1. Keep being real
When most fans think of a franchise quarterback, they think of a guy who always gives the politically correct answer. He doesn’t say anything that may ruffle feathers and would never give an opposing team any bulletin material by making a comment that can be seen as offensive.
Baker Mayfield doesn’t fit into that mold at all.
He’s going to speak his mind whether people like it or not. His answers won’t sound rehearsed and he likely won’t win many popularity contests outside of his own fan base. He’s been called immature, cocky, and arrogant because of this. But one thing he can’t be called is fake.
Maybe not everyone understands this because they’re not used to it. Mayfield’s reluctance to fit into the franchise quarterback stereotype might annoy people like Colin Cowherd but it also makes him who he is. If he were to change his personality, he wouldn’t be the charismatic leader that teammates gravitate to and would run through a brick wall for.
Like it or not, this is Baker and if he is going to be succesful in the NFL, he has to remain comfortable in his skin. Thankfully, he landed in a place that embraces this. Not only the fans, but also the general manager and head coach understand that him being real is vital to his success.
There will be many other keys to success for the franchise this season as they aim to end a 17-year drought. However, these are three of the keys to No. 6 taking his next step and doing his part in that endeavor.