We’ve zeroed in on what’s wrong with Teddy Bridgewater. It’s not a lack of confidence that’s bothering him, it’s an excess of thinking.
Bridgewater offered that less-than-novel self-diagnosis to the media on Thursday:
Teddy B: "basically, I have to stop overthinking. I haven't been pressing, but I have been overthinking"
— Mark Craig (@markcraignfl) August 14, 2014
Teddy is known as a very studious, perhaps even nerdy individual, but eventually you have to stop worrying about getting it perfect and just go out and let yourself perform.
Clearly, Bridgewater is having some problems translating the stuff he’s learned in study sessions into execution on the field. And his belief is that it’s simply a matter of thinking too much and not just letting it happen.
The only cure for this ailment is more reps more reps more reps. The Vikings are already getting Bridgewater as many reps as they can while still letting Matt Cassel get ready for the season, so I don’t see how Teddy’s workload could possibly be increased.
At some point here, I guarantee, Teddy will get a day off and the coach will say it’s because he needed to get away from it for a little while and watch from the sidelines. Mental reps people! They’re important.