Better Than Expected, Better Than Tom Brady

December 14th, 2023

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He’s not going to win the award, but Baker Mayfield remains a compelling candidate as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Although quarterbacks have won the honor in each of the past five seasons, there’s a safety in Buffalo who is the overwhelming favorite to end that streak. Damar Hamlin, who suffered cardiac arrest on the field in January and was hospitalized for nine days after being resuscitated, has played three games for the Bills this season.

Hamlin figures to win the award going away and Mayfield’s odds are currently listed at 30-1. Other names in the mix include Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Flacco, but Mayfield has his own convincing story to tell through 13 games.

“Hey, Ira. Thanks for the love.”

No Buccaneer has ever won Comeback Player honors and Hamlin’s remarkable journey back to the league can’t be topped. Still, Mayfield’s accomplishments to this point should be acknowledged. In almost any other year, he’d be in a much stronger position to claim the award.

Let’s not forget that Mayfield’s 2022 season was an utter debacle as he tried to return from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. In July, he was traded from Cleveland to Carolina. The Panthers released him in December and he was claimed by the Rams. He finished the year with a 2-8 record, posting 10 TD passes and 8 interceptions for a QB rating of 79.0.

The Bucs signed him to a cheap, 1-year deal as a free agent and here they are, in control of their own playoff destiny with four games remaining.

“He’s just a competitor,” says Cade Otton, who caught the game-winning TD pass in last week’s comeback win at Atlanta. “He’s kind of the identity we’ve taken on as a team.”

Mayfield has done a good job of taking care of the football. Tampa Bay boasts a plus-6 turnover ratio and Mayfield has already thrown 20 TD passes. Only eight QBs have more and his passer rating has improved to 89.7.
Most importantly, he has earned the trust of teammates and coaches alike with his grit and competitive nature.
“I’ve been bragging about his mettle all year,” says Todd Bowles. “He’s a guy that puts us in position to win. He doesn’t get rattled easy and he comes up with some plays.”
If Bowles returns next season, he’ll likely want Mayfield back under center. Mayfield won’t sign for $4 million again, but he seems to like the organization and the community.
Mayfield is only 28 and he’s already done enough to stir interest regarding the 2024 free-agent market. Even if the Bucs draft a quarterback, Mayfield could be viewed as an effective bridge to the future.
“Baker is tough,” Bowles says. “He fits in here. The guys love to play for him. He works for us.”
Like Bowles, Mayfield’s future is uncertain. The list of potential free-agent quarterbacks is far from imposing, led by Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill, Mayfield and Jameis Winston.

Baker Mayfield has been better than 2022 Tom Brady, says Ira.

A team like the Steelers or Falcons could decide to show Mayfield the money next March. While he’s never going to be elite, Mayfield has done enough this fall to prove once again he deserves to be a starter in this league.
The hard truth is the Bucs are getting better play under center in 2023 than they received from Tom Brady last season.
It could all fall apart down the stretch for Mayfield and the Bucs, starting with Sunday’s matchup at Lambeau Field, but Tampa Bay is now the favorite to win the NFC South and command a home playoff game for the third consecutive year.
“He’s playing good football,” Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark says of Mayfield, who has not been picked off more than once in any game this season.
It’s easy to see why Damar Hamlin is going to win Comeback Player of the Year honors. His very life was on the line in January and now he’s back playing football. You can’t stage a more dramatic return. Mayfield’s comeback demands some attention as well.
His professional career was very much on the line as he entered training camp with his fourth team in a dizzying 12-month span. Regrets, he’s had a few, but Mayfield has done things his way.
He’s authored quite a comeback tale of his own — and the next few chapters figure to be a heck of a read.

81 Responses to “Better Than Expected, Better Than Tom Brady”

  1. Lord Cornelius Says:

    He’s been very solid given the circumstances IMO.

    Until recently we basically had the worst run game in the league, and going into the season we had 3 established players on the entire offense really with a new OC. 4 i guess if you want to call Cade Otton that after his rookie year.

    The defense had a plethora of established names with production by comparison.

    Of the top 16 salaries on the team or anyone making over $1.5M per year, only 4 are offensive players (Evans/Godwin/Wirfs/Mayfield). Only 3 of the top 12.

    In general our payroll is super light this year because of the dead cap $$ ($79m).

    Maybe i should be more appreciative we’re even in this still given all of this lol

  2. eric Says:

    Ira pass the weed bro that was some good crap!

  3. HC Grover Says:

    HAHAH ROFL Come Monday.

  4. matthew a veal Says:

    while there are a lot of good college players, i’m not sold that the next draft class for qbs will be as much of an upgrade over baker and another successful no.1 pick elsewhere on the team. maybe monetary constraints won’t allow us to keep him but i just don’t buy all the anti baker arguments people have been making.

  5. D Kilmer Says:

    Hi Ira, as usual a well said and spot on good column.
    I will be the first to say when news came out the Bucs picked up Mayfield my stomach turned. To me he was an arrogant QB, whose bravado did not match his play. I used the old Bill Walsh saying, “he plays just good enough to get you beat”, yet has this unrealistic view of himself. However, I give the man due props!!!.
    He came to Tampa and lost the arrogance that followed him from the past, worked hard and won over the locker room and coaching staff.
    He plays hard and while not having elite skills and or steady consistency consistency, he clearly is a team guy. While I still don’t see him as the franchise qb this team never had, with a much better supporting cast, he is capable of making any team a winner. Talent without passion doesn’t go far in this league. If you don’t think so, just take a look at his teammate, Mr White, but I guess that is another story

  6. HC Grover Says:

    Irrational. Mayfield better than the GOAT? This is just wrong.

  7. Gipper Says:

    Flacco has played exactly 2 games for the Browns and completed 55% of his passes. He has looked good but 2 games is not enough sample. Mayfield if asked would say give to award to the Buffalo Bills guy. Baker played injured the entire 2021 season. Browns gave him a raw deal by signing Chester the Molester Deshaun. Mayfield doesn’t want a comeback award. He would rather run the table for rest of season.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    Mayfield has been decent, considering the hand he was dealt and the in-over-their-head coaching.

    I’d rather have him than spend a high pick on some rook QB because the odds say that’s a fail.

    Gimme some more Big Ugly OLs with high picks.

  9. Craig Says:

    I just can’t see any way for Baker to even get an honorable mention, his numbers are too close to being something from a horror novel.

    That perpetual flat spot in the middle of the game is enough to make you puke.

  10. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    By the time the Bucs draft, the better ranked QBs will be gone. NOW what? Trade away multiple 1st round pics to move up? Probably not happening from Light. To big a risk. So that leaves Mayfield and Trask or do you pursue another free agent QB retread? The free agent retreads are no better than Mayfield, maybe worse. Careful what you wish for.
    Big time decisions for the Glasiers coming up.
    Go Bucs, I”ll be watching.

  11. Oz Len Says:

    Ira nailed it. I’m a long-time AFC North watcher being a Browns fan, and I can easily see the Steelers signing him. Their coach likes him, and their QB Kenny P. doesn’t look at all like an NFL starter. Plus Steelers have won enough to not have a great draft pick next year. Steeler ball fits a guy like Mayfield. And don’t forget Mayfield would love to play the Browns twice a year.

  12. ModHairKen Says:

    Fiction that the better QBs will be gone by the time the Bucs draft. There are so many great players in this draft who are not QBs, and many of the teams at the top are not going to draft a QB.

  13. Since76 Says:

    Wow. Better than Tom. Well sign him now why wait. Who cares if we are under 500 with the 13 th scoring defense. Doesn’t matter if he’s inaccurate and can’t score enough. Sign him at any cost. Ask Bill belichick if a QB matters. Eric I want some of that too.

  14. Trask To The Future Says:


    He often has barely 100 yards passing in entire halves of a game. TD passes are a misleading stat. Look at YARDS. Yards tell more of the story about how productive an offense is.

    Let Trask play already. Mayfield’s play has been holding the team back.

  15. Tony marks Says:


    obviusly big time Baker fan here

    However unless he lights it up down this stretch even without Hamlin – not comeback player of the year

    Though i I don ‘t hold him at fault he is NOT back to his 2020 level in Canales’s modtly ball control offense.

    and the Title? Way to stir the pot

    Bake himself has said it _ Brady is the GOAT and Baker will not be him and shoud be NOT compared to him.

    Show some respect IRA ( or the editor that put that title up – If youar e going to say that then say “At 45” at the bear minmum

    Someone heralded as The Sage should do better..

  16. Mark hardt Says:

    I don,t trust anything ira says. He was trashing Baker a few week ago.

  17. Buccos Says:

    Well put Ira. Mayfield is a scrapper and he keeps you in games. What more could you ask for $4mm/ years

  18. WyomingJoe Says:

    Great article Ira.

    I’ve admitted before that I’m a Baker Mayfield fan, and I’ve followed him very closely over his career. Most Bucs fans (certainly the ones on this site) have never really seen how good Mayfield can play. For example, in 2020 when he was helping carry the Browns to the playoffs, he played a game against the Bengals and Joe Burrows. The Browns won that game and Mayfield completed 22 passes in a row and threw five TDs. He completed his last TD with seconds to play. I bring this up because he was just beginning to become a Top QB, until his injury crippled his career in 2021. I hope that over the course of the next 4 games and into the playoffs, he can help the Bucs do something special as well as continue to resurrect his career. Keep winning Baker.

  19. Couch Fan Says:

    This sounds like nothing more than a fluff piece. Better than Brady? LMAO. I cant. Brady at his worst is better than Mr 3 and out at his best.

  20. Irish Laughter Says:

    Will you please stop with the Tom Brady comparisons! I am a solid Baker fan and I think the only reason the Bucs have half a chance (with Bowls as coach) to win anything is because of Bake Mayfield. However, to continue to compare everything he does to a broken player (Brady) who was just going through the motions is below the belt. As Bruce has said, Brady wasn’t Brady his last season. So give Baker his flowers, but stop comparing him to someone who resurrected our franchise from worst ever and gave us something to cheer about. Brady made the worst decision coming to Tampa where the likes of Ira dump on him at every chance. Keeping it real in Ireland.

  21. Mike C Says:

    Couch Fan, bucs didn’t convert a 3rd and 11 or longer play ALL of last year…. 17 points a game or whatever, it’s not much better but it is better.

  22. Beeej Says:

    As a QB, Mayfield is a 6.5 or 7 on a scale of 10

    Our center is a five on a scale of 10
    Both our edge rushers are five on a scale of 10
    Our safety is a four on a scale of 10
    Our inside linebacker is a four on a scale of 10, and the other one is about to retire.

    Where where do you think most of the improvement can be had?

  23. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Baker is a legend, in few people’s minds.

  24. Couch Fan Says:

    If you want to think Mayfield is better than Brady any year, you go head. As for me, I know better. Ill take 45 year old going through a divorce Brady over any version of Mayfield you want to pretend is better.

  25. Mike C Says:

    Look at the numbers….

  26. Couch Fan Says:

    Its not all about numbers…..

  27. Mike C Says:

    44 year old Brady, is a whole different animal than 45 Brady facts be facts.

  28. Mike C Says:

    Clinging to the past my friend, I get it, he was great, just not so much last year.

  29. Beeej Says:

    The year following the Super bowl season, Brady was the best quarterback in the NFL. Last season, not so much. I expect you could lay a lot of the blame on the degraded offensive line, don’t know

  30. steele Says:

    A desperately delusional take with clickbait TMZ headline.

    But even if we play Ira’s game and just use the outlier 2022 season as the measure of Brady’s “non-greatness”, I would take even that version of Brady, who was saddled with far more adversity and resistance than Mayfield has this season.

    2022 was a roster and coaching disaster, a locker room full of disgruntled toxin and malaise-ridden veterans and in-house JAGs who didn’t want to make the effort for Brady or themselves. Bowles didn’t communicate with Brady. Leftwich was useless. And you had all of the off-field crap—divorce, Dolphins controversy, a disastrous investment in FTX (that I believe “encouraged” him to bother playing another season), etc.

    A 46 yr old Brady with a somewhat refreshed locker room (Canales’ value as a new guy is, by itself, a major mental improvement, no matter what else he fails to produce), a better OL than Brady had to deal with, a healthy Godwin (who would have thrived again) would have been far better than what you seeing from Mayfield.

  31. NJbucs23 Says:

    Man the bar is low. What is the obsession with baker? He won’t even be in the league within a year or two.

  32. Duane in Sanford Says:

    I appreciate Baker because there is no doubt that he maximizes his talent. He doesnt have much higher of a ceiling, but he can surely play better with a running game and a bit more talent around him. Not a guy you can ask to carry a franchise, but maybe he doesnt have to. The decision to bring him back is going to come down to the next HC. Its not an award. Its literally a participation trophy.

  33. Buccos Says:

    Baker will be in the NFL for many years to come. There is a reason that he was the first player picked

  34. unbelievable Says:

    Uh, by what metric is he playing BETTER than Brady?

    At best, he’s playing about the same (but throwing for way less yards)

    Brady 2022: 25 TDs, 9 INTs, 4700 yards, 66.8 CMP% (17 games)
    Mayfield 2023: 20 TDs, 8 INTs, 2900 yards 62.6 CMP% (13 games)

    And Mayfield currently has a better run game and o-line.

  35. Let em bake Says:

    Baker is good copy. Geesh, figure it out, folks. Baker means reads, responses. Iras not writing for himself. It’s about blog traffic. Baker is a lightning rod. He’s like trump. No fan has a mild take on him. This stretch run will dictate his market value this spring. I still say 3 years, 100 mil. Cousins will remain a Viking. Tannehill 34 yrs old. That leaves baker as a high value target. Sign him for 1 million, 25 mill bonus ( like carr)..defer bulk of remaining salary on back end years. ( unless Stafford retires) then he sprints to Mcvay…

  36. D Cone Says:

    Might be a little ironic but a couple more wins and Joe Flacco might win it by leading the Browns to the Playoffs. With that defense it could possibly be a Conference Championship Appearance.

  37. Cobraboy Says:

    2023 Mayfield > 2022 Brady.

    Career Brady >>>>>+++++ Career Mayfield.

  38. m milligan Says:

    Kilmer, ur an idiot,
    Guess that is why every player on the team loves him and fighting for him.
    STFU u nit wit

  39. m milligan Says:

    Kilmer, I take that back, didn’t read your whole message. My bad.
    Yes Bucs taking it back to SB

  40. WyomingJoe Says:

    Brady is the GOAT. Absolutely. Positively. No one is disputing that.

    However, a lot of what shapes a player’s career depends on the talent that surrounds him. Take for example the following. When comparing the stats of Baker and Brady over their first three years starting we find this:

    Baker: 11,115 passing yards and 75 TDs

    Brady: 10,227 passing yards and 69 TDs.

    Then Baker gets injured in 2021 and his career path dramatically changes.

    Like I said earlier, Brady is the GOAT, but I found this information about these two stat lines quite interesting. Even if you compared these stats in their first 5 years, the numbers are pretty close. Fate is fickle!

  41. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    To be fair…2022 Brady was not the normal Brady.

  42. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Can’t defeat a winning team…so Baker Mayfield sucks.


  43. Hodad Says:

    Tom Brady had checked out last year, and still won 8 games. Baker will be lucky to win 8 this year trying his hardest. From last season till now Baker is 8-15 as a starter. That’s solid play? Bowles and Baker come back, will the sseason ticket holders, and the networks that have stop showing Buc games? These guys will never be better then below .500.

  44. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    And it is not just the coaching.

    Mayfield has to come from behind for a reason. He cannot score enough points. Our kicker saved us last week, not Mayfield.

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I know I’m not going, Hodad.

    Even if we make the playoffs this year. Superbowl? Okay…I’d have to give the devil his due.

  46. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Mayfield can play better and he’d be the 1st to admit it.
    Receivers, especially Evans, are getting open and Mayfield is hesitating or making the wrong read- maybe he still doesn’t trust the OLine, even though they are playing very well as of late.
    He tends to get nervous in the pocket – if he can be more consistent with his reads and accuracy, the Bucs could be scoring 30 points per game.
    He has the arm and he is a decent leader- just improve his decisions and accuracy- hope he can be coached up.

  47. admin Says:

    Baker means reads, responses. Iras not writing for himself. It’s about blog traffic. Baker is a lightning rod.

    “There is no substitute for victory.” Winning brings traffic. Yes, a star quarterback (Tom Brady) who is an international superstar sure helps. Aside from that — there will never be another Tom Brady for the Bucs, certainly not in Joe’s lifetime, the next best thing is winning.

    And yes, a superstar quarterback brings winning.

  48. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Good article, fair assessment. Mayfield’s career was running on fumes after Carolina. Nobody saw him having a solid year with the Bucs except Baker himself (and maybe Sean McVay, the Rams were on a 4 or 5 losing streak before the Mayfield miracle against LV). He will probably never be elite but has put together a nice season and earned himself a Geno Smith type contract next year

  49. orlbucfan Says:

    I really don’t know much about Mayfield. I pay attention to the Bucs, and could care less about the other teams. However, he’s gutsy and definitely part of this Bucs team. That’s obvious. And he at 28 sure is better than Methusaleh at 44, 45 or whatever he was last season. The Bills player will win that award cos of the sympathy factor. Bucs almost beat his team and would have ‘cept for our “pals, “ the refs. Wow, Ira, I am pleasantly surprised by how positive you are here. You think Bucs have a chance Sunday?

  50. m milligan Says:

    Like Wyoming Joe, anyone that knows anything about him knows just that, guy can play, whole team see’s him same way.
    He owns 2 of top 3 seasons of all time in NCAA, maybe having Cee Dee Lamb, Mark Andrews and Hollywood Brown made a difference? And having great OL, hell Trent Williams may have been there early on.
    BUCS taking it to post season and then SB in a stunner.

  51. Buddha Says:

    The perceived Superstar, all world quarterbacks in Buffalo, San Diego, Miami, Jacksonville, Carolina, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Arizona, Dallas, and Philadelphia, what have they won. Nothing! Among them, only a total of three Super Bowl appearances and zero wins! NFL football is the ultimate team sport. Rodgers played 17 years and won one Superbowl. QB is important but it doesn’t guarantee anything. QBs drafted after round one of the draft have won more Super Bowls than those drafted in Round one. To do more with less asthma

  52. Pewter power Says:

    He’s not the reason we lose but Jess not the reason we win either. Every since Bowles took over we’re back to the days where we have to root for teams to lose because we can’t win consistently enough to control our own destiny

  53. SlyPirate Says:

    The rest of the NFCS would rejoice if the Bucs kept Baker and Bowles. Bad take.

  54. Bradybucs Says:

    Brady and Gronk were just talking on his podcast how much they loved their Bucs experitence. He mentional the fans the organization. He said that was the greatest parade he was a part of. He was apart of 6 in NEW ENGLAND. Brady wanted TRASK to play. I will say this BRADY DOES NOT LIKE BAKER. Brady is looking forward his isnt looking back. Brady cant stand BELICHICK but he talks all the time how great Belichick is. BRADY loves that PATRIOTS are struggling with out him. With BUCS I think wishes nothing but the best. He loves the GLAZERS and Jason LICHT

  55. Bradybucs Says:

    I had a lot of misspellings but you all get the point

  56. WyomingJoe Says:

    I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT BRADY LOVES BAKER. Why? Because everyone loves Baker, especially all the hater’s on this site.

    Keep winning Baker … because it’s the best way to shut these guys up, lol…

  57. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Pandering for clicks? Or Man-crush? Which is it, Ira?

  58. Jack Clark Says:

    Bradybucs Says:
    December 14th, 2023 at 9:36 pm
    Brady and Gronk were just talking on his podcast how much they loved their Bucs experitence. He mentional the fans the organization. He said that was the greatest parade he was a part of. He was apart of 6 in NEW ENGLAND. Brady wanted TRASK to play. I will say this BRADY DOES NOT LIKE BAKER. Brady is looking forward his isnt looking back. Brady cant stand BELICHICK but he talks all the time how great Belichick is. BRADY loves that PATRIOTS are struggling with out him. With BUCS I think wishes nothing but the best. He loves the GLAZERS and Jason LICHT

    Any credible source? Or did you just make all that stuff up?

  59. Faspro Says:

    Wow, lame bro…

  60. Not Says:

    Come on, this article , think it takes more than weed to consider BM comeback player of the year !
    BM is more of a BM !
    Well, he’s likely average. Nothing special. He would serve as a bridge QB if we can get a real HC. TB and BM will destroy this team for years to come if TB is allowed to stay .

  61. BelleGladeBuc Says:

    Super Bowl Champion QBs from 2000-2023:

    Kurt Warner-Hall of Fame-UDFA
    Trent Dilfer-1st Round Draft Pick
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Brad Johnson-9th Round Pick
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Ben Roethelisberger-Hall of Fame-1st Round Draft Pick
    Peyton Manning-Hall of Fame-1st Round Draft Pick
    Eli Manning-Hall of Fame-1st Round Draft Pick
    Ben Roethelisberger-Hall of Fame-1st Round Draft Pick
    Drew Brees-Hall of Fame-2nd Round Pick
    Aaron Rodgers-Future Hall of Fame-1st Round Pick
    Eli Manning-Hall of Fame-1st Round Pick
    Joe Flacco-1st Round Pick
    Russell Wilson-Hall of Fame-3rd Round Pick
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Peyton Manning-Hall of Fame-1st Round Pick
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Nick Foles-3rd Round
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Patrick Mahomes-Hall of Fame-1st Round Pick
    Tom Brady-Hall of Fame-6th Round Pick
    Matthew Stafford-1st Round Pick
    Patrick Mahomes-Hall of Fame-1st Round Pick

    14 Quarterbacks have won Super Bowls from 200-2023.
    8 of them were 1st Round Picks.
    1 was a 2nd Round Pick.
    2 were 3rd Round Picks.
    1 was a 6th Round Pick.
    1 was a 9th Round Pick.
    1 was a UFA.

    9 are HOF currently, and those who aren’t currently will be in the future in my opinion.

    Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson won with defenses that were All Time Greats.

  62. beeej Says:

    well beSIDES those

  63. Buddha Says:

    Who cares what or who Brady likes? He’s no better or worse than other ex player How many former NFL quarterbacks are coaches or GMs? He’s just another fan Loved how he played the the game. That is where it ends.

  64. Rod Munch Says:


  65. Buddha Says:

    So 8 were first round picks and 6 were later picks. That is 58 per cent. But that doesn’t,’t give you the failure rate. You have to look at how many QBs drafted in the first round failed eg Winston and Mariota. The hit rate is extremely low, which makes trading up like Carolina did a big mistake. Just look at how many drafted in the first round are on rosters and not starting.

  66. ATLBuc Says:

    It’s, you’ve lost your mind!!! If we weren’t in the NFC South we would have two or three wins. Bakers play is awful for 3 1/2 quarters and then comes through in the 4th. If we had a real QB, like Trask, we would be blowing teams out. How can he be comeback player of the year when he can’t even hit the comeback consistently?

  67. ATLBuc Says:

    Ira, how much did Bowles pay you to write this drivel? Now we know you are a sellout!

  68. RGA Says:

    Come on Ira, your last podcast was calling him to be benched. What has changed? His paltry 40 yards passing yards or whatever it was in the first half of the Falcons game, his overall terrible passing numbers, Comeback player of the year, really?

  69. RGA Says:

    When he hits the open market after this season, there is not one of the 32 teams in the NFL that would want him to be a starter for their franchise.

  70. RGA Says:

    WyomingJoe, can you explain to the fan base here how Mayfield keeps winning?

  71. BAKERSBucs Says:

    All u guys get on this site how dare u compare baker to brady we.l 1st off he replaced brady that’s how u compare & most importantly baker is not a freaking cheater only brady holds that title more than once once a freaking cheat always a cheat just like u r wife !!

  72. BelleGladeBuc Says:


    In the NFL Draft, nobody would classify a second round pick or a third round pick as a late round pick.

    From 2000-2023, 11 out of the 14 Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks were drafted in Rounds 1-3, with a predominant amount of them being drafted in the first round.

    That’s the data.

  73. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Mayfield is the next drew brees. You heard it here first!

  74. BucaneroJim Says:

    Sure, his picks are less this year. Half of his recent passes, neither side could catch.

  75. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Mayfield is the next drew brees. You heard it here first!

    Need to sticky this one. It’s gonna be fun to quote. lol

  76. Larrd Says:

    Comeback of the Year to players who have only played two or three games?

  77. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    ATLBuc, “if we had a real QB, like Trask….” I sincerely hope that you joking and aren’t really that stupid.

  78. Richard Nguyen Says:

    It’s unbelievable the number of people falling over themselves for Baker. The kid barely moves the ball and barely scores points. The defense is giving him a turnover within 10 yards of the goal line virtually every game. He’s willing to chuck it up in late game situations and has come away with some wins, but overall he’s a god awful QB.

  79. Bucsfanman Says:

    This is so amusing! Fans are all over the place with this guy.

    Did anyone EXPECT Baker to be a top-tier QB?! No.
    So, what are the expectations? And please, STOP with the Trask talk. Baker wouldn’t be here if they thought that Trask could play even a little. Just stop.

    For those with short memories, Brady was awful last year, AWFUL. The comparison was not QB to QB, it was QB play year over year. NOBODY will EVER confuse Baker with Brady!!!

    Baker has been good enough to win games. Can we improve at QB abso-freakin-lutely!

    Go Bucs!

  80. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Rudybois up here thick like, they love them a short guy they can look up to be their hero. In 5 years Trask will be a much better qb than Faker took to be barely mediocre.

  81. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    The Brady love on this site is boundless. Y’all need to understand he didn’t come down to Tampa for any great love. He saw the Patriots declining and the Bucs were loaded. All they needed was a guy who wouldn’t throw 30 Interceptions.