Teddy Bridgewater is officially on the hot seat in Carolina

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is on the hot seat.

If Teddy Bridgewater was looking to impress people following the bye week, then his efforts during another disappointing defeat for the Carolina Panthers left a lot to be desired. The quarterback was shaky at best at Bank of America Stadium against the Denver Broncos and it’s increased doubt as to whether he can become the team’s long-term option.

Matt Rhule outlined his faith in Teddy Bridgewater during his post-game pressure. But how much creditability this has from a head coach that declared his excitement to work with Cam Newton upon accepting the job earlier this year is up for debate.

After a promising start to life in Carolina, things are now trending on a downward curve for Bridgewater. It is going to take a monumental effort over the next few games to turn things around to avoid the undoubted speculation that is sure to come regarding the player this offseason.

This is a confidence business. The Panthers bet big that Bridgewater was the man to take them forward when they signed the former first-round pick to a three-year, $63 million deal that included a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed during free agency, which resulted in Carolina parting ways with iconic signal-caller Newton in the process.

It wasn’t the easiest of situations to be walking into.

However, Bridgewater should be performing better.

With the Packers, Washington, and the Saints all upcoming between now and the end of the campaign, things might get even worse down the stretch for Bridgewater if the necessary adjustments are not made in the coming days.