So What Does Kyle Trask Think Of The Quarterback Competition? He Doesn’t

August 8th, 2023

Focused on himself.

Well, Joe certainly appreciates Kyle Trask’s candor here, even though it seems like a vanilla answer bordering on a dodge.

But Joe believes the guy. Because it makes sense.

Trask was asked yesterday to give his take on how he views the competition between himself and Baker Mayfield. Trask basically said he’s only worried about what he can control. That takes up all his thoughts.

“I’ve been in a lot of quarterback competitions in my football career and I think the main thing you can focus on is just playing the best that you can,” Trask said. “There’s a lot of things that are out of your hands, in terms of the competition.

“It’s the same for me: stay focused on what I can do. I know it’s obviously cliché but it’s the truth – I’m just focused on getting our offense in the best play, the best checks that I possibly can.”

And that’s all Trask should be focused on: Control what you can control. If he’s good enough, everything will work out. If he’s not, he will hear from coaches what he needs to improve, and Trask will attack that accordingly.

There is no need for Trask to monitor Mayfield and then get all freaked out if Mayfield happens to have a good period or a decent practice.

16 Responses to “So What Does Kyle Trask Think Of The Quarterback Competition? He Doesn’t”

  1. Stormy Says:

    Best QB starts – with a caveat. I truly believe, fair or not, that Mayfield will statt unless Trask is demonstrably better. Not a little better. He has to blow Mayfield out of the water, to make Baker’s experience a non factor in the decision.

    That being said, whoever starts the season has a 4 game audition. Play well, and that QB will statt after the bye. If it’s brutal for 4 weeks, then you switch QBs at the bye. This should go for either QB.

  2. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Best man for the job should start. Solely based on performance. Trask should handle the pressure. Experience matters but Baker’s experience is trash anyways.

  3. Lt. Dan Says:

    Trask’s statement reminds me of golf. It’s never you against the other guys. It’s always you against the yourself and the course. Control what you can control.

  4. nooyoker Says:

    “IF Mayfield happens to have a good period or a decent practice”


  5. Boss Says:

    He is talking the talk and walking the walk…..

    give him the rock!

  6. Buddha Says:

    I hate the word trash. How would you like it if you or your or your work were referred to as “trash?” It is fine to have a preference and express an opinion but why use words like trash. Both competitors are giving everything they’ve got and supporting each other. “Trash” is not a reason. It is not an explanation. Mayfield won a Heisman and took a long struggling franchise to within a game of a super bowl. Trask had a superb career at U. Of Florida and waited patiently for an opportunity to show what he can do. Both play the most demanding position in football. Root for your favorite That is fine. But do so with some degree of kindness and caring so rare in our country today.

  7. Dew Says:

    I think Boyles is safer if starts Trask. Our defense can win us a lot of games if we dont commit unforced errors.

  8. garro Says:

    I love his mindset! Take care of what you can control and the rest is what it is. What others do or think is irrelevant. Knowing that you did everything you could do. At the end of the day this means you will not have any regrets or what ifs. The next day do it all over again and work hard to improve.

    Go Bucs!

  9. Pick6 Says:

    The practices are huge, but the real test is coming up. Every throw and read is easier when you know the guys running at you can’t actually level you when they reach you. I look forward to seeing if Trask continues to make the right throws under live pressure. It’s in the team’s best interest to see Trask rise on his own merit, but it will take alot to convince me either player is good enough to not draft a guy next May

  10. Dom Says:

    Baker’s experience has been awful the last 2 years. That experience should give him no edge. That experience landed him on his 4th team in 2 years. I haven’t watched the practices but from what I’ve read it sounds like Trask is winning the battle so far. That’s even more telling on Baker than Trask. It says that his talent level is journey man back up QB. For that reason Trask should start. At least his trend has been heading upwards and not downwards like Baker. I don’t even think Trask will end up being the long-term amswer but so far it sounds like he should be the starter

  11. David Says:

    Wolford is the only proven winner at QB

  12. DBS Says:

    We will finally get to see both under live fire. But also don’t forget it will be vanilla. So it will be a good test but only the regular season would give anyone the truth how the line and QB performance shake out. When all real starters let it fly and coaches game plan. So that is where we will find out if Bowles and the coaches make the right choice to start.

  13. Posey99 Says:

    “Dew Says:
    August 8th, 2023 at 10:34 am
    I think Boyles is safer if starts Trask. Our defense can win us a lot of games if we dont commit unforced errors.“

    Spot on. And the exact opposite can be said for mayfield. The challenge is you risk your coaching career by going with mayfield. Trask is essentially a rookie and buys the staff time.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    Dew Says:
    August 8th, 2023 at 10:34 am
    I think Boyles is safer if starts Trask. Our defense can win us a lot of games if we dont commit unforced errors.


    GO BUCS!!!!

  15. Craig Says:

    Love the attitude and the humbleness.

  16. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    I was listening to NFL channel on Sirius this AM and they were talking about Richardson and how he needs reps in the NFL to develop.

    Trask out performed him in a big way. Richardson had better combine metrics – can make plays with his feet.

    Indianapolis is committing to their young player. Minshew is just a place holder until Richardson is ready – if he’s not the day one starter.

    Bucs are not committing to their young player. They brought in a known malcontent to give him his 3rd chance at being an NFL starter instead of developing the guy they drafted.

    It’s disappointing.

    What can Trask do about except work the best he can and worry about the things he can control?

    My prediction: Bucs will screw this up. Trask will go to another team and be at least a very good NFL starter.

    I’m hoping this plays out to the Bucs coming to their senses, but probably not. It’s not like this franchise has a history of making good personnel choices – especially at QB. They make bad choices and that’s why they haven’t had many winning seasons.