Mike Zimmer likes Teddy Bridgewater’s confidence

AP

Teddy Bridgewater followed up a so-so performance in the preseason opener with a so-bad effort in practice.

But the Vikings are encouraged by the chances he’s taking, even if they end up in the hands of the defense.

Mike Zimmer obviously will change his tune about turnovers come the regular season, but said he wasn’t necessarily bothered by a three-interception day.

Obviously we don’t want to throw interceptions in the red zone,” Zimmer said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “That’s one of our core goals. But it happens. You know, like the DBs, I would always tell them that sometimes you’ve got to get beat in practice to find out how tight you can play them. If you never get beat in practice, you’re probably playing too far off of a guy. If you’re going to get beat, let’s get beat in practice. Let’s learn from what we do out here. And I think that is for everything position. This is where we learn.”

Coupled with a 6-of-13 passing night in the preseason game, Bridgewater’s had better weeks. But his coach said he’s not worried about confidence.

“His confidence is not shaken,” Zimmer said. “He’s fine.”

If he can push through some of his rookie jitters quickly, it would help. The Vikings seem content with starting Matt Cassel until Bridgewater’s ready, but the sooner that happens, the sooner they can make some real progress.

83 responses to “Mike Zimmer likes Teddy Bridgewater’s confidence

  1. Matt Cassel reminds me of what Bill Walsh once said about Steve DeBerg – “He’s just good enough to get you beat.” That’s Cassel. The sooner Bridgewater is ready to play, the better.

  2. “If you’re going to get beat, let’s get beat in practice.” That’s how you think when you double bogey the first three holes — get ’em out of the way. Then you go on to shoot a 95.

  3. Teddy already looks like a franchise qb out there last week.he will be the 2nd best qb in the NFC north by the end of the year,and will be better than the midget at qb in Seattle by the start of the 2015 season.SKOL

  4. Teddy Bridgewater has every trait you would ever need in a Franchise QB.

    The Arm.
    The intelligence of reading defenses.
    The Mobility.
    The Accuracy.
    The Poise.
    The Pocket Awareness.
    The Classiness.

    He’s a perfect Minnesota Viking.

    And he will bring the first Lombardi trophy to the historic Minnesota Vikings organization.

    Deal with it.

    Haters.

    #Skol

  5. Seems like a promising QB, few would get this far with gloves that are 90% foam to disguise their tiny hands.

  6. When it comes to the playoff games and elite teams the Vikings surrender like the French Army. Worst NFL team ever. Also Ponder is the week 1 QB. Book it!

  7. 3 int’s in practice but, but, but, how can this be? …we have been hearing how fantastic he was doing, being the most NFL ready, and will be week 1 starter, how accurate he is and so on and so on from the posters. According to coaches and media and on tv he is not doing that well and is not able to handle the big stage thus far. Appears he is regressing which has the purple faithful starting to panic. Now comes how good Cassel is to try and cover for “tiny hands”. I guess all the Madden training hasn’t paid off. Did Ponder just pass him on the depth chart?

  8. Teddy Bridgewater followed up a so-so performance in the preseason opener with a so-bad effort in practice.

    1st papragraph of the story. lol

    The Classiness.

    He’s a perfect Minnesota Viking.

    Too bad u don’t resemble that remark pftpoet.

    And he will bring the first Lombardi trophy to the historic Minnesota Vikings organization.

    Still haven’t awakened from that dream have u? lol

  9. that being said, i might as well contribute to the topic at hand.

    I dont like how i keep reading that TBW had a poor first pre-season game, or even average. if anyone takes a look at the film, he actually played better than average IMO when looking at the important things. his passes were all on target and accurate, even on the run. his mechanics seemed to be solid. he was reading to his second progression on multiple pass attempts, which shows me he is surveying the field very well and at least starting to read defenses.

    the sack fumble he took in the redzone is an obvious mistake; one he will learn from very quickly. that is an easy thing to correct. his 6 of 13 wasn’t too great either, although there were a couple drops, a broken screen pass, and a pass defensed that was thrown on the run RIGHT on target. i am ok with that.

    as far as what zimmer is saying with the practice INT’s, i agree with him. better to get it out of his system and learn what he has and doens’t have open in practice before learning the hard way during a real game. although it is hard to see how much of those picks fall on TBW’s shoulders withouth seeing the actual plays themselves.

  10. When there are no superlatives to be said about his play on the field he is left with ” I like his confidence” to deflect from his ints and fumbling. I bet before long the fans will once again regret that the brain trust passed on Maziel like they did Rodgers.

  11. Well, of course the rookie is going to throw a few interceptions in practice, he’s going up against one of the best defenses in the NFL. You can hardly fault him for that! He will look much better once he starts playing a lesser caliber opponent.

    #skol
    #NFCNorthChampionHereWeCome

  12. He’ll be fine. The Vikings will be fine.
    If Teddys not ready, Matt Cassels there.
    Mike Zimmer has a good Offensive staff lead by Turner. That’s why I think everything’s gonna be alright

  13. When the only thing a coach can do is talk about liking your confidence because your play is so crappy…..you know it’s just a matter of time before you’re relegated to Christian Ponder status.

    They said the same thing about him last year as well. SKOLOLOLOLOL!

  14. Teddy’s trying stuff out in the preseason, just like a young player’s supposed to do. I think it’s unfair for bloggers or Twitterers or whoever to post “Oh Bridgewater looked terrible today” because I think he’s trying to get better at things at practice, not to be conservative and afraid to make a mistake. I guarantee, the throws he missed on this week in practice he’ll be making in games at some point this season.

    Coach Zimmer is a straight talker. He doesn’t feel pressure to mislead anyone about things that are going on in practice. If a player screws up, he says so, and has been consistent about that all preseason long.

  15. mvp43 says:
    Aug 13, 2014 2:43 PM

    Brian Brohm 2.0

    ==============================
    No, no. It’s Johnny Unitas 2.0.

    Not worried about the growing pains with TB. I also don’t think the Vikings would be harmed by allowing Cassel to start until Bridgewater outplays him for the job. I don’t expect that to happen before mid-season.

    The difference this year is going to be the coaching staff, especially on offense. No keeping your young play-makers on the bench for half the season, no more Musgrave play-calling of first-down run with nine in the box, following by dump-off screen pass, followed by a sack.

  16. Zimmer is in a tough position, he is only the head coach and a 1st year one at that. He didn’t ask for Bustwater, didn’t draft him but never the less, here he is.

    What is he going to say to the press? He can’t tell the unvarnished truth, the kid can’t even beat our a journeyman NFL Qb that has already been sent out of town by two other franchises, teams will presumably higher standards. Zimmer wants to win but he knows that QB play is the key and he is stuck with Cassel, can’t get anything of trade value for Ponder, and his not so bright GM thinks Bustwater’s the answer.

  17. Zimmer has it exactly right. Practice is a time to take risks that you don’t know if you can pull off or not. No way to know for sure how tight a window you can try to squeeze a ball into without trying it in practice first. If it gets picked in practice, you know in a game that window is too tight for you to be able to get away with it.

    I really like what Zimmer has done so far, I think he makes a great coach and he says things that clearly show he knows what he’s talking about.

  18. You know he’s bad when asked, a coach says “His confidence is not shaken,” Zimmer said. “He’s fine.”

    Q:What do you think about your new QB Zim?

    A: He was on time to practice today, so we have that.

  19. Three interceptions……against the VIKINGS defense?!?!

    I thought there was a good chance he’d be mediocre. I didn’t think he’d be THAT bad.

    And I see a Viking fan who isn’t PFTPoet calling him Johnny Unitas 2.0….. Good lord. How about you wait until he completes 50% of his passes and doesn’t throw 3 interceptions against the defense that was last in the NFL in 2013, before you start calling him a Hall of Famer?

  20. Seeing as how Vikings articles have more comments from aans than Viking fans, and vise versa — breaking news: Jordy Nelson has a hamstring injury and is practicing at half speed. At least now the Packer LBs can keep up.

  21. I remember Manziel having a 3 pick/2 pick 6 day and the media highlighted his 30 yard completion.

    They can make it sound bad or good, depending on who it is. Pretty pathetic.

  22. Heard he threw 3 picks in yesterday’s practice. 4th was dropped by the dB. What is the coach suppose to say? Play more video games

  23. fwippel says:
    Aug 13, 2014 2:51 PM

    mvp43 says:
    Aug 13, 2014 2:43 PM

    Brian Brohm 2.0

    ==============================
    No, no. It’s Johnny Unitas 2.0.

    ==============================
    Johnny Unitas is dead.

  24. thevikesarebest says:Aug 13, 2014 2:20 PM

    Teddy already looks like a franchise qb out there last week.he will be the 2nd best qb in the NFC north by the end of the year,and will be better than the midget at qb in Seattle by the start of the 2015 season.SKOL

    ………………….

    That midget has a ring, and is looking at a 120 million dollar contract. How big do you feel?

  25. truehoosier62 says:
    Aug 13, 2014 2:47 PM
    How many years was it that the glass QB Aaron Rogers sat on the bench in Green Bay?

    ****************
    There is a difference between sitting behind a first ballot HOF qb and sitting behind Matt Cassell. I’m not saying TB will not be a good QB but lets not compare him to Aaron Rodgers!

  26. If Zimmer is talking as though Bridgewater needs to be ready to start soon. Big mistake. Do it. Just do it.

  27. I’ve never heard of the standard where a rookie qb comes into the league and never makes a mistake, even IN PRACTICE, and then plays flawlessly for the next twenty years. I’ve never heard of that realistic, reasonable expectation for a rookie qb. So I don’t understand the calls that Bridgewater is clearly busting out.

    Brett Favre’s first two years as a starter: 37 tds, 37 ints

    Peyton Manning’s first year: 26 tds, 29 ints

    Drew Brees’ first year as a starter: 17 tds, 16 ints

    Terry Bradshaw’s first two years: 19 tds, 46 ints

    And all of the above won the SuperBowl at some point, with Bradshaw winning 4 of them.

  28. ducks4remi says:
    Aug 13, 2014 3:29 PM

    truehoosier62 says:
    Aug 13, 2014 2:47 PM
    How many years was it that the glass QB Aaron Rogers sat on the bench in Green Bay?

    ****************
    There is a difference between sitting behind a first ballot HOF qb and sitting behind Matt Cassell. I’m not saying TB will not be a good QB but lets not compare him to Aaron Rodgers!
    ———————————————————-
    Tom Brady couldn’t beat out a Drew Bledsoe in 2000, and Bledsoe was VERY average by then.

  29. During the draft, you could read Bridgewater’s lips when the vikings were on the clock.

    “Please don’t pick me. Please don’t pick me. I don’t want to play for the most pathetic franchise in all of sports. All they do is lose 10+ games every year. Please don’t…. Oh crap!!!! “

  30. Teddy already looks like a franchise qb out there last week.he will be the 2nd best qb in the NFC north by the end of the year,and will be better than the midget at qb in Seattle by the start of the 2015 season.SKOL

    ——————————-
    You HOMERS kill me with what you post alot of times. Didnt look good in his first preseason, ok, followed by a bad practice ok, and he’s looks like a franchise QB and will be the SECOND best in the NFC North over Cutler and Stafford yeah ok. Then you compare him to the midget in Seattle who has a SUPERBOWL TITLE com’on now let him do SOMETHING first before you blow him up to megastar status. You guys are just like the Browns fans talking about Manziel is a franchise QB and hasnt done nothing

  31. Does he feel confident enough to hand the ball off? Cuz that’s what they’re left with (again). How long can this team go to the AP well? Lacy outperformed AP in head-to-head match ups last season. AP tries but he’s broken down from carrying 52 other gals on his back. TB was supposed to be the answer but his training regiment of playing Madden 2K13 obviously didn’t pan out.

    3-13 Viking seasons for the next 2 years. Bank on it!

  32. Look at the past two winning SB QB’s and they don’t have to do it all to win..

    Flaco- is well jump ball Joe and the little midget in Seattle is a game manager so you don’t have to be great to win a SB. See also Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson and Aaron Rodgers…..

  33. Bridgewater came off the bench to rally his team against Rutgers in 2012 for the Big East championship, down 14-3, Teddy had a broken left wrist in a cast and a right ankle sprain. Louisville prevailed on the rocket arm of Bridgewater, 20-17 and went to the Sugar Bowl.

    Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was so overcome with emotion at Bridgewater’s performance, the two shared a long, heartfelt hug, Watson’s voice cracking as he told Teddy how proud he was of the game he had.

    Bridgewater has “it”. He’ll start at some point in the near future, and play very very well for a long time.

  34. coachkilla6 says:
    Aug 13, 2014 3:56 PM

    “Lacy outperformed AP in head-to-head match ups last season.”
    ———————————————————-
    Huh?

    10/27: Gb @ Mn

    Lacy: 94 yards, 1 td
    Peterson: 60 yards, 1 td

    11/24: Mn @ Gb

    Lacy: 110 yards, 1 td
    Peterson: 146 yards, 1 td

    2 game totals:
    Lacy: 204 yards, 2 tds
    Peterson: 206 yards, 2 tds

    You are DELUSIONAL, bro.

  35. Throwing interceptions against Zimmer’s defense just means our D is going to be very good starting this year and on, who will pick off every qb in the NFL. Teddy is going to be a Super Star soon too, so deal with losers.

  36. Throwing interceptions against Zimmer’s defense just means our D is going to be very good starting this year and on, who will pick off every qb in the NFL. Teddy is going to be a Super Star soon too, so deal with it losers.

  37. Target misprinted a load of Bridgewater jerseys as “Bridewater.” They later explained that they just didn’t think there was any “Gee” in him.

  38. garyridgway says: Aug 13, 2014 2:30 PM

    Bridgewater is trash just like the rest of that organization. Just move a little north and start playing in the CFL. Nobody will miss you.
    ———————-

    Only a troll of your caliber would come up with the username of Gary Ridgway aka The Green River Killer…

  39. I see things never change…Packer fans are jealous of the Vikings. Hope their QB doesnt make a play for Teddy’s package..

  40. Seems to me that the same people criticizing those proclaiming Bridgewater to be a future superstar are the same people who are proclaiming him to be a bust. I’m confident that he will be at least a very good starter, but it won’t be until the coaches determine that he’s ready to be a starter. That will be sometime between today and Week 1 2015. I’m not going to worry about how he’s doing in practice his rookie year.

  41. I’d rather have a quarterback throwing interceptions in practice because he’s testing himself than a quarterback like Ponder who checks down or tucks and runs when his first read looks somewhat covered.

  42. I’ve never heard of the standard where a rookie qb comes into the league and never makes a mistake, even IN PRACTICE, and then plays flawlessly for the next twenty years. I’ve never heard of that realistic, reasonable expectation for a rookie qb. So I don’t understand the calls that Bridgewater is clearly busting out.

    Brett Favre’s first two years as a starter: 37 tds, 37 ints

    Peyton Manning’s first year: 26 tds, 29 ints

    Drew Brees’ first year as a starter: 17 tds, 16 ints

    Terry Bradshaw’s first two years: 19 tds, 46 ints

    And all of the above won the SuperBowl at some point, with Bradshaw winning 4 of them

    Aaron Rodgers 1st year as a starter 28 TD 13 INT oh yea he has won a Superbowl too and Teddy’s Vikings have to beat Aaron’s Packers
    Whoops

  43. I’m not worried about the situation. Not every QB has a great workout. Curious how Aaron Rodgers looked as a rookie and his first year starting?

  44. Coaches talk about confidence when performances are disappointing.

    Funny thing about that confidence, it’s often misplaced.

    If it were only about confidence, Tim Tebow would be an NFL caliber QB.

  45. If the Vikings give Teddy a chance, he will morph into a solid pro quarterback who will give them wins! He has the talent. All he needs to do is get use to the arena.

  46. Brett Favre’s first two years as a starter: 37 tds, 37 ints

    Peyton Manning’s first year: 26 tds, 29 ints

    Drew Brees’ first year as a starter: 17 tds, 16 ints

    Terry Bradshaw’s first two years: 19 tds, 46 ints

    And all of the above won the SuperBowl at some point,

    Maybe if Bridgewater played for almost any1 else BUT THE VIKINGS he would be mentioned in this group AFTER this season, but alas………….

  47. Why do people continually compare Aaron Rodgers’ first year as a starter to Teddy Bridgewater’s first preseason game as a rookie? Rodgers sat on the bench for THREE YEARS, people. When Teddy is in his fourth year, he’ll be coming off multiple Pro Bowls.

  48. Matt Cassel looks like right choice at QB for Vikings … for now-According to a USA Today article on the web @ 10:45 A.M. Bridgewater got to storm The CASSEL (Castle for some of u Viking fans) to win this starting job. No Pro Bowls…DEFINATELY NO SUPER BOWL RING.

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