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Matt Rhule says Teddy Bridgewater has elite intelligence. Bridgewater is starting to figure things out with Carolina and the Panthers look legit again. (Grant Halverson/2020 Getty Images)

Matt Rhule Says Teddy Bridgewater Has Elite Intelligent

I’ll be the first to admit that I hit the panic button when the Panthers started 0-2. It looked like the Panthers already needed a new quarterback again. Since then, Carolina has won three straight and are very much back in the NFC South mix. Matt Rhule has had praise for Teddy Bridgewater saying that he has elite intelligence.

Teddy is elite at knowing where to go with the ball,” said Rhule, via the Charlotte Observer. “He’s one of the best pocket movement guys I’ve ever been around. . . . And he’s so smart. He has tremendous expectation and understanding of what we’re trying to do.”

Bridgewater has always been a good game manager. Bridgewater’s career record of 24-15 likely isn’t by accident. Sure, the Saints and Vikings are good teams, but Bridgewater has been a consistent winner in the NFL. Maybe the slow start can be chalked up to having a short offseason. It’s an unprecedented year. The way Bridgewater has rebounded is impressive.

On the season, the former first-round pick from Louisville has a stat line of 73.4%, 1,460 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. His yards per attempt numbers are also up from his career average. The more Bridgewater is out there, the better he has looked. The Joe Brady effect is real.

What happens when Christian McCaffrey is reinserted back into the fold? Carolina could be a sneaky team. Defensively, they’re improving too, with Derrick Brown and Yetur Gross-Matos making significant impacts as rookies. I mocked Chad Bauman for picking Carolina to win the division. Will I live to regret it?