When Baker Mayfield finally got traded from the Cleveland Browns, he had a major chip on his shoulder to show his former team that they made a mistake by choosing Deshaun Watson over him. He also had the chance to start fresh somewhere else since most Browns fans had grown tired of him.
Well, the Baker Mayfield honeymoon in Carolina is over before it ever got started. He may not be fazed by it, but he has already been booed by panthers fans on several occasions for his terrible play on the field.
When speaking to reporters on Sunday, where Carolina fell to Arizona, 26-16, the 27-year-old quarterback said he and his team will “be just fine” after the Panthers were mercilessly booed in the fourth quarter.
“Obviously I’m frustrated with the fact that we’re 1-3, that’s it though,” Mayfield said. “We’re going to come together as a locker room… I don’t really care about the fact that our fans are booing or what’s going on.
“We’re going to figure it out and when we win, it’ll still be just us in the locker room and that’s really all I care about,” he continued. “We’re going to be just fine.”
According to Colin Cowherd, Mayfield isn’t enough of a “grown-up” to be a successful NFL quarterback, so he is suggesting a career change. He suggests Mayfield retire and head to the broadcasting booth.
“If I owned a network, I’d put Baker on as a college football announcer tomorrow,” Cowherd said after co-host Jason McIntyre pondered whether Mayfield might choose broadcasting over being a backup in the NFL. “Absolutely. Tomorrow! Now he’s not [Joel] Klatt or [Kirk] Herbstreit, but I would put him on a college game. He’s got huge credibility collegiately, he’s totally outspoken.”
“I think Baker Mayfield, tomorrow, as a college football analyst, I think he’d be in the No. 2 booth within two years. He loves Oklahoma football, he has unbelievable passion for it. There’s nothing wrong with that. He doesn’t need the money. He could be a huge star as a broadcaster.”
In 2020, Mayfield was on top of the world after leading the Browns into the playoffs and securing their first playoff victory since 1994. The following year, he regressed in a bad way and the franchise made a decision.
On Sunday, Mayfield completed 22 of 36 attempts for 197 yards, two interceptions, and one touchdown pass.
In four games with the Panthers, Mayfield has thrown four touchdowns and three interceptions, completing just 54 percent of his passes and posting a QB rating of 74.98.