Baker Mayfield coming to the NFC South and having to play the Buccaneers twice a season is going to be an obvious mistake in hindsight.
It seems like the Panthers and Baker Mayfield had no choice but to join forces. Baker needed a team to play with, and the Panthers can’t take themselves seriously if Sam Darnold is their quarterback. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are just laughing as the Panther spend even more picks at the position without moving the needle.
In all seriousness, the Panthers did just get better. Darnold has been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league for a while now, and Baker does have some experience on how a playoff team should function.
As for Mayfield, he is the starter, even if the coaching staff is going to act like there is a competition, but there are some dark days ahead.
Those days will be the two times that the Panthers play against the Buccaneers and their defense.
Mayfield is leaving one of the best situations for a quarterback in the NFL. Whether you look at the coaching, the run game, offensive line, or the defense, the newest quarterback in Carolina is downgrading at almost everything.
The embattled quarterback is leaving the best offensive line in football for one of the worst, and now he has to play against guys like Vita Vea, Akiem Hicks, and Shaquil Barrett for around 130 plays over the season.
This should be a daunting task for anyone. It becomes all the more difficult when you are going to have nearly 700 pounds coming at you from two guys that are unblockable on almost every snap.
Baker Mayfield may have some experience going up against good teams during his time in the AFC North, but he is about to get a rude awakening as he goes up against one of the best teams in the NFL with a front-seven comprised of some scary figures.
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