At Home with Baker Mayfield has been a staple of Progressive commercials for years now. However, after being traded to Carolina on Wednesday, Progressive will no longer have the luxury of being able to use footage at FirstEnergy Stadium for the sake of continuity. With every drawback comes the opportunity for genius, especially in the marketing department. Listen up Progressive! Listen up Flo, Jamie, and friends! I have your next campaign planned out. I’ll be expecting payment (You guys got Venmo?). Here’s the script, excuse the formatting:
INT. — Bank of America Stadium, day
Baker and his wife, Emily Wilkinson, unpack a few of the props we’ve seen from previous “At Home” commercials (ie: coffee machine, perhaps a framed picture of him with Alice Cooper, etc.) when he gets to the nacho cheese dispenser. Emily snatches it away from Baker
Oh, we don’t need that. We have dispensers here, and these ones have actually been to two Super Bowls.
The hassle of moving was so much already, but Progressive made it easy to bundle our home and auto insurance, even during our move. We saved a boatload of money.
Baker, you said you wouldn’t.
What? We had some extra cash, so I just figured…
Alright, but you’re taking me with you.
Oh, in the can. I already told my friends I’d take them.
EXT. — Beach, day
Baker is driving a boat. Sam Darnold and Matt Corral are sitting in the back.
Man, this is so much better than Lake Erie.
Do you think I could drive for a little bit?
When you’re older, kid. Even I had to wait before I got to drive.
You only had to wait two weeks.
Enjoy it. It sucks getting thrust right into the driving role immediately.
CUT TO WIDE SHOT OF BOAT GOING ACROSS SCREEN
Progressive. Bundle home, auto, and boat insurance all in one place.
(Sounding ill) Could you move to calmer waters? I think I’m gonna be sick.
Not in the boat!
Does he have mono again?
And scene! That’s at most a one-minute ad. After a few edits, that could get cut down to 30 or 45 seconds. Perfect for slotting in between plays, or while the referees are reviewing a challenge.
Is it bad? Probably, but I’m willing to indulge in the creative process with the great minds over at Progressive. Let’s hash out the sharper script. You gotta make at least one dig at Cleveland throughout this thing; how could you not?! You need a cameo from Alice Cooper, and adding Darnold and Corral to the mix would fill the entire Panthers’ QB room—save for PJ Walker and some guy named Davis Cheek—with Progressive Representatives! No matter who ends up starting for the Panthers during the season, one of them will have been in a Progressive commercial. That’s marketing, baby!
Maybe Darnold doesn’t want his stint with mono brought back up, and maybe poking fun at his struggles with the Jets is too far—so much for “Broadway Sam”—but you have to have some back and forth like that for this to work. It makes too much sense.
Basically, I’m a marketing genius, who didn’t write a single line of cringe in the script above. NOT ONE! Feel free to email me to discuss compensation, Progressive. I’ll be waiting. Also, maybe throw in some money for this guy. He got the idea before I did. He deserves some of that cold, hard creative process cash.