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Rick Spielman wants to see Teddy Bridgewater let it loose more often

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When Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman was a guest on PFT Live last week, he said that he is “very excited” about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater taking a step forward heading into his third NFL season.

Among the things that excite Spielman about the quarterback’s prospects in 2016 is the move indoors at the Vikings’ new stadium. Playing in the controlled conditions of a domed stadium has led to good performances from Bridgewater in the past and Spielman hopes that increased comfort next season leads to an altered approach to the passing game.

“I think just the biggest thing that you want to see is maybe him letting it loose a little more,” Spielman said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I don’t want to call him cautious, but he took very good care of the ball because we don’t want to turn the ball over. I don’t want to speak out of turn for the coaches, just letting it loose a little more, giving some guys a chance to make plays even though it may not look like it’s open. I think that comes with time, the more and more the quarterbacks are in the league.”

The Vikings hired Tony Sparano and Pat Shurmur as assistants on the offensive side of the ball and they are expected to target offensive line and wide receiver as areas to improve with offseason acquisitions, all of which speaks to their desire to be a more effective offense. Whether that’s also one that takes more risks is a separate question and the answer will tell us whether Spielman was speaking for himself or the entire organization.

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  1. SexBoat Captain says: Feb 19, 2016 7:48 AM

    Nice Rick, how about now lets draft a left guard , move fusco back to right and get AP some help running , blocking and catching outta the shotgun to make Teddy let it loose a little more ? We comaaaaan Skol Vikes

  2. abninf says: Feb 19, 2016 7:58 AM

    Playing in the controlled conditions of a domed stadium has led to good performances from Bridgewater
    ==============================

    So he’s saying Bridgewater is soft. I would rather have a QB who is hardcore and tough enough to play outdoors in the elements. Domes suck.

  3. gtodriver says: Feb 19, 2016 7:59 AM

    With an extra half second per play or so, Teddy will have the time to “let it loose” more often.

    I’m looking forward to his continuing improvement.

    6 – 6 as a rookie.

    11 – 5 in his first full season.

    For the trolls on the wrong side of the Mississippi, I know that Teddy didn’t do it all by himself.

    But he is the leader of the band.

    And he doesn’t throw his teammates or coaching staff under the bus like some other prima donna QB we know.

    You know, the one that regressed significantly last year (and I’m not talking about Peyton Manning).

  4. f1restarter says: Feb 19, 2016 8:08 AM

    What Spielman really means is he wants Teddy to throw more 7-yard check downs instead of his more common 3-yard check downs.

  5. teacline says: Feb 19, 2016 8:09 AM

    Bridgewater has great potential, but I doubt he’ll ever be “allowed” to “let it loose” as long as Turner is the OC in Minnesota.

  6. gints1017 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:14 AM

    Teddy is not good

  7. getsome636 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:19 AM

    How does one let it loose, when one can only throw the ball 13 yards in the air?

  8. otis52gsh says: Feb 19, 2016 8:35 AM

    I want to see him let it loose more too. I would love seeing him throw more interceptions. He makes ponder look good.

  9. rlpftt says: Feb 19, 2016 8:39 AM

    I think Teddy should focus on not overthrowing anything more than 10 yards down field vs “letting loose”.

    I’m sure in 2 years the Viking’s will be letting him “loose” when they realize what the rest of the league sees…which is a horrible QB.

  10. irishgary says: Feb 19, 2016 8:50 AM

    That’s hysterical, maybe the worst starting QB in the NFL

  11. corporatemediaprostitute says: Feb 19, 2016 9:07 AM

    Teddy should also lose the gloves, learn to read defenses, grow bigger hands, become an accurate passer and grow 5 inches during the offseason.

  12. diveleft says: Feb 19, 2016 9:09 AM

    If he is able to take that next step, I expect a deep playoff run next year. Can’t wait to see the Vikes play in their new stadium.

  13. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 9:24 AM

    Apparently Rick didn’t watch what happened when he tried to let it loose last year. He doesn’t have the arm strength to push the ball down field and when he tries, his accuracy wanes dramatically.

  14. vikingsandvikingsfanssuck says: Feb 19, 2016 9:27 AM

    This guy is no good, reminds me of Joe Webb….SMH

  15. vikingf0rlife says: Feb 19, 2016 9:31 AM

    He needs take a yoga class and working on stretching those baby hands so he throw further THAN 10 YARDS!!! Teddy can’t make a big play to SAVE HIS LIFE!!! Garbage Bustwater!

  16. absodefinitely says: Feb 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    They need to improve the line and get him a true number 1 receiver, then worry about him “letting it loose a little more”. Funny how his critics forget how well he played against the Broncos D and threw the ball all over AZ, both times losing because the line couldn’t protect him when it mattered most. Drove the team right down the field on Seattle on the last drive only to have Walsh miss a chip shot. Dude has his ups and downs but so do all young QB’s. Keep doubting him and the Vikings, it makes it so much more fun when they win.

  17. rlpftt says: Feb 19, 2016 9:43 AM

    …he is better than Stafford, though.

  18. conormacleod says: Feb 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Teddy: 11 wins
    Rodgers: 9 wins and 1 Hail Mary

    Keep talking Packer fans. It’s amusing.

  19. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    I think he’ll be more willing to let it loose if he isn’t worrying about getting his head taken off by an oncoming defensive end. Also, the coaches were really pounding ball protection into his head, which made him loathe to take chances. I think with a better offensive line and an offensive that caters more to what he does well, he’ll take a big step up next year. Of course, they were 11-5 this year so they’re going to be pretty good even if he doesn’t improve at all.

  20. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 10:19 AM

    There are a lot of shallow thinkers here. If you don’t know much about football, you don’t have to come here to let us all know.

  21. floratiotime says: Feb 19, 2016 10:24 AM

    Capt. Checkdown throwing long … hahaha.

  22. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 10:37 AM

    Teddy: 11 wins
    Rodgers: 9 wins and 1 Hail Mary

    Keep talking Packer fans. It’s amusing.
    ————
    Interesting. You would think that a team who had 11 wins due to QB play, might have had said QB throw for more than 3300 yards and 14 TD’s.

    Most people are laughing hysterically at you putting Rodgers and Bustwater in the same comment.

  23. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    He is slightly better than Ponder but not as good as Tarvaris Jackson. In 2 years the vikings will be looking to trade for somebody else.

  24. No one important says: Feb 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    conormacleod says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Teddy: 11 wins
    Rodgers: 9 wins and 1 Hail Mary

    Keep talking Packer fans. It’s amusing.
    ==================================

    Which is funny because Teddy wouldn’t have had the arm strength to throw either of the hail marys Rodger’s completed.

    It’s comments like this that make Viking fans look ridiculous.

    Teddy’s a game manager at this point. There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s not pretend he’s better than Aaron Rodgers. It’s silly.

  25. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 11:06 AM

    Perfect assessment. How quickly we forget how much better Tavaris looked throwing the ball down field. He was a mental midget, but at least he had the physical skills that Teddy wasn’t born with.

    Teddy will be the next Seattle backup QB in 2 years.

  26. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 11:14 AM

    The Vikings led the league in first- and second-down run percentage. They also led the league in percentage of dropbacks when Teddy was under pressure. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a quarterback isn’t going to look very good when most of his passes are on third and long and he knows he’s going to be under pressure.

    Watching the playoffs, I was amazed at how pedestrian guys named Brady, Palmer, Wilson, and Newton looked when they were under pressure. Their big plays were generally made when they had good protection.

  27. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Feb 19, 2016 11:06 AM

    Perfect assessment. How quickly we forget how much better Tavaris looked throwing the ball down field. He was a mental midget, but at least he had the physical skills that Teddy wasn’t born with.
    ________

    Perfect example of someone who knows nothing about quarterbacking. If you really think how good a guy looks throwing the ball downfield is more important than being able to read defenses, have poise under pressure, and get the ball to the right receiver, then you must be a huge fan of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf and not so much of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Fran Tarkenton, Joe Montana, or Bart Starr.

  28. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    I’m still laughing hysterically at the comment that Teddy is better than Stafford. Stafford has his flaws, but he’s thrown for 5000 yards twice in his career as a full 5 season starter and averages 29 TD’s per season in that same time frame.

    In other words, double what Teddy averages in TD’s/season and that’s not even considering the passing yards.

  29. tremoluxman says: Feb 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    The tools who are in love with gaudy stats that guys like Stafford put up crack me up when they slag on TB’s lack of big numbers.

    The only number that matters is Ws. So what if Matty and the rest throw for 4000-5000 yards a 29 TDs if they are on the bottom of the division?

    I’ll take TB’s modest output and the Ws any day. Stick with Fantasy sports, kids. Real men like real football.

  30. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    Perfect example of someone who knows nothing about quarterbacking. If you really think how good a guy looks throwing the ball downfield is more important than being able to read defenses, have poise under pressure, and get the ball to the right receiver, then you must be a huge fan of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf and not so much of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Fran Tarkenton, Joe Montana, or Bart Starr.
    —————
    Hmmmm…..played the position in both high school and college, but thanks. All the QBs you mention were able to pass the ball down field AND had poise and smarts. Not sure how Teddy fits in with them unless you think being poised while not having the athleticism to make all the throws as a QB from different platforms is a good thing.

    There are plenty of checkdown QB’s who have been poised and are out of the NFL because they don’t have the physical abilities or the accuracy. Teddy is the kind of QB you’d be fine with as a backup off the bench.

  31. atthemurph says: Feb 19, 2016 11:43 AM

    Bilgewater isn’t accurate enough down the field and his throwing motion will never allow him to be. If the vikings want him to open it up more then they are going to end up being disappointed unless they fix the throwing motion.

    And completely revamping his motion is going to make him less accurate for sometime. It isn’t like Aaron Rodgers revamp which only had to do with changing where he held the ball prior to starting his motion. Bilgewater has to change almost everything but most importantly his release point.

    It is going to take him time to dial that in to be comfortable enough to get balls where they need to go, when they need to be there. Doing that as a starter is going to be pretty much impossible, imo.

    I think MN is going to have to try to live with it and maybe get him to make small changes but that won’t fix the underlying mechanics. He still will not be accurate and he’s going to miss more on deep throws and toss more ints.

  32. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 19, 2016 11:49 AM

    Spielman is dreaming. Or is he talking about throwing a few ten yard outs this year. That would be “letting it loose” compared to Teddy checkdown.

  33. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 12:03 PM

    Spielman’s commentary on Bustwater almost mirrors his exact statements made publicly about Ponder. I guess it is nice when you can just recycle your old material. Gives you more time to focus on more important things.

    “Vikings GM Rick Spielman loves Christian Ponder’s promise”

    “If you look at his statistical analysis, and where (Ponder) was at the point in the season when he came in, he compared to some other (accomplished) quarterbacks,” Spielman said. “Like when Eli (Manning) took over for Kurt Warner (with the New York Giants). When Jay Cutler took over for Jake Plummer (with the Denver Broncos). I went back and researched all this stuff. It was almost bizarre that Christian’s (results) were very close to those guys, that are maybe top-five or six quarterbacks.”

  34. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 12:05 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Feb 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    Perfect example of someone who knows nothing about quarterbacking. If you really think how good a guy looks throwing the ball downfield is more important than being able to read defenses, have poise under pressure, and get the ball to the right receiver, then you must be a huge fan of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf and not so much of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Fran Tarkenton, Joe Montana, or Bart Starr.
    —————
    Hmmmm…..played the position in both high school and college, but thanks. All the QBs you mention were able to pass the ball down field AND had poise and smarts. Not sure how Teddy fits in with them unless you think being poised while not having the athleticism to make all the throws as a QB from different platforms is a good thing.
    ________

    Actually, those are examples of quarterbacks who did not have strong arms but had poise and smarts. But by all means, keep oohing and aahing at how good Tarvaris Jackson looks in the pregame warmups.

  35. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 12:12 PM

    For those of you who are enamored with stats…

    Aaron “Big Arm” Rodgers:
    Yards per attempt: 6.68
    Yards per completion: 11.01

    Teddy “Checkdown” Bridgewater:
    Yards per attempt: 7.23
    Yards per completion: 11.07

  36. absodefinitely says: Feb 19, 2016 12:14 PM

    I love the effort from Packers fans/trolls on here. Every fan that knows football knows TB isn’t in the same class as Rodgers or any of the elite qb’s. It is amusing that people say his hands are too small even though they are only slightly smaller than Rodgers hands. Didn’t Rodgers lose more fumbles in the AZ game than TB did all year? Why do the same Packers trolls come on here with the same nonsense all the time? Try harder. His arm strength will be fine, I don’t worry about that one bit. More concerned about the O-line.

  37. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!

  38. gtodriver says: Feb 19, 2016 1:31 PM

    Teddy isn’t worried about his personal stats like the prima Donna to the east.

    He’s a team player and worries about wins more than his number of TD passes.

    If McKinnon or Peterson score the TD on a rushing play, it still counts for 6 points.

    But the trolls must think passing TD’s are worth more…

    To them, I say, look at the scoreboard or the standings…..

  39. shaggytoodle says: Feb 19, 2016 1:44 PM

    absodefinitely says:
    Feb 19, 2016 12:14 PM
    I love the effort from Packers fans/trolls on here. Every fan that knows football knows TB isn’t in the same class as Rodgers or any of the elite qb’s. It is amusing that people say his hands are too small even though they are only slightly smaller than Rodgers hands. Didn’t Rodgers lose more fumbles in the AZ game than TB did all year? Why do the same Packers trolls come on here with the same nonsense all the time? Try harder. His arm strength will be fine, I don’t worry about that one bit.
    ________________________

    Rodgers had more fumbles but he had 125 pass attempts, its easier for Theodore not to fumble when his main duty is to turn around and hand it off to AP. Which is fine and dandy its a team game… but don’t cherry pick stats like yards per completion/attempt when Rodgers is asked to do so much more… to try and show Theodore is “better” than Rodgers…

  40. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 19, 2016 3:12 PM

    That was awesome when Teddy “let it loose” and uncorked that cannon of a Hail Mary.

    Maybe he should work on throwing that big, heavy football granny style.

  41. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 19, 2016 1:44 PM

    but don’t cherry pick stats like yards per completion/attempt when Rodgers is asked to do so much more… to try and show Theodore is “better” than Rodgers…
    _______

    No one is suggesting that Teddy is better than Rodgers. Those stats are a response to those who say Teddy checks down on every play and can’t throw the ball further than 10 yards.

  42. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:09 PM

    You guys try and throw a pass more than 20 yards with a noodle arm like that.

  43. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Feb 19, 2016 4:15 PM

    The funniest thing about Viking posts?

    All the Loser GB Choker fans troll comments.

    They try soooo hard to rip on the division champ MN Vikings.

    Claw, scratch and whine their way to stupid loser classless posts.

    They know what’s coming. Discount Double choke is aging.

    Discount Double Choke threw some horrible passes, bouncing them in front/to the side of receivers.

    Terrible defense on a terrible team with an old choker QB in a terrible town where there’s nothing to do except drink.

    Hell, they even drink in the public library.

    Depressing to be a GB Choker fan.

    I almost feel sorry for you.

    Almost.

  44. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:17 PM

    “To them, I say, look at the scoreboard or the standings…..”

    But whatever you do, don’t look at the playoff results.

  45. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 4:30 PM

    No one is suggesting that Teddy is better than Rodgers. Those stats are a response to those who say Teddy checks down on every play and can’t throw the ball further than 10 yards.
    ———-
    Worst season of Rodgers career by far. But, he’s tops in NFL history in both metrics over his career. Sorry!

  46. h0metownzero says: Feb 19, 2016 4:31 PM

    Lil Teddy is already trying as hard as he can to let it loose. The problem is with his pint sized arm.

    The NFL hasn’t seen an arm this weak since that noodle armed Ponder chick.

  47. frank booth says: Feb 19, 2016 6:36 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Feb 19, 2016 7:59 AM

    With an extra half second per play or so, Teddy will have the time to “let it loose” more often.

    I’m looking forward to his continuing improvement.

    6 – 6 as a rookie.

    11 – 5 in his first full season.

    For the trolls on the wrong side of the Mississippi, I know that Teddy didn’t do it all by himself.

    But he is the leader of the band.

    And he doesn’t throw his teammates or coaching staff under the bus like some other prima donna QB we know.

    You know, the one that regressed significantly last year (and I’m not talking about Peyton Manning).
    ==================================
    Of course he didn’t do it by himself. Not even close. His success is a product of the defense, just like Manning’s Super Bowl win was a product of the defense.

  48. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:10 PM

    But seriously, Lil Teddy looks so cute running around out there – trying to throw the football.

    Those gloves make him look like he’s waiving tiny little surrender flags.

  49. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 19, 2016 7:54 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 19, 2016 12:12 PM

    For those of you who are enamored with stats…

    Aaron “Big Arm” Rodgers:
    Yards per attempt: 6.68
    Yards per completion: 11.01

    Teddy “Checkdown” Bridgewater:
    Yards per attempt: 7.23
    Yards per completion: 11.07
    ===========================
    You forgot to mention that Aaron “Made of Glass” Munn stats include a “hail mary” pass of 61 yards. A play that was made only because of a very questionable call of face masking to the prima dona himself. (GB musta brought their own refs with them that night)

    I’d still take Bridgewater any day over Rodgers at this point in time.

  50. frank booth says: Feb 19, 2016 8:57 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 19, 2016 12:12 PM

    For those of you who are enamored with stats…

    Aaron “Big Arm” Rodgers:
    Yards per attempt: 6.68
    Yards per completion: 11.01

    Teddy “Checkdown” Bridgewater:
    Yards per attempt: 7.23
    Yards per completion: 11.07
    =================================
    Right. Last year that was the case. Rodgers had a down year. What you conveniently didn’t mention is that Rodgers is #5 all time in yards per attempt, while being 8th all time in yardage per game.

    Stats are deceiving. Bridgewater doesn’t go downfield, so he throws less incompletions.

    Yards per completion doesn’t mean squat. In fact, the of the Top 25 guys on the list, 22 of 25 were playing in the 50’s and 60’s, well before the modern passing game.

    If you’re throwing a lot of shorter to mid-range high percentage passes, you’re going to have a higher completion percentage and probably a higher YPC.

    Bottom line is that Bridgewater can’t get his team in the end zone, and Aaron Rodgers has an established history of being a really good QB. Vikings fans can through objectivity out of the window if they want. But if most fans heard someone comparing stats like this, they would laugh that person right out of the room and one would lose all credibility.

  51. theolballcoach says: Feb 20, 2016 12:37 AM

    Frank booth, explain to me how a QB who throws shorter passes would have a a higher YPC. Maybe YPA because of comp. pct. but not YPC. Teddy does have mechanical issues which affect his deep throws but his arm strength is sufficient. He is a leader, a consummate pro who his teammates respect, which is something Ponder never had, and don’t even bring up TJack. I fully expect teddy to continue to improve along with the rest of this young Viking team, after all he is light years ahead of where Rodgers was after 2 years in the league

  52. vikesfansteve says: Feb 20, 2016 2:19 PM

    He’s a winner, no doubt. He can’t throw deep. Even those pickled in purple kool aid have to a knowledge that as fact. His deep ball is inaccurate and on a line, which results in overthrows and missing wide open receicers because his arm isn’t strong enough to throw a high arching bomb like Aaron Rodgers. Hopefully the new strength coach will help him with that. Plus they need a team shrink for Blair Walsh.

  53. southpackalacky says: Mar 1, 2016 5:24 PM

    How does a noodle arm let anything loose?

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