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Mike Zimmer: Bridgewater will play if he’s best and we hope he is

Teddy Bridgewater

The Vikings waited until the final pick of the first round to add quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to their roster, but they aren’t going to wait any longer than necessary to install him as the team’s starter.

That was the message from coach Mike Zimmer when asked about the team’s plans for the rookie. Bridgewater will compete with Matt Cassel (and perhaps Christian Ponder) for the job and Zimmer said that the rookie will have a chance to show he’s ready to be the man from the first week. And, as you’d expect after they traded back into the first round to get him, the Vikings would prefer that Bridgewater prove to be the best option.

“Teddy will play when we feel like he’s ready, if he’s the best guy, which we hope that he will be,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We always want to have competition.”

Bridgewater said his expectation is “to show that I can compete at a high level and lead this team” and his readiness for NFL work was one of his biggest selling points even when his stock started dropping between the end of the college season and the draft. The vets don’t have much of a leg up as they are learning a new offense as well and the Vikings are well aware of the shortcomings of the other options after watching them in 2013.

We’ve seen similar competitions in the past and the trend in recent years has been for the highly drafted rookie to wind up beating out their veteran competition by the time the regular season rolls around. After all, it’s pretty easy to find a player to be the best in a competition when you want him to be the best and that bodes well for Bridgewater’s chances.

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  1. h3min1230 says: May 12, 2014 7:00 AM

    I don’t know, he seems like he’d be overwhelmed if he’s starting opening week. Think if Cassel plays the first 5 or 6 games then Bridgewater takes over, he might be less in shock.

  2. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 12, 2014 7:06 AM

    “if” and “hope”

  3. monsterright says: May 12, 2014 7:07 AM

    Two consecutive 1st round QB misses. Sorry AP. Would have much preferred Mettenberger

  4. monctonvike says: May 12, 2014 7:08 AM

    To me it is kind of like boxing to beat champ so to speak. You gotta knock him out or clearly do better than he did if it goes the distance. If its close they should start Cassel.

    I am never for rushing a QB just for the sake of starting him. He should really earn the spot, who cares what the owner, media push for ect. There is a real benefit to taking your time and learning the ropes

  5. jessefootball says: May 12, 2014 7:11 AM

    Bridgewater has carried alot of offensive responsibility, especially over the past two years. He has been making full-field reads (most college quarterbacks make 1/2 field reads at the most). He usually gets a couple of plays at the line of scrimmage and can kill the one that won’t work. Routinely calls audibles. This guy has been carrying the responsibilities that pro qbs have–and executing well–while in college.

  6. whatjusthapped says: May 12, 2014 7:13 AM

    The worst thing the Vikings could do is start him from day one so guess what is about to happen?

    In reality, it hardly makes a difference since he will be a bust in Year 2 or 3 just as he will be in Year 1 but all things being equal, it would benefit any rookie QB to sit behind a vet to learn the ropes. The Packers could afford to do that with Rodgers sitting behind Favre but then again, they had a real GM. The Vikings don’t have that luxury and the consequences are yet another last place finish awaits.

  7. fground says: May 12, 2014 7:42 AM

    as a Viking fan I hope Bridgewater at least misses week 1 against what may be the best Def passing rushing line in football – Rams.

  8. bullcharger says: May 12, 2014 8:08 AM

    If they intend to start a rookie then they should do what the Steelers did with Ben. Conservative offense, rely in the defense. I’m not sure if the defense is good enough for that, but if they let a rookie sling it they will lose big. Even the mighty Peyton Manning lost as a rookie.

  9. packerbackernj says: May 12, 2014 8:21 AM

    Kid couldn’t even complete passes in gym shorts and no pads. The NFC North will end this kids career before it got to begin if they throw him into the fire this early.

  10. vikesr4reel says: May 12, 2014 8:22 AM

    Ponder is our guy…

  11. banlarson says: May 12, 2014 8:26 AM

    Ponder came in with no training camp his rookie season and started week 5 out of necessity. That was a much easier offense and Ponder was just asked to be a game manager, something he proved he isn’t consistently capable of doing. Teddy shouldn’t be put into action out of necessity and I hope he truly plays when he is ready. Love how GB handled Rogers by taking their time.

  12. fwippel says: May 12, 2014 8:29 AM

    Love this message from Zimmer, as it seems to be completely opposite of what Viking fans have witnessed in recent years.

    It was also nice to see Spielman avoid the panic button and not reach for a QB. After Tarvaris Jackson (and where is Brad Childress now?) and Christian Ponder, it’s nice to see common sense prevailing for a change.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2014 8:35 AM

    Viking fans will have to have their excuses ready much earlier than planned.

    However their years of experience apologizing for that noodle-armed Ponder chick has left them well prepared to defend nearly every imaginable form of bad QB play.

  14. reppster says: May 12, 2014 8:38 AM

    Let him sit a year behind Cassel, then slowly work him into the starting role.

  15. mnjoemama says: May 12, 2014 8:55 AM

    Gruden said he’s top 3 in intelligence as far as running a pro offense with complex run audibles . Other 2 in top 3 of gruden camp ? ……. Andrew luck and Russell Wilson ! Plus He’s already hanging at wild playoff games w Cordarelle . Love this kid already. Skol Teddy Ballgame nation

  16. tjacks7 says: May 12, 2014 8:56 AM

    The best players play. Plain and simple.

  17. seatownballers says: May 12, 2014 8:58 AM

    Only seems like a week ago Vikings fans were calling him bustwater. I say start him week one against the rams

  18. obsessedvikingfan says: May 12, 2014 9:15 AM

    I am hoping Cassel starts this year. If the year is not going well, let Teddy start the last 2 or 3 games.

    Skol Vikes Skol!!!!

  19. qdog112 says: May 12, 2014 9:21 AM

    Good situation for Teddy to land with Turner as OC and AP as RB. Bad situation to be playing outdoors for two years while the new stadium is being built.

    The pundits have set Bridgewater up to look like a great success, which is the opposite of what they wanted. He went from the “most pro ready” to nearly undraftable, based on a bad pro day.

    Personally, I like my QBs a little more mobile, but this guy is a classic dropback passer, who displayed everything that pro QBs are asked to do and he did it well.

  20. 2ruefan says: May 12, 2014 9:22 AM

    Two consecutive 1st round QB misses. Sorry AP. Would have much preferred Mettenberger

    Agreed. Would have much preferred about 5 other guys.. all of whom have stronger arms.

    Season is over if Bridgewater starts week one. He’ll be eaten up by NFL defenses. If the Vikes start him week one it is a signal that they have given up on this season and are “building” for the future.

    I don’t care HOW well he plays in pre season. The only right move for them when they have a veteran like Cassel is to start Cassel and play him if/until he falters badly (Like 3 lousy games in a row) or gets hurt.

    I’ll ask for a refund on my NFL ticket if they do anything else.

  21. golforepar says: May 12, 2014 9:25 AM

    No way he beats Ponder out for the starting job. Ponder even beat out Joe Webb!

  22. chillyball says: May 12, 2014 9:30 AM

    Remember, Muskgrave’s offense was written on his drivers license.

  23. 2ruefan says: May 12, 2014 9:31 AM

    fwippel says: May 12, 2014 8:29 AM

    Love this message from Zimmer, as it seems to be completely opposite of what Viking fans have witnessed in recent years.

    It was also nice to see Spielman avoid the panic button and not reach for a QB. After Tarvaris Jackson (and where is Brad Childress now?) and Christian Ponder, it’s nice to see common sense prevailing for a change.

    HUH?? How is this “DIFFERENT” than drafting Ponder and starting him because he was being paid like a 1st round draft pick? Same thing as this message. Let’s not anoint Zimmer a hero yet. He has done nothing.

  24. 2ruefan says: May 12, 2014 9:32 AM

    BTW… He did “REACH” for a QB again. Traded BACK up into the 1st round to take a guy 31 other teams passed on.

    Two years from now will tell the tale….

  25. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 12, 2014 9:36 AM

    I’m starting to think there might be a reason why it took Zim so long to get a head coaching position…

  26. thepftpoetisacrossdresser says: May 12, 2014 9:39 AM

    This statement coming a week to 10 days after Spielman just said he would sit the year and learn behind Cassell and would NOT be thrown into the fire.

    I can’t believe the MN media outlets aren’t blowing this up to see if there’s an impending power struggle at the top between RS, MZ, and ZW. Something’s not smelling right.

    This year should be a year of promise and turning things around, and instead it looks like it may instead be another hapless year of regression and tripping over their own feet again.

    Every defense in this division will murder this kid if he does anything but hand the ball off to 28.

    And you thought Josh Freeman looked like a deer in headlights in primetime.

  27. Norseman says: May 12, 2014 9:41 AM

    I like his chances. This kid came to Louisville and learned a pro-style offense and became the starter after 3 games. More than that, he was given Peyton Manning authority to audible, change protections, etc. – and did a good job doing so.

  28. fwippel says: May 12, 2014 9:45 AM

    2ruefan says:

    HUH?? How is this “DIFFERENT” than drafting Ponder and starting him because he was being paid like a 1st round draft pick? Same thing as this message. Let’s not anoint Zimmer a hero yet. He has done nothing.

    =================================
    It is different because anyone who was paying attention at the time knew the Ponder was, at best, third to fourth round material, and Spielman panicked and took him with the 12th overall pick in the draft. There wasn’t one scouting expert anywhere that saw Ponder as anything other than an NFL backup. So instead of landing a player who could become an instant quality starter, the Vikings whiffed on a QB that every other team and scout knew wasn’t going to cut it.

    That’s not the case with Bridgewater. Yes, time will tell how well TB turns out. However, his collegiate track record is far better than Ponder’s was, and he wouldn’t have lasted until the Vikings’ original second round pick at 40.

    No one is anointing Zimmer a hero. I like his style far better than his previous two predecessors. No more Tampa-2, read-and-react defense, and no more taking half the season (or more) to figure out which players can actually help you win. Zimmer has a track record of getting the most out of his talent. I have no reason to believe he won’t do the same now.

  29. somatg3 says: May 12, 2014 9:56 AM

    gotta love the fact that the coach is having an open competition and may the best man win. frazier just anointed ponder the qb from day 1 and never made him earn anything and we see how that went

  30. schmitty2 says: May 12, 2014 10:02 AM

    As a Rams fan I would LOVE to see Teddy play in week 1. IMO Cassel gives the Vikes the best chance to win and it would be wise to let TB watch and learn.

  31. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: May 12, 2014 10:03 AM

    anyone else notice his janky windup in that picture?

  32. jmsieli says: May 12, 2014 10:08 AM

    This pick intrigues me the most, clearly Bortles will start regardless, the Vikes passed on Manziel, there was no sure thing in this draft with any of these QB’s, but if Manziel starts on opening day, does that put more pressure on the Vikes to start Bridgewater or does Norv bring him along slow and develop him and start him when he’s ready, time will tell, can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

  33. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2014 10:08 AM

    You gotta love the arguments over how they keep finishing in last place every year.

    Revisionist history allows us to pretend that hapless and tasteless Viking fans knew all along that Ponder was doomed to fail.

  34. TBaySlim says: May 12, 2014 10:11 AM

    ted thompson-Brian Brohm called an wants his jersey back

  35. TBaySlim says: May 12, 2014 10:13 AM

    i’ve seen better arguments from five year olds over cookies then the arguments filthy an toyko brings up….they are Mustay

  36. thevikes99 says: May 12, 2014 10:18 AM

    Tavaris Jackson #2 Wow go Vikes (fart noise)

    Vikings doomed another 5 years!

  37. In Teddy We Trust says: May 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    I can’t believe Zimmer is taking heat here for saying what every coach in the NFL should say. He didn’t say he’s starting him Week 1, he just said he’ll play if he earns the job. I hope he has time to watch and learn for a while, but if he’s so much better than Cassel that he should be starting right away, that’s the way it should be. What if Seattle would have stuck with Matt Flynn because they didn’t want to rush Russell Wilson?

  38. rosstuckershair says: May 12, 2014 10:20 AM

    Revisionist history allows us to pretend that hapless and tasteless Viking fans knew all along that Ponder was doomed to fail.—————————————————–

    Yet the Vikings drafted Kahlil, Patterson, Rhodes, and Floyd. While the Packers drafted, Datone Jones, Nick Perry, Bulaga, Sherrod, and Raji. Every one a Thompson bust going back to 2009. The only thing the Packers have is Rodgers. And eventually he will question the lack of talent on the Packers roster..

  39. coldwater32301 says: May 12, 2014 10:23 AM

    Chemistry is the key, if they put the time in and form that bond of trust between the QB and WR/TE with the timing it could be epic. Also it doesn’t hurt to have one of the most impactful RB in the game. If it doesn’t work blame the coaches because the talent is there…Indeed…

  40. John Roc 65 says: May 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    Vikings, Lions and Packers all had great drafts.

    NFC North will be a battle royale next year.

  41. bridgeh2o says: May 12, 2014 10:25 AM

    Those comparing Bridgewater to Ponder is laughable!

    It’s IRONIC that packer fans are blowing away this pick, while most critics compare Bridgewater to…..hold your breath….Aaron Rodgers.

    Why? Because he stays in the pocket, and can read through his progressions, and throws UNDER PRESSURE.

    Sorry pack fan, we FINALLY have a strong-minded head coach that will play a more menacing style of D, he lets the best OC/QB Whisperer in the game-Norv Turner- to develop the offense and the QBs.

    So, yes, the Vikes are headed in the right direction to say the least.

    I advise all teams to snooze on the Vikes this year, as you will regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Slick Rick did it again with his moving into the bottom of the round to get the steal of the draft in Bridgewater, Zimmer is a no nonsense guy, that will hold you accountable, and Turner will move the offense in tremendous ways………this will be fun to watch!!!!!

    SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: May 12, 2014 10:31 AM

    John Roc 65 says:May 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    Vikings, Lions and Packers all had great drafts.

    NFC North will be a battle royale next year.

    I actually like the Bears draft a lot more than the Lions draft, or the Packers for that matter.

  43. 1bigtex says: May 12, 2014 10:41 AM

    For the fan who preferred Mettenberger; Occasionally, a prospect will have a few skeletons in his closet. Zach needs a warehouse for his skeletons.

  44. ariani1985 says: May 12, 2014 10:46 AM

    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    Sincerely,
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  45. purpleguy says: May 12, 2014 10:48 AM

    Word has it Bridgewater beat out Ponder while attending Friday’s Wild game. He’ll play behind Cassel until he gets his act together, maybe start a game this year, and be the starter next year. At worst, he’ll be a serviceable NFL starter 3 years from now, which will be about the time Pack fans have finally learned how to spell the first name of their first round pick.

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2014 10:56 AM

    I see. So the latest Viking excuse for finishing last every year is that the Packers are terrible at drafting.

  47. csbanter says: May 12, 2014 10:56 AM

    The Vikings would be foolish to keep Bridgewater on the sidelines. Matt Cassel has peaked as a player in this league. He is serviceable at best. The Vikings should be doing all they can to insure fans will be there win they move into the new stadium. No sense in throwing seasons away.

  48. rosstuckershair says: May 12, 2014 11:12 AM

    I’m starting to think there might be a reason why it took Zim so long to get a head coaching position…———————————

    I am wondering how Capers and Thompson keep theirs..Without Rodgers that team of busts would be lucky to win 4 games. It was proved last year..

  49. scoops1 says: May 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    While the Packers drafted, Datone Jones, Nick Perry, Bulaga, Sherrod, and Raji. Every one a Thompson bust going back to 2009. The only thing the Packers have is Rodgers. And eventually he will question the lack of talent on the Packers roster
    —————————–

    Clay Matthews was a Bust?????

  50. duluthvikesfan says: May 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    Zimmer didn’t say anything you wouldn’t expect him to say. Yes, “if” he is the best QB on the roster he will play. Not rocket science there. “We hope that he will be” (the best QB). No shock there, either. They just spent a first round pick on the guy, of course they want him to be the best QB on the roster.

  51. ragnarthegreat says: May 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    I am not a Ponder fan, but the idea that he was asked to be a simple game manager is a little simplistic. With 8 men in the box there was not enough running game to manage. Ponder/ Cassel were asked to prove they could beat you through the air to keep the defenses honest. That was a tall order and Ponder primarily through short passes to TE’s and to Percy Harvin. When his tight end went down and Harvin went west, Ponder fell flat. I am sure the pro game will throw enough wrinkles at a rookie that he hasn’t seen before that some time on the bench is a good thing. Even if he is the best passer.

  52. pillowporkers says: May 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    Teddy is very advanced in terms of pre snap reads, and going through his progressions. His skill will be very apparent as superior to that of Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. He’s already moved to Minnesota and unpacked his things, and plans to get to 225 by training camp. I would be surprised if he is not the Week 1 starter for the Vikings.

  53. jimmysee says: May 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    The biggest shock for Teddy will be starting those home games in Minneapolis in December!

    Hope he brings his long johns.

  54. jimthebuilder27 says: May 12, 2014 11:34 AM

    Gotta love Vikings fans revisionist history! They think that a guy is a bust if he’s drafted by Green Bay or he’s drafted by the Vikings he’s their savior!

    Brag about your Pro Bowls all you want, he have what matters (Super Bowls). By the way, you guys at one point had HOF players on your team (Carter, Randle, McDaniel, Doleman, probably Moss) and yet not one Super Bowl appearance!

    Chew on that guys! :)

  55. ronin36 says: May 12, 2014 11:37 AM

    Spielmann did what he did to save his job.

    Had Spielmann grabbed a QB at the top of the round, and it had busted (ala Ponder).. Spielmann would have been fired. Plain and simple.

    But, since Bridgewater is at the bottom of the 1st, he’s got a ready-made excuse. If Bridgewater fails, Spielmann can say “well, he was our second pick that year, and it didn’t work out.” And possibly save his own job.. He’ll throw Zimmer and Turner under the bus and move on.

  56. jimthebuilder27 says: May 12, 2014 11:37 AM

    Vikings fans will love him if he wins their Super Bowl, which is beating the Packers.

    Us Packers fans, on the other hand, we have our eyes on the TRUE prize, winning an ACTUAL Super Bowl!

  57. skolvikingsuperbowl says: May 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    This year will be different because of (QB du jour).

  58. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2014 11:47 AM

    Here we have the same old Ponder apologists with selective amnesia, deifying a new QB savior.

    It’s an annual pre bust tradition.

  59. taintedsaints2009 says: May 12, 2014 12:10 PM

    It is now proven (Newton, Wilson, luck, kappernick,rgiii, etc) that you start these guys as soon as you possibly can. The Vikes are not a playoff team so you may as well get your future started now.

    Oh, and cut ponder. Why in the world is he still there? There were probably fifty other occasions he should have been cut but he especially should have been cut after Thursday.

  60. youngs79 says: May 12, 2014 12:26 PM

    I am not a Ponder apologist, he did, however beat the Packers.

  61. skolvikingsuperbowl says: May 12, 2014 12:52 PM

    I really thought Ponder would be a Top 3 NFL QB by now. I totally bought into all the Viking fan hype, just like everyone else in MN.

    Viking fans are people too. Why can’t we ever draft a franchise QB?

  62. obamareallysucks says: May 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    Jamarcus Russell is the biggest bust in nfl history.

  63. fargovikesfan says: May 12, 2014 1:17 PM

    word is Green Bay contacted Monica Lewinsky during the pre-draft scouting to get her impression on how good Clinton-Dix was…

  64. bobnelsonjr says: May 12, 2014 2:20 PM

    The vikings have a great history of drafting and developing quarterbacks. Look how many of them turned out to be great!

  65. rosstuckershair says: May 12, 2014 3:28 PM

    Look at how many DE and linebackers, OL the Packers have busted on. 5 years and counting..Jones, Perry, Sherrod, Baluga, Raji…Did I miss anyone?

  66. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2014 5:41 PM

    The Vikings odds have now improved to 18:1 to win the division.

    That’s the Vegas way of saying “Nice draft, Spieldope!”

  67. pondersucks07 says: May 12, 2014 8:32 PM

    Bridgewater was a steal. You don’t judge a QB on the why he performs throwing in shorts, You judge a QB how he plays during games, with this said. Bridgewater is far the best QB in this draft. Bridgewater played in a Pro set offense under center, Bridgewater goes through his reads, Calm and cool under pressure, Knows how to use the pocket and side step rushers. Doesn’t have happy feet like the other three top QB’s, step into the throw, Bridgewater will put in the extra time, A great leader will put in extra work in the film room studying the playbook, First to practice and last to leave is the kind of player Bridgewater is. Bridgewater will respected for the work he puts in and great locker room presence. Slip more to the because of his performance in throwing in shorts. I will take the guy that plays good in a game, Rather than one who plays great in shorts. Viking fans should know not to judge by performance in shorts, that’s how we drafted the greatest WR catching in shorts….. Troy Williamson, Put the gear on game day and Williamson couldn’t catch a cold. most fans are like sheep and believe every thing the so called experts say, will the smart coaches capitalize on their stupidity and get top ten talent at the bottom of the 1st. round. Over hype Manziel that most fans,experts/ ESPN/NFL Network have a man crush on will fail not because of his talent, which is great if he plays in a Spread type(5’11″) offense to give him passing lanes as well as running lanes, It will be because he will be a poison in the locker room and wont put time in due to his commitment to making money with endorsement and his night life. Manziel is a me guy not a we guy. Mansiel needs attention all the time and plays for the spot light.

  68. jollyjoker2 says: May 12, 2014 9:17 PM

    You bridgewater fans are smoking something. Small hands, cold slick field, old ap with a suspect OL. ……Daunte fumbalitis reincarnate. If he was that good, he would be gone in top 5.

  69. randallwoodfield says: May 12, 2014 10:15 PM

    If he was that good, he would be gone in top 5.
    ————————————————-

    Same for Montana, Marino, Favre, Moon, Rodgers, Tarkenton, Brady, Roethlisberger, Brees, Esiason, Staubach, Kaepernik, Russel Wilson, Warner, Theismann, etc…etc…etc. More proof that trolls know nothing about the NFL. Bridgewater may or may not be good at the NFL level, but you have to be 100% clueless to think good QB’s only get picked in the top 5.

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2014 10:38 PM

    Viking fans truly don’t understand the QB position. Or winning.

  71. wallydippins says: May 13, 2014 1:20 AM

    Bustwater is going to end up like Ponder.

  72. yizudien says: May 13, 2014 8:09 AM

    Man this sucks as a Vikings fan, and a person stuck helping pay for the new stadium.

    I would really hate to see what would happen if they put a person in for the full year just to give them enough security to take risks during the games. Seems the only way we do that in Minnesota is if you were a great quarterback and we threw another X million at you to stay out of retirement.

    I know these guys don’t read the comments or headlines but I am hoping they don’t start this kid before he is ready. How long did Mr Rodgers sit on the sideline in Green Bay learning the system, and how to be a QB in the NFL prior to getting a chance to start? They will end up putting this guy in first time Cassell starts to struggle, then the press will hammer hard at is he or isnt he the right guy for a first round pick; under the pressure he will crumble and become another Ponder. Playing way to conservative otherwise the media rips him apart.

    Last year should have resulted in the whole upper management being fired over the QB issues. Anyone involved should have been canned period, it was embarrassing.

    Cassell could give us a solid year, will he win a superbowl? Maybe, maybe not, he will get you wins that ponder couldnt and give you a solid year in a rebuilding phase.

  73. 1952vikefan says: May 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    Almost feel sorry for Matt but we need T.D. Bridgewater to step it up and start like Russel Wilson did

  74. jollyjoker2 says: May 13, 2014 4:48 PM

    Rogers probably could have played the first year if not behind one of the best that was still playing high level. ….So we are all speculating whether Bustwater will be a bust or not – I think he will be a bust based on how the MN management over the last 2-3 years (and the name as catchy!) ; These yahoos brought in ponder, and a couple of toads from tampa and philly. For awhile there was T. Jax and Joe Webb. Low talent stiffs that couldn’t make it just about any NFL.
    I am the highest on Cassell and that’s only because he is above average when it comes game time.

  75. jollyjoker2 says: May 13, 2014 4:50 PM

    so what randall wood is really is saying is that its’ a crap shoot (but you can always find an exception)…. – the vikes had 40 years of crapshoot and had squat…all the way back for Fran T….. Gimme the top qb and a top pick so that crapshoot is just a little less.

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