Baker Mayfield footwork issues could be key to breaking the code to more wins
Carolina Panthers Quarterback Baker Mayfield has a league leading ten batted passes so far this season and it continues to be a huge problem for execution and rhythm with his receivers. The other ongoing issue is his overall footwork that has been detrimental during his entire career. Head coach Matt Rhule addressed that this week. "As a quarterback, when it's three-step you have to play on time and you can't be late with the football," Rhule said.
"A couple of those (passes) went for maybe an extra little false step or something."
Regarding the batted balls, physically Mayfield stands at just over six feet so he is certainly challenged from the line of scrimmage at that height from all the defensive fronts.
Back when Mayfield played for Cleveland, Browns Offensive Coordinator Alex Van Pelt tried to help correct the footwork. Another noticeable tendency was Mayfield’s eyes while dropping back to pass also dropped downward so that caused possible receiver location problems.
The issue isn't entirely on Mayfield, however. The offensive line is partly anchored by two of the team's youngest players - Ikem Ekwonu and Brady Christensen. But overall the front line has struggled in critical moments with protecting Mayfield. "What you are seeing is when guys don't win in pass rush," Rhule said.
"We have to get that corrected."
After four games played for Carolina Mayfield has a 74.98 quarterback rating, and has only completed 54 percent of his passes. Coach Matt Rhule is sticking with his starter with the belief that Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo and Mayfield can fix the areas of concern.