Fans Dig In On Bucs Quarterback Preference

July 19th, 2023

Joe loves polling fans here and especially comparing results over time.

A poll popped here in April and the same one arrived this week.

Back in April, Joe asked Bucs fans, “Who Do You Want To Be The Bucs’ Opening Day Starter At Quarterback?” Baker Mayfield got 56.12 percent of the vote. Kyle Trask pulled in 22.85 percent.

This week, Joe hit fans with the same question and Mayfield got 63.21 percent of the vote while Trask hauled in 26.09 percent.

(Keep in mind Joe only opens polls for 60 to 180 minutes. Joe finds this gives a more honest snapshot of fan preferences, and it helps deter any effort of a fan or Bucs official to galvanize blocks of voters — or to order IT professionals to infiltrate.)

Joe is not going to go all Zogby here, but those poll numbers represent a very small shift in fan sentiment. Trask has a viable mob of supporters and Mayfield is the leader but has not won over the fan base after three-plus months of hype.

Joe wonders if the QB competition has anything to do with Team Glazer locking the training camp doors to all fans for the first three practices of the summer, with only media allowed in?

Probably not, but Joe always is looking for motives when it comes to unconventional behavior that makes little sense.

The QB competition gets into high gear when the Bucs hit the practice field next Wednesday morning.

45 Responses to “Fans Dig In On Bucs Quarterback Preference”

  1. Buc4evr Says:

    Hope Trask gets the opportunity to practice with the first string and also play in preseason with the first string. Seems like Mayfield has the inside track but hope Trask gets an honest opportunity.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Go Kyle go!

  3. Lt. Dan Says:

    “…when the Bucs hit the practice field next Wednesday morning.” Football is back! As the iconic Mr. Burgundy said, “Great Odins Raven!” Music to Dan’s ears!

  4. Dooley Says:

    “Trask has a viable mob of supporters and Mayfield is the leader but has not won over the fan base after three-plus months of hype.”

    Some of us see the “hype” as a smokescreen and 3 months of it is way too much imo.

    If Trask were savvy, he would of spent some of his 6 week break studying Mayfields’ tape. Partly as a precautionary learning exercise, partly because you’ve got to know who you’re competiting with/against and using as a tool to broadened the does/don’t of his own game learning from Mayfields’.

  5. zzbucs Says:

    The best of both, an the truth is we don´t know yet….Reports say should be Mayfield, but who cares what reports have to say……If they don´t have a story , they create one……That´s what journalism is about today……

  6. Jeff’s grandpa Says:


  7. Gerald Says:

    I trust Levonte David on this one.

  8. Dwayne Cone Says:

    Best thing Trask can do is follow the words of Drew Bledsoe. “Just Sling It”.

    If not throwing Picks is on the mind the slightest of hesitation throws off timing.

    Tampa defense is going to get plenty of tipped ball drill practice with the other guy.

  9. Bucsmarley Says:

    If it’s remotely close we would be fools to not start Trask

  10. ATLBuc Says:

    Baker will compete but when he starts sensing that Trask is taking the lead, he will press and start making a flurry of mistakes. Trask will win the job easily.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    I see 2 truths about to come to fruition:

    1 – Bowles & company will pick whichever QB THEY believe will give them the best chance to win.

    2 – The media & fans will bitch about it regardless of who he picks.

  12. Joker's Paradigm Says:

    @Defense Rules

    So true. So true. Loved your post.

  13. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Only the ones that voted “other” were correct.

  14. gofortheface30 Says:

    Lol Trask will get an “honest opportunity” to play with the ones WHEN HE DESERVES IT.

  15. View from 132 Says:

    that’s the funniest delusion I’ve read in awhile… hackers have nothing better to do but manipulate data on if Bucs fans prefer Mayfield or Trask? Talk about an inflated sense of importance… wow.

  16. Lakeland Steve Says:

    So what happens when the third stringer plays better than Trask?

  17. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I don’t know what will happen at the QB position. I just want a QB who wins. If neither Trask or Baker can lead this team to victory then Bucs will go get one of the top two guys in the draft in 24 either way.

  18. Beej Says:

    Hard to make an informed choice without seeing either in a game

  19. Marine Buc Says:

    Who do I want to see as the starting QB and who I believe will be the starting QB are two different issues.

    I would like to see Trask ball out this preseason and show the same progress that made him successful in the SEC and win the starting QB job.

    But I believe there is an 80% chance that Baker Mayfield will probably win the job…

  20. SlyPirate Says:

    A) Start on a Winning Streak/Leading Division. Team has a lot of talent and NFCS is weak. If the Bucs start hot, they could go for a division title. They’ll ride with their QB in 2024.
    B) Start on a Losing Streak/Losing Division. Big name free agents and limited cap two years (Evans, D White, Winfield, Wirfs). If start with losses, they could decide to tank and draft a QB, save cap, and resign stars.

    I see it potentially going both ways. Hoping for #1.

  21. shankasorous Says:

    gofortheface30 Says: “Trask will get an ‘honest opportunity’ to play with the ones WHEN HE DESERVES IT.”

    Jason Licht already said Trask will be with the ones. Try to stay informed.

  22. shankasorous Says:

    Lakeland Steve Says: “So what happens when the third stringer plays better than Trask?”

    Your alarm will go off.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The QB competition gets into high gear when the Bucs hit the practice field next Wednesday morning. – JBF

    Are you telling me that training camp starts then? Because if it does this off season flew by for me! Wow!!!

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “Go Kyle go!”

    Mark me down as a Traskmaster 😉

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think it will be Mayfield…I don’t think it was ever going to be anyone else in Bowle’s eyes, regardless of the impression the Bucs have tried to give.

    But my hope is that when Mayfield falls on his face, Trask will prove he is the man for the next 15-20 years.

  26. MadMax Says:

    Wont matter…..but its all good 🙂

  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’m 100% certain Trask will get his opportunity to start sometime during this season. Now..Will he be the question.

  28. Rand Says:

    I hope either one has a great season whomever is the starter but I also hope Trask is given a fair shot. Up until now it hasn’t been apples to apples.

  29. HC Grover Says:

    Call back at the bye.

  30. Since76 Says:

    Well we have an unknown no reps 3rd year Qb who had a really good season in the SEC. We have a a QB with one the worst stat lines the past 4 years in the NFL. But had a good couple of years in college and a decent year in the NFL 5 years ago. So if anyone says that one of these Qbs is better than the other your either a dreamer or a psychic. Because one has a habit of playing terrible and one is unknown. That’s the fact Jacks.

  31. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    I’m on the Wolford bandwagon. He’s going to sneak up on Baker and Kyle and blow right past them with some stunning pre-season heroics! Book it! Lol

    Whoever gets the job on day one of the season, let’s hope it’s his job all year because that will mean we’re winning.

  32. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    Joe is lucky Mostly Peaceful is a White Hat 😉

    Although 250 votes for Trask would have brought many lols.

  33. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:


    Is Danny Devito available?

  34. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    View from 132 Says:
    “Talk about an inflated sense of importance… wow.”

    There have been at least a couple of commenters here who supported their arguments with sock puppet allies, so while it sounds silly, it’s a real thing.

  35. Obvious Says:

    Man, you Win the day. Nice

    Personally I don’t think it matters. It seems Mayfield was Bowles guy from the get go and Bowle’s vote is the only one that matters this year.

    Unless Mayfield has had some serious hypnotic sessions that some how break his habits, he’s going to revert back to what he always does. (Happy feet, interceptions, etc) zebras don’t change stripes. Truly

    How long will Bowles fool himself? Could be a long season! Unless Mayfield does something else he’s known for. Get hurt. At least that’s the insinuation going around.

    Trask needs to keep his guns hot! Could be any moment he’s up to bat.

  36. Greg Darko Says:

    It think you will all be surprised. Mayfield will have a career year this season, low turnover numbers, high TD numbers, and take the Buc’s to the playoffs. He had all the tangibles a good QB needs, can make all the throws, will protect the ball like never before. And his internal fire, moxie, and leadership skills will be on full display.

  37. Iamabuc Says:

    What Greg Darco said…..I’m a true BUCS fan, and I approve this message….😁

  38. BucaneroJim Says:

    He’s a bit old, but like the idea of Danny DeVito as quarterback. Everyone knows, the Bucs like to run it straight up the middle on first downs – he could QB sneak it through Jensen’s legs and then though the D-line legs for a first down. No offense intended Mr. DeVito, but you are a master of physical comedy and we fans could use a little humor this coming season.

  39. J.B. Says:

    Alright, so I’m watching BSPN and they are talking about Rams making Stafford available. White wants out of TPA and the Rams like Mayfield last season. Don’t know it would fit in cap, but they should go for it. Stafford stays upright with Evans and Godwin…SB run!

  40. Marine Buc Says:

    @ JB

    If Bruce Arians was still the HC I would like the idea.

    But it seems the Bucs are heading in a different direction offensively with Bowles at the helm…

  41. ATLBuc Says:

    Lakeland Steve
    Do you thing TRask is as good as Wayne Peace?

  42. catcard202 Says:

    With a QB room consisting of Maybefield, Traskcan & Woeful…I can see why Bowles wants an offense that’s run heavy.

  43. Buc4evr Says:

    @JB. Definitely Stafford, wanted him before Brady. Trade White and make it happen Jason. This team has too much talent for Traskfield to be QB and the Bucs would be dangerous with Stafford.

  44. garro Says:

    Wake me up when its over.
    I just want to see Bowles do whats best for the Bucs.
    He has already shown that he does what Bowles wants regardless of what is best for the team.

    Go Bucs!

  45. Nybuccguy Says:

    It’s clearly not a legitimate QB competition. They’ve given the job to Mayfield.