There is no reason Teddy Bridgewater, who has experience reading defenses and calling plays at that line, cannot be a starter day 1. Ponder is a perfect backup, Joe Webb as an emergency, and let Cassel walk.
Matt Cassel is the best back up on the market no doubt. But his salary demands will not be worth it, unless we are drafting a project qb in the late rounds. I am not sure that is the answer. I think with the right moves this off season this team can compete for a championship this year.
In my opinion Bridgewater has smarts and maturity way beyond JFF. If Houston passes on Teddy we should trade up even if it means next years first. We gave up a first for 69 and were happy to do it. I know 69 was more a known commodity than is Bridgewater, but Bridgewater has everything we need in a passer. He has all the tools to secure that position for years and is therefore worth the cost.
In addition to being accurate, he has a high football IQ and experience with audibles and reading defenses. In listening to him you can tell he wants to perfect his craft. My first impression in hearing him interviewed was that this kid reminds me of Peyton Manning in the way he wants to attack and disect defenses. He has the pedigree of an experienced passer thanks to his coach who turned the playbook over to Teddy years ago. This kid has been reading defenses and audibling at the line for years. No other QB in this draft has had so much freedom at the line of scrimmage as Teddy. I only see this guy getting better. I think he has a legitimate chance in our offense to be one of the better passers in the NFL. He is humble and can truly be the answer to our QB dilemma. Bridgewater has the makings of a field general, ... humble, accurate, and smart. When is the last time we had all of those attributes in a QB?
A guard and rb in free agency or the draft, and all other resources to defense, defense, defense.
Teddy is the key. Teddy IS the answer. Make it so RS!