A Judgment Night For Baker Mayfield

September 25th, 2023

One thing Joe and fellow Bucs fans have learned about Baker Mayfield is that he pays very close attention to what media says about him.

Since joining the Bucs, Mayfield has taken swipes at NBC Sports insider Peter King, among others. He even called out local TV reporter Kyle Burger in the spring for Burger’s social media footage that went viral and made Mayfield look bad.

Mayfield cares. Many players do, but few admit it.

That brings Joe to tonight’s Bucs-Eagles clash on Monday Night Football. Undefeated Mayfield is leading the Bucs into a scenario that the media vultures couldn’t imagine six months ago or even six weeks ago. He was gouged, gashed and called washed up all offseason by so many.

Now Mayfield is riding high and he’s already changed the minds of many Mayfield haters in the national media after just two Bycs games. But Joe recognizes that the Mayfield love flowing could fade by halftime and certainly be wiped out if Mayfield has a rough 60 minutes tonight.

That’s just the nature of the often slimy, hot-take, ill-informed NFL media.

For example, Joe laughs at the many clowns who now say they didn’t realize a month ago that Tampa Bay had so much talent on defense and how good Mike Evans really is. On what planet were they residing? No team in the NFC has been on national TV more than Tampa Bay over the past three seasons. The Bucs have five former Pro Bowlers and seven Super Bowl champs starting on defense.

No matter what happens in tonight’s game, Joe knows Mayfield will be scrutizined heavily. So win or lose, Joe hopes Mayfield comes out without getting overwhelmed by commentary he doesn’t like.

When a player cares a lot about the media, that sensitivity can sometimes lead to pressing and altered focus (see Devin White).

The Bucs need Mayfield playing within the offense, laser-focused and certainly not shaken up by headlines and hollering shows before the most critical Bucs-Saints clash on Sunday.

70 Responses to “A Judgment Night For Baker Mayfield”

  1. Marine Buc Says:

    Does anyone remember the movie “Judgement Night”?

    The movie was good but the soundtrack was fire…

  2. tickrdr Says:

    Kudos to Baker Mayfield whose TD/INT ratio is infinity (3 TDs/0 INTs), which is even better than the 8:1 ratio (8 TDs/ 1 INT) that Fitzmagic had in 2018 after the first two games.


  3. Pewter Power Says:

    Hopefully he doesn’t come out to amped up. Justice remember these receivers can make you. Play in control and be competitive.

    I think it’s judgement time for Canales. How does he respond if the game starts to get out of hand

  4. Marine Buc Says:

    As long as Mayfield doesn’t completely 5h1t the bed tonight he will be fine.

    Very few of the so-called “experts” are expecting the Bucs to win against the Eagles.

    I believe the Bucs can win but not if Philly can run the ball like they did against the Vikings last week.


    Go Bucs!

  5. JimBobBuc Says:

    I hope that Baker is calm and not too amped up at the beginning of the game. That’s my view of the first half of the Vikings game when he had some overthrows. I have seen other QB’s, some HOF guys, do the same at the beginning of a big game – too much adrenaline.

    Baker needs to be patient and protect the ball. He’s been doing a good job protecting the ball and not forcing it down the field.

    I hope Baker has a good game, but I’m not going to write-off him or the team based on what happens tonight. The national media will exaggerate the results of this game, that’s guaranteed. Good or bad, we need to learn from this game and take down the Aints next week.

  6. Duane in Sanford Says:

    It will be good to see how he responds to house money on the big stage. The talk about him tomorrow will be overblown regardless of the result. As a Buc fan, it would make a huge statement to actually win a ring of honor game, and follow up with a win on the road in New Orleans. The outside noise is just entertainment. LFG.

  7. StormyInFl Says:

    Of all the doubters, you all know the Kyle Trask fan club is standing by, waiting for (or hoping for) Baker to fail.

    I guarantee it Baker has a rough night tonight, they’ll be calling for his benching in the game day thread.

  8. Bojim Says:

    Judgement night for the whole team.

  9. Infomeplease Says:

    Buc’s need the offense to start early and finish strong. DC needs to dip into his play book and make sure good things happen. Minimize penalties and maximize TOP. If the offense can get a lead, the defense can play more aggressive. Special teams also needs to have a great game. If all three phases have a strong showing tonight, 60 minutes of knock down drag out play by everyone, then they will have a chance to walk away with a W!!!! The team that makes the plays when needed the most will win. IMHO.

  10. Craig Says:

    I hope he can suck it up and not pretend that his job is on the line.

    He needs to remember that new found maturity and not force anything. Take what is given and get a couple of big plays going, and let the defense handle it.

    Smooth QB play would be great.

  11. BucU Says:

    We have nothing to lose tonight. Break out all the stops for this one. Think this would be a perfect game for fake punt with Jake Camarda or even an onside kick at some point. Play loose. Play hard.
    We’ll see what happens.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Mayfield is playing for a massive payday this game.

    So is White.

    Big incentive.

  13. 757Buc’em Says:

    @marine buc that movie is a classic

  14. Watch More ALL22 Before Commenting Says:

    It’s game 3 of a new scheme/offense and a new OC and a new QB with an O-line with 4 players in new positions.

    We’re making too much out of this game…in week 3.

    If this game were week 8, I’d say it’d be a fair to judge any element of the offense–QB, coordinator, scheme, oline, etc…. and the team as a whole.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Taskmaster will get his day eventually.

    As to Mayfield and tonight…the Eagles aren’t a seller great team, but they are better than the first two teams we faced.

    So…here are my concerns:

    – Both teams are good against the run, and that could mean a big effort to pass the ball.

    – The Eagles may come after Mayfield with a lot of pressure in order to make him scramble or throw reckless passes. Bot are risky. Given the way he scrambles, there is a higher chance of injury (he doesn’t slide, he collides).

    – Passing and kicking may be the only way to score points tonight. If Mayfield is under a lot of pressure, we may see the real Baker…good or bad.

  16. Roberto Farmer Says:

    I never understood the Brown’s position on Mayfield. Are they better off now?
    I hope Baker has a great season.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’m not saying we win or lose…but I’ll be watching. That much Mayfield has earned.

  18. adam from ny Says:

    let’s hear some final score predictions people…

    i have the bucs holding the eagles to 2 tds and 3 fgs…

    bucs win 27-23

    the nation is shocked at the 3-0 bucs

    and ———–> baker’s cookin’ in the pot

  19. Dave Pear Says:

    No question, the Eagles will bring the heat. I’m really worried about Goedeke and Mauch side by side against the veteran Eagles DL. They can probably generate pressure from four guys, so the secret weapons may be Palmer, Thompkins and Jarrett. Quick twitch stuff.

    Baker please block out the noise and let the game flow to you.

    Hope Todd has a zone scheme tonight that his guys actually understand. Time formRyan Neal to make an impact.

  20. adam from ny Says:

    a dude like yaya has to grab up hurts for a sack and toss him down like a dope fiend, for a roughing the crackhead penalty…

    rattle him

  21. Pickgrin Says:

    Bonzai – you said plenty before the season started.

    Writing constantly that Baker Mayfield is absolutely terrible – no chance he would succeed – and that the Bucs would only win 4 or 5 games all year.

    Own it dude….

  22. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Yep, we don’t root for players to get hurt. But to knock Hurts out of this one game early, I think is ok.

    Just ring his bell a little bit, where he would struggle to pass a sobriety test.

  23. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs have been 50/50 on calling run/pass plays in 1st 2 games – that likely won’t change tonight. Both teams have excellent front 7.
    Game will come down to turnovers and penalties – just like 1st 2 games.
    Hope it’s not up to some BS ref call..

  24. StormyInFl Says:

    Goedeke and Mauch aren’t my biggest concern. It’s Hainsey. He’s been meh all season. No push. A huge downgrade from Jensen. Not to mention more than a few low snaps. With the load that the Eagles can send up the middle, I think it’s Hainsey they’re gonna try to exploit.

  25. StormyInFl Says:

    “Yep, we don’t root for players to get hurt. But to knock Hurts out of this one game early, I think is ok.

    Just ring his bell a little bit, where he would struggle to pass a sobriety test.”

    Hurts needs to be sore and hopefully hearing footsteps. Hopefully without an overreliance on blitzing.

  26. Don'tBmad Says:

    Love reading casuals hater comments and articles. TB was predicted to be at the bottom of the league in the first place. Decent defense, no running game and no faith in either QB(btw Trask is trade bait at best). And now suddenly people want to put Baker on the grill because they’re playing the Super Bowl runner ups. Front 4 for eagles are no joke and Bucs only real chance is if they CAN run the ball some what effectively. Mayfield could play turnover free ball with 60% completion rate and still lose. I see philly winning 24-20 in the first place.

    But I do enjoy watching these haters act like complete liberals and marrying a doomed narrative

  27. Aaron Says:

    I’ll go with Eagles 24 to Bucs 16

    Bucs struggle in the redzone and kicking field goals cost us in the end…

    Go Bucs – prove me wrong!!

  28. HC Grover Says:

    Hey Cards beat Cowboays and Texans bet Jags. If we do not blunder we can beat the Eagles.

  29. DBS Says:

    Bonzi trying to back track already. You already said our loss was coming Monday night.

  30. Zoocomics Says:

    BOLD PREDICTION THIS GAME… we don’t establish the run; Baker comes out slinging. Our gameplan we used against the Vikings and Bears will not be successful against this team. This game will tell us a lot about our coaches, in particular, Canales.

    @Aaron…prove me wrong! Go Bucs! 😉

  31. Todd Rolls Says:

    Lets send the philly sports guy home mad

  32. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I’ll say right now, the Eagles are not as good as last year.

    I don’t understand this fear factor.

  33. Cobraboy Says:

    Did ANYONE, before the season started, pick the Bucs in this game?

    It’s a small number, if not zero.

    I like the start, and won’t do the Skyway Tango if the home team takes a 10-count.

    I just want the Bucs to be competitive and let chips fall where they may…and hope for some good bounces of the ball, and maybe some home cooking.

    If this team does not come out fired up for this game, I don’t know what would motivate them.

  34. Defense Rules Says:

    Baker will be fine; he’s been on the big stage before. Tonight’s game will be more about the Bucs’ defense. If we can hold Hurts & company reasonably in-check, we’ll have a very good chance to win this thing.

    The obvious goal like Joe wrote earlier is to get ahead & stay ahead. Since our offense is only averaging 20 PPG thus far and we’re playing a very good defense, and oh ya, Philly is averaging 30 PPG, our own defense is gonna have to play big. A couple of turnovers sure would be nice too.

  35. Cannon Says:

    I’m more worried about our defense than I am the offense for this game.

  36. D Cone Says:

    What’s the over/under for balls thrown in the dirt or out of play ?
    If that’s the alternative to putting the ball in jeopardy then it might be pretty high. 10.5?

  37. Jack Clark Says:

    I don’t expect us to win tonight but I am hoping Baker Mayfield and Todd Bowles will not embarrass us. Baker Mayfield needs to continue performing well on the field to prove us doubters wrong instead of throwing temper tantrums off the field because he doesn’t like what critics say about him

  38. Woodenman Says:

    A lot of Amateur sports sociologists on this site. I am sure Baker and the Bucs are well aware what they need to do to win this game.

  39. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I’m rooting for Mayfield…even beyond his Buc affiliation. His own family ( brother & Dad I believe ) botched millions of dollars of his. He played injured in Cleveland where no one wins.

    I’m glad that Mayfield has “earned” the viewership of our resident elf erotica author Petey DutchOven stage name Buccaneer BonzEye. What an honor it must be for Mr. Mayfield. Get the f’ outta here…

  40. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Look, before the season started ,no one thought the Bucs would be 2-0 at this point. The Bucs are playing OK and slowly improving. Bucs don’t have to win tonight for me to believe anything other than things are getting better. Just play hard and don’t totally collapse. Improve our play every week and the wins will come. Shet Happens, Ask Cardinals, ask Dallas about over confidence.

  41. Marine Buc Says:

    @ 757Buc

    I agree. Don’t make them like that anymore…

    A group of guys celebrating a bachelor party in an RV get lost in the ghetto.

    Awesome premise for a movie – before cell phones and Google GPS… lol.

  42. Rod Munch Says:

    Thing is, if you don’t have a QB, you don’t have a chance in 2023.

    So far Baker has been good, albeit vs two terrible defenses. This is the first big challenge, and if he does well, it’s going to go a long ways towards him making a ton of money.

    The pressure is on. It doesn’t matter what everyone says if he performs and proves them otherwise.

  43. ElioT Says:


    Carlton Davis is out. Again…

    Wtf is with this dude?

  44. Greg The Truth Says:

    In the spirit of keeping Mayfield motivated, the Bears are a dumpster fire and the Vikes find their own way to lose. Prove you can take a playoff caliber team and look competent against another playoff team. Win or lose show we belong there or just hand it over to Trask.

  45. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Carlton Davis is out. Good. No need to stress a turf toe injury too soon or he’d be gone for the season. Much rather he play the Saints or after the Bye week ideally.

  46. HeavyE Says:

    Carlton”No Heart & I’m scared to Death” Davis should be traded, As soon He is Healthy, and give His money to M1K3, what a waste……..

  47. ChesapeakeBucsFan Says:

    Wet weather means a lot of QB runs…..don’t get hurt Baker! Long season ahead!

  48. TonySoprano Says:

    Carlton out?! No way! I really question this guy’s heart. It seems like every time he gets the slightest injury, he sits out. There’s no fighting through the pain with this guy. Dean – please don’t play like dogsh*t for the third game in a row. I know you got the bag, but please come actually ready to play tonight.

  49. ElioT Says:

    Carlton Davis has never played 16 games in a season, yet alone 17.

    About done with this dude.

  50. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    I hope the defense doesn’t go into that 4 deep lawnchair soft and lost gonzo zone defense and look like we did when Dallas came to town last year.
    ‘I’d rather lose being aggressive and playing hard, then getting blown out playing on our heels.’

  51. TonySoprano Says:

    And Vea is out?! F***

  52. Joe Says:

    And Vea is out?! F***

    Vea *is* active.

  53. TonySoprano Says:

    On the NFL Network they just said Vea was out tonight

  54. Mac Says:

    Yeah NFL network showed graphic that Vea is out tonight. That kills us trying to stop the run.

  55. Mike Johnson Says:

    Vita out. Not a good omen at all.

  56. M milligan Says:

    This is not mayfields first day on the job
    And he doesn’t give a sht about media except to rub it n face
    Locker room/team mate perception
    Should be a great game, turnover’s will make difference
    Go Bucs
    Hurts doesn’t like running unless it’s designed
    Get him off schedule and running early

  57. Shane Callahan Says:

    Vea out hurts big time… Our center and two guards are outmatched big time… Good luck, Bucs! (Please don’t be too hard on Baker if we lose; he has never been the reason his team loses. I’ve watched him every game since his first as a Sooner.)

  58. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Why would Vea be out and Senat be inactive? Doesn’t make any sense. Not so sure about the report.

  59. TonySoprano Says:

    Yeah really hoping that NFL Network report was a mistake. We need Vea tonight.

  60. Shane Callahan Says:

    Two Sooner QBs going at it on MNF! Baker is my starting ffb QB plus he’s my son’s favorite QB much like Marino was mine back in the day. Therefore, I’m all in on the Bucs this season!!!!!!!

  61. Shane Callahan Says:

    Unique perspective that perhaps none of you have even thought to consider…

    Mayfield, Murray, and Hurts all had the same HC/OC, same awesome OL, and same terrible defense at OU. All 3 were great, but Mayfield was CLEARLY the best of all 3…

  62. Shane Callahan Says:

    Iow, “team” game. Period.

  63. Shane Callahan Says:

    I know Mayfield… He is telling Canales, ” Let me throw on 1st and 2nd down, darnit!” If he does, the Bucs have a chance…

  64. Steelers fan Says:

    This is what happens when Baker playes a real team. He barely beat the bears one of the worst teams ive seen in 40 years.

  65. Posey99 Says:

    I wouldn’t call myself a hater but more of a doubter. But I can see how the media enjoys his stories and drama.

  66. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    LOL I told you

  67. Mike S Says:

    Baker’s line:

    15-25 145 1 TD 1 INT


  68. Mike S Says:

    LOL most of those yards were a gift when the game was already in hand and Philly took their foot off the gas on defense LOL.


  69. Mike S Says:


  70. Mike S Says:

    GRADE: F