4 major observations from Baker Mayfield’s performance at NY Giants

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Baker Mayfield thinks the Carolina Panthers are close

There was a collective party line from coaches and players alike after another morale-sapping loss. Baker Mayfield also highlighted his belief that the Carolina Panthers are not that far away from everything coming together.

While the evidence – especially on offense – suggests otherwise, one cannot blame anyone for thinking this in the wake of such a reverse. After all, coming out in public with a defeatist mentality won’t do him or the organization any favors.

As he did last week, Mayfield stated there is plenty of football left. But the quarterback also highlighted the need for Carolina to rid themselves of stupid mistakes, which included two fumbles in the first quarter from Chuba Hubbard and Robbie Anderson that thankfully didn’t lead to more than six points after an improved defensive effort.

"“It’s not overcomplicated, to be honest with you. We just have to come out and play. It’s the mental hump of the 0-2 record, but knowing there’s a lot of ball left, and you think about it, we’re 6-6 at halftime when we should have been losing, if you look at the stats and situations. But we’re very close; we’re going to correct our mistakes, and go play. We put in the work; we deserve to have fun on Sundays and go execute.”"

Fans are getting sick and tired of the same old excuses. Mayfield is new to the Panthers, but he should be fully aware of the sense of urgency to finally start putting a consistent run of results together.

Otherwise, the Panthers’ failings will reflect badly on Mayfield, who is looking for a new deal in Carolina or elsewhere next spring.