Some will say that his demeanor is good because it helps keep his teammates level-headed, but others will argue that he needs to show more passion and fire while out on the field.
The past few weeks Bridgewater has been showing a little more emotion than he normally does, at least to the media.
After the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, linebacker Bruce Irvin said that the Seahawks defense had Bridgewater “scared” and “rattled.” That might have been the first time the quarterback showed any hint of emotion in his NFL career by saying those comments “embarrassed” him and “definitely” motivate him.
He was able to respond to Irvin’s comments and a poor showing against the Seahawks with a career high in passing yards (335) and a touchdown against the No. 2 team in the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals, on national television. The game was lost, however, when Bridgewater fumbled the ball at the end of the game and the Cardinals fell on it.
The quarterback said that play hit him hard and it took him awhile to get over it after the game.
“It was a little frustrating to get that close and not finish the deal,” Bridgewater said. “I sat in the locker room, I sat in my pads for about 20 or 30 minutes after the game and the guys were just telling me to snap out of it, I had to put it in the past. That’s just that competitive nature in me. Hate losing.”
This may be the start of Bridgewater showing some emotion that many fans have been waiting for, but if you talk to the quarterback’s teammates they have been seeing this from him since he first took over in his rookie year.
Even though Bridgewater has always remained calm, cool and collected in the pocket, they all knew the kind of competitor he was out on the field.
“To us, we always get the same guy,” said wide receiver Jarius Wright. “He might be expressing it more to y’all or more in the media, but Teddy’s always the same guy with us. And he always seems to be a driven guy. A guy who wants to, I wouldn’t say necessarily prove everyone wrong because if you ask me he’s been playing good this year. So people making comments and stuff like that, you just have to ignore that, and Teddy just has to be Teddy Bridgewater. That’s all we want from him.”
Wright said it was no big deal that Bridgewater was sitting in front of his locker in his pads after the game because that’s what a lot of players do after a loss. The receiver said he, too, sat in front of his locker for about 30 minutes after the game just going over everything in his head, thinking about all the things he could have done differently to change the outcome of the game, but he never once went over to talk to Bridgewater.
Not because he was upset with his quarterback for losing the fumble at the end of the game, but because he did not blame him for the loss.
“I didn’t say anything to Teddy because I feel like if you go up and say something to some guy you felt like it was somewhat his fault,” Wright said. “I don’t think it was Teddy’s fault, so I don’t think it was right for me to go up and say, ‘It’s OK.’ Saying it’s OK eventually says it’s your fault, in a way …”
Wright knows the kind of competitor his quarterback is, and like every other player on the offense has bought into him as a leader. It has yet to be seen if Bridgewater can truly put a team on his back and win a game, but last week was definitely a move in the right direction.
The key now is to carry over all the positives and leave out the negatives. Maybe Bridgewater should find some more comments to motivate himself since it work so well last week.