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S Fowler’s take Panthers had to dump Teddy Bridgewater, but will Sam Darnold really be any better?


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Stopped reading at “Teddy wasn’t that bad”. He obviously didn’t watch him play. Then made it even worse by saying “especially if you only look at the first three quarters” wtf kind of stupid logic is that?! Teddy was that bad. Stats lie and he was even worse than his stats. Completion % is the biggest red herring stat in sports. 

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2 minutes ago, JawnyBlaze said:

Stopped reading at “Teddy wasn’t that bad”. He obviously didn’t watch him play. Then made it even worse by saying “especially if you only look at the first three quarters” wtf kind of stupid logic is that?! Teddy was that bad. Stats lie and he was even worse than his stats. Completion % is the biggest red herring stat in sports. 

I thought you said you stopped reading..........

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2 hours ago, Michael G said:

The overall, general mistake the panthers made was the huge contract they gave Teddy, not signing him in the first place. It was obvious Rhule, Brady, and Tepper did not want to keep Cam, with his injury concerns. I hoped they'd give him a chance because their weren't any other solid options that I remember (especially not on the roster), but they cut bait. 

Enter Teddy who was 5-0 with the saints in relief of Drew (and who didn't throw 30 Interceptions like JW, and wasn't old like AD or Fitz). Teddy who everyone says works hard and is a real competitor. A guy that Joe Brady (a rookie OC) had experience with. A former #1 pick and a guy who had lost a starting gig due to a horrible injury and had battled back to be in position to possibly take over for Bree's after he retired.

Imagine if we'd have kept Cam and brought in Teddy as a backup and insurance at a Greatly reduced contract, or if we signed Teddy to a One year prove it deal- with an option for an extension if he was indeed proving it after mid season.

Hindsight is amazing. Hopefully its something our current FO can also learn from.

Agreed. The contract was the problem. Someone should have piped up to Marty and said are you willing to pay this guy $34M for one year if he doesn’t work out? Considering the small money vet QBs signed for last year we way overpaid. Teddy wasn’t some rookie backup like Jimmy G where you didn’t know his ceiling. Even just not guaranteeing the 2021 salary would have been way better. He couldn’t have been walking into a better prove himself position with a ton of weapons. We should have been able to say no, we won’t guarantee it because this is the best opportunity you have. Instead we fell all over ourselves to outbid no one else at this price and had to eat $7M more this year.

Also, considering the peanuts that other vet QBs (if Teddy was a bridge) signed for later, we shouldn’t have paid home anywhere close. I mean Denver is paying $3M for him this year. That was the best trade we could get and Teddy was fine making $10M total. We way overpaid him considering how cheap he is this year.

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1 hour ago, frankw said:

Guys with Sam Darnold avatars before he has even put on a Panthers jersey have concerns about Fields..

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Well he is a Panther now so that makes sense..

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Teddy is a great backup level QB, reliable with a low ceiling. At the price Denver paid it's not that bad, mostly because we ate wat too much money on a really bad contract. 

Darnold has spent the last 3 years learning really bad habits. The hope we can make that work isn't enough to overcome the huge negatives on his mental game but you have to try.

Now that Teddy is finally gone we can add another QB and if Sam looks how he has the past 3 years then we can get a look at another QB this year and see if we are right back in the QB hunt next offseason. And Sam is a vet next year so if he can't turn it around with better coaching this year he probably won't ever. Honestly if we can get him to backup level play that at least keep some value on him and more options open in 2022.

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1 hour ago, mrcompletely11 said:

Which post was that?

The article quoted in the OP. “Teddy wasn’t that bad, especially if you just count the first three quarters”. After that sentence I stopped reading the quoted article. 

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5 hours ago, OneBadCat said:

Tired of the excuses for Teddy. Franchise QB's deliver with 8 opportunities to win the game period.

The issue here isn’t Teddys. It’s believing he was ever a franchise QB in the first place. Don’t blame a backup for playing like a backup just because you thought he was a starter. 

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No offense to Fowler but it’s wild someone can get paid for an article like that. He just rattled off the numbers and basically said “Teddy wasn’t awful, Darnold is unproven, the Panthers really want a quarterback, Teddy is a great guy”.  
 

On a related side note, the athletic has excellent sports coverage. Look out for their $1 per month deal.

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