said he didn’t treat Jackson fairly.
On “First Take,” former NFL player and commentator Damien Woody likened Jackson’s move to the Bengals to Mayfield’s transfer from Texas Tech to Oklahoma, prefacing his hot take with, “Baker Mayfield needs to grow up.”
“You went from from Texas Tech to Oklahoma — two teams in the Big 12 — but you want to argue, you want to talk about that? You went from one rival to another in the same conference,” Woody said, in part.
His comments apparently touched a nerve with Mayfield, who clapped back in comments on First Take’s Instagram.
“Not even comparable,” Mayfield wrote (via Cleveland.com). “I didn’t lose 30+ games be fake and then do that. I wasn’t gonna have a scholarship. Good try though buddy.”
Jackson spent just over two seasons as the Browns head coach before being fired Oct. 29. The Bengals then hired him as a special assistant.
Cleveland’s 35-20 win, behind Mayfield’s four touchdowns, Sunday snapped a 25-game road losing streak that dated back to Oct. 11, 2015.
Watch Woody’s entire “First Take” comment below: