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Hue Jackson: Baker Mayfield’s criticism ‘doesn’t bother me’

Baker Mayfield has not been shy about expressing his evident disdain for Hue Jackson, but the former Cleveland Browns head coach insists he does not take it personally.

There have been no shortage of instances where Mayfield has outright slammed Jackson after the Browns cut their head coach loose partway through the 2018 season.

Mayfield’s initial ire stemmed in large part from Jackson taking a job with the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals shortly after his dismissal. The fiery quarterback went so far as to refer to Jackson as “fake,” among other unflattering things.

Returning again to the same theme this week, Mayfield stated he wanted “revenge” on Jackson when the Browns met up with the Bengals last season, and he called the victory among the best of his career.

Despite all the animosity and public criticism, Jackson attempted to remain above the fray during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Wednesday.

Colin Cowherd: “Are you bothered personally that Baker Mayfield doubles down on criticism of you?”

Hue Jackson: “It doesn’t bother me personally. I’ve been in the NFL for a long time and seen a lot of different ways of people handling things. He has to do what he feels he needed to do and that’s how he’s handled it. Everyone is going to handle things differently and that’s how he chooses to make sure he’s ready to go and ready to play. The Browns weren’t playing Hue Jackson, the Browns were playing the Bengals.”

Mayfield clearly continues to harbor a lot of hostility toward Jackson, but the longtime NFL coach understands all too well that to respond in kind will not serve any purpose, at least any that would benefit him at this point.