It’s now or never for Teddy Bridgewater at Washington in Week 16
By Dean Jones
It’s now or never for Teddy Bridgewater at the Washington Football Team.
Teddy Bridgewater is now in a potential do-or-die situation regarding his long-term aspirations with the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback has come in for some significant criticism in recent weeks and another failure to come through when it mattered most at the Green Bay Packers has seen even more fans and national media outlets turn on the player.
Nobody will know more about what’s at stake than Bridgewater. He worked exceptionally hard to get another starting opportunity after almost losing his leg in 2016 and the former first-round pick needs to finish the campaign on a positive note ahead of the inevitable speculation surrounding his future.
Anyone that expected miracles from Bridgewater when he signed a three-year, $63 million deal with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed was kidding themselves.
This is the first time he’s been a prominent starter since the 2015 campaign with the Minnesota Vikings and although Carolina was a good fit in terms of his previous relationship with offensive coordinator Joe Brady, it was a horrible situation to be walking into through no fault of his own.
The Panthers had no other alternative than to release Cam Newton after signing Bridgewater. But the way it was handled left a sour taste in the mouth for a large section of the team’s fanbase.
Replacing such an iconic figure as the 2015 NFL MVP is hard enough.
But the situation that led to Bridgewater starting the 2020 season left him with plenty on his plate.
The jury is still out regarding Bridgewater and the comments made by owner David Tepper earlier this week following his decision to fire Marty Hurney has put him firmly on the hot seat.