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Mayfield won't lobby Browns to hire Sooners' Riley

12/5/2018 4:33:03 PM
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Baker Mayfield says he hasn’t tried to talk Lincoln Riley into taking the Browns’ job, but that his former Oklahoma coach is certainly ready to make the leap if he so chooses, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“Lincoln’s been ready, it’s just who he is and how he coaches and the respect level he’s had from all of his players, how detailed he is,’’ said Mayfield. “Yeah, he’s ready but that’s his decision and you know what, he’s got something special there so I don’t think anybody is going to blame him if he stays there for the next 20 years.”

Mayfield, who’s remained close to Riley after their three years together at Oklahoma, said he hasn’t tried to lure him here.

“No, like I said, it’s not my decision so not worried about it,’’ he said. “We’re happy with what we’ve got right now and we’re working week by week.’’

It hasn’t been lost on Mayfield that Browns GM John Dorsey, who’s leading the coaching search, has attended two of Riley’s games in recent weeks -- his 59-56 victory at West Virginia Nov. 23, and his 39-21 victory over Texas in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday.

"He’s actually really close with the athletic director (Joe Castiglione),'' said Mayfield. “I’ve definitely known about it. He’s given me a hard time, but he’s gone and it’s been two wins so that’s all I know. Who knows what he’s doing down there.''

Mayfield acknowledged that he works well with Riley, but that he’s not concerning himself with the outcome of the coaching search.

“Obviously, you guys can take it how you want, I have a relationship with Lincoln,’’ Mayfield said. “He’s been great and we had success, but whatever decision is made here I’m going to make the most of if. Obviously, there’s been a level of comfortability with him in the past that I’ve had, but whatever happens happens. And you know what, you can’t control that so I’m not going to worry about it.”

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