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NFL Coach: Baker Mayfield Needs to Get Humbled Fast or His Career Is Going to Be Over

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 25, 2022

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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.

The 2018 No. 1 overall pick was known for his attitude coming into the NFL, and veterans were annoyed by the young player.

When the Browns were planning to move on from Mayfield this offseason, they reportedly saw him as "childish" and wanted an "adult" at quarterback.

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.

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