Some understandably want to thank Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales for why quarterback Baker Mayfield was able to find a long-term home with the team, but Pat Kirwan thinks head coach Todd Bowles deserves praise for how he handled deal with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
“He plays like, you know, it's the greatest job he's ever had,” Kirwan said of Mayfield during a recent segment on SiriusXM NFL Radio's “Movin' The Chains” JoeBucs fan website. “So I think Todd gets a lot of credit for bringing Baker to this spot [about] the road Baker was driving on. You think about Baker bouncing around the league.
Mayfield apparently fell out with the coaching staff during his stints with the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers before grabbing coffee with the Los Angeles Rams late last season. The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers early last offseason amid whispers that Bowles would rather play with Mayfield than 2021 second-round draft pick Kyle Trask, and things are looking good in Tampa Bay. after the club lost six of seven matches, but then won the next matches and improved their result to 6–7.
According to ESPN According to the stats, Mayfield enters Week 15 tied for ninth in the NFL with 20 touchdown passes on the season. He ranks 18th among qualified players with an adjusted QBR of 52.3, 17th with a passer rating of 89.7 and 13th with 274 total completions.
While Tampa Bay, the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints kicked off Thursday at 6 p.m., the Buccaneers to hold overtime benefits to NFC South rankings for Week 15. Mayfield has made it clear multiple times this week that he wants to remain with the Bucs beyond the season, and one wonders whether his relationship with Bowles will prevent ownership from making a coaching change as long as the signal-caller leads the club to at least one playoff game.
Mayfield and the Buccaneers will next play next Sunday at 6-7 Green Bay Packers Stadium.