New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park.

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Rushing to judgement on Bridgewater is silly

Kristian Garic
August 20, 2019 - 9:58 am

Social media was filled with hot takes Sunday denouncing Teddy Bridgewater as “the guy.”  Some asked why he is still on the Saints’ roster. Others coming to finite conclusions about a player that has played in just two preseason games and one regular season contest in a Saints uniform.

It was maddening and perplexing to read even after Bridgewater turned in a sub-par outing against the Chargers going just 5-of-12 through the air for only 40 yards passing and a quarterback rating of 16. That’s a bad day at the office for sure.

However, rushing to judgement on Bridgewater on either end of the spectrum is silly.  You’re doing the Saints and Bridgewater an injustice if you do.  We don’t get to see the practice reps, game film and other things Saints coaches do that tell them there is a chance this could be “the guy.”

Now, truth be told, you’re probably not going too far out on a limb saying he’s not the guy. Franchise quarterbacks are hard to find. Just look how long it took the Saints to find Drew Brees. The Miami Dolphins have spent the better part of two decades finding the heir to Dan Marino. 

But what bothers me about all of this is that some are refusing to acknowledge that Bridgewater was virtually out of football for two seasons with a catastrophic knee injury that almost ended his career. 

He’s been in the league five years but has only played two full seasons worth of games.

Bridgewater threw for 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his two years as a full-time starter with the Vikings. In Brees’ first two seasons as a starter in San Diego, he posted 28 touchdowns against 31 interceptions.  Fans in San Diego probably were saying the same thing about Brees then: “He’s not the guy.”

Heck, the Chargers even drafted his replacement in 2004 in Phillip Rivers. Clearly, the organization didn’t think Brees was “the guy” either.

However, Brees settled in nicely in his third full year as the starter tossing 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions that year. We know the story after that. 

It’s appropriate to consider all the factors at play here if you’re evaluating Teddy Bridgewater and the conclusion is simple. I haven’t seen enough of him to declare if he’s or he’s not “the guy.” 

Try not to be a prisoner of the moment, take a step back and really look at the facts. We need a bigger sample size before rushing to judgement. 

And whatever you do please don’t tweet at me “This guy stinks” or “this guy doesn’t belong on an NFL field.”  That’s about as silly as it gets. 

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