Teddy Bridgewater rips into Panthers organization over structure, practice routines

He may be a quiet guy, both on and off the field, but Teddy Bridgewater recently had a lot to say about the Panthers’ coaching staff, and it sure looks like he’s happy to be out of that environment.

Bridgewater had previously spent a few years playing for a world-class organization in New Orleans, so it was probably quite a shake-up for him after he signed with Carolina just over one year ago. The Panthers, after all, have been a mess at the top — from an organizational and management standpoint — with a lot of turnover. And the Saints, on the other hand, were all about stability, with Mickey Loomis having served as general manager since 2002.

Bridgewater lasted only one season with the Panthers, as he just didn’t seem to fit from a scheme perspective. Not only that, he simply didn’t play very well, especially from an efficiency standpoint — throwing 11 interceptions, and only 15 touchdowns.

And now he’s got a fresh start with the Broncos, a team loaded with talented receivers. There is a remote chance that Denver could trade for Aaron Rodgers, but if they don’t, it’s Teddy’s job to lose. Either way, he sure seems excited to be there, rather than with the Panthers, given what he recently said about their coaching staff.

“As an organization, there’s things you can do better,” Bridgewater said, via Pro Football Talk. “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.” 

Oof. The Panthers must have hated hearing those comments, especially given the effect it could have on their culture.