Baker Mayfield has a lot of pressure on him to turn things around after a trade to the Carolina Panthers.
"He needs to get humbled fast or his career is going to be over," a quarterbacks coach said of Mayfield, per Mike Sando of The Athletic.
Another coach believes Mayfield can carve out a quality career if he keeps himself in check.
"If he is humbled and wants to learn and grow and become a better quarterback and develop, Baker can probably be solid then—Jimmy Garoppolo-ish solid," a defensive coordinator said.
Mayfield ranked 19th among quarterbacks in the NFL in a survey of 50 league personnel.
As Sando's report shows, opposing coaches also think the 27-year-old's mentality could lead to his demise.
The past year was humbling for Mayfield. After a strong 2020 season where he led the Browns to their first playoff win since 1994, the quarterback struggled in 2021 with 17 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Cleveland was just 6-8 in his starts after going 11-5 the year before.
This offseason showed his limited value as the Browns spent months seeking a trade with few takers. They traded him to the Panthers for a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick.
Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, Mayfield has as much to prove as nearly anyone in the NFL.