Why Seahawks fit
So what would be different if Baker Mayfield was with the Seattle Seahawks, compared to the four years we saw of him in Cleveland? Well for starters, the culture would be completely different.
Last year may have been a disaster, but this has consistently been a winning organization that won twelve games as recently as 2020. If Pete Carroll and John Schneider sign or trade for Baker Mayfield, then they believe in him and are prepared to give him every shot to be successful and their QB of the future.
The system Baker ran with Kevin Stefanski in Cleveland is very similar to what Seattle runs with Shane Waldron. A powerful running game, mixed in with vertical play-action plays, constantly looking for those explosive plays.
Baker has a tremendous arm and good mobility. Within Waldron’s scheme, it’s easy to see the good in Baker translating. It’s not unrealistic to see Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker be a version of what Cleveland has with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
The biggest difference that could be helpful for Baker, is the quality of targets he’d be throwing to.
With all due respect to Cleveland, the talent that Baker would be throwing to is unlike anything he’s ever seen. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are Pro Bowl-level receivers and better than anyone he threw to during his first four years.
Noah Fant and Will Dissly have the potential to be a huge security blanket for Baker as well, lowering some of the turnover concerns that Seahawks and their fans are obviously worried about.
With an upgraded offensive line, a QB-friendly scheme, and star targets, we could see Baker be in his best position to succeed. It just so happens it could also be his last shot to succeed.