CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - After only 1 year into a 3 year, $65 million deal, Carolina Panthers fans are already wondering if Teddy Bridgewater will be the starting quarterback next season for the team.
That very question was asked of head coach Matt Rhule today in his final media availability of the 2020 season.
“I don’t know if I will ever answer that with a resounding yes at any position,” said coach Rhule. “I just so believe in competition. But with that being said, we will just have to wait and see.”
Not a ringing endorsement for Teddy and not a good sign as the Panthers hold the 8th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Speculation is already swirling that the team could use that pick on a future franchise QB.
“We have to evaluate our total offense at every position including Teddy,” said coach.
“I’ve been through so much in my career and I understand business is business, but that doesn’t affect me,” said Teddy. “For me, I have to control what I can control. Which is how hard I work and the type of leader that I am and the amount of work I put into this offseason.”
After a pretty decent start to the season, Teddy sputtered down the stretch and ended with him getting benched in yesterday’s game against New Orleans. Teddy threw 2 interceptions in the end zone to end a couple of Panthers scoring threats.
He also sustained an ankle injury during the game which also went into the decision to finally put him on the bench and had a little to do with his poor play down the stretch this season.
“I personally feel like ever since he got hurt in the second half of the Tampa Bay game, Teddy hasn’t played his best ball,” said coach.
“This offseason, I want to make sure that I spend the time improving myself to be able to play a full 16 games,” said Teddy. “I haven’t done this since my second year in the league and as you watched throughout the course of the season, it started showing.”
The Panthers will do their due diligent, but just because they may look at drafting a QB, doesn’t mean they have lost confidence in Teddy.
“I believe in what he can do,” said coach. “I’ve seen glimpses and flashes of us as an offense looking good. I think he is going to come fighting back and play his best football moving forward.”
“Whatever happens this offseason happens,” said Teddy. “Pretty sure the team will make the best move in the interest of the team.”