Steve Young is aware of what it is prefer to face on-the-field adversity. Before Young advanced right into a quarterback worthy of incomes a spot within the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he failed to seek out his greatest kind with a few lousy Tampa Bay Buccaneers groups, and he then spent a number of years serving as a backup for Joe Montana earlier than he proved himself to be an all-time nice whereas with the San Francisco 49ers.
Now an NFL analyst, Young spoke with “The Rich Eisen Show” on Monday about signal-caller Baker Mayfield, who misplaced his beginning job when the Cleveland Browns traded for Deshaun Watson in March and who nonetheless does not have a brand new soccer house lower than two weeks earlier than the Memorial Day vacation.
“You can’t play the victim,” Young mentioned concerning recommendation he’d provide Mayfield, per Brad Crawford of 247Sports. “Victimization must be put in a bottle and buried within the floor as a result of it’s too simple to play sufferer. Look, there’s loads of issues out of your management and loads of (issues) you’ve been completed fallacious. You can’t, within the NFL, survive and play the sufferer. You have to depart it behind and personal each little bit of it.
“Own every mistake you’ve ever made. Own how you got here. Don’t blame other people. You got yourself here. You’re here. You own it and that would go a long way for everybody to feel like Baker Mayfield can make the elements of a comeback. You can’t get there in the spirit of victimization. It can’t happen.”
Young’s phrases might show clever, however they do not tackle the $18.858 million of absolutely assured wage owed to Mayfield for 2022 that is seemingly stopping the Browns from discovering a purchaser for his companies. The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks proceed to be linked with Mayfield however could also be keen to attend till the summer time to see if Cleveland will reduce the 27-year-old earlier than coaching camp classes start.