So much for playing dumb.

Speaking to the media Wednesday, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield addressed Sunday’s stare down with his former coach, turned Bengals special assistant, Hue Jackson.

“You’re supposed to play with emotion,” Mayfield said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of “You’re supposed to play with passion. Quite honestly, if you don’t like it, whatever. Football’s not meant to be a soft game. I could care less.”

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Baker Mayfield plays dumb after Hue Jackson stare down

Stare down? What stare down? Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said…

After completing a 66-yard pass to tight end David Njoku on the final drive of Cleveland’s 26-10 win over Cincinnati, the rookie was caught looking at the Bengals’ sideline. Following the short-lived staring contest, Mayfield told the press, when asked about it, he had “no idea what you’re talking about.”

Following Jackson’s firing in October, Mayfield continues to surge as the Browns enter Week 17 with a record of 7-7-1. They face AFC North rival Baltimore on Sunday.

This isn’t the first time Mayfield has spurned his former coach. After the Browns’ 35-20 victory over the Bengals earlier this year, Jackson attempted to make nice with this year’s first-overall draft pick, but had to settle for an awkward handshake instead.

“Left Cleveland, goes down to Cincinnati. I don’t know. That’s just somebody that’s in our locker room asking for us to play for him and then goes to a different team we play twice a year. Everybody can have their spin on it, but that’s how I feel,” Mayfield said during the postgame press conference.

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