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Baker needs to cook up some danger
Head coach Freddie Kitchens has stated on multiple occasions that the play of the quarterback depends on the play of everyone else around him. To an extent this is true. If playmakers make plays, then Mayfield looks like a great quarterback. The reverse is also true.
Nonetheless, there is something to be said about the quarterback playing well enough to raise the level of play of those around him. Baker has some areas of his game that he can improve upon to make those around him better.
First, he needs to see the defense post snap better. The New York Jets have set the tone for the league on how to approach Baker defensively. The plan is to present one look pre-snap then post-snap go into a different defense. Baker has not adjusted very well at this point. But this week is a new week.
Second, Baker needs to look for shorter routes and check downs. Not every play needs to be an explosive play. In fact, the more he looks short the more two things will happen. One, his play makers will get the ball and make plays. Two, throwing underneath will bring the defense up, thereby opening up the longer play. Throwing short has its advantages. It opens up the throws Baker wants to make anyway. Throw short to open up the long ball. Disrupt to strike.
Third, Baker needs to stay in the pocket. Anyone who watches the games sees that Baker likes to roll right when under pressure. He needs to stay in the pocket more. Step up, read the defense and make the throw.
Fourth, if he has to roll out, he needs to be willing to give up on a play. It is fine to throw the ball away to avoid a sack or interception. Take care of the ball by giving up on the play. This is a skill a lot of young quarterbacks have to learn.