4 painful realities for the Carolina Panthers so far this season

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Teddy Bridgewater might only get them so far

Teddy Bridgewater has played well overall since arriving with the Carolina Panthers. The free-agent signing dealt with some significant pressure following the team’s decision to select him as the man to replace Cam Newton. But his inability to come through in clutch situations is something that’s been evident

The Panthers knew what they were getting with Bridgewater. He is a solid game manager who is an accurate passer that is more than capable of leaving this young and inexperienced roster through a period of transition.

Whether he is the man to take Carolina to the next stage is another matter.

What separates the good teams from the great is having someone under center who can make things happen at the drop of a hat. Look at the way Patrick Mahomes went down the field quickly against the Panthers to turn the contest on its head in Week 9.

That is the sort of thing an organization needs to contend or even win a Super Bowl.

Only time will tell as to whether Bridgewater is capable of raising his game to this sort of level. Few, if any, players can do what Mahomes can. But the fact of the matter is no matter how well he is playing at times, their record doesn’t lie and the jury is still out.