Teddy Bridgewater’s Panthers criticism doesn’t sound great for Sam Darnold

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Teddy Bridgewater is now in Denver, after the Panthers unceremoniously shipped him off for a sixth-round pick after one season in Carolina. The team is instead rolling with former Jets signal caller Sam Darnold.

Bridgewater was a guest on the “All Things Covered” podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden, and shared some interesting parting thoughts about the Panthers and offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

“One of the things we didn’t do much of when I was there, we didn’t practice 2-minute really, we didn’t practice red zone,” Bridgewater said on the show.

“We didn’t practice on Fridays, but we would walk through the red zone stuff, and Saturday we would come out and practice red zone. But you would only get 15 live reps.”

Darnold’s failures with the Jets were somewhat linked to the incompetence of fired head coach Adam Gase. Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady has been touted as a guru that could help reinvigorate Darnold’s career, though Bridgewater’s comments are not promising.

“I’ll just say this, for Joe Brady’s growth they’ll have to practice different things in different ways,” Bridgewater said.

The comments surprised McFadden, who mentioned that most teams do a whole day on red zone. Bridgewater clarified that a lot of it was to keep guys healthy, and reiterated that he didn’t want to throw anyone under the bus.

Unsurprisingly, however, Carolina was 28th in the NFL in red zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on just 50.88 percent of their trips in 2020. Bridgewater threw just 15 touchdowns on the season, compared to 11 interceptions.

Brady has been one of the hot names in the NFL coaching circuit, but this is a questionable piece of information about his strategy.

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