4 ways Carolina Panthers can improve on offense in 2021

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Joe Brady
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Carolina Panthers need a new quarterback

One doesn’t have to look far in order to see what the No. 1 desire is for the Carolina Panthers this offseason. They have made no secret of their desire to get an upgrade on Teddy Bridgewater and are willing to pull out all the stops to get an upgrade.

Whether this comes in free agency, the 2021 NFL Draft, or via a bombshell trade for somebody like Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans, it promises to be a franchise-altering move either way.

Bridgewater’s close relationship with Joe Brady shouldn’t get in the way of finding a better option, with the former first-round pick wilting in close games down the stretch and displaying a notable reduction in confidence over the last few contests.

The Panthers had four players achieve more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2020.

And they still finished with a 5-11 record.

This might be seen as something of an achievement considering Carolina had its star running back Christian McCaffrey available for only three games. But there doesn’t appear to be any sort of confidence in Bridgewater leading the Panthers back into legitimate contention.

The decision needs to be made quickly. Any incoming signal-caller needs time to learn the playbook, develop chemistry with receivers, and build communication with what is expected to be a much-changed offensive line. So the stakes are incredibly high for Carolina and it’s a call they cannot afford to get wrong.