Shawn Watson describes his priority with Teddy Bridgewater
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Friday August 09, 2013
No college coordinator may have it better than Louisville offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson.
Watson is coaching arguably the most-talented quarterback in all of college football. His head coach has developed a culture of wining. The entire offensive staff remained intact during the off-season. The Cardinals are loaded at wide receiver. The schedule is favorable. And Watson gets to prepare his offense every day by going against what he believes is one of the best secondary units in the nation that includes ‘two great safeties, two that I don’t know if I’ve ever been around, ever.’
The expectations are high. Tim Brando of CBS Sports has even picked the Cardinals to play for the national championship, something Charlie Strong won’t discuss with his team.
So what does Watson see as his priority as it relates to the development of Teddy Bridgwater?
Watson said on Thursday, “The number one with Teddy is that he has to control his emotions. I don’t want him to feel the pressure like he has to perform a certain way. Basically, our whole approach here is that we already have the culture that we need to win. It’s called working hard, it’s called paying attention to the details, it’s being fundamentally sound. Our approach is fundamentally sound, and it’s centered around hard work, so we just stay ‘same as.’ I’ve just tried to control those thoughts that he has to do something special or something unique. Just run our offense, just manage our offense. I’ve spent a lot of time pointing out to him the difference between 2011 and 2012. This is what you did. This is why we are where we’re at. This is why you became a weapon. Now, you don’t need to change.”
He added, “There are always things fundamentally that we’ve worked on to up his game. Little things like footwork, getting the ball out quicker. I’ve shortened him up a little bit, which he has done a great job of. But overall, the number one thing is just control your emotions, (and) keep working hard.”
While everything is aligned for a terrific season, it still comes down to one thing.
“We have to earn everything that we want,” said Watson.