When most fans think of Teddy Bridgewater, they think of a lovable, smiling, humble student-athlete who loves his school and his fellow Cardinal family. There are many souvenirs and T-shirts that depict the Louisville Quarterback as a soft cuddly teddy bear. Bridgewater even recently posed for a local magazine cover snuggling up to a tiny furry likeness of this would be alter-ego.
I hate to disappoint but our Teddy is anything but a teddy bear when those cleats hit the gridiron. Bridgewater is extremely competitive and it has shown during games. During the 44-7 romping of Eastern Kentucky, Bridgewater had two separate instances where he displayed what I’ll call “The Grizzly”. He was upset over the coaching staff’s decision to punt on a 4 and 2 and later where he showed he was less than pleased over his teams rushing game effort.
“The Grizzly” is what lies beneath the surface of Teddy Bridgeater and it’s what we are going to see more of. This time however it wont be directed at his coaches or team mates, but toward opposing defenses. Louisville Offensive Coordinator Sean Watson alluded to two things this week, using the bye-week to open up the play book and a more assertive use of the Heisman hopeful. I expect a wide-open passing game and some design QB run plays to show that Teddy can also be a dual threat quarterback.
For what I know about “opening up the playbook” statements, I envision The Grizzly offense will utilize new sets with “Trips” (3 wide receivers to one side), four and five wide sets (number of receivers spread out), as well as an increased incorporation of our very talented running backs into the passing game. These plays will include pass plays down field and passes into the open space of the flats (the open field to the left and right of the QB).
This side of Bridgewater isn’t something we haven’t seen before. Go back to the Sugar Bowl when Teddy took a massive hit from Florida’s Jon Bostic and then look at his face as he put his helmet back on to go in the game, there was The Grizzly. That night The Grizzly ate gator, tomorrow he’ll wet his appetite with owl before feasting on the rest of the Cardinal football schedule.
GO CARDS – BEAT TEMPLE