Teddy Bridgewater - Time Ball Held vs. Packers
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1.11(14:55)1st & 1010Shotgun1.161Yes2No0Quick WR screen to the left side to Stefon Diggs. Holding call on Kalil negates 2 yard gain. Should probably consider not including these types of plays when determining how long Bridgewater is holding on to the ball.
1.21(13:15)3rd & 1111Shotgun1.903Yes12No0Bridgewater sees very soft coverage pre-snap on the right side of the field. Probably makes the decision before the snap to get to Wright short and underneath on the right.
1.31(12:38)1st & 1011Singleback1.153Yes9No0Bridgewater takes his first read on an inside slant to Stefon Diggs. The Packers rush 5 leaving Diggs with man coverage and an easy decision for a nice gain.
1.41(11:08)2nd & 412Shotgun1.423No0No0Quick out to the right to Mike Wallace. Bridgewater likely noticed the CB playing off Wallace approximately 6 yards and knew it would be an easy completion. The ball hits Wallace in the hands near the sideline but is dropped.
1.51(11:05)3rd & 420Shotgun1.363Yes2No0This play is designed for Bridgewater to just check it down to the back swining left out of the backfield. (In this case, McKinnon) The two WRs on the left side essentially run fades to create space for the check down. On this play however, GB's CB reads it perfectly and is able to stop McKinnon 2 yards short of the 1st down marker.
2.11(3:11)2nd & 813Singleback3.217Yes47No0A long 7-step drop for Bridgewater here. By the time he reaches the end of it, he's completely under siege. GB rushes 8 defenders so, in theory, in this max protection formation, everyone should be accounted for. However the linebacker who blitzes through the gap completely steamrolls Peterson. Bridgewater does a nice job of climbing the pocket while keeping his eyes down field. The GB safety comes down to cover Rhett Ellison dragging across the middle. This leaves Rudolph in a one-on-one situation in a post route. Bridgewater is able to connect with a perfectly placed ball over Rudolph's shoulder. Obviously, Teddy holds on to the ball longer here than in previous plays but that is solely due to the length of the drop and the time it takes Rudolph to complete his route.
3.11(1:37)1st & 1011Singleback1.255Yes2No0WR screen to Diggs on the right side. This play, by design, takes a little longer to develop than your typical WR screen. GB only rushes 4 and the LBs do a job of quickly diagnosing the screen allowing them to hold Diggs to just a 2-yard gain.
3.21(0:44)2nd & 1312Singleback2.333No0Yes5There are a lot of things happening on this play. This is the first time Bridgewater scrambles from the pocket. GB rushes just four defensive lineman and manages to collapse the pocket pretty quickly. However, Bridgewater does have a pocket to work in. He goes through his reads, his first being Pruitt who is covered. His second read is Diggs on a curl route on the right side but Bridgewater quickly sees that Diggs is covered pretty closely especially consdiering the LB who drops into coverage underneath. It would be quite the risky throw. Wallace also runs a curl route on the left side of the field and appears to be open. However, the pocket had pretty much collapsed on the left side and I'm not sure Bridgewater, even if he had seen Wallace open, could have gotten to ball there. It doesn't look like he would have had much room to step into his throw. Bridgewater makes the decision to scramble for five yards before he slides and is downed. It should be noted here that when calculating the time held on to the ball, I have decided to stop the stopwatch as soon as the decision is made to become a runner. (When the quarterback tucks the ball and runs.) This will not include instances where the QB scrambles from the pocket to avoid pressure but still remains a passer. In those instances, the QB will be timed until he has thrown the ball or passed the line of scrimmage (where he is no longer able to throw the ball).
3.32(15:00)3rd & 811Shotgun2.605No0Yes9Similar to the play above, by the time Teddy gets to the end of his drop, the pocket has pretty much collapsed around him. Every receiver is covered tightly down field which forces Teddy to tuck the ball and run. After making the decision to run, it looks like Diggs breaks off his route to try and find open space and be an outlet for Bridgewater. However, by that point, he has almost crossed the LOS in his run. Matt Asiata who runs into the left flat from out of the backfield is wide open with about 15 yards to the nearest GB defender. If Bridgewater is able to hold on just a half second longer, he may have seen Asiata and hit him for a big gain. However, as the image for this play shows, it is pretty clear all of Bridgewater's options downfield are completely covered. And it's difficult to be upset about the decision when it resulted in a first down.
3.42(14:16)1st & 1011Shotgun3.895No0No-18GB rushes only 4 this time and still manages to get to Bridgewater pretty quickly. (It's 2.40 seconds before the pressure forces him to spin and flee the pocket.) Sullivan is literally put on his rear allowing #90 a free run at Bridgewater. There looks to be a miscommunication between Clemmings and Peterson on who is going to cover #95 Datone Jones on the edge. Peterson does not pick this rush up and instead runs a route into the flat that Bridgewater never has the time to throw to. Clemmings decides to assist in what is already a double team instead of picking up Jones. By the time Bridgeater is forced to run, he has no one downfield to throw the ball to. I highlighted Diggs in the middle as "open" although it would be an incredibly risky throw especially considering he would not be able to step into it. Bridgewater also has Peterson in the flat for probably a 5-yard gain but never even looked his direction. It's not completely unreasonable to say Bridgewater should have fell to the ground in the pocket and still taken a sack but for much less yards. However, the evasive manuever he performs here that ultimately results in a big loss is also one that, more often than not, allows him to escape from the pocket and either make a throw downfield or rush for a positive gain. It's worth noting that Kalil was flagged on this play anyway so had Bridgewater somehow got the ball through a miraculous pass to Diggs, it would have been negated.
3.52(13:18)3rd & 2710Shotgun1.593Yes9No0Not much you can do on 3rd & 27. A screen to Asiata on the left is called and delivered immediately by Bridgewater. GB drops 7 into coverage as soon as the ball is snapped to keep everything in front of them and behind the first down marker.
4.12(9:34)2nd & 612Shotgun1.671Yes16No0Bridgewater hits Diggs on a curl route on the right side. By the time Bridgewater can throw this timing route, Harris has already been pushed back into Bridgewater threatening the throw even being made. Bridgewater knew before the snap he was going to Diggs which is a good thing because it doesn't look like he would have had much time to make it through his progressions.
4.22(8:40)1st & 2012Singleback6.617No0No0Bridgewater is sacked again on this play although this time it's for no loss. Bridgewater's time in the pocket is shortened because I feel he unnecessarily climbs the pocket when it may have been more beneficial to stay at the end of his drop. Climbing the pocket puts the offensive line in a harder situation because there backs are turned to Bridgewater and aren't aware that adjustments need to be made to the direction they are blocking. However, there is no one open down field. GB has two or more people covering every one of Bridgewater's options. Once again, Bridgewater's check down is open (Peterson in the right flat). Bridgewater actually almost throws the ball twice on this play. He pumps once to Wallace who is coming across the middle deep. It is a very good thing Bridgewater decides not to throw this ball considering he is double covered and there is really nowhere Bridgewater can place this ball where it's not at risk of being intercepted. The second time is actually while a defender is trying to wrap up Bridgewater's feet and he pumps to Peterson in the flat. By this point, Peterson is pretty well covered as well. Bridgewater manages to escape the defender at his feet and get back to the line of scrimmage for no loss. It's also worth noting that had Bridgewater decided to tuck and run sooner, he has a ton of room to the left side for a big gain. It wouldn't get the first, but would likely result in 10 yards.
4.32(7:51)2nd & 2012Singleback2.717Yes6No0PA pass delivered to Peterson in the left flat. Bridgewater probably had a little bit more time in the pocket with some clever manuevering. However, once again, by the end of his drop he's being pressured. I do feel like Bridgewater could have had Diggs deep down the left if he wanted to take the shot. But I do feel like this play was designed to pull all the defensive backs deep and dish it off underneath to Peterson. Peterson looks to be his first read. I feel like there are more and more examples of plays that are deep drops for Bridgewater coupled with WR and TE routes that are 10-15 yards deep by the time Bridgewater has finished his drop. The image for this play shows you how wide open the middle of the field is. It's a decent play design that results in a decent gain for Peterson. It looks like Peterson could have gained another 3-5 yards had he not stopped when confronted by two defenders.
4.42(7:01)3rd & 1520Shotgun2.845Yes1No0Not a great play for Bridgewater. He doesn't hold on to the ball for an extended period of time. However, it does look like he misses two open receivers and instead checks the ball down. The most threatening pressure is a result of the man Ellison releases to run to the flat as a check down option. Bridgewater takes the check down and the play only results in a yard. Wright runs a dig route across the middle and is open underneath. Had Bridgewater chose him it's not like it would have resulted in a first down on 3rd & 15 but would have gained a few more yards than the 1-yard check down to Ellison. Bridgewater also has Asiata pretty wide open in the right flat but never looks that way.
5.12(2:59)2nd & 1322I-formation4.027No0No-2Another PA pass. Bridgewater is looking down field on a long down and distance. However, nobody is there. He should get rid of the ball just a second sooner to Line who runs an out from out of the backfield. Line is open and although the play would likely only result in a 5-yard gain, it would have been better than taking a 2-yard loss and a hit that resuted in an injury.
6.12(0:06)1st & 1011Shotgun1.975Yes5No0This play is designed to get the ball out of Bridgewater's hands as soon as possible and out to the sideline for a short, quick gain. With only 6 seconds left, the Vikings are trying to get within field goal range. Bridgewater does not hold the ball and go through downfield progressions because, as previously mentioned, there isn't the time to do so.
6.22(0:02)2nd & 510ShotgunNo0No0This one will hurt the averages and I may consider not including it. Bridgewater holds the ball as long as possible to allow his receivers to get downfield for a hail mary. However, Bridgewater ends up being forced to scramble the pocket and kills the play. It would have been a 70 yard heave to the endzone. And considering none of his receivers were even there, can't blame him for just throwing the ball away. It's worth noting that the Vikings kept 6 players back to help with protection against the 4 that GB rushed. The double teams worked, however Clemmings allows his defender to get free which forces Bridgewater to bounce outside and extend the play while his receivers try and get open.
7.13(9:31)2nd & 1010Shotgun1.763Yes6No0Not much to analyze here. Bridgewater makes a very quick drop from the shotgun and immediately hits Rudolph on a short curl route underneath.
7.23(8:55)3rd & 411Shotgun3.113No0Yes11GB rushes 4 and manages to get to Bridgewater within 2.5 seconds. At this point, Bridgewater finds himself, once again, in a very tight pocket and likely sacked within a hundredth of a second and no open receivers down field. Wright, who is running a 9 route, is the most open but still pretty well covered. It would be a risky throw for Bridgewater with a safety looming just beyind Wright. Bridgewater puts a nifty spin move on Clay Matthews and manages to scamper for a first down and slide before being hit. Hard to blame him for the decision considering the collapsed pocket and lack of open targets downfield.
7.33(7:34)2nd & 1301Shotgun3.223No0No-10There are 1.5 seconds before Bridgewater has an unblocked safety (Clinton-Dix) blitzing from the edge. One would expect Bridgewater to recognize this blitz and maybe try and hit a the receiver deep who has one-on-one coverage and no safety over the top. Jarius Wright is that player on this play. However, by the time Wright has his guy beat on a nine route, Bridgewater is already being tacked by Clinton-Dix. It actually looks like Teddy even diagnoses the safety blitz before the play. He walks up to the line of scrimmage and points in that general direction. Bridgewater doesn't have much room to avoid the blitz considering Clemmings is also beat by his defender. I do feel however this is the second instance I've seen where it would have been Bridgewater to just fall down and take the sack as opposed to trying to avoid it and moving further back. It should be noted again that there are no receivers (of the 5 who ran routes) open. Had Bridgewater taken the sack as opposed to avoiding it, the time he held onto the ball would have been 1.95 as opposed to 3.22. Not a huge difference but a difference nonetheless.
7.43(6:51)3rd & 2311Shotgun3.825No0Yes18GB rushes only 4 and manages to collapse the pocket almost fully within 2.12 seconds. However, I do believe Bridgewater has (2) open receivers he could hit on this play. They would be difficult throws considering the lack of space in the collapsed pocket but Diggs on a dig route and Wright on an out route that materializes rather late. However, Bridgewater decides to tuck and run shortly after the 2.12 seconds and manages to [surprisingly] almost pick up the 23 yards needed for a first down. Granted, he takes a pretty nasty hit in the process but Bridgewater likely knew how important it was to the game to move the chains on this drive. Shortly before passing the LOS, Bridgewater looks left to Asiata in the flat and either considers throwing to him or does a good job of selling it to open up more space for himself. It actually may have not been a horrible idea to throw it (or lateral, actually) to Asiata. Asiata looks to have a little more space not to mention it would keep Bridgewater from taking a hit himself. For the recorded time on this play, I timed Bridgewater until the point he passes the line of scrimmage. It's difficult whether Bridgewater fully commited to becoming or a runner or if he was still a passer (as shown by his pump to Asiata in the flat). This actually adds approximately an extra second to the time Bridgewater holds on to the ball.
8.13(4:37)1st & 1012Singleback2.767Yes17No0PA pass with a long drop for Bridgewater. By the top of the drop, Bridgewater is pressured due to the 6 defenders GB rushes. Clay Matthews comes in on somewhat of a delayed blitz and really brings the heat. That's okay though because by the top of his drop, Bridgewater has already identified Diggs is open on a deep dig route.
8.23(3:59)1st & 1012Shotgun2.555Yes33No0Bridgewater quickly releases a deep pass to Rudolph who is pretty well covered on a fade route down the middle. It actually looks like Bridgewater looks off the high safety by keeping his eyes on Ellison who is running a post route across the middle. It's a good thing Bridgewater released quickly here because if he holds the ball a second longer, he's getting sacked by Kalil's defender.
8.33(3:14)1st & 1001Shotgun1.771Yes7No0Bridgewater hikes the ball with an empty backfield, barely drops and immediately looks to Diggs who is running quick inside slant. Diggs is covered closely but it's hard to tell if Bridgewater ever even inteded to go there or if the quick look to the right is intended to freeze the safeties and give Line some more space on the far left side of the field. Line ultimately ends up receiving the throw after Bridgewater pivots left. The time Bridgewater held the ball is still very quick. He isn't really able to get his feet properly set due to pressure up the middle but still manages to get the ball to Line, although the ball does float a bit.
9.14(14:43)1st & 1011Shotgun4.225Yes18No0This play is kind of a head scratcher to me and is a good example of a reoccuring issue that I'm seeing. Bridgewater is in the Shotgun and takes a quick 5-step drop. By the time he reaches the top of his drop, he's looking on the right side of the field where he has, I believe, Diggs running a deep fade and Wallace running a deep fade/post. Neither of these guys are close to finishing their route by the time Bridgewater reaches the top of his drop. Furthermore, neither guy is open. Diggs maybe has a slight step on his man in single coverage. Wallace has a little space in the middle of the field after he is released by a linebacker. However, he isn't looking for the ball as his route is nowhere near completion. By the time it is, he's covered by two deep safeties. By the time their routes are complete or it's clear they are covered, Bridgewater is forced to scramble from the pocket due to pressure. Before crossing the LOS, he hits Ellison who is open by 5-yards in the middle of the field. Ellison manages to convert the play for a first down and then some.
9.24(14:10)1st & 1010Shotgun2.315No0No0GB blitzes a corner as soon as the ball is snapped. He goes untouched and hits Bridgewater within 2.2 seconds of snapping the ball. Bridgewater is not able to step in to the throw he makes to Rudolph deep down the right side and the ball is short. No issues holding on to the ball too long here. However, Bridgewater should do a better job of diagnosing the corner blitz either with a pre-snap read or as soon as he snaps the ball and take advantage of the free receiver it creates. In this case, it was Ellison who was well open on a short dig route to the left (the other side of the field from his first read).
9.34(14:04)2nd & 1012Singleback3.407No0No0Once again, we have another instance where there is a deep drop and, by the time Bridgewater reaches it, he is completely ambushed by a GB all-out blitz (1.99 sec.). Ideally in this situation, Bridgewater would have a receiver or running back who could bail him out with a quick route underneath. However, once again, Bridgewater is already scrambing in circles before any of his receivers finish their routes. Bridgewater is forced to throw the ball away and take an incompletion (on what is arguably intentional grounding). It's worth noting that GB rushed 7 on this play and the Vikings kept 7 in for protection. That did not matter, however. Notice in the image we have offensive lineman participating in a triple team while other defenders run free, untouched. Upon further review, it's actually just a really well designed blitz scheme that completely befuddled the line.
9.44(13:52)3rd & 1010Shotgun2.495Yes16No0Every receiver but Wright runs a deep fade to create some room underneath. Wright runs a quick dig route and Bridgewater quickly hits him.
10.14(10:19)1st & 1011Shotgun1.633Yes18No0Bridgewater hits Wright on a quick curl route to the right. Bridgewater does a good job here of seeing the safety blitz on the edge and looking to the void created by it. Wright shows some elusiveness to get some yards after the catch and make it a bigger gain.
10.24(9:50)1st & 1011Shotgun1.975Yes6No0Another quick hit from Bridgewater. This time to Diggs who ran a short dig route on the left.
10.34(9:25)2nd & 411Shotgun5.103No0No-8All 4 receivers ran curl or comeback routes downfield. None of them were open. GB defense is able to get to Bridgewater quickly. The only possible option for Bridgewater was Peterson, his checkdown, in the left flat. He was just hit too quickly to get it there, however. The time Bridgewater held on to the ball this play is slightly extended due to the fact that the defenders hold him up and push backwards as he's sacked. I counted about an extra 2.47 secs. before the play is whistled dead. If you remove this time, the average time Bridgewater held the ball on this play is 2.63 secs.
10.44(8:49)3rd & 1210Shotgun3.905No0No-10Same story, different play. By the time Bridgewater is forced to flee the pocket, nobody downfield is open. Shortly after this point, Ellison becomes free in a tight window but Bridgewater is already scrambling. Bridgewater does have Wright underneath but throwing it there would be about 10 yards short of the first down. Considering it's third down, Bridgewater is trying to extend the play to maybe get away from the pressure and give someone time to get open past the sticks. It's worth noting again that there's about an additional second that passes while Bridgwater is being sacked. If you remove this time, the average time Bridgewater held the ball on this play is 2.61 secs.
11.14(6:17)1st & 1010Shotgun2.115Yes4No0Quick short dig route to Wright across the middle for 4 yards. It took Bridgewater 2.11 seconds to get the ball out of his hands. The same amount of time it took for him to be head on with a defender.
11.24(5:53)2nd & 510Shotgun2.285Yes10No0Bridgewater keeps his eyes downfield and there isn't much there. But at this point, I think it's more about taking the stuff underneath and getting out of bounds to stop the clock. This is the first time in a while where Bridgewater actually has a relatively clean pocket to work with and isn't under siege.
11.34(5:20)1st & 1011Shotgun2.535No0No0Bridgewater diagnoses the blitz pre-snap. GB rushes six but the pocket holds up relatively well during Bridgewater's drop and creates more space for him to throw than he's had in a while. Acknowledging the blitz, Bridgewater decides to take advantage of the 1-on-1 coverage Wallace has. He goes deep down the right sideline but just puts a tiny bit too much on it. Some said they saw Wallace slow down. It's hard to say... We're literally talking about a hundredth of a second.
11.44(5:13)2nd & 1010Shotgun2.145Yes8No05 step drop and delivered. No other options really on this play outside of Rudolph on a short dig route across the middle. Not sure it matters as you can tell it was Bridgewater's first read anyway.
11.54(4:46)3rd & 211Shotgun1.961No0No0Quick 1 step drop for Bridgewater out of the Shotgun. He looks left to Wright on a slant but pumps instead and goes to McKinnon short over the middle. However, the ball is tipped at the LOS by a defender. It was likely designed this way as Wallace is already blocking his defender before the ball is thrown.
11.64(4:43)3rd & 211Shotgun4.395No0No0Bridgewater has a 5 step drop from the shotgun. His first read is to the left where there is no one open. He never looks to the right where he has McKinnon open for probably a 7-8 yard gain. Bridgewater has a pretty clean pocket but climbs it which causes Ellison's defender to shake lose and ultimately bring him down. Bridgewater manages to get the ball out and throw it away before being brought down.
12.14(4:10)1st & 1011Shotgun2.385Yes8No0Bridgewater releases quickly to Pruitt on an out route. The defenders are playing quite off and once again we see Norv use a play design (not that's revolutionary or anything) where the two wideouts on that side run fades to create space underneath. Unfortunately, Pruitt isn't able to get out of bounds to stop the clock as intended.
12.24(3:45)2nd & 311Shotgun1.763Yes13No0Nothing new here. Dink and dunk plays right now. McKinnon has a good amount of space and manages to pick up 13 yards. However, the throw is to the middle of the field which hurts the clock management.
12.34(3:19)1st & 1011Shotgun7.325No0No0Bridgewater could have taken a shot down the field at either sideline on this one. It wouldn't have been an easy throw, but it looks like both Wallace and Diggs might have their guy beat. And it doesn't look like the safety on either side would be able to get there on time if the ball was thrown well. Bridgewater climbs the pocket and holds on to the ball when finally the pocket collapses and he is forced to scramble. He manages to escape the pocket and get rid of the ball. He probably should have just thrown it out of bounds sooner as opposed to trying to stiff arm the defender (although, he does have a nice stiff arm!). This is one of the few plays I've seen where Bridgewater does hold on to the ball longer than he should and doesn't pull the trigger on an opportunity.
12.44(3:09)2nd & 1010Shotgun2.735No0No0Thielen and Diggs both run crossing routes through the middle. Both of them are "open" but with very little separation. Bridgewater could have likely hit Diggs here but the looming linebacker would have kept the gain to just a few yards. Thielen alters his direction of travel at the end of the route which allows him to get open. Bridgewater makes the throw slightly behind Thielen. It's hard to tell if he put it in the spot Thielen was supposed to be or if the was designed for Thielen to change direction. There weren't a lot of other options for Bridgewater on this play despite the protection being decent. Rudolph down the seam would be dangerous considering a looming safety and could result in a pick. He did have Peterson (again) in the flat which likely would have resulted in more yards and allowed Minnesota to stop the clock.
12.54(3:04)3rd & 1020Shotgun2.485Yes16No0Diggs is able to find a soft spot in the GB defense behind the corners but a good distance in front of the safety. Bridgewater does a good job of noticing it quickly and getting the ball out.
12.64(2:58)1st & 1011Shotgun6.465No0No0All wide receivers running fades. Bridgewater stays in the pocket and goes through his reads, left to right. Rudolph is somewhat open on a short route to the right but by the time he gets there, it's somewhat of a risky throw. The defender looks to be in good position to jump the route. Bridgewater feels the pressure form his left and scrambles to the right when all hell breaks loose. Bridgewater retreats in chaos, delivers what is now becoming his trademark stiff arm and heaves the ball out of bounds. Ugly play. But once again, there is a very obvious lack of separation with our receivers. People are all for a risky play thrown up for a wide out to "go get it" until it results in an interception in the waning minutes of a losing game.
12.74(2:48)2nd & 1011Shotgun2.155No0No0Poor throw by Bridgewater into blanket coverage. Desperate times, desperate measures…?
12.84(2:43)3rd & 1011Shotgun2.453Yes7No0Bridgewater has a nice pump left to Diggs right after the snap. Looks to freeze a blitzing corner. Diggs may have been an option on this route and would have allowed the team to get out of bounds. Instead, Bridgewater hits Rudolph over the middle for a short gain behind the sticks.
12.94(2:18)4th & 211Shotgun2.943No0No0Bridgewater snaps the ball and has some pressure immediately up the middle. He moves to the left which pulls the corner covering Diggs forward. Diggs is running a fade route down the left side of the field. Bridgewater begins to scramble to get himself in a better position to throw it to the wide open Diggs. He is forced however to make the throw awkwardkly without his feet being planted. The throw is a poor one. Game over.
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