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Bridgewater says he’s “undecided” about entering the draft

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Last week, rumors and reports emerged that Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is considering staying in school.  No one took it seriously.

Maybe we should.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, Bridgewater said Monday that he’s “undecided” about entering the draft in 2014.

“I’ve been hearing all these stories that I’ve made a decision — I haven’t made a decision,” Bridgewater said.  “I will talk to my mom and the coaches before making my decision.  I’m not leaning either way.”

Bridgewater said he hopes to make a decision within three or four days after the team’s December 28 bowl game, but he has no specific timetable — other than, you know, the deadline in January for applying to enter the draft despite remaining eligibility.

“Whenever I feel comfortable after discussing it with my mom, my family and my coaches,” Bridgewater said.

Whatever the decision, it doesn’t sound like Bridgewater will be agonizing about it.

“It’s not a hard decision at all,” Bridgewater said.  “I know I control my future and my own destiny.”

Actually, he doesn’t control either his future or his destiny.  The only thing he can control at this point is whether he’ll jump to the NFL.  After that, his NFL future and his NFL destiny become removed from his control.

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54 Responses to “Bridgewater says he’s “undecided” about entering the draft”
  1. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 16, 2013 10:07 PM

    Overrated. Whoever wants him, take him.

  2. pflynn20 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:09 PM

    What he really meant: “I’m waiting to see who gets the #1 pick.”

  3. kremis says: Dec 16, 2013 10:12 PM

    On a related note the Pittsburgh Steelers are undecided if they will ever be relevant again, however knowledgeable NFL fans say they won’t be relevant again

  4. nfl4days says: Dec 16, 2013 10:13 PM

    Depends if he thinks he can preform next year and not pull a Matt Barkley. Guy cost himself millions and a chance to start for some team day 1.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:14 PM

    Be cool, stay in school.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 16, 2013 10:15 PM

    I hope he talks to a lot more people cause right now he sounds confused. That talk about control sounds like he is already getting curiously weird advice. I’m mildly concerned and hope he just keeps talking to some more people rather than a select few that might not have his interests at heart or in some cases family that has some kind of bias towards a philosophy that school is some kind of sacred place.

  7. tedmurph says: Dec 16, 2013 10:15 PM

    Stay in school. He’s not ready. Get some insurance, build up the arm strength, fill out the frame and maybe Louisville has a better year next year. This year is a big year for QB’s in the draft, although with injuries, not as big as it once looked.

  8. wademaxwell1990 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:16 PM

    The ginger garrett led cowboys need a qb

  9. coltzfan166 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:18 PM

    Do it. Enter the draft while your stock is high. You don’t want to end up like Matt Barkley.

  10. robigd says: Dec 16, 2013 10:20 PM

    Use to be giddy about the thought of this guy in a Jags uniform. Not so much anymore.

  11. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 16, 2013 10:20 PM

    How I wish Dallas would draft this kid. Too bad we’re stuck with a mediocre QB who doesn’t know how to make plays in big situations, with an even more mediocre coach who doesn’t know how to stick with drives his teams successes during the game. Not to mention that defense.

    #lifeofrootingformediocrity #myteamisaclownshow

  12. beavertonsteve says: Dec 16, 2013 10:23 PM

    Maybe he’s worried sure some team will trade 3 years worth of first round picks to move up and draft him.

  13. ibreathefootball says: Dec 16, 2013 10:27 PM

    He will be drafted in the top 10, but I wouldn’t take him in the top 50 picks.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:28 PM

    Remember the league your now playing in. It’s easy with NO competition. The next level, not so much.

  15. emoney826 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:32 PM

    He’s worried that there’s a possibility that he may be drafted by Minnesota and would rather stay in college for another year while Minnesota drafts some other bust in this upcoming draft.

  16. gb4mn0 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:32 PM

    His hesitation is completely out of fear of ending up in the Land of 10k trailer park cesspools, Minnysoda.

  17. cmonpos says: Dec 16, 2013 10:35 PM

    Give Dez Bryant a break, this guy and Megatron are the best wide receivers in the NFL right now, period.

    You guys can hate him all you want but he brings a lot to the plate.

    Right now he’s looking like a jerk because he hates to loose, he’s a competitor, even his days at OK State, he used to be that way.

    The Defense is what’s killing Dallas right now and some of the play calling.

    If they could figure out their what’s wrong with their defense and have Romo not make stupid mistakes, they could make some noise in the playoffs…

  18. iamthegreatcornflorio says: Dec 16, 2013 10:40 PM

    FOMOF: Fear Of Missing Out om Football.

    FOBAJ: Fear Of Being A Jaguar.

  19. meatheadsmakemelaugh says: Dec 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    Dude plays JV when compared to the other QB’s in this Draft.

    Everyone is going back to that Bowl game against Florida. Yeah, that game when Florida didn’t even show up to play because they were pissed that they screwed out of a better bowl.

    He will get pick by a terrible team who keeps reaching for a QB and that team will be looking for a QB in the next draft.

    #Overrated
    #Wasteofatoppick
    #Badteamsgettingworse.

  20. mackcarrington says: Dec 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    Geno Smith thought he was in control too.

  21. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 16, 2013 10:51 PM

    Texans would love to have him.

  22. trytobnimble says: Dec 16, 2013 10:56 PM

    Oh please. Bridgewater is going to be drafted into the NFL either this year or next year. Even if he tears his knee up somebody will draft him. Maybe not #1 overall, but he will be in the NFL. Players make their big money on the second contract and beyond these days anyway. So yes, he does control his destiny in as much as no player can choose which team drafts him.

    Even if drafted #1 he could be an NFL bust. Even if drafted in the 6th round he could become an NFL superstar. That’s up to him and his abilities just like every other player who enters the league.

  23. granadafan says: Dec 16, 2013 10:57 PM

    “nfl4days says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:13 PM
    Depends if he thinks he can preform next year and not pull a Matt Barkley. Guy cost himself millions and a chance to start for some team day 1.”
    ===============================================

    Well, Barkley sucks either way if he had come out as a junior or stayed for his senior year. He was exposed as not being very good when he’s not surrounded by NFL talent across the board in college.

  24. winstonjed44 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:11 PM

    I hate when people claim players will be busts like they are facts before the draft when in reality they’ve seen very little of the player play. Analysts and scouts are wrong all the time, but at least they’ve usually seen tons of film and have talked to coaches about the players. I’m not saying people can’t have a solid opinion but let’s not pretend you know.

  25. andreweac says: Dec 16, 2013 11:18 PM

    He isn’t worth a top 10 pick if he isn’t intelligent enough to enter the draft this year.

  26. rohlo says: Dec 16, 2013 11:22 PM

    idiot move if he stays in school. he will be in a tougher conference next year and his stock will prob go down..he may be the first pick in the draft according to some.it doesnt get any better than that you get paid first pick money… guy sounds scared to me!!! fyi – see matt barkley staying in school and how much it cost him!!!

  27. rohlo says: Dec 16, 2013 11:26 PM

    cmonpos says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:35 PM
    Give Dez Bryant a break, this guy and Megatron are the best wide receivers in the NFL right now, period.

    You guys can hate him all you want but he brings a lot to the plate.

    Right now he’s looking like a jerk because he hates to loose, he’s a competitor, even his days at OK State, he used to be that way.

    The Defense is what’s killing Dallas right now and some of the play calling.

    If they could figure out their what’s wrong with their defense and have Romo not make stupid mistakes, they could make some noise in the playoffs…

    —————————–

    you cant blame romo’s two picks in clutch time on the defense..also you cant blame the idiotic coachign o nthe defense either, why were thye passing the ball when thye were up in the game???? another myopic dallas cowboys fan tryign to deter the inability of romo to win games in december during his career and choking in the clutch.. easy excuse blame the defense… typical cowboy fan

  28. rohlo says: Dec 16, 2013 11:27 PM

    garuntee teddy wouldnt get drafted higher next year bersus this years draft. also minnesota doesnt have the first pick, houston does! if houston drafetd him he would be set with andre johnson and andre hopkins and foster out of the backfield

  29. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Dec 16, 2013 11:32 PM

    He’d be an idiot to stay. He can make millions and finish his degree later. Not like he’s gonna win a national championship at Louisville.

  30. darkhorse08817 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:45 PM

    Go and get paid now – as of right now he can get first round money this draft. Who knows what next year will bring, be it injury or scandal that might mess up his draft prospects and cost him millions.

    Leinart did that “be cool – stay in school” move, and that extra year cost him tens of millions.

  31. gottagoballsout says: Dec 17, 2013 12:03 AM

    Take a lesson from another Louisville alum that was in this situation. If Brian Brohm would have come out early he would have been a first rounder but he stuck around and went later than was expected the next year. Petrino left Brohm high and dry and he was never the same. Leave now and be a high draft pick and the $ before you become the next Brohm.

  32. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 17, 2013 12:27 AM

    JaMarcus Russell 2.0

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 17, 2013 12:44 AM

    Teddy will cross that water bridge when he comes to it.

  34. orivar says: Dec 17, 2013 12:49 AM

    People are saying that Matt Barkley cost himself millions but that’s not true at all. Rookie wage people, #1 picks can’t get millions anymore nor can any of other rookie. Also lets say that Barkley still played underwhelming as he has done the chance he’s gotten to play, guess what? He now has to deal with the media and fans being openly vocal to the point of fanatical until he gets benched.

    It’s a toss up but stop saying that Matt Barkley cost himself millions because he surely didn’t. A chance to start? Most likely but not millions.

  35. eagleseagleseagles says: Dec 17, 2013 1:01 AM

    I’m pretty sure that just means he doesn’t wanna play for the texans although texans are probably one of the most attractive teams to go to if you are a young QB. good receivers, TEs, maybe a fragile RB, and a good defense that just underperformed this year mainly due to injuries.

    hope he changes his mind. love this kid’s game. Im excited to see how NFL coaches are gonna use him!

  36. floratiotime says: Dec 17, 2013 5:53 AM

    So we’ve established that he’s not very bright. Next question.

  37. dualprime says: Dec 17, 2013 6:30 AM

    Talk to Case Keenum!

  38. jimmyt says: Dec 17, 2013 6:55 AM

    Actually, he has a lot more control over his future and his destiny than is possible for you to imagine. Some lead, some follow.

  39. officialgame says: Dec 17, 2013 7:49 AM

    Leave my friend. You get hurt and it will cost you millions.

  40. jgedgar70 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:07 AM

    It makes sense to stay uncommitted right now. The draft order isn’t settled and we don’t know all the names of those coming out early. Also, perhaps he wants to make another run at the Heismann, or maybe he thinks Louisville will be good enough to get into the playoff in its first year. Can’t blame the guy for keeping all of his options open.

  41. broncostevenp says: Dec 17, 2013 8:13 AM

    As others have posted on this board…..The name Matt Barkley comes to mind.

  42. onemorant says: Dec 17, 2013 8:19 AM

    What makes him overrated? As of right now, he is the best quarterback in this draft based on potential, which is what the draft is about.

  43. rhopperstad says: Dec 17, 2013 8:30 AM

    He and Jamarcus Russel will be working at the same car wash in 5 years

  44. fwippel says: Dec 17, 2013 8:39 AM

    So much for the “Tank for Teddy” movement.

    With Bridgewater, Mariota and Manziel all possibly returning to college next year, this year’s QB propects are starting to thin out quick.

    The question now becomes: Will Houston draft Derek Carr #1 12 years after drafting his brother #1?

  45. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 17, 2013 8:43 AM

    nfl4days says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:13 PM
    Depends if he thinks he can preform next year and not pull a Matt Barkley. Guy cost himself millions and a chance to start for some team day 1.
    ===============
    Exactly. His stock is high now. He will definitely be a 1st rd pick with SOME team hoping he’s their next franchise guy.
    Louisville is moving to the ACC next year, he wont have his cupcake schedule again. He should have Barkley on speed dial right now.

  46. pf1977 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:52 AM

    its possible he wants to get his degree first, or his family would like him to get his degree first. i know his mother has had a cancer battle.

    i just hope he does what ever he feels is right for him and his family. he is a pretty good kid.

  47. oldbyrd says: Dec 17, 2013 9:06 AM

    Matt Barkley can play. WATCH. Bad shoulder, rookie, They didn’t think Foles could play either. Matt has a great attitude and will come on next year.

  48. pftstory says: Dec 17, 2013 9:31 AM

    Barkley didn’t become bad his senior year or because of his senior year. Either the defenses figured him out or he had simply a bad year. If it is the former, of course the NFL would have too. The later, well we don’t know. It’s not like he had a ton of NFL action and it’s not unusual for a QB to nor shine year one.
    Everyone also says he would have been #1 or top 5 if he came out. Well Rodgers was supposed to be #1A to Alex Smith and no one had him falling to the 20′s. Likewise RGIII wasn’t a top 5 pick as the college season wrapped up. But as teams evaluated they “moved” (rightly or wrongly).
    So who knows if Barkley would have fallen when poked and prodded during the predraft protologist visits players go through.

    This draft could rival 1983 with the volume of Round 1 QB’s taken. To think Bridgewater or any other QB is going to base coming out on who has the #1 pick (likily Houston but certainly not Minnesota) is crazy. These 6 guys (and Clowney) are going to be studied more then any other prospects in the past. There are a bunch of teams early in the draft that need to know which one(s) is Andrew Luck and which is Blaine Gabbert. The trade movement of each team to get the one they want will be intense.

  49. shaunypoo says: Dec 17, 2013 10:16 AM

    He didn’t look good against Cincinnati. He plays like a smaller Reothlisberger. The difference is NFL players will be able to catch him. UC is a high motor defense that gave him fits. Everyone in the NFL is high motor.

  50. slick50ks says: Dec 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot draft pick.

    He has pure bust written all over him.

    So basically, he’s a future faider.

  51. mutantman87 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    orivar says:Dec 17, 2013 12:49 AM

    People are saying that Matt Barkley cost himself millions but that’s not true at all. Rookie wage people, #1 picks can’t get millions anymore nor can any of other rookie.

    Actually, top 10 rookie QBs under the new CBA are getting 4 years and rounghly $15-20 million. A high second round pick like Kaepernick or Dalton might make close to $1 million per year. Russell Wilson as a 3rd round pick got 4 years and $3 million, averaging $750,000 per year. Barkley is a 4th round pick and got a 4-year, $2.6 million deal, so he averages about $650,000 per year without much guaranteed money. So actually, Barkley probably cost himself $10-$15 million in guaranteed money by dropping to the 4th round. He also cost himself career security, since he can be released rather painlessly, cap-wise.

  52. mutantman87 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:31 AM

    The money is not what it used to be at the top of the 1st round. There won’t be any more Sam Bradford deals, where a guy gets $40 million guaranteed before he steps onto the field, but there is still decent money to be had at the top of the draft.

  53. mutantman87 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:37 AM

    Bridgewater should be a top-10 pick. As Dan Patrick was saying this morning, does the guy love the game and study it? He is probably the best pocket passer in college football right now (although sadly, I’m not sure he’s much better than Winston). Smart, humble, works hard, and will get plenty of time with a pro strength coach in the offseason. Of course he’s coming out, after a season of 28 TD, only 4 INT, completing 70% of his passes for 9.2 ypa. I’m guessing there’s probably a reason Teddy made sure to finish his degree halfway through his junior year.

    The only one who might be taken before him is Blake Bortles, who has that scrambling “magic” that you just can’t coach and prototypical size. Bortles is the big winner by Mariota (and probably Hundley) going back to school, and will probably go in the first round.

  54. raiderapologist says: Dec 17, 2013 8:23 PM

    slick50ks says: Dec 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot draft pick.

    He has pure bust written all over him.

    So basically, he’s a future faider.
    ————
    The Chiefs haven’t had a real QB since Joe Montana. Coincidentally, that’s the last time they won a playoff game.

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