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Teddy Bridgewater Could be Vikings' Starting QB in 2014
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Teddy Bridgewater Could be Vikings' Starting QB in 2014

May 12 2014, 3:38am CDT | by

Teddy Bridgewater, selected 32nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, could be the Minnesota Vikings' starter in 2014, per multiple reports.

Could Teddy Bridgewater be the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback in the 2014 NFL season? Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote more about the possibility in his May 11 article: "The...

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Teddy Bridgewater Could be Vikings' Starting QB in 2014

May 12 2014, 3:38am CDT | by

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Teddy Bridgewater, selected 32nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, could be the Minnesota Vikings' starter in 2014, per multiple reports.

Could Teddy Bridgewater be the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback in the 2014 NFL season? 

Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote more about the possibility in his May 11 article: 

"The temptation will be to throw them out on the field right away. 

"With a rookie head coach and a general manager who is desparate to reverse the fortunes of the franchise after a last-place season, it might prove difficult for the Vikings to remain patient with their two first-round picks, especially if they get off to another poor start in 2014 and the walls of Winter Park reverberate from the calls of change

"'The objective is to get the players on your board,' general manager Rick Spielman said. 'Everybody has a development stage. Some hit it right off the bat. Some take time. But we feel very strongly that they are part of the foundation of what we are building here.'

"Coach Mike Zimmer and Spielman maintain that nothing will be handed to UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft, and that Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 32nd pick, will have to wait his turn behind a pair of veteran passers. But it's easy to say that now, here in the middle of May when optimism springs eternal." 

Whatever his role in 2014 might be, Bridgewater told The Associated Press (via Vikings.com) that he has kept an upbeat attitude despite the stinging criticism from several NFL experts. 

"After getting outbid by Cleveland for the 22nd pick, the Vikings lost out on a chance to grab (Johnny) Manziel. They then set their sights on Bridgewater, swinging a deal with the Seattle Seahawks to get back into the first round after taking UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr ninth overall. 

"Bridgewater said he maintained a positive attitude over the last few months while he listened to his game get taken apart by draft analysts and scouts, especially after a poor showing at his pro day. After one practice, Bridgewater saw three years of impressive play at Louisville to start to swirl down the drain. 

"'I would say the comparison to Willie Beamen, that was pretty harsh,' Bridgewater said of one anonymous coach's link between Bridgewater and the fictional quarterback in Oliver Stone's 'Any Given Sunday' movie. 'But everything happens for a reason. Like I said, you can't control what's being said.' 

"Texas (Longhorns) coach Charlie Strong, who recruited and coached Bridgewater at Louisville, said it was difficult to watch a player he thinks so highly of get so unfairly criticized.

"'It was just frustrating to watch it happen,' Strong said. 'You can't take one workout and tell me that one workout is going to judge who Teddy Bridgewater is and what type of player he is. You take his work and his line of work shows that over the three years.'

"'I just know this, that football team at the University of Louisville knew they had a chance to win the game when Teddy Bridgewater had the ball in his hands.'" 

For his part, Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings told ESPN's Ben Goessling on May 9 he thinks Manziel wouldn't be a good fit as Bridgewater will be in new Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer's system. 

"I truly believe that given any player, if they're willing to work and willing to be better, that these two coaches (Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner) -- two, literally, head coaches that have on both sides of the ball -- they can make anybody better. I just didn't think -- which was probably what their thought was -- that Manziel fit what we were trying to get done, personality-wise. 

"When you're making a coaching change, and you're raising the bar of accountability and you look at the past history -- it's tough, because you never want to hold anybody to that. 

"You always want to continue to give somebody the benefit of the doubt. But when you're investing the amount of money these owners and these clubs are investing, that carries a lot of weight. 

"What I know about him (Bridgewater) is, he's a hard worker, he's a smart kid and he wants to get better. Just that alone, it makes you want to work with someone. 

"If I were a quarterback, I would want Matt (Cassel) to be my teacher. I would want to be behind a guy like Matt, because he approaches the game like a true professional. He's not afraid of helping those who are pursuing his position. He's just not. His make up is, 'Look, if we can all be better, our team is going to get better."  

 
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Lack of Precision Holding Back Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Nov 4 2014 12:23pm CST | Source: Bleacher Report

There are times when the statistics and game tape of a player tell two completely different stories.  Such is not the case when discussing Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.  Patterson's numbers in 2014 scream inefficiency and demand explanation. The tape, especially from last Sunday's win over Washington, confirms the suspicions and provides answers.  Vikings head coach M ...
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6 weeks ago

Abandoning the Blitz Derailed Washington Redskins Defense

Nov 4 2014 6:00am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Jim Haslett must stop making wholesale changes to the Washington Redskins defensive scheme every week. One game removed from rightly being lauded for his blitzing game plan that destroyed the Dallas Cowboys, Haslett plotted a much more passive course against the Minnesota Vikings. The result was 29 points surrendered to an offense directed by skittish rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. By altering the game plan from one based on pressure at every ...
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6 weeks ago

Analyzing the Bridgewater-Patterson troubles

Nov 3 2014 6:15pm CST | Source: Scout.com

Teddy Bridgewater and Cordarrelle Patterson are having trouble connecting consistently. What’s going on? They elaborate and the stats show emph ...
Source: Scout.com   Full article at: Scout.com
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record is 3-6 for the fourth straight year. If ever a team needed a bye, it’s this one. Th ...
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record is 3-6 for the fourth straight year. If ever a te ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record is 3-6 for the fourth ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record is 3-6 for the fourth straight year. If ever a team needed a bye, it’s this one. They could us ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record is 3-6 for the fourth straight year. If ever ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Redskins’ coach Gruden juggling distractions

Nov 3 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ASHBURN, Va. — Jay Gruden got the full Washington Redskins circus distraction experience all in one day. A protest against the name, a bus wreck on the way to the stadium, Robert Griffin III’s return from an injury, a media report the coach called "amateurish," and a defence that allowed a rookie quarterback to put up 29 points. And perhaps the most Redskins indicator of them all: The record is 3-6 for the fourth straight year. If ever a tea ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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