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Mike Zimmer: “We don’t know when Teddy will be back”

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would prefer to be on TV today in his usual coaching gear. Instead, he was a guest on ESPN.

During his segment with Hannah Storm, Zimmer offered an update regarding the status of starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It wasn’t specific, but it was ominous.

“We don’t know when Teddy will be back,” Zimmer said.

Bridgewater suffered a serious knee injury during practice in late August, instantly ending his season and prompting a trade with the Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford. While there have been few specific reports about Bridgewater’s condition, the signs continue to point to the very real possibility that he won’t be ready for the 2017 season opener.

As the second year of a two-year contract approaches, the Vikings will owe Bradford $4 million in early March and $13 million in base salary. Given that Bridgewater is entering the fourth year of a slotted, wage-scale, last-pick-in-round-one contract, it’s extremely likely that the Vikings will keep Bradford, pay him $17 million this year, and prepare as if he’ll be the starter.

Whether Bradford succeeded in his first year with the Vikings is a matter of fair debate. He was 7-8 in 15 starts, but he set a single-season record for completion percentage. But many of those throws were short passes aimed at supplementing a crappy running game. But Bradford showed incredible durability, despite having a scarecrow-with-pads physique and a leaky offensive line.

If the Vikings can fix the offensive line and the running game, maybe the Vikings could spring back to the playoffs behind Bradford. Given that they managed an 8-8 record despite more struggles and adversities than some teams face in a decade, a year without major injuries or offensive coordinators resigning abruptly or the head coach not having three eye surgeries could end much, much better.

The quarterback position will continue to be the key. If Bridgewater isn’t ready, then Bradford must stay healthy again. And the Vikings will need to have another veteran quarterback ready to go in the event that next season’s rash of hardships includes an injury to the quarterback for whom they gave up a first-round and fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.

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54 Responses to “Mike Zimmer: “We don’t know when Teddy will be back””
  1. Iknowitall says: Jan 15, 2017 10:56 AM

    Teddy aint coming back.
    He may try, but that knee is done.
    Sad, but it is what it is.

  2. vikesfan320 says: Jan 15, 2017 10:56 AM

    Bradford is not the answer. There’s a reason Eagle fans were excited to see him gone. He did fine, but “fine” is not good enough to get this team over the hump. He’s an average, check-down driven QB. I can’t even begin to describe how frustrating it was to watch every 3rd & 7 pass go for 4 yards. All season.

    The Vikings best hope is that Teddy recovers and makes the leap, and then they can trick a team into believing Bradford is the answer like they thought. Otherwise this team is going nowhere.

  3. codytha035 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:04 AM

    you heard it here first: the Vikings will win an unprecedented 10th straight offseason this year

  4. intrafinesse says: Jan 15, 2017 11:04 AM

    Bradford is an average QB, put him on a good team, and don’t pay him a fortune and he can be ok.

    What hurts the Vikes is they wont know Bridgewaters status until close to the start of the season, so if they want to trade Bradford, they might not get so much for him.

  5. codytha035 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:05 AM

    I think if we replaced former Magician Rick Spielman with a guy like Eliot Wolf the Vikings would have a chance at succeeding in this reubuild

  6. codytha035 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:07 AM

    The vikings need to draft more Cordarrelle Pattersons and Laquan Treadslows and build an all-time great special teams. That way they won’t have to rely on a Badford or Bridgewater as much, imo

  7. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 15, 2017 11:07 AM

    “If the Vikings can fix the offensive line and the running game, maybe the Vikings could spring back to the playoffs behind Bradford.”

    Sure… if Spielman somehow trips over 5 capable O-linemen and a running back to replace “the greatest child beater of all time” all at once; and of course, none them quit on Zimmer like the current team has.

    Some will say I’m trolling here, but I’m not. I’m simply pointing out that it’s a much tougher task than the line above makes it out to be.

    NFL success is hard to attain. Sustained success is much harder yet.

  8. codytha035 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    Does Zimmer’s “usual coaching gear” include a pirate eye patch? Arrrrrrrrr matey, fly the jolly roger!

  9. outlawshark says: Jan 15, 2017 11:11 AM

    Don’t you actually have to be somewhere first in order to be back?

  10. weepingjebus says: Jan 15, 2017 11:11 AM

    After reading numerous reports that the quick response by team medical staff “saved the leg from amputation” I’m just hoping he walks normally again. Let’s keep this realistic.

  11. ihavepriors says: Jan 15, 2017 11:15 AM

    Wow. When will GOAT Tiny be elected in the Hall?

  12. codytha035 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:20 AM

    there. is. your. DAGGER!

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:35 AM

    ” the Vikings will win an unprecedented 10th straight offseason this year”

    Wait a minute, I thought the Bills won the offseason last year? Rex proclaimed it so after all.

    Lolz

  14. jimmysee says: Jan 15, 2017 11:46 AM

    There’s plenty of room for everyone to win in the offseason.

    During the season, less so.

  15. cardinealsfan20 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:54 AM

    Isn’t this the same low life Zimmer who already proclaimed Bradford as the starter next year? The same guy who ran off Norv, thinks shredding stuffed animals is a motivational tool, and regulgarly degrades grown men?

    Teddy is way too good of a person to even be in Zimmer’s presence.

  16. lingsun54 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:54 AM

    Bridgewater may not be ready right away but that doesn’t mean he isn’t coming back. I expect him to be better than Bradford in the next year or two.

    The Vikings trade for Bradford has to go down as one of the dumbest trades in a long time. They traded a first and a fourth when Bridgewater will most likely be better than him. I’m not complaining. I’m a Lions fan.

  17. pj1983a says: Jan 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    If Bridgewater does end up out for 2017 as well, it would at least make Spielman look a little better for making the Bradford trade. A 1st rd pick for a 1 season stopgap is ridiculous. But giving up a 1st rd pick when your starting quarterback has a multi-season, possibly career ending injury makes a lot more sense.

  18. 2017nfcn0rthchampiondetroitlions says: Jan 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    The Vikings are garbage, this is our division now.

  19. jjpmn says: Jan 15, 2017 12:10 PM

    The Vikings had high hopes for the season before Bridgewater went down. And there was true cause for optimism given the division title win the year before, and the money they spent on O-Line. At the time, I believe they’d only lost Loadholt to retirement at this point. Whether you feel it’s misguided or not, they believed they were a contender. They couldn’t foresee all of the O-Line injuries, Peterson going down, etc. They made a trade with the idea of attempting to remain in the mix. And when they started 5-0, it looked like the right move. The injuries, OC quitting, etc. all came long after the trade was made. The decision to trade for Bradford may look questionable in retrospect, but I was all for it at the time and still understand it today. They gave themselves a chance to win and it didn’t work out. I’ll take that over a full season of Shaun Hill and a lifetime wondering what might have been if we had a better QB.

  20. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 15, 2017 12:37 PM

    codytha035 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:04 AM
    you heard it here first: the Vikings will win an unprecedented 10th straight offseason this year
    ————————————————–
    I’m not aware of ANYBODY claiming the Vikings will “win the offseason”, except packer fans making that claim.

    But that doesn’t even compare to NFL pundits and packer fans claiming that the packers are the Super Bowl favorites in the preseason for the last 20 years.

    If the pack can’t win the Super Bowl, it’s another EPIC failure of a season for the pack. 2 franchise quarterbacks with Super Bowl predictions for two decades and yet the pack keeps choking.

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 15, 2017 12:44 PM

    The Vikings have had one franchise quarterback and made the super bowl 3 times with Tarkenton over a 5 year period.

    The packers have had 2 franchise QBs over the last 20 plus years and have made it to the Super Bowl twice over 20 plus years.

    Granted, GB won those two appearances. At least you did win the games. But based on franchise QB’s, and compared with other teams, GB is a choke fest in getting to the Super Bowl the last 2 plus decades.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Jan 15, 2017 12:51 PM

    A 1st round pick wasn’t going to be worth it short of picking in the last 25 picks, and missing the post-season makes it a worse deal giving up a top 15 pick him, given what he has shown so far in his NFL career.

    They should have stopped the at a 2nd or went and got McCown or tr McGloini Oakland, Especially after Sam had his hissyfit, when the Eagles moved up to get Wentz and the Starter job was no longer to be handed to him.

    Then they could have pursued the likes of Romo or other FA QBs if they were still worried about Theodore’s ability to get back on the field, and address more of the glaring needs they have with 2 top 50 selections. instead of one.

    Everyone can talk about how they started, but both sides of the ball needed to be practically perfect to get a Win, with the offense not turning the ball over at all to maximize possible point output which was around 20, and the defense had to play practically perfect to avoid getting into a shootout, it was clear after the MNF game and Norval left, things were going to be downhill from there.

  23. f1restarter says: Jan 15, 2017 12:52 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    If the pack can’t win the Super Bowl, it’s another EPIC failure of a season for the pack.

    ———————————

    Agreed.

    That’s the attitude we have around here in Packerland – nothing short of a Super Bowl championship is acceptable. It’s the same mindset all successful franchises (and their fans) must have to keep a winning tradition alive.

    Viking fans are happy with off-season predictions of grandeur and meaningless 5-0 starts.

    But back to the topic at hand, as a Packer fan I personally hope Teddy Bridgewater makes a full recovery and is given a 10 year contract extension by the Vikings.

  24. nfldoc says: Jan 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    “If the Vikings can fix the Offensive Line”? That’s the big issue and it’s been an issue for a long time, so who exactly is going to fix it? The Vikes need to reevaluate how they grade Offensive Linemen…and for that matter, Wideouts too.

  25. nhpats says: Jan 15, 2017 1:03 PM

    If the Vikings are counting on a guy who delivers fewer than 1TD per game then they are going nowhere….

  26. cardinealsfan20 says: Jan 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    “They gave themselves a chance to win and it didn’t work out. I’ll take that over a full season of Shaun Hill and a lifetime of wondering what might have been if we had a better QB”.

    Now not only this season is lost, but also many to come. Wouldn’t you rather retain your draft picks and cheer for a young, rebuilding team with hope for the future?

    You’re ignoring the obvious flaws that were already there at the time of the Bradford trade. Khalil has continued to regress after his excellent rookie season. The rest of the offensive line was very suspect. Peterson was nothing more than a distraction. Adding Rodgers or Brady could not have saved that offense.

  27. dinkydonkey says: Jan 15, 2017 1:22 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    If the pack can’t win the Super Bowl, it’s another EPIC failure of a season for the pack.

    ———————————————

    So that must mean every season is a CATASTROPHIC failure for the vikings fans.

  28. montrealraider says: Jan 15, 2017 1:23 PM

    What an uncomfortable situation to be in as an organization…

    If you are like the Browns at least you know you have nothing and you can go after or cut ties with anyone you want.

    The Vikings need to hold on to Bradford (and they may not like him that much) and they have to wait on Bridgewater to return (or not) with “only God knows” permanent limitations…

    I would look very long and hard at the day 2 QBs and try to find me a Dak Prescott if I was them.

  29. florioscrusades says: Jan 15, 2017 1:34 PM

    Personally, I had no problem with the Bradford trade. The
    problem I had was having Shaun Hill as option #2 in the first place.

  30. stellarperformance says: Jan 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 15, 2017 12:37 PM
    If the pack can’t win the Super Bowl, it’s another EPIC failure of a season for the pack. 2 franchise quarterbacks with Super Bowl predictions for two decades and yet the pack keeps choking.
    ///////////////////////////////

    (yawn)

    Wide Left…….the game that gave the Vikings an iron-fisted grip on the all-time NFL record for postseason losses, more than any other team including all pre-merger teams. Add to that the all-time NFL postseason record for one-and-done appearances.

    Choke: Thy Name is Minnesota Vikings.

  31. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 15, 2017 1:44 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 15, 2017 12:44 PM

    The packers have had 2 franchise QBs over the last 20 plus years and have made it to the Super Bowl twice over 20 plus years.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“`

    As usual, a screaming yellow post is a screaming yellow festival of wrong. The Packers have been to three Super Bowls in the past 20 years, winning two of them.

    How many Super Bowls have your Vikings been to in the past 20 years? And how many of those did they win?

    As always, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Screaming yellow fish!

    In a screaming yellow barrel!

  32. stellarperformance says: Jan 15, 2017 1:44 PM

    How arrogant does a troll need to be to throw choker-shade at the all-time leader in NFL Championships, while cheering for the all-time NFL postseason loser?

    Do you even see the irony?

  33. shaggytoodle says: Jan 15, 2017 1:53 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 15, 2017 12:44 PM
    The Vikings have had one franchise quarterback and made the super bowl 3 times with Tarkenton over a 5 year period.

    The packers have had 2 franchise QBs over the last 20 plus years and have made it to the Super Bowl twice over 20 plus years.

    Granted, GB won those two appearances. At least you did win the games. But based on franchise QB’s, and compared with other teams, GB is a choke fest in getting to the Super Bowl the last 2 plus decades.
    ________________

    Except for the fact they made the Superbowl 3 times during that span, making it back to back years losing to Denver. but everyone knows VIking fans like to make it up as they go along.

    Besides making the Superbowl isn’t easy, as evidence the last time the Vikings were in one Star Wars a New Hope was the most popular movie in theatres.

  34. kissmysandwich says: Jan 15, 2017 1:53 PM

    Not sure why all the hate on Bradford. He’s the only reason this team competed at all. He’s worth a first round pick all day long. People act like a first round pick is a guaranteed stud player. Not even close. Half of the first round picks over the last 5 years aren’t even in the league anymore.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Jan 15, 2017 1:59 PM

    Well I learned something new today, I had no idea that Bradford’s contract was that rich. $17 Mil for Check Down Sammy is a lot of dough. If they bring back the child beater, that’s well over $30 million for a backfield of has beens. As if the Vikings don’t have enough has beens (or more accurately, never have been) on their truly offensive, offensive line.

    But I have always maintained, you can’t achieve mediocrity without a little front office help, in the case of the Vikings, a lot of front office help.

  36. vikesfansteve says: Jan 15, 2017 2:02 PM

    Please fire Sporano already. Then hire Bill Callahan as O-line coach because he built the Cowboys current line and turned the Redskins into a top line. Unless the Skins make him OC sine theirs now is HC of the Rams. Spielman failed when he didn’t have any backup plan to TB other than Shaun overtheHill. Nobody could have predicted what a complete bust Treadwell would turn out to be. Injuries to every position on the Oline. Retirement of Loadholt? Non recovery and cutting of Sullivan. Spielman was exposed again in getting fleeced for Bradford like when he overreached for Ponder. But when your #1 pick turns out to be such an absolute and utter failure like Treadwell, does it really matter. Trade for Joe Thomas, sign a quality RT. Get a center so Berger can go back to guard. The Vikings need a possession receiver like Boldin. Zimmerman is a good coach but is also mentally off. Cutting up stuffed cats, keeping healthy players off the roster when he needs them like Flloyd and Wright. A slot CB is needed because Munnerlyn was so horrible and the Vikings need a safety to pair with Smith. These are simple and easy fixes. Is AD going to be kept? Personally I think probably yes. The Vikings should try to find a receiving back like Alfred Morris or Forte.

  37. wafflestomp says: Jan 15, 2017 2:11 PM

    I’m currently listening to the Packer pre game show out of Minneapolis’ KFAN radio.
    Still can’t believe they allow this kind of programming on the Vikings flagship radio station.

  38. ak185 says: Jan 15, 2017 2:33 PM

    ^Sparano isn’t your problem, guy. It’s injuries, which usually are blamed on the strength/conditioning coach (for some reason, like coaches can decide when someone’s ankle gets rolled or their cleat plants too hard).

    The Vikes have a good O-Line when healthy. But their team was just snake-bit this season. “Leaky” O-Line, as PFT puts it, is a gross understatement. I’m not a real believer in Bradford, but he did much, much better than I expected with what he was given. No true #1 wideout (despite Diggs’ prowess, he’s not a Megatron ‘throw it his way and he’ll bail you out every time if things get bad’ game changer), no Hall of Fame running back, no offensive line, and changing OCs midyear…all that considered, Bradford did an excellent job with the limited playbook Minnesota had on the table.

    The defense can bounce back. They lost a lot of confidence after their slide started and never recovered. It’s hard to see that many players go down and for their efforts to go unrewarded. But when Minnesota’s offense gets healthy, if it can, then they have a great shot at getting back on track to compete with Detroit and Green Bay.

  39. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 15, 2017 2:46 PM

    Again, NOBODY, in Minnesota brags about the off season. Only Packer fans FALSLY claim off season awards for the Vikings.

    2 straight franchise QBs, and decades of preseason super bowl predictions. Yet the pack keeps failing to get to the Super Bowl.

    Maybe this GB’s year.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Jan 15, 2017 2:51 PM

    Except when the Oline was healthy AP still averaged under two yards a carry, and the The QB was hit 4 times the first week (probably cause of Hills pocket presence) vs. 4 sacks and a dozen QB Hits vs. the Packers.

    Its going to take more than “getting healthy” to improve, playing together more, better coaching, consistency at coordinator and clear plan with the coaching staff pulling the rope in the same direction, towards a goal, instead of every taking the offense, and grabbing a corner and pulling it every which way.

  41. billtetley53 says: Jan 15, 2017 3:22 PM

    Stellar: GB owns the most historic choke innfccg history. Im not sure you should be eben talking about chokes. They followed that up by allowing 1 of the slowest nfl wrs to run unmolested through tjeir defense.

    Waffle: I live in the LaCrosse area. The Packer station here also has a Vikings show on it. You know, because Minnesota is like 3 miles away? Kind of like with tje cities and Wisconsin? Im not surprised youre confused. From your posts, velcro sneakers confuse you.

    Canbage, please do copious amounts of drugs sgain. Just because youre clean now doesnt mean you arent still a pos.

    Florio, its a 1st THIS year and a 4th NEXT year. No excuse for you not to know that.

  42. allight59 says: Jan 15, 2017 3:51 PM

    Packer troll’s 5th grade education is really showing in today’s comments….

  43. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 15, 2017 3:54 PM

    Poor lil Teddy.

    Poor lil Viking peasants.

    But don’t worry. Soon we enter the offseason, where the Vikings reign supreme.

  44. stellarperformance says: Jan 15, 2017 5:53 PM

    billtetley53 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 3:22 PM
    Stellar: GB owns the most historic choke innfccg history.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    We’re talking postseason.

    Wide Left will always take the cake, because it represents the futility of the Vikings perfectly.

    Take a rest until next year. Shallow and hollow insults is the same as whining.

  45. kavikes says: Jan 15, 2017 7:13 PM

    By the time Teddy ready to go Mike Zimmer will be long gone. Zimmer screw this coaching staff up to the point where it’s unfix-able. We are at least 2yrs from making the playoffs again. Why does this keep happening to us, Any coach we get after 3rd season they they lay a turd. Zimmer can coach. His decision making ability sucks. How do you fix that.
    I’m tried of hoping for a better next season, next season, next seaSon. Turner seen this cominmg. all was needed was a few good Offensive lineman. I never seen a team go from hero status, to zero status faster, maybe the niners the last three season..

  46. billtetley53 says: Jan 15, 2017 8:37 PM

    What part of nfc championship dont you get?

  47. noveds says: Jan 15, 2017 8:44 PM

    A QB’s jersey should not look like he had been hit by a train. Bradford is not the problem.

  48. coltluger says: Jan 15, 2017 9:07 PM

    Tom Brady > Aaron Rodgers.

  49. whatjusthapped says: Jan 15, 2017 9:19 PM

    What time do the Vikings play next Sunday?

  50. wafflestomp says: Jan 15, 2017 10:33 PM

    billtetley53 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 3:22 PM

    Waffle: I live in the LaCrosse area. The Packer station here also has a Vikings show on it. You know, because Minnesota is like 3 miles away? Kind of like with tje cities and Wisconsin? Im not surprised youre confused. From your posts, velcro sneakers confuse you.
    ————————
    Please, show me another NFL city where this is possible.
    Any NFL city will do.
    Several states have multiple teams with avid fan bases like Ohio and Pennsylvania to name just two.
    Show me just one NFL city who’s teams flagship station would carry a pregame show of a division rival.
    One that would generate the audience and ratings for the past 20 years.
    I’ll wait.

  51. billtetley53 says: Jan 15, 2017 10:45 PM

    La Crosse wisconsin. English, do you speak it?

  52. pzebich says: Jan 16, 2017 9:53 AM

    The 4th round pick they gave up is not in this years draft, that is in next year. I’m surprised the Packer fans have sobered up enough already to comment here, figured they would still be in their John Deere colored dens self absorbed with themselves in their #12 jerseys playing circle jerk and pretending they are actually players and how much better they puny lives are because “their” team, which is comprised of players who will escape that dreadful town as soon as the season is over, has had a good season. Oh well, if that is what it takes to fulfill your pitiful meaningless lives, that and going on another team’s blog just to gloat, then go for it.

  53. stellarperformance says: Jan 16, 2017 9:56 AM

    allight59 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 3:51 PM
    Packer troll’s 5th grade education is really showing in today’s comments…
    //////////////////////////////////////

    That’s an admirable pick-up….for a third-grader.

  54. djvh2 says: Jan 16, 2017 6:46 PM

    “Given that they managed an 8-8 record despite more struggles and adversities than some teams face in a decade”

    Why do people enable this loser mentality? There’s another team close by that is in the conf championship and down to 4th stringers at RB and DB.

    Oh, and trading a 1st for Bradford was a good decision. What else could they do? He helped them a lot, better than if TB was never injured.

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