Mike Zimmer just hopes Teddy Bridgewater can get healthy

AP

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sounds like he’s thinking more about Teddy Bridgewater the person than Teddy Bridgewater the quarterback, as Bridgewater continues to recover from a severe knee injury he suffered in August.

Zimmer discussed Bridgewater on today’s PFT Live and sounded like he is mostly just concerned about seeing Bridgewater get well.

“I love Teddy Bridgewater,” Zimmer said. “I never thought there would be another quarterback to play for me. I used to tell him, ‘We’re either going down with the ship together or we’re going to sail it together.’ But things didn’t turn out that way. I love him as a person, I love him as a player, I just want him to get healthy. That’s the most important thing.”

Zimmer talked like he expects Sam Bradford to be his starter in 2017, and like he just hopes Bridgewater can be healthy enough to continue his career.

“Teddy is valuable to us, not just for football,” Zimmer said. “We want to take care of him.”

Although the Vikings have not said definitively whether Bridgewater can play this year, the talk out of Minnesota suggests that they’re not optimistic.

58 responses to “Mike Zimmer just hopes Teddy Bridgewater can get healthy

  1. I think most Packer fans would agree 100%. Personally I would like nothing better than to see Teddy out there starting for the Vikings for the next 10 years.

  2. It seems to me that the 3 yard check down pass to the flat which is a staple of the Viking offense and well within Bridgewater’s skill set has been adequately replaced with Sammy Sleeves. Its winning with that as your offense that is the big challenge.

  3. This is a tender young age to have an injury that could cripple him for life. he needs to be able to run and play with his kids and walk down the aisle. Good luck to you Teddy. We are pulling for you.

  4. Bridgewater will remain a Viking for as long as he wants to. If he can play he’ll be playing… but if he can’t, then if he wants to turn to coaching, then there will be a place for him.

  5. That does not sound good at all. It’s like we’re cursed, we finally find a QB with potential and he immediately suffers s career threatening injury.

  6. With all the smart ass comments, that have and will be written here,

    Remember……. this is about a human being, a person. The first and foremost thought should be for his wellbeing. This kid was hurt doing something most of us were not good enough to do.

    No reason to joke, or laugh at someone who plays for a different team than the one you pull for.

    I wouldn’t wish this injury on anyone.

  7. How many more Teddy injury articles can PFT spit out?

    It’s the same story – we don’t know when he will be ready as there is no timetable for this kind of injury.

    Maybe check in again next week to see if that changes.

  8. Not even a potential career ending injury can bring the good out of Packer fans. Very sad people. It’s why I come back to PFT very seldom nowadays.

  9. I’m not sure anybody expects Teddy to play at all this season. The Vikings should definitely think of drafting a QB around round 4, if a good project is there. I’d say this unknown for Teddy is the reason that trade last year for Bradford is still very good. Without that trade, they basically have no QB’s on the roster. And I wouldn’t want to be trying to trade for Romo or Cutler right about now.

  10. Let’s face it. Teddy was dealt a bad hand when he was drafted by what the hometown newspaper dubs “Loserville, USA”.

    Maybe this gruesome injury is a blessing in disguise and will give him a fresh start with a more solid and stable franchise.

  11. It’s looking more like the question about Bridgewater isn’t whether he’ll play this year, but whether he’ll ever play again.

    I can never remember seeing anyone suffer an injury like that. I sincerely hope he can make a successful comeback. For all the jerks and malcontents in the NFL, Bridgewater is one of the good guys, pure class. I hope he can make a comeback, and be on the field for the Vikings well into the next decade. We’re pulling for you Teddy.

  12. Formerminnesotan says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:57 AM
    With all the smart ass comments, that have and will be written here,

    Remember……. this is about a human being, a person. The first and foremost thought should be for his wellbeing. This kid was hurt doing something most of us were not good enough to do.

    No reason to joke, or laugh at someone who plays for a different team than the one you pull for.

    I wouldn’t wish this injury on anyone.

    —————–

    You should send this to ariani……

  13. Purple People Eaters says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:34 AM
    That does not sound good at all. It’s like we’re cursed, we finally find a QB with potential and he immediately suffers s career threatening injury.

    ————
    Teddy was your QB with potential? The guy who averaged fewer than a single TD per game for two straight seasons? That guy?

  14. Sad story about a great kid. Not looking like an NFL career is in his future, at least not as a player. Best wishes for him.

  15. Purple People Eaters says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:34 AM

    That does not sound good at all. It’s like we’re cursed, we finally find a QB with potential and he immediately suffers s career threatening injury.

    )))))))))))))

    You mean like what happened to Duante Culpepper

  16. Ignoring the juvenile postings from the usual Packer
    knuckleheads, the potential I saw in Bridgewater started
    to show itself when he led the Vikes down the field to
    win the playoff game against Seattle. Then Walsh blew it.
    He was always clutch at Louisville and in his third season
    at 23 years old he was starting to show real potential. The blind Bridgewater hate coming from the true deplorables is ridiculous.

  17. Conor I know what you mean. Same trolls day in day out saying the same thing. The Vikings haven’t won a super bowl. It isn’t devastating to hear packer fans, you should know this. The Vikings suck. They don’t know football they still think Fabio is a stud. I read Vikings stories, l don’t go to the packer stories and troll packer fans. That is why the packer fans are some of the most hated in the NFL.

  18. Vikings fans have to love the Browns and 49ers. It keeps the Vikings as the third dumbest organization in the NFL

  19. “if he wants to turn to coaching, then there will be a place for him”

    More likely he’ll become an “analyst” on one of the TV networks. After all, one year in the league makes him an expert on all things NFL.

  20. The last month of 2014 (rookie yr.) Teddy played some of his best ball, had a couple 300 yd games, 3 games w/ 2 TD’s ea., but then 2015 AP is back and he is told to play is safe, take care of the ball. He did have a few good stat games, like in AZ vs their solid D and in Den vs. their #1 ranked D. Teddy showed in the 3rd preseason game this year, with 3 darts downfield to score a TD at the end of the half that he was ready. Then, his long run later that juked a DB out of his jock. Teddy was sharp. He’s a class act, not an arrogant a-hole like the guy in Wisc. Teddy is so much tougher than that guy also. 12 is such a whiner. It really tarnishes the talent that he has. 12 carries that team every yr., and he KNOWS IT. Now Favre, that guy was fun to watch as their QB. He was a tough SOB.

  21. Remember when slick Rick traded back into the first round to “steal” this guy? Oh, how proud Viking fans were. Teddy was their savior, destined to deliver the degenerate faithful to the promised land.

    It just goes to show that all roads in MN lead to Loserville, USA.

  22. It has to be a sad life when certain packer fans just can’t wait to see an article about a fine young man, just so they can make obnoxious, childish comments. Even those that are my Packer friends think think theses comments are over the top, especially when it involves injuries.

    At this point Teddy may never even walk right again, let alone reach his potential, and to have a select few on this blog make fun of it, is just plain un Christian and wrong!

    I would bet these same few, if not watched would be talking about his color and sexual preference. Once a redneck, always a redneck!

    I hope these comments of theirs helps treat a problem in their life and does some good for them, because it sure disturbs the rest of us…..

  23. Formerminnesotan says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:57 AM
    With all the smart ass comments, that have and will be written here,

    Remember……. this is about a human being, a person. The first and foremost thought should be for his wellbeing. This kid was hurt doing something most of us were not good enough to do.

    No reason to joke, or laugh at someone who plays for a different team than the one you pull for.

    I wouldn’t wish this injury on anyone.
    ________________

    I don’t remember one single packer fan making any smart ass comments about Teddy’s injury. A lot of people have wished him the best about getting better. He seems like a nice young man and no-one has wished him ill will.

    Making fun of the vikings and their check down offense is not a rip on Teddy and his injury. Much like all of the comments we heard about Jordy after injuring his knee saying he was done and making fun of the Packer offense.

  24. whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:24 AM
    It seems to me that the 3 yard check down pass to the flat which is a staple of the Viking offense and well within Bridgewater’s skill set has been adequately replaced with Sammy Sleeves. Its winning with that as your offense that is the big challenge

    bridgeh2o says:

    Interesting and amusing comment from the brat-breath whatjusthapped!

    Yet, SOMEHOW, Bridgewater, in his 1st season as official starting QB, managed to win the division, in Lambeau for the 2015 season. Huh…

    And, SOMEHOW, Bradford beat the packers with a whopping 1 week of practice with the Vikes!!!

    Oh, you packer rubes, stinks when facts get in the way of your Milwaukee’s Best beer fantasy land!!!!

    Hey let’s Run The Table!!!

    Nevermind………….

  25. The classlessness of packer fans shows with this article.

    A guy’s career could be over by a freak injury, and they find it amusing.

    True colors pack fans……disgusting!

  26. “I’d say this unknown for Teddy is the reason that trade last year for Bradford is still very good.”
    _________

    That was destined to be a bad trade unless Bradford could take them deep into the playoffs. First round picks are just too important. They could have signed a free agent QB for cheap and missed the playoffs, which is what happened with Bradford at the helm. They wouldn’t have looked as good early in the season and teased Vikings fans as much but ultimately they went nowhere, so it was a bad trade.

  27. Something no one has mentioned, if Bridgewater is good to go, that makes Bradford expendable. And he played well enough to start somewhere else next season.

  28. My fellow Packer fans,

    Some of you are getting as ridiculous as the purples. Please stop. There is nothing funny at all about Bridgewater’s injury OR what Zimmer had to say about it.

    Respect to Zimmer on this.

  29. When a fan base is openly supportive of a child beater, you knew there would be a price to pay. It’s a shame it fell on Teddy. He deserved better than the degenerates in MN.

  30. What was the cause of this injury? Just extremely bad luck? Stepped in a hole? Or was the some pre-existing structural weakness that just gave way?

  31. mogogo1
    ————
    Yup, startable QB’s are so easy to get even in FA. Kap, Mcown, Tyrod…. which one would be an upgrade over Bradford? Past that, when the Vikes made that trade, there was no way to know that the Vikings would lose AP and their top 4 OT’s.

    1st round pick for a quality QB is cheap… afterall the Rams and the Redskins spent much, much more for their top flops.

  32. h0metownzero says:
    Mar 3, 2017 10:24 AM
    They need to ask Zimmer about their hometown newpaper calling MN “Loserville, USA”. I’d love to know his thoughts on that.

    ____

    wait a minute, a newspaper said this? I hadn’t heard that from the other 400 posts from Packer fans referencing the same thing. The fact you haven’t named the newspaper indicates you’ve recycled the material, just like the other Pack fans. No superbowls, loserville, wide left…all recycled.

    Keep thinking you’re posts are original.

  33. WOW! The vitriol from Packer fans here is CRAZY.

    I learned a long time ago that only about half of human beings are inherently good people, but if the things I hear from the trailer trash in here I wouldn’t give Packer Backers that high of a mark.

    Gives me the creeps, I’m out of here PFT.

  34. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 3, 2017 12:01 PM

    The almighty sure seems to really hate Viking fans.

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

    Nope. I like Viking fans. It’s the purples that I can’t stand.

  35. Formerminnesotan says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:57 AM
    With all the smart ass comments, that have and will be written here,

    Remember……. this is about a human being, a person. The first and foremost thought should be for his wellbeing. This kid was hurt doing something most of us were not good enough to do.

    No reason to joke, or laugh at someone who plays for a different team than the one you pull for.

    I wouldn’t wish this injury on anyone.

    _______________________

    While I agree but come on this is PFT, where I’ll say 60-70% of the people that comment on here are no life trolls that spend their days trolls every article. From filthymcnasty3, joetoronto, nhpats, ctiggs, armani, and countless others

  36. The prognosis has been an 18 month recovery since last August, so this is really old news, other than Zim re-expressing his affection for Teddy. Let’s hope he can somehow beat the odds and recover to the point he can play again. It would be a shame if he can’t play again, even if his last regular season game was using his tiny hands and 3 yard passes to beat the Pack at hallowed Lambeau Field for the top spot in the NFCN.

  37. As a Packer fan, while it seems like there are a lot of Packer fans trolling this story, please note that it’s the same kids posting multiple times. Please accept apologies from the rest of Packer nation who do realize there are times when you should show some respect. Bridgewater seems like a really good guy who has the respect of the coaches and teammates. It’d be a shame for him if he can’t continue.

  38. djvh2 says:
    Mar 3, 2017 2:30 PM

    As a Packer fan, while it seems like there are a lot of Packer fans trolling this story, please note that it’s the same kids posting multiple times. Please accept apologies from the rest of Packer nation who do realize there are times when you should show some respect. Bridgewater seems like a really good guy who has the respect of the coaches and teammates. It’d be a shame for him if he can’t continue.

    ===============

    Thank you. That was a very mature and respectful post. As a Minnesota resident and Viking fan, I understand the rivalry between MN and GB. While I’d like to see the Vikings win every game against GB, I take no joy in your teams injuries. It’s a game, not life and death. It’s not worth fist fights, immature slams over injuries or wishing bad things happening to players or coaches.

  39. Get healthy so we can call Bridgewater a healthy bust. Was so scared my Raiders would draft the noodle arm…

  40. atbastardshanahandjob says:
    Mar 3, 2017 3:53 PM

    Get healthy so we can call Bridgewater a healthy bust. Was so scared my Raiders would draft the noodle arm…

    —————————————————————-
    This article isnt about the raiders or your thoughts regarding them. Thanks for letting us know what team you root forl Pal, you have major insecurity issues.

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