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Teddy Bridgewater a ‘perfect fit’ for Panthers’ offense, new direction

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The Carolina Panthers got a new man in the pocket in Teddy Bridgewater, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that the team is excited to see how their quarterback of choice pans out.

In fact, there’s widespread belief that Bridgewater is the perfect fit for the Panthers’ offense, as well as the direction they’re taking.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule explained in a teleconference why they decided to move forward with Bridgewater. Per Sporting News’ Scott Garbarini, Rhule and the rest of the Panthers coaching staff were sold on what Bridgewater can bring to the table.

“He knows the verbiage, he knows the concepts. You watch him on tape, he’s executing the plays that we’re going to run,” Matt Rhule said of Teddy Bridgewater, who won all five of his starts filling in for an injured Drew Brees in New Orleans last season. “So you feel really good about that. And then, throughout his career, he’s someone who makes everyone around him better.

“I think he’s the perfect fit for us, for our offense, for where the team wants to go.”

It’s not hard to see why the Panthers are in love with Bridgewater. He looked like a winning quarterback during the five starts he made for the Saints last season. He finished the year with 1,384 passing yards and nine touchdowns over the course of nine games.

Rhule further emphasized that they didn’t make the decision to switch QBs due to Cam Newton’s condition.

“I think the world of Cam as a person, and then everyone knows the type of player he’s been for many, many years,” the Panthers head coach said. “[But] you have to make tough decisions about your roster and you have to do what’s in the best interest of the team moving forward.”

The 2020 season should eventually reveal to the Panthers if the decision they made was the right one.