Teddy Bridgewater is Spot on About the Panthers Coaching Staff Needing to Spend More Time Practicing Two-Minute Drills and Red Zone Offense
via: Pro Football Talk
Teddy Bridgewater spent last year as the Panthers’ starting quarterback. This year, Bridgewater is in Denver, but he has some parting advice for his former team: Improve your practice schedule.
Bridgewater said that under first-year head coach Matt Rhule and first-year offensive coordinator Joe Brady, the Panthers didn’t spend as much time on elements of the game like the two-minute offense and red zone work as an NFL team needs.
“As an organization there’s things you can do better,” Bridgewater said on the podcast hosted by Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson. “I’ll just say this, for Joe Brady’s growth, that organization, they’ll have to practice different things in different ways. One thing we didn’t do much of when I was there, we didn’t practice two minute, really. We didn’t practice red zone. . . . You walk through the red zone stuff and then Saturday you come out and practice red zone, but you’d only get like 15 live reps. Guys’ reps would be limited.”
Bridgewater said he takes the responsibility for his own shortcomings last season, saying, “I understand the nature of this business and it’s a performance-based business.” But he clearly thinks the coaching staff could stand to improve its own performance.
Video of Teddy Bridgewater saying the Panthers didn't practice two minute drills or red zone situations.
If you listen to Pardon My Take, you've probably heard Big Cat mention the Mike McCarthy watermelon stories no less than 67,000 times. ICY don't know wtf I'm referencing:
BC does make a great point that if he'd known Mike McCarthy smashed a watermelon before a game to fire up his guys that he would've bet on the Cowboys. We all would've. You gotta bet on a team in that spot; you know they're gonna be jazzed up and ready to kill (metaphorically). This news did us no good after the fact. The can be said for me right now.
I'm not mad at Teddy Bridgewater for throwing his former coaches under the bus because I don't even think he is in this situation. He owned up to his poor play last year. Dude is just giving people the facts that they didn't spend enough time working on situational football. You know, the one thing Bill Belichick (8x Super Bowl champion) preaches to all his players and coaches and is a significant component behind all his success. I think Teddy's fair to be critical of the Carolina coaching staff for not spending enough time on these crucial situations where games are won and lost. Maybe that explains his 62.6 QBR (26th in the NFL) in two-minute situations and 0-8 record when the Panthers had a chance to win or tie the game? (H/T: ESPN)
Had I known the Panthers run only 15 fucking red zone plays in walk-throughs, I would've NEVER included the teased over in Saints @ Panthers; even at over 40.5.
Last season, my #TooManyLegs Teaser of the Week was incredibly successful. Add handicapper to one of the many hats I wear in addition to blogger and father of an inactive college-based Twitter account on the verge of dropping below 4,000 followers :( I should be writing this blog for Barstool Sports right now, considering how well #TML did. 6-10 in the regular season on bets with +1000 payouts (well, one was +800 because of a push on the teased over in 49ers @ Patriots), +48 units. #TML would've been 7-9 +58 (dozzzahhh) units had Will Lutz not missed an extra point OR the Panthers converted on any of their multiple trips DEEP into Saints' territory.
Admittedly, I had some wild moments to keep the teaser alive last year. I was on the right side of Dr. Heat sending 14 guys against the Raiders in a clear prevent situation; the Bears scored a meaningless two-point conversion against the Colts to cover +9 that helped #TML cash out in Week 4. These same Panthers gave up a touchdown to Leonard Fournette on the first play in a situation where they were just trying to pick up a first down and kneel it out to cash an over, but I didn't truly get my heart ripped out until the final week of the year.
In the final ever Week 17 that ended the regular season, TML went 7-1 for the first time with the only losing leg losing by half a fucking point in a game that should've seen 50+ points on the scoreboard.
In addition to Wil Lutz's missed PAT (they happen, but as soon as I saw he missed, I knew I was fucked), the Panthers had drives that reached the NOLA 18, 21, 19, 20, and 31-yard lines that resulted in 0 points. I know those aren't all red-zone situations, but they might as well be. Of course, as soon as they sniffed the Saints' 20-yard line, all hell broke loose.
How do you have three separate 56-yard drives that result in zero points? I get it field goals were out of the mix at the point but come the fuck on.
Teddy Bridgewater left the game due to injury and was replaced by XFL legend Phillip Walker. Neither guy had a great day on the job. Devastating way to lose my teaser. Way to show up, P.J.
In closing, Panthers, I am a BEAST in the red zone AND clock management in Madden. In lieu of the $500 I would've won and, more importantly, how much better the #TML teaser of the week's stats would've looked for#HireDozo purposes, I'll take my compensation in an advisor type of role. If you want to have a year three in Carolina, I'm your man! Here's a little taste of what I can offer; I know this situation doesn't come up often for you, but if you ever score a touchdown that puts you up seven points late, you should go for two to try and make it a two-score game to put it out of reach.