Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

29 Apr 2014

Gruden QB Camp: Analyzing the Teddy Bridgewater Interview

I have always thought Jon Gruden was sneaky-good at interviewing NFL prospects. The former coach is intelligent, he’s well-prepared, and he understands how to frame conversations that elicit information without attacking the player–even when delivering criticism. There’s a playfulness on the surface that belies the seriousness of Gruden’s points.

I repeat, this is an experiment and a series I’m writing because I’m curious what I’d see if I studied an interview as if I studied a game. There’s no weight I’m placing on this analysis. The intent is to show the variety of ways different observers can interpret the same interview.

I don’t agree with all the takes I’m positing. I will say that after studying three of these QB Camp shows, there are potential observations that are similar to observations I’ve seen others believe were valid points during job or field interviews as a writer.
Some of these insights may hit the mark–maybe even touch upon something deeper into the player’s personality. However, these takeaways may also be a reflection of a player’s nerves and insecurity about appearing on national television on the eve of the most important job selection process of his life to date.

Read the rest at the link in the title.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 29 Apr 2014

7 comments, Last at 01 May 2014, 1:11am by RickD


by meblackstone :: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 6:17pm

Maybe the tongue thing is he's a big Miley Cyrus fan.

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:51am

Well, at least they edited out the twerking.

by minja :: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:06pm

Haven't been on this site in a while, so maybe this is a trite observation, but I really think that the teams that pass on Bridgewater are going to be hugely regretting it. Reminds me a lot of Montana, chip on his shoulder, smart, tough, accurate, but not your prototypical QB.

by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:48pm

Montana is the guy he reminds of also. Seems like he isn't even making an effort. In a good way.

The man with no sig

by Matt Waldman :: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:54am

I also compared him to Montana in the RSP.

by mehllageman56 :: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:48am

I really hope someone takes him before New England. That's the last thing I want to see. He reminds me of Brady more than Montana; Montana was pretty accurate on deep balls, he just didn't have that strong an arm. Brady and Bridgewater miss a lot on the deep balls. All of them are cool as a cucumber, and read defenses really well.

by RickD :: Thu, 05/01/2014 - 1:11am

He won't drop that far. Way too many teams need a QB. He might not be a Luck or RG3, but he'll be a starter.