Baker Mayfield Isn’t About “Style Points And Gold Stickers”

September 11th, 2023

Got the job done.

When yesterday’s game got into crunch time, Baker Mayfield delivered.

As off as he was to begin the game, Mayfield started getting the job done late in the first half. Eric Edholm of liked how Mayfield basically put the offense on his back and willed the team to a win.

It may have been ugly but Mayfield, Edholm types, is not about style points.

… It was not the prettiest outing overall from the Bucs’ offense, which accumulated 29 yards on their first six drives, but Mayfield and Co. battled and finished the game strong, with three scores on four drives (not counting end-of-half possessions) down the stretch. Mayfield misfired on seven of his first 11 passes but finished 21-of-34 passing for 173 yards and two scores. He managed pressure well and got rid of the ball under heavy duress multiple times. Mayfield also helped seal the game with two tough runs late. Forget style points and gold stickers. Mayfield did what he needed to seal the win.

Also impressive to Joe was that Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales didn’t panic. He stuck to his guns, massaging the offense just enough that he didn’t change his gameplan. You know, adjustments.

The offense was significantly smoother in the second half than the first half. Mayfield’s moxie did the rest.

19 Responses to “Baker Mayfield Isn’t About “Style Points And Gold Stickers””

  1. Jerseybuc Says:

    Tucker should get bulk of the Carrie’s next week against the bears. He showed more yesterday I like white outside of 1 game he’s been below average

  2. Bucsfanman Says:

    Jersey- It’s that stutter-step of White’s that keeps me yelling at my TV. “Stop dancing!”

    This is the reason I had a little more optimism when we signed him. Baker is a gamer. He may not be the best QB on the field, but he will give you everything he’s got. More of that, please.

  3. Lou. Says:

    Weren’t we told that there never can be adjustments? You know, guys go to the bathroom and drink some water and then time’s up.

    Of course, BA didn’t hang that way but he might’ve used up all the time cussing if something got him going.

  4. Brandon Says:

    He was gritty and tough with just enough mobility. The last time we had a QB like him it was Jeff Garcia. Very similar games… Mayfield is thicker built and much better arm but he is very reminiscent of Garcia.

  5. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    A real scrappy leader

  6. Smoothbayrider Says:

    Oh how sad all of the Baker haters are this AM.

    Also, I’m just curious to know why and when people started using apostrophes to mean something is plural. It’s the dumbest thing in the world and it angers me greatly. They’ll write a 35 sentence paragraph with no punctuation except for the apostrophes they think makes something plural.

    Be smarter Bucs fans

  7. HC Grover Says:


  8. Irishmist Says:

    Trask needs to stay ready. If Mayfield keeps taking hits like he did yesterday, Trask will get on the field at some point.

  9. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Week 1 usually gets of a little clunky with new offensive systems. By week 3 should see if it will be good or just ok

  10. go dawgs Says:

    white spent too much time on zoom and not the weight room. Tucker looks like rb1

  11. go dawgs Says:

    smoothbayrider^^ go back to your lame h.s. english teacher job..haha

  12. Craig Says:

    If he can keep it up I will be fully in support of him. Too many years he would start out hard and then backslide some.

    Baker did react to the O-line gelling a little and did take advantage of that to finish the first half.

    Baker also came out for the 3rd as close to on fire as he could get with the breeze still getting past the O-line. He took what the defense allowed and pushed it a few times, but not enough to damage ball security.

    If Canales can keep defenses guessing, Baker will be looking for big money next season, and that might be the trap in mediocrity. Canales is an unknown right now, but film will change and subdue the shock value of his scheme. Next season will be Canales big test.

  13. Wild Bill Says:

    Baker is a little short, a little stocky but dam he wanted that first down and took the big hit to get it. Got my respect for that. He might not be the slickest qb in the NFL but he’s got balls!

  14. Buddha Says:

    Baker Mayfield=Bobbie Lane.

  15. Buddha Says:

    I meant Bobby Layne who I a kid. Look him up. He was the epitome of determination, a blue collar quarterback, no style but total grit That Baker was only sacked once is remarkable, given the blitzes and 6 man rushes the Vikings were sending.

  16. Bobby M. Says:

    Right now it seems like we beat a potential playoff team on the road. Lots of positives to pull from that. With that being said, we have to beat the Bears at home in week 2. Good teams win at home….good teams dont lose to bad teams. If we win that game, we’re at least doing what we should.

  17. Jason Says:

    The offense was significantly smoother in the second half than the first half. Mayfield’s moxie did the rest.

    I thought Joe didn’t like the word “moxie”. Lol.

  18. Mike S Says:

    Apparently he isn’t about total offense either.

  19. garro Says:

    Hats off to Baker and Godwin in crunch time. Also the O line played lights out in the fourth quarter. giving our guys some running lanes and doing better at giving our QB a bit of respite from the blitzes. Canales did a good job except for one run call that I questioned.

    Line calls need to get better for sure. Not sure what that was with Hainsey. He looked totally confused on at least three different plays. Canales did not expect the blitzes? Surely not. Mayfield not knowing to check to a hot read? We gotta fix that.

    Go Bucs!