If you ever wanted to know what true leadership looks like, seek no further than Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Baker Mayfield. The former No. 1 overall pick is riding the bench behind XFL castoff and Hail Mary extraordinaire PJ Walker, but that isn't stopping good ole Baker from letting that fiery personality shine through.
Good point here by Al Michaels during the Amazon Prime Video livestream (still weird as hell to say that). Could Baker be placed in concussion protocol under the new guidelines that were altered in the aftermath of Tua Tagovailoa's scary situation? I'm legitimately curious. You'd think so!
I always cringe even when I see dudes with their helmets on smashing their skulls together to work themselves into a tizzy before kickoff. Who knows what was happening here. Maybe Baker has some extra padding under that hat of his. I doubt it.
So with that in mind: BAKER. BRO. Your career is already on the line, and your hopes of being a starter are on life support. I love the idea of what Baker is about in this moment, but like his entire NFL career to date, the whole execution of it all...leaves something to be desired. Or is just bizarre, over-the-top and a little too extra.
Oh well. Baker gonna Baker. You can't stop some guys from COMPETING on game days. One of those classic "FOOTBALL GUY" moments, amirite?
Can barely blame Baker for wanting to get his juices flowing. He has to watch Walker go out there and only attempt 16 passes whilst the Panthers rush for 232 yards and pound the Falcons into oblivion during the exact type of 25-15 victory Baker probably envisioned orchestrating upon arriving in Charlotte.
Too bad the Panthers got whistled for that personal foul when DJ Moore removed his helmet upon catching Walker's Hail Mary against the Falcons in Week 8. Had Carolina pulled off the win in Atlanta, had even top-20 quarterback play from ANYONE on their team, or didn't have Ben McAdoo as their play-caller, they'd potentially be atop the putrid NFC South.