- Jul 11, 2005
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I agree 100% that Baker seems to be a better QB than he used to be using the eye test. Prior to now he had shit coaches and a shit system. However…If I'm watching you parallel park every Sunday for years, and you started out learning to drive and sucked--but then yesterday you showed that you knew what you were doing, parked perfectly, but a car pulled out and hit you, I wouldn't claim you're a bad parallel parker. If someone else talked shit about you because of that situation and brought up your problems driving when you were 15, then I'd call them an idiot.
You have to make arguments based on what is happening in reality. Baker's stats from three years ago don't matter today--unless you feel he's the same player today as he was then.
But here’s what I see above:
when the Browns are trailing by one score or less, Mayfield is now 27 of 49 in his career for 367 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in the last four minutes of games, according to SportRadar’s advanced stats. Five interceptions in 12 games. That’s a quarterback rating of 66.8 with the game on the line. That’s simply not good enough.
You said that this doesn’t tell us what Baker is but rather what he was.
When does was become is in your mind? The guy hasn’t proven he’s anything different yet in the situation described, even though in the rest of the game we’re all seeing one hell of a QB.
I’m not here to be Colin Cowherd. I see Baker with Stef as a top 10 guy. But at this point, he hasn’t proven he’s any kind of late fourth quarter maven.