Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Prime Video’s Michael Smith discuss the redeem team that has been put together in Carolina. What are the chances a failed head coach, and two underperforming first round quarterbacks can turn their careers around with the Panthers. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHARLES ROBINSON: This is no shade on Joe Brady at all. It's not. But bringing in Ben McAdoo, what ends up happening is, and I think what happened with Brady, was you had a really young guy who's your OC. And--
MICHAEL SMITH: Coaching a really young guy.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Coaching a really young guy. And then there are a million things you got to do as an OC. And I don't know that Brady was necessarily ready for that yet. Again, I'm not throwing shade on this guy. Again, I think part of it is learned. Ben McAdoo comes in, who I don't think Ben McAdoo is a head coach. I do. I think he's a quality OC, which means what? Now Matt Rhule doesn't have to worry about micromanaging any of the offensive staff because he's got an extremely experienced OC who's going to run everything.
And I think McAdoo buys into Baker. So to me, it all goes with the quarterback. If Baker can produce and be healthy, and I think he can be a good quarterback, and he's 100% healthy, and that line can just be serviceable, I think Carolina is probably a different team than people realize.
MICHAEL SMITH: I also think it's just, and listening to you break that down, it's just a great story. And I look at a Ben McAdoo, did not go well for him as a head coach. Maybe that's just not where he's supposed to be. Maybe he's just a really good offensive coordinator and there's something to be said for that, especially in the right situation.
So maybe, he found the perfect situation for him. And here he is at the rightest place, at the right time, for the people who need him, which brings me to Baker. I'm watching Baker today and I'm like, not only do people need a change of scenery, but there's something about the perception of a dude when you see him in a different uniform. I'm like, Baker Mayfield as the savior of the Cleveland Browns? Yeah, I'm not really feeling that.
Baker Mayfield as a solid serviceable quarterback with some upside for the Carolina Panthers? I dig that. It's a good pickup for them. I'm like, he looks good out there. He looks-- and even for Baker, it's like, all right. It didn't work out in Cleveland. That doesn't make him a bum. Goes to Carolina with something to prove, out to make some money, let's face it, trying to get paid. So he's going to do everything possible to get paid, got a lot on the line. Like you said, if he's healthy, he's ready to rock and roll.
And lastly, Sam Darnold. Maybe Sam Darnold ain't a starter quarterback in the NFL. Maybe he's not. There's good money to be made along the career to be had as a backup. I'm going to be sitting next to one on Thursday nights that played for nine freaking teams, made a lot of money, made a lot of friends, had a lot of relationships, has a great reputation as a backup quarterback who nobody ever really wanted to start but ended up starting and having some [INAUDIBLE] magical moments.
You could do a lot worse than Sam Darnold as your backup quarterback. It's like, I don't-- if God forbid something happens to Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold comes in, I'm like, all right. You know what? This dude might get you if you sleep on him.