A day to forget for the Colts and Darrell Baker Jr.
So much went right: The Colts rolled up 456 yards against the best defense in the NFL, but two late penalties -- and four turnovers -- doomed them.
Darrell Baker Jr. sat silently, a towel wrapped around his waist, his head buried in his locker. The Colts’ cornerback knew the reporters were coming, knew the uncomfortable questions were coming, and so he sat and he waited for the inquisition. He could have showered quickly and disappeared – he wouldn’t be the first athlete ever to skip out after a rough game – but it was important to him to be accountable and at least tell his side of the story.
Just moments earlier, Baker became the goat of the Colts’ mind-numbing 39-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns, and yes, there’s a difference between being a goat and being The Goat. He was definitely not the latter.
Baker, who started the season but was benched after one game, entered the game in the second quarter to replace the injured JuJu Brents (quad), and now he was in the crosshairs, asked to explain how an apparent victory turned into a painful and, at times, inexplicable loss -- in great part due to plays involving the undrafted free agent from Georgia Southern.
First, a small wave of reporters, myself included, came around to ask questions, then another wave, and a third wave that included an ESPN reporter and a cameraman. He stood there, set his jaw, answered all the same questions – what happened on the two late penalties that put the Browns in a position to win the game in the final seconds? Was the second one an uncatchable ball? How will you deal with this?