Bridgewater suffered a nearly career-ending injury in the final week of 2016 training camp. Since that injury he has never had this great of an opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
As Tom Brady’s future hangs in the air, a lot of Pats Nation is anxiously waiting to see where Brady is going to sign, and that has left a lot of us wondering, if Brady did move on, who would be the best quarterback to replace the greatest of all time.
Teddy Bridgewater has been a popular name amongst Patriots fans as a possible replacement for Brady. In 2014 the Patriots had invited Bridgewater to a pre-draft visit to Gillette Stadium. New England ended up drafting Jimmy Garoppolo, but it shows that at some point Bill Belichick showed some interest in Bridgewater. So it’s not that far out of the realm of possibility that the Patriots could be interested in possibly signing Bridgewater.
Bridgewater suffered a nearly career-ending injury in the final week of 2016 training camp. Since that injury he has never had this great of an opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Bridgewater showed that he can still play at high levels when he went 5-0 last year for the Saints after Brees injured his thumb in New Orleans week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The short sample size that we saw out of Bridgewater tells us that he can now be seen as an effective bridge starter for an NFL team in transition, and could be that guy for the Patriots.
John Buhler of Fan Sided doesn’t think that New England would be a good landing spot for Teddy Bridgewater. When you think about it at face value, Bridgewater seems like a perfectly logical choice to transition the Patriots while Belichick tries to figure out what he’s going to do with the quarterback spot. But, Buhler points out that there are much better options for Bridgewater right now, and the Pressure could be too much for him.
“Though teams like the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans all make sense, Bridgewater would be foolish if he were to replace Tom Brady with the New England Patriots. Going to Foxborough is an awful entry point for a guy looking to revamp his career as a starting quarterback. There’s too much pressure.” - John Buhler, Fan Sided
Anybody who steps in as the Patriots next starting quarterback after Tom Brady is going to be in a tough spot. By Bridgewater going to New England, he would be the oldest and have the lowest ceiling in the AFC East. Sam Darnold of the New York Jets and Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills were top-10 picks. The Miami Dolphins are expected to take either Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert with their top-five selection. So Bridgewater would kind of be the odd man out, and he’s also going to be expected to keep the Patriots at the levels Brady has brought them to.
“In short, Bridgewater has overcome too much in his football life to willingly go into a situation that isn’t winnable for him. He’s better off replacing the likes of Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston or Cam Newton or taking a starting job from Jacoby Brissett or Mitchell Trubisky than to be the next Patriots quarterback after Brady.” - John Buhler, Fan Sided
It’s hard to argue with Buhler’s opinion. As a Patriots fan and caring more about what happens to the team rather than to Bridgewater, I deep down would love for him to take over for the Patriots for a couple of seasons until Jarrett Stidham is ready or the Patriots draft the future.