Teddy Bridgewater “just tried to force the ball back” on Darius Slay fumble return TD


The Broncos were down seven points and driving in Eagles territory late in the third quarter when the game took a major turn.

Running back Melvin Gordon was stripped of the ball by Eagles linebacker Davion Taylor and cornerback Darius Slay recovered the ball for what would turn into a backbreaking 82-yard touchdown return. During that return, it looked like Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a shot to make a tackle but opted not to throw his body into Slay’s path.

After the game, Bridgewater was asked if he made a business decision to avoid risking injury. While that’s understandable for a starting quarterback, Bridgewater said it wasn’t the case in this instance.

“I just tried to force the ball back,” Bridgewater said, via Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post. “When you sit in a team meeting and watch coach put up plays throughout the league and two-minute situations and different things, our defense has guys running toward the sideline. We always say: ‘The sideline is your friend.’ I tried to force the ball back. That’s all I tried to do right there.”

Slay wasn’t thrown off course by Bridgewater, who was actually between Slay and the closest sideline, or anyone else in a Broncos uniform en route to the end zone and the touchdown proved to be the nail in Denver’s coffin on Sunday. The coming weeks will show if it also represented the end of the 5-5 team’s shot at a playoff push this season.

15 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater “just tried to force the ball back” on Darius Slay fumble return TD

  1. Too bad he wasn’t try to stop Slay when the guy was right in front of him. Would’ve put his team in a better position.

  2. Lost a lot of respect for Teddy Bridgewater on that play. Team is fighting for a playoff birth and he puts forth no effort on a dramatically game altering play. If every player had the heart of Don Beebe then the NFL would be better off than these me first players that fill up the rosters.

  3. Tough spot to be in; hard to criticize QB for not tackling. If he gets hurt he will be criticized also (Baker Mayfield). Live to play another down.

  4. afcnorth54 says:
    November 15, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Tough spot to be in; hard to criticize QB for not tackling. If he gets hurt he will be criticized also (Baker Mayfield). Live to play another down.


    That’s certainly not the same attitude when it’s Cam making the business decision.

  5. This guy had his knee shredded and dangling by a ligament a few years ago. I’ll cut him some slack.

  6. Each NFL team needs to find about 75 players per year. That’s an incredibly small number. The marginal difference of the average talent level between the best and worst team is not that large, on a relative basis. In a league with a hard cap, it’s exactly the point of a hard cap (or one of the major points). Yet we seem to always have teams that are competing (Pitt, Balt, NE, GB, etc) and teams that always are not (Hou, Det, Cinn, Jax, etc). Why is that? It’s culture. A winning culture can come in various forms, as can a losing culture but both have some common underlying truths. One of them is that if the Broncos find Bridgewater’s “level of effort” on that it’s obvious (and explains a lot) about Denver’s culture.
    In a recent game (3-4 weeks ago) Houston’s David Johnson made two BBD’s (Bridgewater Business Decisions), right at the end of the 1st half and right at the beginning of the 4th quarter where he let a rusher literally just go right by him with no effort to block and his rookie QB got blindsided (expecting Johnson to do his job) both times. The Texans, the NFLs most pathetic franchise, of course do nothing about it. That’s their culture and their results speak for it. How Denver reacts to yesterday’s BBD will say all we need to know about their culture.

  7. He would have gotten crucified in Philly. Needs to make an attempt. Turned the game completely to the Eagles favor

  8. Didn’t expect him to do a form tackle and de-cleat Slay, but he could have cut him at the ankles without risk of injury. TB is not the only player on the field coming back from major injury. If the leader doesn’t lay it all on the field, why should the rest of the team?

  9. Wouldn’t be surprised that the thought of his non-contact injury where his knee basically exploded was running through his mind in those brief seconds.
    But the thing is, if you don’t think you can fully compete on the field, you shouldn’t be on it at all.

  10. They have a saying in philly, it’s not popular, maybe Teddy should give it a try…
    “For who, For what?”

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