Right Team; Right Time?

March 24th, 2023


The way a long-time NFL beat writer sees it, the Bucs and Baker Mayfield may be this year’s best NFL marriage of two sides needing an opportunity.

Mayfield needs an opportunity to show he can still be an effective starting quarterback.

The Bucs provide the opportunity for a young veteran to win the starting job potentially for the next few years.

Armando Salguero of Outkick, who for years covered the Dolphins for the Miami Herald, believes if Mayfield can’t show his worth and win games in Tampa, then starting in the NFL isn’t his bag.

This team, unlike the Browns or Panthers or even last season’s injury depleted Rams, have a chance to be something. Whatever you think of their flaws, the Buccaneers have been to the playoffs the past three seasons. The expectation is they could contend in the NFC South if they stay healthy. …

Yes, Mayfield has to beat out Trask. If he can’t do that, he better get used to the idea of being a career backup.

Salguero believes the Bucs are Mayfield’s fourth team that gave him a chance to win a starting job. Joe thinks that’s unfair. Mayfield was never going to be the Rams’ starter so long as Matt Stafford returned healthy.

Why does Salguero think Mayfield beats out Kyle Trask? Well, he points out Mayfield has tons more experience. His other reason is that with a rebuilt offensive line, you better have a mobile quarterback.

Mayfield is more mobile than Trask.

19 Responses to “Right Team; Right Time?”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I been in the right place
    But it must have been the wrong time
    I’d have said the right thing
    But must have used the wrong line
    I been on the right trip
    But I must have used the wrong car
    Head is in a bad place and I wonder what it’s good for

  2. Hodad Says:

    Baker might be more mobile but I’d rather tackle him than the 6’5″ 235lb Trask!

  3. pewter941 Says:

    We have lots of holes on the roster, we need to trade back to get an additional pick, draft 11 players, and let them battle it out for a roster spot.

  4. Old School Nole Says:

    When it comes to mobility, Kyle Trask is a modern day Dan Marino.

  5. Buc4evr Says:

    The only way we can contend in the NFC South is if we can build depth in the OLine and Dline. Also, since a lot of games come down to Field Goals we must have a quality kicker. As far as Trask vs. Mayfield, it won’t matter much unless we address the holes in this team.

  6. BuccoBruce Says:

    Am I the only one thinking this team might be the suprise team this coming year?

  7. Allbuccedup Says:

    Why don’t they trade Trask I am sure they could get a 7th rounder.

  8. Obvious Says:


    YOU’RE WRONG! They can get at least 6th rounder! 😉
    At this point someone out there might actually give up a 6th rounder just to break the tie and maybe stumble on to something.

  9. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs bet bets are to fortify the trenches, Get a good DE and fortify the back end.

  10. Mike S Says:

    24.5 QBR last season oh yeah the timing is great

  11. Craig Says:

    Could also be the wrong guy, but I will give him a ghost of a chance. He needs to get back to the basics of football, real football, not the street ball he seems to be using.

    Maybe he will learn a few things from Trask, on how to not run away every play.

    Still think Trask will end up finishing the season, the team is built for a pocket passer and it would take too much to make it a Baker friendly team.

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    Trask is a poor man’s Mike Glennon. A little more mobile, perhaps, in the way that a three legged cow is more mobile than a two legged cow. Same “ghosts in the pocket” presence, imagining rushers who aren’t there and not sensing rushers who are there. But yes, he’s tall, and Trask should start because, while the Bucs have seen him and been critically evaluating him for two years, his fanbois haven’t seen him and want to see him on the field! If that’s not top criteria for a starting QB, then what is?

    The Trask Suppression Conspiracy

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Mayfield was never going to be the Rams’ starter so long as Matt Stafford returned healthy.


    Based on the Rams supposively shopping Stafford, I’m not sure I buy that. For the money that Mayfield got, the Rams could have brought him back, but apparently didn’t even make an effort to do so. To me, that’s yet another big red flag.

    Watching highlights, and lowlights, from him last year, he just didn’t look like a very good QB. He had a few nice throws vs a very bad Raiders defense, and he played a solid, if unspectacular game, vs the Broncos in a blowout win by the Rams, but mostly he looked like a backup QB who was forced into starting, and that covers his time in Carolina as well when he went into the season as the starter. When he had forever to throw the ball, he’d was fine, when he had to move, it was very iffy, and for a guy with a ton of INT’s, he was also really unproductive moving the ball, often checking down to easier passes when a slightly harder pass would have gotten a lot more yards. I didn’t see anything at all that would make me think he’s a starting caliber NFL QB, which would make sense for a guy with his 4th team in the last 12-months.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Goatfarmer – In fairness to Glennon, he has a better NFL arm than Trask.

    In fairness to Trask, he’s a LOT more mobile than Glennon. Not sure why people think Trask is immobile. He’s not a NFL running QB, but he can run about as well as Winston, who made a lot of big running plays in his career. Glennon, meanwhile, was about as mobile as a 45-year old Tom Brady. Also, going back to Trask, he gets a point for not looking like a giraffe.

  15. SlyPirate Says:


    Trask doesn’t do anything exceptional (speed, arm strength, size, accuracy). This is the NFL. It’s easy to overlook Trask for guys who standout, like Gabbert (cannon) or Mayfield (charisma). The Bucs will bring in one more vet QB, like a Joe Flacco. Mayfield and Vet#2 will sound better and look better than Trask in practice. Unless he shows some fight, Trask will take up #3 QB, again.

  16. teacherman777 Says:

    In many ways, the Trask and Darden picks destroyed our defensive depth.

  17. PNW Buc Says:

    12 teams have never won the super bowl.
    Bucs have won it twice.
    I’m excited to see Canales work with Trask, Mayfield and probably a late round rookie.
    Did anyone see that type of revitalization last year coming from Geno?
    Can’t wait for the draft…. come on trenches!

  18. Steelers fan Says:

    Baker Mayfield had a total QBR of 25 last season thats the 5th worst since 2006!!! Come on people. I dont understand why the media is so hot for him, hes a JOKE. Hes a tiny little QB that anyone with alittle football knowlege knew would be a bust coming out–years ago. I honestly just cant wrap my head around it. Even if you look at bakers best year in the nfl it doesnt equal a starting NFL QB! Hes not even a Backup look what he did in LA –he won ONE GAME!!!!


  19. Steelers fan Says:

    You know what seperates Baker and trask? Trask is a winner and Baker is a loser!