3 glaring problems if Teddy Bridgewater isn’t traded in 2021
Putting Sam Darnold in a tough spot.
Teddy Bridgewater is pretty calm and collected most of the time. This didn’t transition into winning football with the signal-caller ending his first season in Carolina with a 4-11 record, so there is much work to be done if he’s given the benefit of the doubt despite the arrival of Sam Darnold, which appears unlikely at this juncture.
Having Bridgewater still on the roster with Darnold will only put unnecessary pressure on their recent acquisition. Carolina gave up three draft picks in the hope he can make a better go of things in a different environment. So having a proven veteran waiting in the wings rather than the likes of Will Grier and P.J. Walker could be more trouble than it’s worth.
Darnold needs the full security of knowing the job is his so that he can relax, adjust to a different offensive scheme and get on the same page with quality weapons he hasn’t had the luxury of utilizing before.
The last thing anybody needs at this juncture is more questions surrounding the position if Darnold takes a little time to acclimatize. Bridgewater is tough to move because of his three-year contract, but the Panthers should do everything they can to send him somewhere else.