AFC Notes: Browns, Texans, Titans



Browns QB Baker Mayfield said during an interview with ESPN that he “put [his] foot in my mouth a lot this past year.

“Let’s just be honest, I put my foot in my mouth a lot this past year,” Mayfield said. “I’m going to internalize that.”

Mayfield agreed that responding directly to outside criticism didn’t help the team win last year. 

No, it doesn’t,” Mayfield said. “That’s what the focus needs to be about, what can I do to help this team win. … What can I do to make our franchise better, head in the right direction, do the things of why I was picked in that spot [No. 1 overall] and make it happen.

“I just have to be me, I have to continue to do that,” Mayfield added. “But I don’t need to reply to the stuff on the outside.”

  • Jeremy Fowler reports that Brad Childress does not plan to join Browns HC Kevin Stefanski’s staff, despite him being mentioned as a possible consultant.
  • Fowler says that Childress, who previously hired Stefanski in 2006, is retired.


  • Aaron Wilson reports that the Texans have hired Indiana State cornerbacks coach Deon Broomfield as a defensive assistant.
  • Wilson also reports that Houston has have hired Montana State running backs coach DeNarius McGhee as a quality control coach.


  • Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is coming off of an impressive season, but an NFL executive tells ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler that Tennessee needs to be careful in terms of re-signing him: “He had a great year but [the] scheme helped him a lot. He’s going to get his money from Tennessee, but they can’t go crazy. Things have to be perfect around him to perform like that.”
  • Sources have told ESPN that the Titans have yet to decide whether to franchise Tannehill or sign him to a long-term deal.

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