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Norv Turner: Sam Bradford everything you look for in a quarterback

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after completing a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings have had no shortage of bad news on offense this year.

It started with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury and continued this week with running back Adrian Peterson’s torn meniscus and left tackle Matt Kalil heading to injured reserve because of a hip problem. One place where the news has been better is with quarterback Sam Bradford.

Acquired just before the start of the regular season in a trade, Bradford made his Vikings debut last Sunday with a strong game against the Packers in a 17-14 victory. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner liked that performance and likes everything else he’s seen from Bradford thus far.

“Very impressed,” Turner said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s everything you look for in a quarterback. I think he’s a great passer, and I think he makes great decisions. That combination is what you need in a good quarterback. He can change his delivery, and he can speed up when he needs to. He’s got great presence in the pocket. I coached a guy like that for six years in Philip Rivers. They play the game differently. They get rid of the ball quick, and they have great pocket presence.”

With Peterson and Bridgewater out of the picture, the Vikings offense will have to plot a different course than the one they spent the offseason expecting to follow. Bradford is going to be essential to that course leading to a winning record so the Vikings will have to hope that Turner’s early read becomes a permanent one.

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29 Responses to “Norv Turner: Sam Bradford everything you look for in a quarterback”
  1. jdbaker01 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:45 AM

    “He’s much better than Bridgewater” – norv

  2. tonebones says: Sep 22, 2016 10:48 AM

    The Vikings could easily win the super bowl with Sam Bradford. The older guys will remember Jim Plunkett being picked #1 by the Patriots, who were the worst team in the league. Then he got traded to the 49ers, who had become the worst team in the league. Then Al Davis picked him up and he won two super bowls for the Raiders. Bradford was a legit #1 pick. Al Davis would have picked him up a long time ago.

  3. QB Film Room says: Sep 22, 2016 10:54 AM

    Norv knows QB’s.I think what Norv is saying is Sam Bradford is a natural QB, ya know a guy who has played the position his entire life and has great QB instincts. You cannot coach that.

  4. glenuendo says: Sep 22, 2016 10:56 AM

    Turner has done some pretty impressive things with QB so Sam should have a good year if he doesn’t get injured.

  5. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Sep 22, 2016 10:56 AM

    I hope everyone had a tissue box nearby Sunday night. That is because we all witnessed the pure, unfiltered, bottled-at-source essence of what the great Walter Camp had in mind when he put quill to scroll and fathered this great game into existence all those years ago. The sheer brilliance of Mike Zimmer, the sound fundamentals of a devastating defense, and the unrivaled leadership of an MVP-caliber, Top 10 all-time quarterback who the Eagles foolishly traded… we all, without question, shed a tear at the sight of the unparalleled beauty the historic Vikings franchise displayed in the awe-inspiring debut of U.S. Bank Stadium.

    In fact, immediately following Sunday night’s dominance of the hilariously mediocre Packers, the Mona Lisa was taken down at The Louvre and replaced by a 32” Sanyo flat screen TV replaying the broadcast of Sunday night’s game 24/7 until the end of time, so magnificent Zimmer’s artistry was.

  6. patsxsaintsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:58 AM

    Thumbs up if you think teddy gets his job back thumbs down if you think Bradford has a good enough year and keeps it.

  7. shaggytoodle says: Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    As the Dennis Gteen would say if you wanna crown ’em…..

    He played great Sunday night but he has played great in spots, the issues are with his injuries and consistency.

  8. 700levelvet says: Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    He a former first pick in the draft, traded multiple times in like 3 years,injury prone don’t act as if he’s this great QB who somehow miraculously fell into your hands..

  9. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 11:02 AM

    We’ll see how it turns out. It’s one game and it was good, but I want to see it play out over a larger sample before I conclude that Sam Bradford has finally landed in the place where he’ll fulfill all his potential. If he stays healthy, it should be interesting.

  10. purpleguy says: Sep 22, 2016 11:03 AM

    I think we should all heed Zim’s advice and refrain a bit from rushing to sculpt his bust for Canton. It will be interesting to see how he performs against better defenses, including defensive fronts which will no longer be stacked 8-9 in the box to stop the run now that AP is out.

  11. skol4life says: Sep 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    Bradford never had a budding star like Diggs and a huge target like Rudolph. And a defense behind him to let it rip and give him short fields. Game On!

  12. fartweasel says: Sep 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    Bradford looks the part. Best QB in Vikes uni since Mr. Favre. But…as a vikes fan I worry about how long he’ll be upright. If the O-line doesn’t come around and protect him, he’ll be joining AP in the OR shortly. Hoping Turner comes up with a plan.

  13. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 22, 2016 11:22 AM

    sorry norv. perfume on the pig. i am sure that everything you look for in a quarterback with 7 years in the league is a playoff berth or a playoff win.

  14. pkrlvr says: Sep 22, 2016 11:29 AM

    In fact, immediately following Sunday night’s dominance of the hilariously mediocre Packers
    ——
    Holy crap. You guys won by 3 pts and needed a phantom pi to close it out. Gimme a break.

  15. vikinghomer says: Sep 22, 2016 11:42 AM

    Wow, what was your favorite Teddy moment?

  16. fartweasel says: Sep 22, 2016 12:01 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:29 AM

    In fact, immediately following Sunday night’s dominance of the hilariously mediocre Packers
    ——
    Holy crap. You guys won by 3 pts and needed a phantom pi to close it out. Gimme a break.

    *********
    Please explain how the PI against Green Bay was phantom, despite the replays which show you are wrong.

    Thanks.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    I think Bradford has a better chance of staying healthy now that Peterson is out. Playing against normal defenses and featuring a balanced offense, it should be easier to slow down that pass rush. With Peterson out of there, the proportion of 3rd and longs will drop so the offense will be in fewer obvious passing situations.

  18. chc4 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:03 PM

    This reminds me of Kramer’s Seinfeld line when he’s dating a handicapped woman. “She’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a woman…. except for the walking.” Too funny

  19. 1lombardibeforeigo says: Sep 22, 2016 12:04 PM

    It wasn’t Sam’s fault he got stuck with Jeff Fisher as his coach. A great season there is 9-7. Who were his WR’s again?? Let’s see what he can do now that he is surrounded by some talent. Nice blend of a vet (but not old) QB with a great arm, surrounded by talent and good coaching. D wins championships and the Vikes have that. Season is anything but lost.

  20. famundacheese says: Sep 22, 2016 12:09 PM

    They better release Teddy now, so Sammy doesn’t feel threatened

  21. beer4guy says: Sep 22, 2016 12:15 PM

    I think what we saw in Bradford on Sunday night was what we were hoping we’d see from Bridgewater this year……find the best one on one matchup and trust that your receiver is going to win it. Bradford made 4-5 throws in that game that Bridegwater would not have even attempted the past couple of years.

    But the Vikings are still going to be a run first offense. I expect the Panthers to still drop a safety in the box on early downs, with the other safety shaded towards Diggs’ side. This is going to give CJ single coverage most of the game. This is his opportunity to shine. He has been underwhelming so far this year, so if he can’t exploit single coverage this Sunday, it’s time to give CP or Treadwell a chance.

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 22, 2016 12:52 PM

    Bradford can make all the NFL throws. If he stays healthy, I don’t see why Bridgewater gets his job back. Of course there will be cries of racism, but the NFL is a meritocracy.

  23. gojuplyr says: Sep 22, 2016 1:18 PM

    Bradford surprised many people – including myself – with his Sun performance. But any talk about a complete season is fantasy if the Vikes don’t fix the oline. Bradford found open receivers, made good throws, protected the ball well and showed he could throw on the run or under pressure. Other teams will adjust their defenses and start covering Vikes receivers differently. If the receivers had needed just one or two more steps Sun to get open, Bradford would not have gotten those passes off. Defenses don’t need to shut down the receivers, just cover them a couple more steps.

    The most important thing Bradford showed was a mental toughness. He took a lot of hits, but did not look intimidated or spooked when he dropped back to pass. That may change if he continues to get heavy pressure.

  24. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 1:46 PM

    Remember, Bradford suffered under the tutelage of Jeff Fisher, who is extremely poor at developing QBs.

  25. conormacleod says: Sep 22, 2016 3:24 PM

    Who the heck knows how the Vikings will do the rest of the year. Compared to the start of last year, they have a new left OT, left OG, Center, RT, RB, WR, and QB.

    The one thing that makes me feel like they still might be ok? The fact that the other three teams in the division simply don’t look very good. Well, that and their dominating defense.

  26. atthemurph says: Sep 22, 2016 5:34 PM

    Feel bad for the guy. He’s going to get broken in half behind that offensive line.

    Guy has always had talent and a good arm but his problem is he hasn’t been durable. Watching that offensive line get creamed by the Packers Sunday night, I have to wonder what the Panthers are going to do to the guy.

    He’ll be a sitting duck.

  27. skolvikes says: Sep 22, 2016 6:24 PM

    atthemurph says:
    Sep 22, 2016 5:34 PM
    Feel bad for the guy. He’s going to get broken in half behind that offensive line.

    Guy has always had talent and a good arm but his problem is he hasn’t been durable. Watching that offensive line get creamed by the Packers Sunday night, I have to wonder what the Panthers are going to do to the guy.

    He’ll be a sitting duck.

    1 1
    ——

    Look, the OL didn’t look great Sunday, the Packers D-line did play great, especially Daniel.

    But let’s not act like Bradford is getting pressured any more than any other QB in the NFL.

    The Vikings are tied for 10th in the NFL for sacks given up this year. The Vikings had more sacks on Sunday than the Packers did (5-4), Rodgers fumbled 3 times. If a Packer troll wants to criticize an OL, look no further then your own back yard.

    Yes the Panthers are talented, but they have 4 total sacks on the year.

  28. leftcenter9 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:45 PM

    Beating the cheesers was great. Sam played well, but is only 1 game…I didn’t like the trade. But what do I know?
    Could the injuries please stop, cmon man!

  29. lacolem1 says: Sep 25, 2016 4:37 PM

    He’s doing his job so far.

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