By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
Sean Payton wasn’t shy about sharing his feelings on how his team played Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
He held nothing back. He let his players know they need to get back to fundamentals if they want to have a shot at winning in the NFC playoffs, even if they have home-field advantage.
But the Saints coach wasn’t as harsh when it came to Teddy Bridgewater's performance.
“It’s obviously difficult when you have some guys we just signed playing alongside of him — guys that literally just came in the building,” Payton said. “He had a great week of preparation, and I thought he handled it well. We were a little limited to what we were trying to do, or what we were doing, but Teddy was fine.”
After reviewing Bridgewater’s performance during the Saints' 33-14 loss in their regular-season finale, it is unlikely anything about it did much to help or hurt how an objective eye views Bridgewater's future.
He completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Take into account the fact that Bridgewater saw pressure on more than 30 percent of his dropbacks, and that this was the first time he was playing in a game with this group, the ups and downs are more than understandable. ...
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