The moment in football where teams get better or worse has officially arrived, and it will certainly impact the New Orleans Saints.
With COVID-19 dominating every major news headline and every major sport being postponed until further notice, the NFL Free Agency period is just what sports fanatics needed to ease the anxiety. And, for New Orleans Saints fans, there has already been a ton of news.
One free-agent move in particular that Saints fans have been anticipating is where and when will Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater go.
Well with today’s announcement, as reported by several NFL insiders including Chris Mortensen, the anticipation and waiting game is over.
New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is to believed to be heading to the Carolina Panthers on a three-year deal in the 60 million dollar range.
With Teddy Bridgewater now gone to a formidable divisional opponent, the New Orleans Saints quarterback situation is much clearer.
Teddy Bridgewater led the team, going a perfect 5-0 in is his fill-in role for future hall of fame quarterback Drew Brees, and during that time is where he started to garner potential interest from teams.
In those five starts for the New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 133 passes on 196 attempts completing 67.9% of his passes for 1384 yards with 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions with a 99.1 quarterback rating.
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The Carolina Panthers are obviously moving in another direction by giving their face of the franchise, quarterback Cam Newton, permission to seek a trade which then prompted the acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater.
With the hiring of Joe Brady as the new offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, the move to get Teddy Bridgewater was an easy decision being that Bridgewater worked with Joe Brady during his tenure with the New Orleans Saints as the passing game coordinator during the 2017-2018 season.
The following year Joe Brady would take those same passing concepts to LSU and set unprecedented records and help lead LSU to a national championship.
Teddy Bridgewater is a solid game-managing quarterback, but in order for the whole thing to work with Bridgewater, he’s going to need some pieces in place and that starts with the Panthers offensive line.
The Carolina Panthers offensive line allowed 58 sacks in 2019 which is an average of 3.5 sacks a game and also, to add salt to that wound, they also allowed 102 hits on the quarterback.
From what I’ve learned about Teddy Bridgewater over the past five years is that in order for Teddy and the Carolina Panthers to be successful in 2020 they’re going to first have to address their offensive line as an immediate responsibility and secondly they’re going to have to play solid defensively to fit his game managing style of play.