Denver Broncos: Teddy Bridgewater and Vic Fangio’s fate is tied together

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Denver Broncos, Teddy Bridgewater
Denver Broncos, Teddy Bridgewater /

From a statistical standpoint, Teddy Bridgewater has yet to see a season in which he has thrown over 15 touchdown passes. To plan an entire season around that, especially when you have an exuberant amount of talent on your roster, seems questionable at best.

That said, Bridgewater also hasn’t ever played on a team with this much talent on both sides of the ball in his career. He has also looked phenomenal in both exhibition games this season. Having just three incompletions throughout his time in the preseason, with zero turnovers, and a couple of touchdown passes.

If he can carry that over into the regular season, there will obviously be a case to keep Teddy “Two Gloves” in town for an extended period of time. Teddy would also need to do something else he has yet to do in his career, win a playoff game.

Outside of a brutal loss to the Seattle Seahawks on a botched field goal attempt, Teddy hasn’t even been relatively close. This could be the season of change. Granted, Teddy has been fighting ongoing knee issues, maybe he is just now fully healthy.

For Teddy to solidify his place in Broncos Country, I think he would have to lead this team to the playoffs and actually supplant 20-plus passing touchdowns. Many have pondered the realm of a 23-25 touchdown pass range, but for him to be extended, I would like to see Teddy throw for 30 touchdowns this season.

This may be quite the stretch as it is literally double his career-best of 15 touchdown passes in a single season, but for an extension, his play needs to warrant an extension. Teddy also cant have 11 interceptions unless he throws about 30 touchdown passes if he would be vying for an extension.

Outside of just flat out raising his play to a level we haven’t seen, Teddy Bridgewater needs to pass the eye test. When making decisions, Bridgewater must show that he has evolved as a quarterback and looks beyond the line of scrimmage when attempting to complete a pass.

Basically, in order for Teddy Bridgewater to remain this team’s quarterback and become the quarterback of the future, he needs to double his touchdown passes, maintain his turnovers, take the next step in becoming more aggressive as a passer, lead this team to the playoffs, and win in the playoffs.

Oh, a victory against the Kansas City Chiefs would be icing on the cake.

Daunting, sure, but possible?