Baker Mayfield’s biggest criticism has been his on-field behavior, causing some to question his maturity. But this fiery passion is exactly what the offense of the New York Jets needs.
Baker Mayfield has been turning heads all around the country with his in-game antics. Not only that, but he’s been playing lights out football, now looking like a Heisman Trophy front-runner. With a ton of big-name quarterbacks set to hit the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Mayfield could go.
Although, with Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen looking like the front-runners, it is entirely possible that Mayfield could still be available when the New York Jets pick. Nobody is calling Mayfield a “can’t miss” prospect, but his passion and drive are what separates him from the rest.
The Jets offense is missing attitude
Flashback to the last time the Jets won the Super Bowl. Long before myself and most of those reading this, Joe Namath was our quarterback. Based on the stories I’ve heard from older generations, Namath wasn’t even that great. But one thing he most certainly was, is cool. Broadway Joe was the man, hence his nickname. He was a fur coat wearing, Super Bowl victory guaranteeing son of a gun. Namath brought swag to the Jets offense before the word was even termed.
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This same kind of swag is exactly what the Jets offense is missing right now. This is no knock on Josh McCown, but he isn’t the same type of aggressive, trash-talking quarterback that Mayfield is. Mayfield could bring some serious attitude to this offense and become a true leader on a young team, and what better position to get this from than your quarterback?
We’re seeing the type of changes a little attitude can make on a team, just look at Jamal Adams and the defense. Adams’ biggest praise come draft time came in regards to his spirit, attitude and leadership ability. Now, we’re seeing Adams’ impact throughout the entire defense. The unit has far more attitude than last year, which is a big reason why this team is far better than expected.
With the return of Quincy Enunwa, he along with Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson could be a solid receiver group for Mayfield to work with. Whether or not Mayfield will be ready to start Week 1 is still debatable. Although bringing McCown back for one more year, whether to start or backup Mayfield, could serve as a tremendous learning tool for the young quarterback.
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Mayfield may not be a blue-chip prospect like Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning, but his fire and drive are unique. Mayfield could ultimately add an entirely new dynamic to this offense. If the offense can find the same kind of attitude and swagger as the defense, this Jets team be good enough to could go on a run far sooner than expected.