Could the Saints stay relevant with Teddy Bridgewater at QB?
The New Orleans Saints saw star quarterback Drew Brees go down fairly early in their game against the Los Angeles Rams due to a hand injury. Unfortunately, Brees was never able to come back into the game and Teddy Bridgewater was thrown into the action. Now, there have been reports that Brees’ injury could be significant, which could force him to miss time.
If that is the case and the Saints don’t have Brees for a decent period of time, can they remain competitive and playoff contenders with Bridgewater leading the way?
Bridgewater came into the game and completed 17 of his 30 pass attempts for 165 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. New Orleans did not look effective at all offensively after Brees went down. Alvin Kamara wasn’t even able to get going with the Rams’ defense able to key in on him.
Answering this question is not an easy task, but we will do our best to do so.
At one point in his career, Bridgewater was considered to be one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the entire NFL. He was starting to lead the Minnesota Vikings back to contention when he suffered a gruesome leg injury that nearly ended his career. It took a lot of time and pain to get back to the field, but he is back and may be looking at a big-time opportunity to prove himself once again with the Saints.
There is no denying the fact that Bridgewater has the ability to lead the Saints to some wins. However, there are some concerns about his supporting cast and whether or not he can make the team better around him like Brees has done.
Michael Thomas is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Kamara is one of the most lethal dual-threat running backs in the NFL. New Orleans doesn’t have a terrible defense, but they aren’t “dominant.”
Can Bridgewater lead the Saints to some wins? Absolutely. Can they remain Super Bowl contenders without Brees on the field? Absolutely not.
Hopefully, Brees will only be forced to miss a short amount of time. If he is forced to miss more than five or six weeks, the Saints are going to be in some trouble. Bridgewater could get them a few wins over the next five or six, but anything longer than that and New Orleans could be looking at missing the playoffs.
Expect to hear more news about Brees and how long he will miss in the near future. New Orleans can only hope and pray that the injury seems more serious than it actually is, and that their superstar quarterback will be able to get back on the field in the next week or two.
Bridgewater could come out and shock everyone, but he’s not the up-and-coming star that he once was. New Orleans should still have confidence in their backup quarterback, but relying on him to lead them to the playoffs would be a tough turn of events for the Saints.