Teddy Bridgewater is a compelling case, and he’s hard to crack.
In 2015, he made the Pro Bowl and was looked at as a future star. Then in 2016, he breaks his leg and misses a season. He goes to the Jets in 2018 for one offseason, until he gets traded to the Saints in the 2018 preseason.
Bridgewater is getting groomed behind Drew Brees, and he sits on the bench for 2018. He decides to re-sign with the Saints for another season in 2019 to get the best coaching offered from Sean Payton.
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Then Brees unexpectedly goes down in 2019, and Teddy steps in to play. Everybody is hoping that the Saints go 3-2 or 2-3 without Brees. The Saints had to play at Seattle, at Chicago, at Jacksonville, home against the Cowboys, and home against the Buccaneers.
Teddy’s first game isn’t only against Seattle; it’s at Seattle.
The Saints march in there, and they blow the doors off one of the best teams in the NFL, at their highly regarded home atmosphere, and without Drew Brees. Yes, the Seahawks scored a couple of garbage-time touchdowns, but the Saints rose to the occasion mightily without Drew.
Teddy went on to a record of 5-0. He didn’t play like an All-Pro, but he posted a 99.1 QBR and a 9-2 touchdown to interception ratio. That’s pretty good for a quarterback that had a steady defense and average run game.
Teddy is only 27 years old, and he’s walking into another modest situation. He has the best all-purpose running back in the league, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, and he has a good wide receiver combo: Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore.
Teddy may not be Drew Brees or Tom Brady, but he’s accurate with the football and very intelligent. He could make his second Pro Bowl with a good supporting cast of weapons around him this year.
Let’s see which Hall of Fame quarterback is ranked at No. 2 on the list.