Does Todd Bowles View Baker Mayfield As An Established Veteran Or A “Young Guy?”

April 10th, 2023

The question in the headline is relevant following Todd Bowles’ comments at the NFL meetings in Phoenix last month.

Joe was sitting immediately to the left of Bowles at the NFC Coaches Breakfast table. Joe and Rock Riley were the only local media on the scene, so there was a hearty share of what Joe calls drive-by questions from out-of-town reporters coming over briefly to lob Bowles a query or two.

Among the Tom Brady questions were some seemingly designed to feel out Bowles’ take on Aaron Rodgers and New York Jets bosses co-existing.

Bowles through this take into the mix, “When you have a young [quarterback], you have to bring them along to learn the system and learn the NFL game. I think there are two different ways of teaching that. You’re still trying to find out about a young guy. An old guy, you know what he can do. It’s just a matter of collaborating and doing the things you want to do along with the things he wants to do.”

So that got Joe wondering whether Bowles considers new Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield an established entity at the position, or whether he sees the sixth-year QB as a “young guy.”

If Bowles sees Mayfield, 27, as a proven veteran, then it sounds/seems hard to believe competing Kyle Trask has a real chance to win the starting job.

16 Responses to “Does Todd Bowles View Baker Mayfield As An Established Veteran Or A “Young Guy?””

  1. tickrdr Says:

    Threw not through.


  2. SlyPirate Says:

    Bowles is comparing TB12 to Baker. TB12 had more experience than the OC. He defined the playbook.

    So yes, Baker is young.

  3. Pewter Power Says:

    Kyle has no shot. You’re unheard of quarterbacks come into the NFL every year and play at a high enough level to be decent back ups. Trask hasn’t even accomplished that yet. Can’t come into the nfl and be a slow learner, it’s really not a good sign

  4. sasquatch Says:

    Well, he’s a young guy and a veteran. Established? Mmmmm, not so much.

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bowels should let his new OC answer that question and make the correct decisions. Meanwhile, has Bowels named a Defensive Coordinator yet or is he going to make the mistake that Dirk Koetter made?

  6. Hodad Says:

    All Baker has proved is he’s not a franchise QB.

  7. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    I don’t have a crystal ball to predict the future like most of the idiots on this comment board do. What I do know is from what I have seen Mayfield is iffy at best.
    The few plays that witnessed Trask play are also iffy.
    Would like to see both QBs light it up in preseason and make it a tough decision for Coaches. Going to be a fun watch.
    PS if I had that crystal ball it would put you QB experts out of business.

  8. Redeemer Says:

    It’s not a competition. Brady has probably forgotten more football than Bowles ever knew. Baker isn’t a kid in football years. He does require excellent coaching and a running game. I’m not sure they have either. The garbage time baker had in LA was promising. I only hope the guy has been humbled a bit and just plays football, instead of talking constantly. They need a great draft if they have any shot at the south.

  9. Beej Says:

    If Trask can succeed, he could be our qb for the next 10-15 years. Would dearly love to have that kind of security

  10. Tye Says:

    I see it as B6 is the guy until he isn’t any more….
    The Bucs could have just said ‘next man up’ if Trask was the qb they had any confidence in and most would have understood that is just what teams do, especially trying to work out the cap….

  11. Crickett Baker Says:

    @Statistically, I too was going to make the crystal ball comment. It is so ridiculous seeing all these guesses presented as facts. Moreso than without scouts, many reviewers, presence at the combine, and minimal tape watching, so many on here think they can outthink Licht and company in the draft. Sheesh!

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    I for one take Todd Bowles at his word. He said there’ll be a competition; so did Dave Canales. It’s obviously in the TEAM’s best interest to have a competition. Duh

  13. Beej Says:

    If Mayfield wins out, I view him as kind of a Ryan Tannehill is to the Titans. Serviceable, but certainly not an all pro.

  14. Shane Callahan Says:

    Anyone who badmouthes Baker Mayfield’s attitude, performance, humility, talking, etc have obviously not truly followed his career or have done even a tiny bit of research. Buccaneers fans will be impressed for sure. Guaranteed!

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    Tannehill >> Mike Glennon

  16. garro Says:

    umm…. Huh???