Teddy Bridgewater is officially on the hot seat in Carolina
By Dean Jones
Where does Teddy Bridgewater go from here?
This is going to be an immense test of character for Teddy Bridgewater, of that there is little doubt. He is a hard man to root against after all the quarterback has gone through to get to this point. But there is no room for sentiment in the NFL and patience is clearly running thin.
Bridgewater might look like a cool character with a fun-loving demeanor. However, his last two performances indicate that some cracks might be beginning to show and the Carolina Panthers will want to monitor this situation carefully in practice this week ahead of their nationally televised game at the Green Bay Packers on Saturday Night Football.
Carolina hand-picked Bridgewater thanks to his previous relationship with offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Something just isn’t clicking between the pair for whatever reason of late and it is essential the play-caller puts his quarterback in the best possible position to succeed down the stretch.
This is a high stakes situation for Bridgewater that might see P.J. Walker see some more time under center if things don’t improve. The coaching staff knows what it is getting from their No. 1 option, so getting a better look at the former XFL star after an eye-catching debut earlier this season wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
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One could argue that following in Cam Newton’s footsteps – especially in the manner he departed the organization – left Bridgewater on a hiding to nothing coming into the Panthers. But it’s hard to look at his play of late and come to the conclusion he can be a franchise signal-caller to replace the 2015 NFL MVP.