But when the Panthers released the best player in franchise history at 30, the news was still a shock. The fact that they did this for the still unproven five-year-old NFL veteran Teddy Bridgewater raised her eyebrows.
The move was the most significant step in a regime change under David Tepper, the owner of the second year, which includes rookie head coach Matt Rhule.
Rhule spoke to reporters on Wednesday, explaining the thought process behind Bridgewater’s preference over Carolina’s former MVP quarterback.
Teddy “knows this offense”
“Cam Newton is a great quarterback and can play in any system,” Rhule said on ESPN. “In a year like this, especially when we are all in our homes, Teddy is a guy who has been in this crime, knows this crime and was very familiar with Joe.
“It just made sense for us. But it is less a comparison for me than a kind of opportunity for us and we took advantage of it. “
In this case, Joe is the rookie offensive coordinator Joe Brady. And it sounds like a lot of the Panthers went with Bridgewater because he knows Brady’s playbook.
Bridgewater played for Brady as a backup of Drew Brees when Brady was an offensive assistant at the New Orleans Saints in 2018. Brady spent 2019 as the LSU’s temporary game coordinator and is considered the guru behind the tigers’ explosive offense that led to an unbeaten national championship season and crowned quarterback Joe Burrow as the alleged number 1 overall choice in the upcoming NFL draft.
Has the corona virus influenced the thinking process of the panthers?
It also sounds like Rhule claims that the COVID-19 pandemic that is keeping everyone at home has played a role in signing a man who could fit directly into the system. Bridgewater signed a three-year, $ 63 million freehand contract with Carolina, an annual average contract that matched Newton’s non-guaranteed remaining year of his Panthers contract.
An important reason for the relocation of the Panthers from Newton are foot and shoulder injuries that have hindered him for two seasons. But Carolina replaced with a player with his own productive injury history and has not proven to be a reliable NFL starter.
Bridgewater with a lot to prove
Bridgewater’s second season at the Minnesota Vikings earned him a Pro Bowl nod, but that was four seasons and a devastating knee injury.
Panthers fans certainly hope Team Brass saw more in Bridgewater than a guy who knows the game book when they decided to release the franchise’s face.
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