Teddy Bridgewater has no problem with Matt Cassel starting

AP

Matt Cassel has been a Pro Bowler, and he’s been benched.

So even though his being named the Vikings’ starting quarterback wasn’t a surprise, he admitted it was gratifying.

“I’ve been through a lot in my career,” Cassel said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I’ve been through the ups, I’ve been through the downs. I’ve been through the highs and the lows, so at this point, nothing really surprises me in my career. So I think because of those, it calluses you to a few different situations that as a younger player, I might not have taken it as well.”

Cassel has been steady, and not even the precocious play of first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater  (no turnovers, 117.1 passer rating) was enough to shake it.

Bridgewater was understanding, praising Cassel’s leadership and confident about his future role.

“As I stated once I got drafted, I felt like this was the perfect situation for me,” Bridgewater said. “Right now, I’m just able to learn, sit back and continue to learn, but also learn and prepare myself as a starter because as a backup you’re one play away from being out there on the gridiron with the guys.”

Giving Cassel the job is the safe play, but it might also be best for Bridgewater’s development, no matter how well he’s played in the preseason.

102 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater has no problem with Matt Cassel starting

  1. Duh.

    Matt Cassel hasn’t done anything to lose the job, as he was ranked as the #1 QB in preseason according to Pro Football Focus.

    Teddy Bridgewater’s preseason stats: 4 TD’s, 0 Interceptions. 66% completion percentage.

    Both Quarterbacks could easily take us to the playoffs if they keep up the performances.

    With our new and improved defenses (3 picks last game) we will dominate the NFC North.

    3-0.

    Yes we’re undefeated right now.

    What is your favorite teams record?

    Exactly.

  2. Gee, it’s nice to see someone buck the trend of throwing the new QB in without letting him set and learn for a little while. TB will be a star, but it doesn’t hurt for him to watch for a short spell.

  3. I’m happy for Teddy. He has the right attitude and he’s doing what’s asked of him – on and off the field. I have to kind of chuckle though, lots of his TD’s have come on the same exact play; corner end zone passes. You can tell they really only have put in a few plays, and pretty much the same ones in the red zone. Hey, it’s always better than being 0-3 though. Skol!

  4. Bridgewater has done his homework and continues to learn. From the night he was drafted and flew straight to Minneapolis, instead of home (or Vegas), until today, Teddy has done it right.

    I knew Bridgewater would be steady, but I was wrong about Bortles’ preseason showing. But those two make Johnny look really bad, right about now.

    They highlight the circus act Manziel is. Media creation.-all hype and no substance.

  5. Bustwater has no heart.

    For anyone to discuss win/loss record in the preseason is just a desperate plea to keep from being irrelevant and just plain ignorant.

    Tick, Tock…. just a couple weeks now until the Vikings are irrelevant and back page news in the NFL

  6. Bustwater surely understands and can see that he’s dominating against scrubs who will be UPS drivers in a few weeks, just like he did in the weak college conference with powerhouses like Temple and University of Tulsa and Connecticut.

  7. drunkinsconnie says:
    Aug 25, 2014 2:38 PM

    Rodgers sat for 3 years. He turned out okay

    Give me a break. So you going to tell us Casell was on par talent wise as Favre?

  8. .
    The Vikings first three games :

    @ St Louis
    New England
    @ New Orleans

    Why put Baby Small Hands in those games?
    .

  9. It’s interesting to see that there are no teams starting rookie QBs this year. Although realistically Jacksonville and Cleveland are rolling with career backups that realistically could be benched for poor play at any time and that may happen if either team starts off losing enough games.

    I wonder what Minnesota is thinking here too. Of the 3 teams Cassell is the most consistent and experienced and well equipped to lead a team but I also think more so than CLE or JAC they have the need to WIN NOW with ADP being on the team. That talent will only be there for so long.

    Maybe it’s a course adjustment to the thought process in the NFL that rookies need time to develop instead of being chewed up and spit out like Clausen, Gabbert, Ponder, etc.

  10. Rodgers sat for 3 years. He turned out okay.
    =================================

    PRECISELY. And from the moment he first stepped in as a starter he’s been a stud too. How many Rookie QB’s have stepped in out of the gate to be a stud? NONE. Some have been productive, but none have been dominant.

    Perfect situation is Cassel starts and plays well to finish up his 2 yr contract while allowing Teddy to learn in the wings over these 2 yrs. Even as an injury backup this year, may as well play Ponder and use Teddy as a last resort (unless he’s that far ahead of Ponder that it wouldn’t make sense).

    Then in year 3 Teddy becomes the starter and never looks back.

  11. Vikings are pretenders. It doesn’t matter which QB they put out there, they will still continue to fail. Have fun being last in your division.

  12. and he will also have “no problem” shredding that lousy green bay defense….. after John Elway lowered the boom during that historic super bowl victory over the hapless packers their defense has been bottom feeders ever since!!!!
    I will never forget that day!!! “THIS ONES FOR JOHN”!!!!

  13. As of now, the best back-up in the NFL.
    As of future, best starter in the NFL.

    Zimmer is just a smart coach he knows that Bh2o is a future NFL star, all is well in Minnesota.
    Matt has the torch for a bit longer. Now Kick Green Bay and all the doubters out there.

  14. Rodgers sat because Favre is a 1st ballot HOF’er. He could have started for 25+ teams his rookie year.

    Bridgewater is sitting behind a career journeyman! And to say he’s fine with that so can just “sit back” is outrageous!

    Call the Wizard and tell him you have a cat that needs brains, courage, and a heart!!

  15. It only took Erin Rogers 3 years on the bench to start learning how to read NFL defense and he still has trouble doing it so you never stop learning with that position…..

  16. drfeelyouup says:
    Aug 25, 2014 2:28 PM

    Johnny Football is like ten times better than Sludgewater. You know dis.

    ————————————–

    Ahhhh, you obviously have not been watching the pre season games??
    Teddy has wayyyy outplayed Johnny Fooseball !

  17. So Teddy is being ripped because he said exactly the right thing that you want your young backup quarterback to say? You trolls would be happier if he were complaining that he should be the starter and the coaches made a mistake? This guy is awesome and I can’t wait until he becomes the starter. It may have to wait until next year, because Cassel will probably lead the team to the playoffs!

  18. My squad is on the way up, yours is on the way down and you know this. Meanwhile the Vikes are 3-0 in the erroneous preseason without even trying. The future is now! Objects in your mirror are closer than they appear!!!

  19. Packers never punted against your lowly Vikings last season when Rodgers was playing. Looks like he knows how to read that MN defense like a comic book…..

  20. Man, Touchdown Teddy is such a level headed young man. I have zero doubts that he will be a star. Great to know such a classy, polished young man will be leading the Vikings to great things. He don’t smell of classless arrogance like Jane Football,Rodgers or Cutler…

  21. I’m pretty sure a few years ago there was a team that went undefeated in preseason then ended up going 0-16. I’m not gonna name names (the lions) but they were in your division. There’s a possibility a 2nd team that wears purple goes on a huge losing streak.

  22. Vikes: Most playoff losses of any franchise.
    _____

    True, but the sixth-most playoff games of any franchise. That indicates a level of success that is inconsistent with what is portrayed by trolls such as yourself.

  23. All we heard since the draft is “tiny hands” would be the week 1 starter and now when he isn’t the apologists are back peddling and acting like this is what they wanted all along. Too funny! After week 3 everyone will be whining for him to play because Casell is playing like the qb he is a journeyman.

  24. Packers never punted against your lowly Vikings last season when Rodgers was playing. Looks like he knows how to read that MN defense like a comic book…..

    —————————————————–

    let me guess, another Playoff loss in the first round!!!! Hey, after 5 years of “one and done” your team is used to it!!!

  25. after John Elway lowered the boom during that historic super bowl victory over the hapless packers their defense has been bottom feeders ever since!!!!

    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    The definition of insanity. Repeating the same none sense over and over.

  26. We’re getting a wide variety of plans from among the teams with rookie qbs this year.

    Cleveland – “Some packages” for Manziel, behind a substandard starter
    Jacksonville – Bortles behind a substandard starter
    Minnesota – Bridgewater behind a slightly above average starter
    Oakland – Carr behind a substandard starter
    New England – Garraffalo behind an elite starter
    Houston – Savage behind a substandard starter

    No rookies slated to right now, correct? So, who am I missing, and who among that bunch has the best chance to be successful? It’s an impossible call at this point and just about every season someone surprises everyone. Should be fun to find out though. Football rules!

  27. chris1cat says: Aug 25, 2014 2:57 PM

    As of now, the best back-up in the NFL.
    As of future, best starter in the NFL.

    Zimmer is just a smart coach he knows that Bh2o is a future NFL star, all is well in Minnesota.
    Matt has the torch for a bit longer. Now Kick Green Bay and all the doubters out there.

    bridgeh2o says:

    This chris1cat dude knows what he speaks!!!!

    Cassel is keeping the seat warm, Bridgewater has played great in the pre-season, and yes, even against some opponents 1st teamers!!

    Gbay hit the lottery when Rodgers fell to them.TT had no clue he would be good, but hey,sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

    Nearly all other of TTdrafts have been busts, sans PED boy himself,Matthews.

    But, both Erin and Clay boy are injury prone….hmmmm…..what causes injuries, Clay??? Hmmm……dude will be busted before long,and the blind pack faithful, as delusional as they are,will be besides themselves in disbelief. His head is swelling more than the beer/brat guts of the pack faithful, men and “women” alike.

    Erin’s shoulder will simply not hold up as her offensive line is…..well,”offensive”!!
    TT did NOTHING to protect her, and the franchise will go down. They have no backup plan……Flynn??PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

    There is no developmental QB program in gbay, just bones in the graveyard: Harrel, Brohm, Young, Wallace, Flynn, just to name a handful the last couple of years!!!!!

    Bridgewater is the real deal,and the best offensive mind in the game is on our side-Norv Turner.

    The new reign has begun, and the tears from sconsie land will flood the land, once again, bringing our little brother from the East back to reality, and another 20 year drought, as they had from 1972-1992…….2 DECADES of losing, while the Vikes dominated them………. wake up pack fan……WE ARE YOUR NIGHTMARE!!!!

    bridgeh2o

  28. I laugh at all you hating on Bridgewater, hahaha it’s so funny because he’s successful early in his career and you (packers fans mostly) will cringe when he is hoisting the Lombardi trophy in the next coming years

  29. Aaron Rodgers is an amazing QB, but he looked pretty bad his first few years in the league. I think Teddy will be just fine, and I could not be happier he’s our future QB. The Vikings may finish last in the NFC North this year. If they do, it’s because the NFC North may be the deepest division in the NFL. Skol!

  30. This guy sounds like a class act. I sure hope he is our golden goose like Aaron was for the Packers… I must ask why are there so many packer fans doing nothing but bashing or trolling every vikings story? what is up with that just a question don’t kill the person asking the question it is just a question!
    Thanks

  31. Teddy may have no problem with Matt Cassell starting, but he does have problems grasping and holding large items in his little hands.

    vikings – most “one and done” playoff appearances in NFL history.

  32. Vikes: Most playoff losses of any franchise.
    _____

    True, but the sixth-most playoff games of any franchise. That indicates a level of success that is inconsistent with what is portrayed by trolls such as yourself.

    _____

    How have those playoff games worked out for you?

  33. i liked the one about the Vikings being our nightmare. Never has an organization with so much talent done so little with it….it is sad to see the careers that have been wasted in that double city. Just be competitive and consistant….I think with the additional of Zim and Turner it may be possible.

  34. MN averaged 24.4 ppg vs GB 25.7. MN lost 5 games in the last minute. Our defensive woes are over, superbowl homeboys.

  35. So PFT is outraged that Cleveland sits Manziel, but is fine with Bridgewater behind Cassel.

    Maybe that has more to do with which of the two is a circus sideshow that has already generated a number of faux news stories such as the rolled up dollar bill photo and constantly flaps his mouth, and which of them seems to keep his mouth shut and not give much to the press.

  36. bigjim50010 says:
    Aug 25, 2014 3:47 PM

    i liked the one about the Vikings being our nightmare. Never has an organization with so much talent done so little with it….it is sad to see the careers that have been wasted in that double city. Just be competitive and consistant….I think with the additional of Zim and Turner it may be possible.

    —–

    Well, the nice thing about Minnesota is that they’ll send their superstars to other teams so that they have a chance at a championship ring, for example, Percy Harvin, Matt Birk, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love… they probably should add AD to that list, too, only fair that they give him a shot at a ring at some point.

  37. Packers recent home PLAYOFF loses!!!!

    1. Falcons (blow out)
    2. Vikings (blow out)
    3. Giants ( 1 loss and 1 blowout)
    4. 49ers (easy victory)

    notice a trend you green and gold toads????

  38. Who cares about GB… Look at your pathetic playoff record and empty trophy case.. AP made of glass/ stats say he wont come close to finishing season.

    Packers recent home PLAYOFF loses!!!!

    1. Falcons (blow out)
    2. Vikings (blow out)
    3. Giants ( 1 loss and 1 blowout)
    4. 49ers (easy victory)

    notice a trend you green and gold toads????

  39. Like the fact that Cassel is starting and Teddy has time to learn with his notepad in hand. However, I’d have loved to have Teddy fight a bit harder and want to start now.

    However, he has shown dedication in all his actions from moving her immediately following the draft, being here first and leaving last, uploading the playbook into Madden during the break…all the things you love from your franchise QB. At the same time I don’t think it is Teddy’s personality to be outspoken and strive for the limelight like some other 1st round QB. His personallly was on display when he drove the Vikings 80+ yards in 1:08 to beat AZ. He is cool, calm and unravelled and I love that.

    The last time I was this excited about the Vikings they went 15-1 and lost the NFC Championship to Atl because our coach didn’t call timeout and our kicker rushed to kick the clinching FG, but missed for the first time all year. I think this coaching staff would call the timeout.

  40. Rick Spielman says: The longer he’s Teddy Benchwarmer, the longer it will take before he becomes Teddy Bustwater, the longer I get to keep my job.

  41. We were told that the starting QB was going to be an “open competition.” Then, we are told by Zimmer that “Cassel didn’t do anything to lose the job.” Well that’s not a fair competition.

    I thought it was horrible that Zimmer says, “It’s nothing that Teddy did or didn’t do.” Well my gosh, then he wasn’t truly competing!

    Why don’t they just tell us that it’s Cassel’s job unless he looks terrible? Zimmer denied adamantly that Cassel should even be considered a “favorite” this summer. Look up the quotes in the Strib!

  42. clamdiggers says: Aug 25, 2014 3:34 PM

    Peterson made of glass… 1 full season in the last 4..

    bridgeh2o says:

    I would be ticked off at All Day as well, if he continually emabarrased your “defense” over the years as he has. I too,would pray for his demise

    Then again,”holding” Peterson to under 200+yards is an accomplishment for you.

    Dudes, All Day will DESTROY you this year…….again.

    You better hope Erin’s shoulder is prtoected, Clay doesn’t get busted with PEDs, and Bj Raji stays hea….uhh….sorry!!!!

  43. Ahh.. Facts hurt don’t they.. Your guy is getting older/ cant stay on the field and is only interested in his stats… At least the Vikes will be playing in a stadium more suited to there talent

  44. vickspuppy says: Aug 25, 2014 3:08 PM

    Packers never punted against your lowly Vikings last season when Rodgers was playing. Looks like he knows how to read that MN defense like a comic book…..

    What are you smoking? The ENTIRE league could read the MN defense last year. Saying Rodgers could do it only lumps him in with everyone else!

    Also, your comment should say KNEW, not knows. Rodgers nor anyone else will be able to predict MN plays like they could last year.

    One thing the GB trolls need to remember…..they are just one play from giving up the season. At least here in MN, we have a very competent backup to our QB. Rodgers goes down and he takes the team with him!

  45. Packer fans criticizing the Vikings’ playoff record? From 1968 to 1992, the Packers played in TWO playoff games, losing them both. One of those years was the 9-game strike year. That has to be the most pathetic quarter-century in NFL history.

  46. I know they need to give him time. But he needs to be the guy. I bet he starts by week 4. If he’s as good as advertised he gives them the best chance to win. If Cassel is really the better QB then the Vikes are in for another horrible year

  47. Not sure why your obsessed with the Packers.. Could care less about them..But I guess if you want to compare, no matter what set of dates you use I can’t seem to find a Viking championship.. Maybe you could tell me the span of dates I should be looking at to find the championships

  48. “let me guess, another Playoff loss in the first round!!!! Hey, after 5 years of “one and done” your team is used to it!!!”

    ——————————————————————

    Since 1968 when the Vikings first made the playoffs, they’ve gone one-n-done 13 times.

    GB has done it 7 times during that same span.

    I guess when facts fail you, Viking fans have to resort to lies.

  49. 1969 NFL champion = NFC champion.

    When you lose the Super Bowl, nobody calls you the NFL champion. The Viking fan base should be well-versed in this. Otherwise GB could claim 15 championships if you can get more than 1 in the SB era.

    Rubes…

  50. Since 1968 when the Vikings first made the playoffs, they’ve gone one-n-done 13 times.

    GB has done it 7 times during that same span.
    _____

    Yes, but the Vikings have made the playoffs so many more times than the Packers during that span.

    And come on, are you really counting that win over Joe Webb?

  51. That’s probably because the Packers didn’t make a lot of playoff appearances during the stated time frame.

    That is because they were perennial losers until the Gunslinger showed up.

    You do remember that quarter century, don’t you Packer fans?

  52. Comical Viking fans… Not even 1 trophy to look at.. Since your playing in your new stadium this year, do you play for Paul Bunyons ax? Maybe that’s something you have a shot at

  53. “Yes, but the Vikings have made the playoffs so many more times than the Packers during that span.”

    “That’s probably because the Packers didn’t make a lot of playoff appearances during the stated time frame.”
    ____________

    Fair enough guys. So let’s look at the percentages of one-n-done seasons since 1968. Can’t argue with percentages, right?

    GB – 18 appearances, 7 quick exits = .388
    MN – 27 appearances, 13 quick exits = .481

    So MN goes one-n-done 48% of the time compared to 39% for GB from 1968 to present day!

    Class dismissed.

  54. The best head coach, the best offensive coordinator, the best RB, the best WR, the best O-line, the best SS, the 2 best 2014 1st round draft picks, soon to have the best stadium.

    Bask in the glory Vikes fans! And smell the fear, jealousy and envy!!!!

  55. ariani1985 says:
    Aug 25, 2014 2:57 PM
    and he will also have “no problem” shredding that lousy green bay defense….. after John Elway lowered the boom during that historic super bowl victory over the hapless packers their defense has been bottom feeders ever since!!!!
    I will never forget that day!!! “THIS ONES FOR JOHN”!!!!

    ___________________________________
    Funny Viking fans focus on losses and Saints, Seahawks and Packers focus on Championships.
    If that loss gets you off it just shows how pathetic you are.
    Zero championships…bahahahahahahahah

    And all that Packer envy is not good for you Lil guy!

  56. vickspuppy says:
    Aug 25, 2014 6:36 PM
    “Yes, but the Vikings have made the playoffs so many more times than the Packers during that span.”

    “That’s probably because the Packers didn’t make a lot of playoff appearances during the stated time frame.”
    ____________

    Fair enough guys. So let’s look at the percentages of one-n-done seasons since 1968. Can’t argue with percentages, right?

    GB – 18 appearances, 7 quick exits = .388
    MN – 27 appearances, 13 quick exits = .481

    So MN goes one-n-done 48% of the time compared to 39% for GB from 1968 to present day!

    Class dismissed.
    __________________________________

    AND lets look at Championships which matter the most…Class dismissed bahahahahahah

  57. Reading all these a comments from Vikings lovers is hilarious. The only thing funnier is watching your team ahem…”play”. The packers fans may be stupid, but if they are you Vikings lovers are far worse. Packers fans have 4 in the trophy case, and numerous other titles. The rest of us in the now NFC North, (my lions included) have no bragging rights what so ever. The bears have 1, the rest of us none. I hate the packers as much as anyone, but the facts don’t lie. The rest of us need to put up, and until then SHUT UP! Packers own this division and have since the gunslinger started his first game. Lions will take them down this year. Vikings and bears will all be watching as usual. GO LIONS!

  58. — So MN goes one-n-done 48% of the time compared to 39% for GB from 1968 to present day!

    In other words, I’ve been lying every time I say “5 straight years of losing in the first round”. You’re right. But what else would you expect from a minnesota chick like me!!!!

  59. For the record; the sixteen point come-from-behind tie by a fourth-string street agent against the Vikings was a “win” for the Packers. It was critical. The Bears owned all the tie-breakers against the Packers. The last-game win against the Bears, which won the North Division, wouldn’t have mattered without the significant “win” against the Vikings.

    So the answer is yes, we’re counting the “win” by Flynn.

  60. “Giving Cassel the job is the safe play, but it might also be best for Bridgewater’s development, no matter how well he’s played in the preseason.”

    Funny, almost no one making that suggestion for JF, and he isn’t half as good as Bridgewater.

  61. Zimmer did not say anything about Cassel being the best, just the best for the team. The Offense is still learning Norv’s offense and is not settled. Once it is settled then they will be in a better position to help the rookie QB excell.

  62. Why are Green Bay fans even here? You wanna be keyboard warriors, right? Talk about how many championships you’ve had compared to us. We’ve heard it forever! Let’s get to the bottom line.
    Eventually Green Bay will suck! Your franchise will have a drought, just like any team.. Rodgers racoon looking butt will eventually lose it, and Clay Matthews will be gone (hopefully his hair too) The Vikings will one day win a Superbowl…it will happen, like it or not… Now go back to stuffing your faces, and being hicks. Teddy Bridgewater is good, real good.
    Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner know how to make superstars!

  63. I really don’t think its that this kid doesn’t want to compete. Its that he knows how to be respectful and wait for his opportunity. Why rock the boat as a rookie. Get the respect of the vets by waiting for your chance instead of creating a distraction. I like it.

  64. Bustwater will discover what Ponder already knows, it doesn’t pay to get beat up every Sunday when you can make the same money holding a clipboard. The only difference is that we already know Ponder sucks, the Viking fans haven’t seen enough of Bustwater to draw that same conclusion, but that day is coming soon.

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