Awkward: Panthers OC Ben McAdoo’s Old Comments About Baker Mayfield Resurface Following Trade

The Carolina Panthers acquired former 2018 No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns earlier this week and while the Panthers may think they got a potential starting quarterback and upgrade from Sam Darnold, at least one prominent figure in the Panthers organization may not think so.

The Panthers new offensive coordinator — Ben McAdoo — had comments resurface when he was asked about ranking the top quarterbacks from that class and lets just say, he wasn’t a huge Baker fan:

“He’s got an edge to him, I like that. He’s gonna lead, they’re gonna follow him,’’ McAdoo said of Mayfield. “I didn’t see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape. And if you’re short you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn’t do that.” I didn’t think he was a great athlete. This guy is kinda like a pocket quarterback that is short and with small hands, that’s what I worry about.’’

Despite what the now-Panthers offensive coordinator said about Mayfield four years ago, now he will be working with the quarterback after he spent four years starting for the Browns. McAdoo will have a chance to help Mayfield improve on some of the weaknesses he noted back when he was a rookie.

Mayfield struggled for the most part in his four-year career in Cleveland, only finishing with one winning season in 2020. That year, he led the Browns to their first playoff run since 2002.