Teddy Bridgewater has found the perfect home with the Panthers
If there has ever been a perfect quarterback-coordinator marriage, it exists in Carolina. Teddy Bridgewater and offensive coordinator Joe Brady mesh so well with their respective coaching and playstyles, it is almost as if they have worked together for years. this is because they have.
This will be Bridgewater’s second stint under the tutelage of Brady, who was his coach during the quarterback’s stint with the New Orleans Saints. He played in the New Orleans offense from 2018-19, an offense that Joe Brady installed to a historic level of effect with LSU in 2019. This offense allowed Teddy Bridgewater to be the most efficient player possible, throwing nine touchdowns to only two interceptions in six meaningful games in 2019.
The roster Bridgewater is stepping in to is one perfectly suited to his skillset. He is one of the least aggressive passers in the NFL, only averaging about five yards downfield per completion. This is a benefit to the Panthers. He will have receivers like D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, who are run after catch threats.
Christian McCaffrey is the best all-around running back in the NFL. This will work for Teddy Bridgewater, as he has one of the best check-down options in the NFL. McCaffrey is also a threat downfield. This will continue to spread defenses out and allow the offense to prosper.
The most crucial aspect of Bridgewater’s game is ball security. Bridgewater very rarely turns the ball over to the defense, and that stability is something the Panthers desperately need during this rebuilding stage.
The contract is perfect too
In an era of the NFL where quarterbacks are still playing at a high level well into their thirties, a three year deal for Bridgewater is perfect. The 27-year-old takes over a talented offense in the prime of his career. He also gets a chance to prove himself as a starting quarterback once again. If Bridgewater performs well on this contract, he will be due a massive payday on his next deal.
This deal is not just beneficial to the player, but the team as well. Getting Bridgewater for three years means several things for the organization. First, it gives them time to evaluate the offense with a steady hand leading the team. Secondly, it gives them time to decide if Teddy Bridgewater is a franchise quarterback or not. Thirdly, if the Panthers decide Bridgewater is not the guy, it gives them three years to find and groom the next franchise quarterback.
This is a good situation for both parties involved and could lead to some of the best offensive seasons the Panthers have ever had.
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