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Baker Mayfield worse with Panthers than with Browns, Super Bowl champ says

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 10/4/2022 Troy L. Smith,

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Baker Mayfield may not care about fans booing him. But it doesn’t mean he’s not catching heat for his rough start with the Carolina Panthers.

Following a loss to the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday, Mayfield was the talk of ESPN’s “First Take” on Monday. The question was whether or not he’s gotten worse as a quarterback after leaving the Cleveland Browns.

“This is supposed to be the opportunity for a resurgence,” said analyst and former Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark. “This is supposed to be where Maker Mayfield gets to show the entire world that the quarterback he was for 50% of his time in Cleveland was not who he is.”

The Browns traded Mayfield to the Panthers after a tumultuous offseason. So far, the Panthers are 1-3 while Mayfield has thrown just four touchdowns and three interceptions.

“He’s actually worse now!” Clark proclaimed. “He’s worse. This team has gotten worse than what we saw last year with Sam Darnold, P.J. Walker and Cam Newton...Baker Mayfield was supposed to come in and be an upgrade over Sam Darnold. He has been none of that.”

Clark’s analysis comes on the heels of Mayfield’s response when asked about Panthers fans booing during Sunday’s game.

“Obviously I’m frustrated about the fact that we’re 1-3,” Mayfield told reporters. “That’s it, though. We’re four weeks into the year. We can sit here and let you guys pile on us or we’re gonna come together as a locker room. That’s exactly how we’re gonna handle it. I don’t really care about the fact that our fans are booing or what’s going on. We’re going to figure it out and when we win it’ll still be just us in the locker room and that’s all I care about. So, we’re going to be just fine.”

“First Take” analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin criticized Mayfield’s bravado, while host Stephen A. Smith questioned if Mayfield’s teammates believe in him.

“Folks are going to look at Baker Mayfield. There were questions of whether or not the players believed in him in Cleveland,” Smith said. “Now you come to Carolina. Look at the body language of the players. They don’t believe in this dude. They’re not sold on him.”

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