Bridgewater, Barr get belated trips to Pro Bowl

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Monday’s PFT Live included a question from a Vikings fan who was miffed at the absence of Minnesota players in the Pro Bowl. Since then, three have been added to the annual all-star game.

In addition to safety Harrison Smith, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and linebacker Anthony Barr have filled spots vacated by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins.

The Vikings now have five Pro Bowlers, with running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Everson Griffen getting their spots as original members of the pool of players announced in December.

And so maybe the fan who complained about the Vikings having few Pro Bowlers will now be placated. Hopefully, that same fan won’t be lamenting in a week a serious injury suffered by any member of the Vikings contingent in a game that doesn’t count.

Sure, serious injuries rarely happen in the half-speed scrimmage that people watch because it’s on TV. But it’s just a matter of time before someone tears an ACL in a game that doesn’t matter, and when that happens the Pro Bowl itself could snap along with the ligament.

93 responses to “Bridgewater, Barr get belated trips to Pro Bowl

  1. Look I’m a Viking fan, and I can see Griffen, Smith, AP and Barr — but I may even have to agree a bit with the Packer trolls who undoubtedly will howl loudly that Teddy should only be there to hand out mai tais around the pool bar.

  2. wow, what year can you throw 14 TD’s and 9 INT and make the Pro Bowl???

    I guess the same year you can throw 9 TDs and 17 INT’s and make the Super Bowl!

  3. Take that Packers trolls!

    Maybe Aaron Rodgers shouldn’t take the honor for granted and skip the game every year.

    He’s got nothing better to do that week anyways lol

  4. I’m a Vikings fan and I absolutely love having Bridgewater as our QB. I had rears in my eyes when we traded with Seattle to draft him, and will go on record that with the exception of Favre, he is the only QB in the past ten years who I have total faith in…

    … but even I think it’s a stretch that he gets a Pro Bowl invite as an alternate this year!

  5. Nobody complained when Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor got in…

    Teddy Bridgewater has more haters than anybody in the NFL.

    Must be doing something right…

  6. I hope someone really valuable blows out an ACL in this ridiculous game and then teams ban their players from playing in it. And then it gets canceled forever. Or replaced with some sort of awesome 70’s/80’s skills competition in Hawaiian shirts.

  7. I love the people that fall for the arm strength hoopla.

    Can Teddy make all the throws? Yes. Is Teddy’s football IQ off the charts? Yes.

    Can JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young, Kyle Boller, RG3, Brandon Weeden, the list goes on and on, make all the throws? Yes.

    Now, tell me the determining factor between above average/good/great QBs and busts. (Hint: it’s located between the ears).

  8. According to Pro Football Focus, Teddy is the most accurate passer in the league.

    I actually think he will play fine with the rules they use in the pro bowl… It will be a new experience for him having time to stand in the pocket and calmly survey the field.

  9. Hopefully he doesn’t participate. Let’s have a few more qbs sit out and let’s see how far we can take this.

    Could backup qbs make the pro bowl? Osweiler, gabbert ?

  10. Nobody is going to mention that Teddy Bridgewater is in the NFC and Blake Bortles is in the AFC?

  11. This reminds me of when Kyle Rudolph went to the pro-bowl as an injury substitute for Tony Gonzalez in 2012.

    Then in 2014 Vikes fans were forever posting….”and were doing us without this guy, that guy, and our pro-bowl tight-end” as if it was some kind of lifetime achievement badge.

    Over-under on references to Bridgewater as a pro-bowl quarterback next year – 1,237.

  12. A little premature for Bridgewater, but he was rated the most accurate passer in the league this year by PFF, so not without at least some merit.

    Anthony Barr deserved to be 1st team & All-Pro for his year, and was selected to the PFF All-Pro team, which is based more on merit than the Pro Bowl popularity contest.

  13. His last 3 games were the NFC North Championship and a playoff game against Seattle. 8 quarters of football in your 3 biggest games of the year and he threw ZERO TD’s!!!!!!!!!! He did this SEVEN times this year!!! A real game changer…….

  14. I’m a Vikes fan and it is a complete joke that TBW is going to the pro bowl. Never has a more unworthy player made it to the PB regardless of how belatedly. Bortles is light years ahead of him.

  15. Battle of the All-Stars – Takeshi’s Castle / Wipeout / Obstacle course Tack and Field style.

    Entertaining for fans and players as well as safe for players who can still enjoy a family trip to Hawaii.

  16. A pew wee football QB is a better choice than Bustwater.

    The white gloves wearing bust can’t even make a big play to win a game, let alone throw it 15 yards.

  17. Just compare Vikings Prow Bowl players to GB players at the same position
    Rodgers > Bridgewater
    AD > the Packers entire backfield
    Everson Griffen > anyone on the Packers D-line
    Anthony Barr > Clay Matthews
    Harrison Smith > LOL Clinton Dix

    Across the board the Vikings have more talent, Gb has the better QB and number one receiver in Nelson but that’s about it. That’s why the Vikes had a better record and won the division. It’s not that hard to figure out.

  18. Teddy BustH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:25 PM
    There are 2 other QB’s in his own division that deserve to go to the Pro Bowl over Bustwater.

    Even packer fans are starting to realize how overrated Fraudgers is. They even think he’s the 4th best QB in the division.

  19. Wow! Pro Bowler, Teddy Bridgewater.
    If this doesn’t perfectly illustrate how sad and useless the Pro Bowl has become, nothing will.

    No argument about Barr though.
    After a few of the top dropouts, he deserves some consideration.

    But then again, we are talking about an All Star game that nobody of merit cares about anymore.
    Just choose an expanded All Pro roster, scrap the game and be done with it.

  20. Can’t wait for my man Ryan Fitzpatrick to get his invite…and turns it down. Worthless game, just name them as “all pro’s” or “all stars”, giver them a trip to Hawaii as a reward and be done with it. No game necessary.

  21. My mom deserves more than the chip shot Clay long hair guy in the east. All he does on the field is chip shot when he can’t get a tackle and Packers fans claimed he’s a good player. He’s garbage, so does the overt paid Cobb. Oh, one more thing TD deserves more bc he doesn’t complain to refs like Erin the who? Poachers fans are just plain jealous, period.

  22. firerogergoodell says:
    Nobody complained when Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor got in…

    Teddy Bridgewater has more haters than anybody in the NFL.

    Uh, did you see the previous thread about Tyrod Taylor? The pick was rightly mocked just as this pick deserves to be. I think Manziel, Brady, Mannings, Rodgers, and Wilson have more haters than Bridgewater. It must be small in your insular world.

  23. Just proves the point that the Pro Bowl is a total joke. But do you who I feel most sorry for? The WR’s who are used to catching passes from real NFL QB’s. They will now be told not to run more than 10 yards downfield because Teddy can’t throw it that far.

    I bet when Blair Walsh heard this, he ran home to check his answering machine because that is the only way this Pro Bowl could become an even bigger joke than it already is. But if Walsh does go, its only fair to bring the Viking’s holder so he can push the laces in so Walsh feels at home.

  24. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:34 PM
    Little erin Rogers leads the conference in OT playoff losses! That is the reason he was snubbed from the pro bowl honors!
    /////////////////////////

    Who?

  25. Sure the Vikings are a superior team than the Packers. That’s why they went one and down (while the Packers did win a playoff game!)

    But seriously, the Pro Bowl really is a joke. I stopped watching it after the 2011 season, when all the best players really started to skip out!

  26. tjacks7 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:47 PM

    About time you realize Teddy’s eliteness. You’ve been warned the minute the Vikings aren’t handicapped by Norv and AP.
    ==================================
    Elite = 14 TDS, 9 INT’s. 8 of those TD’s against the Bears and Lions. 6 games with 0 TD passes.
    202 YPG
    146 yds and o TD’s in the playoffs.

    There are a lot of other QB’s that are handcuffed by their coaches. They don’t put up numbers this bad.

    The defense and AP are what got the Vikings to the playoffs. Bridgewater’s inability to get them into the end zone is why they lost.

  27. Listen, no one is a bigger supporter of Teddy Bridgewater than me, but I don’t see how he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl this year. I have no doubt that he will be a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback in the near future, but this makes no sense to me.

    That said, I’ll bet he does a pretty good job in a game in which he doesn’t have to run for his life every time he takes a step back to pass, and where the receivers don’t drop passes that hit them in the hands. Do you think he’s secretly hoping that he and Adrian Peterson get drafted by different teams?

  28. Let’s not let the odd selection of Bridgewater detract from the well deserved selection of Barr. Barr has quickly become one of the best 4-3 linebackers in the league. He doesn’t get the publicity because he doesn’t have the sack numbers that the 3-4 guys do, but he is a really good all around player and will only get better.

  29. Teddy BustH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:43 PM

    He’s garbage, so does the overt paid Cobb
    ————-
    Compare Cobb’s season to the higher paid Michelle Wallace.

    He doubled Wallace in every category. Who is over paid?
    —————————————————————
    Yeah, Wallace didn’t have a great season, but you know what? I looked at the stats and Cobb only had 109 more yards than Stefon Diggs and only 2 more td’s and Diggs didn’t even get activated until the 4th game of the season. Cobb really didn’t do much and neither did that stiff Adams. Nelson is the only receiver the Packers have. Jones was decent for half a season, but then him and his hoodie disappeared. Janis and Abbrederis were pretty much invisible until Janis caught two prayers in the AZ game. Face it, the Packers have less talent than the Vikings across the board and that’s that.

  30. firerogergoodell says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:48 PM

    Nobody complained when Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor got in…

    Teddy Bridgewater has more haters than anybody in the NFL.

    Must be doing something right…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t think anybody hates Teddy… yet. Give it another year or two and he’ll have plenty of haters, just like Ponder and Jackson did. Heck, they’ll even be the same haters and for the same reasons.

    1. Minnesota overreaches for a QB.
    2. Purples run completely amok, hop up and down, and tell us all about how he’s going to be better than Favre or Rodgers.
    3. The guy has one half of one decent season, then steadily regresses for 2 to 3 years.
    4. Purples turn on the guy and run him out of town on a rail.
    5. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  31. Teddy Bridgewater is not a Pro Bowl QB. Simply put, he cannot throw deep. He hade Mike Wallace open 5 times deep wide open for TDs and missed him. Big Ben would have taken those TDs deep like they were wearing DTF buttons. Not to mention the plays where he had guys open deep and didn’t even look. He’s got a noodle arm. Everyone knows I love the Vikings but also call it like it is. TB did not earn this. Barr is worthy and great and just like Smith this will be the beginning of multiple trips. I hope the 9ers cut Kap and that he comes to the Vikings and competes for starting QB. Anyway called it with Walsh at the beginning of preseason his misses would come bCk to bite the team in the butt. Just like TB not able to throw deep cost them better opportunities to win easy and not have to really on a kicker with mental problems.

  32. Teddy BustH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:14 PM

    Norv is handicapped by Bridgewater and his inability to throw an accurate pass beyond 5 yards.
    _________

    That’s odd, because PFF said that Bridgewater is the most accurate passer in the NFL, and he is most accurate on passes that travel between 10 and 20 yards. It’s hard to reconcile that analysis with your opinion.

  33. MM also stands for “Mickey Mouse” …… combine that with “DD”.. ( Ted Thompson ) ….&… the team is going no-where but DOWN ….. they have NO-ONE, to answer to…! ( oh, they have 50,000 shareholders scattered all over Wisc. )

  34. Good experience for him, hopefully next year he can earn it. No doubt he got in because of the 11 team wins and the old guard is on the way out. Manning is most likely done after the SB, Brady and Brees aren’t too far behind and right on their tails are Rogers and Rivers. Adding these young guys to the Pro Bowl is a way to boost image.

  35. I’m a Vikings fan and I think this pro bowl stuff is garbage…. Someone is going to hurt something and miss the following season, for what? saying you went to the pro bowl? lol that’s laughable.

    What else is laughable is the players that go. Smith now just get’s in? He’s top 5 in safeties in the league. Should easily get in. But doesn’t get in until players can’t go. or won’t go.

    Then barr… He’s good. but injuries have kept him from really being the star he’s capable of. Should he be there? I’m still on the fence about that..

    Bridgewater? Umm, sorry, but no! Look, he’s the best qb we have had here since Favre was here in 09. And the best since Culpepper. Which isn’t saying much at all. But let’s be honest. He’s not a pro bowl caliber player… Yet…. And maybe never will be… We don’t know that yet. Next year is year 3. He’s either gotta poop or get off the pot. One or the other. And by the end of next season, we will know if we have our franchise qb, or if we need to start looking again. He’s played good. Good enough to make the playoffs this year. And be 11-5. We can’t put wins or losses directly on him yet. There’s been multiple plays that have decided outcomes of the games he has been in, and multiple reasons we have won games or lost games. But he hasn’t been the sole reason we have won or lost games. But his play has been good enough to win games. But hasn’t been good enough to be in the pro bowl.

    Why don’t they change up the pro bowl? Make it a fun experience for players and fans. Maybe a week long meet and greet? Or some sort of a skills challenge? But forget about the game! It’s a joke anyways. There has to be a better idea than a game that’s a joke. And also, why have it the week before the super bowl? It’s a joke, and meaningless event the week before. Why not wait until march/april to have some sort of an event. When we are all craving some football activity to watch. Rather than just reading about who’s going number 1 and 40 different mock drafts every week. And who is going to sign here or there. That does get boring and old. Let’s have some excitement then.

  36. gojags says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:41 PM
    I can’t believe Bridgewater got selected over Bortles.
    ————————
    Bottles didn’t lead his team to a division title OR playoff appearance, an appearance where Teddy’s cool demeanor got the Vikings into field goal range in the last twenty seconds. Teddy did his part and the ending wasn’t his fault. If it was only about deep passes a lot of the team’s wouldn’t be picking high in the draft. He’s 23 yrs old for godssakes, a second yr QB, and look what he’s accomplished. #leaveTeddyalone.

  37. tqaztec says:
    Jan 26, 2016 8:46 AM

    If Clay and his 49 tackles can make the Pro Bowl, it is open to everyone.
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    It IS open to everyone, Einstein. Not everyone gets selected, but everyone is eligible.

  38. lindacaseauthor says:
    Jan 26, 2016 10:11 AM

    gojags says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:41 PM
    I can’t believe Bridgewater got selected over Bortles.
    ————————
    Bottles didn’t lead his team to a division title OR playoff appearance, an appearance where Teddy’s cool demeanor got the Vikings into field goal range in the last twenty seconds. Teddy did his part and the ending wasn’t his fault. If it was only about deep passes a lot of the team’s wouldn’t be picking high in the draft. He’s 23 yrs old for godssakes, a second yr QB, and look what he’s accomplished. #leaveTeddyalone.
    ==================================
    The defense and AP led the Vikings, not Teddy Bridgewater and his 14 TD’s and 202 YPG.

    The Jaguars defense was terrible allowing over 140 points more than the Vikings. Put Carr, or Bortles, or pretty much any other starting QB in the league in concert with AP and you would see much better results than what Bridgewater had. Throwing 8 of your 14 TD passes against the Bears and Lions isn’t impressive. Teddy’s a bumslayer.

  39. Probowler Teddy Bridgewater says:
    Jan 26, 2016 8:35 AM

    Congratulations, Teddy, it is an honor that is well-deserved.
    ==================================
    If it was well-deserved, he would have been voted in. He’s the 6th alternate chosen after the first 5 opted out. He’s the 11th choice- and he’s not even the 11th best QB in the league.

    But he is Top 25.

  40. I’m a Vikes Fan and I love Teddy, but this was not his year. Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith both were COMPLETELY insulted by the broken boys club that is NFL notoriety. Particularly with Smith, I would be offended to even be an alternate! He is the second best safety in the league and it’s not close behind honey badger.

  41. Smith is pretty good and seems like he has a lot of heart but the only thing he’s second best at thus far is getting himself knocked out by Eddie Lacy.

    As terrible as Lacy was this year by his own standards, how much time did Smith miss after you people hopped up and down and told us all about how he was going to “destroy” Lacy and “blow up” Aaron Rodgers?

    I swear, you guys are your players’ worst enemies.

  42. The Vikings didn’t get any players in the right way. However these merciful Viking replacements will give their perennially downtrodden fans a slight glimmer of hope for a better tomorrow.

  43. Why can’t anyone ever just congratulate someone on their good fortune. I am a Vikings fan and I like Teddy a lot. I saw most if not all of Christian Ponder and TJack’s games and Teddy is a million years better than those guys. I just don’t get why people can’t say a nice word about anyone anymore.

  44. 1) Teddy has the HIGHEST accuracy rating after 2 years, for ANY QB IN HISTORY OF THE NFL….in case the first caps weren’t clear, that means he was THE MOST ACCURATE 2nd YEAR QB OF ALL TIME!

    2) Teddy OVERTHREW Wallace every time, so the noodle arm stuff doesn’t make any sense.

    3) TD/INT’s are not the only stats to be considered. Aside from ACCURACY, there is WINS…he had 11 of them in his 2nd year.

    4) Vikings didn’t lose the playoff game because of TB, he got them into position to win, he can’t do the kicker’s job for him.

  45. spiffybiff says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:43 PM

    Bridgewater? There are high school qbs with stronger arms then Teddy
    ============================================================================
    It is THAN, not then, OK Packer fans, some basic 3rd Grade Grammar, THEN is used when comparing time “Going here THEN there” Than is comparing 2 different things this THAN that. Got it?…..Now GO PLAY, and let the Big Boys talk here.

  46. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 3:21 PM

    The Vikings didn’t get any players in the right way. However these merciful Viking replacements will give their perennially downtrodden fans a slight glimmer of hope for a better tomorrow.
    ============================================================================
    Thanks! too bad I cant say the same for Aaron and the Down Trending 2nd place Packers.. Good thing you had those early wins cause you would be the 3rd place Packers…

  47. Dungbarn, it’s can’t, the contraction of can not.
    As if saying “Teddy Bridgewater can’t (can not) seem to throw for more than 14 Tds in a 16 game season.

    But hey, if you want to discuss big football topics………

  48. jhtobias says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:45 PM
    Viking fans should be excited their team will be the first nfl team to ever send a female to the pro bowl.. congrats SKOAL
    ——–
    You must’ve missed the announcement that clay Mathews was voted into the pro bowl.

  49. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 26, 2016 10:12 AM
    tqaztec says:
    Jan 26, 2016 8:46 AM

    If Clay and his 49 tackles can make the Pro Bowl, it is open to everyone.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It IS open to everyone, Einstein. Not everyone gets selected, but everyone is eligible.
    ——-
    IT IS open to everyone, Lenard. No one gets selected, but everyone is eligible to be elected.

  50. That’s nice. Considering that accuracy has gone up a lot more after the passing rules changed for defenses AND the fact that most of the great NFL QB’s of the modern era didn’t play oe START IN THE NFL their first year. Brady, Brees, Young, Montana, Rodgers, Favre….just to name a few.

    But you go with your bad self on a technicality.

  51. igocommando says:
    Jan 26, 2016 8:57 PM
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 26, 2016 10:12 AM
    tqaztec says:
    Jan 26, 2016 8:46 AM

    If Clay and his 49 tackles can make the Pro Bowl, it is open to everyone.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It IS open to everyone, Einstein. Not everyone gets selected, but everyone is eligible.
    ——-
    IT IS open to everyone, Lenard. No one gets selected, but everyone is eligible to be elected.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Election is a means of selection and not all pro bowlers are elected.

  52. I never had an issue with the pro bowl intil now..with bridgewater being there its a joke now..a QB in todays league and he has 14 TDs and 9 picks…that has to be the worst stats of any QB to play in the pro bowl..that dude couldnt even start on 28 other teams

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