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Sam Bradford enjoying closer relationship with Mike Zimmer

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At this point last season, Sam Bradford was expected to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles but Teddy Bridgewater’s injury and the presence of Carson Wentz in Philadelphia combined to lead to a trade that put Bradford in Minnesota just before the start of the regular season.

That didn’t leave much time for Bradford to forge relationships with new coaches or teammates as he had to devote his attention to getting the offense down as quickly as possible. This offseason has allowed for more time to hone that knowledge as well as more time to get close to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer has taken on a bigger role with the offense this offseason, something Bradford says “the guys have really enjoyed” and he added that he’s enjoyed getting Zimmer’s feedback whether it has come first-hand or via text messages while Zimmer was recovering from his latest eye surgery.

“We would text almost every day after practice and he would just give me some thoughts about what he saw from us on offense, what the defense was trying to do, things that we could take advantage of, things that they were trying to take away,” Bradford said, via ESPN.com. “[It was good to] just get his opinion on what he saw from the defense that day and maybe if there were some blitzes that they put in to beat a certain protection, how we could pick it up; coverages that they put in to maybe take away a route, how we could beat that coverage, what to look for, what tips, what keys give away certain things. Those texts were really nice.”

The future of the Vikings quarterback position is unclear due to both Bradford’s expiring contract and the uncertainty about Bridgewater’s recovery from the knee injury that helped bring Bradford to Minnesota in the first place. A strong year from Bradford may not clarify everything for the team, but it will likely set Bradford up to be a starter in 2018 whether he and Zimmer are still together or not.

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25 Responses to “Sam Bradford enjoying closer relationship with Mike Zimmer”
  1. Liberalsruineverything says: Jun 20, 2017 11:01 AM

    Sammy Sleeves stepped in to an impossible situation last year and played great until the line fell apart. He’s a smart guy and a real pro. With a shored up line, better run game, full training camp with his receivers, it will be fun to watch. A better offense to take pressure off an all world defense could get scary.

  2. truthbetold109 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:05 AM

    Closer relationship, hey. LOL!

    We are talking liberal Minnesota here, doesn’t take much to read between these lines. Last year their offensive line was pretty much the power puff girls so no surprise here.

  3. h0metownzero says: Jun 20, 2017 11:09 AM

    That’s not weird at all.

    LOL

  4. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:24 AM

    It sounds like Zimmer’s text messages are really getting through to these guys. I’ll bet he even uses smiley faces.

  5. bhuettl says: Jun 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    Wounds like they’ll be taking long showers until wee in the morning. Minnesota… where men are libs and the sheep are scared.

  6. bhuettl says: Jun 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    Sounds like they’ll be taking long showers until wee in the morning. Minnesota… where men are libs and the sheep are scared.

  7. bighoser says: Jun 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    Put down the Kool Aid, Vikes fans. The o-line got marginally better, at best, assuming the mediocre, injury prone guys they got don’t get injured. Murray barely averaged 4 YPC (good for third best on his own team) behind one of the top lines in the NFL so if you think he can get anywhere close to that this year, you’re delusional. Cook is your best hope for Sammy Sleeves to not have to totally rely on 3 yard slants (assuming, of course, that his reported entourage of knuckleheads that caused him to drop into the 2nd round don’t drag him down further).

  8. mykelane says: Jun 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    was there a boating trip involved?

  9. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 20, 2017 11:45 AM

    I can feel my IQ dropping as I’m reading these comments.

  10. ariani1985 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:47 AM

    dang this division is going to be an easy one to win this year…..

  11. irishgary says: Jun 20, 2017 11:49 AM

    @The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:45 AM
    I can feel my IQ dropping as I’m reading these comments.
    ——————————————————————–
    Don’t worry it’s not a long drop.

  12. aj66shanghai says: Jun 20, 2017 11:51 AM

    Minnesota is liberal?

  13. purpleguy says: Jun 20, 2017 11:55 AM

    They could sit around a campfire in matching 4th of July T-shirts roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbaya all summer, but it won’t mean squat if the O-line sucks again. Hope it doesn’t.

  14. ragnarthegreat says: Jun 20, 2017 11:58 AM

    I read an article that said that Denver won a super bowl with an average offensive line. They pointed to other teams as well. They felt that good play calling combined with a variety of other, effective, offensive weapons made that work. I like Sam. I think he did a heck of a job and took some monster hits. I fear their line changes will get them to slightly below average from terrible but possibly this is enough.

  15. minnesoulja says: Jun 20, 2017 12:01 PM

    Speaking for the fan base, we are excited and ready to go for another season. Our expectations are tempered. Lot of us had the wind sucked from our sails after the great start/horrid finish that was 2016. Just play hard and leave it all on the field. At the end of the day, we are still from the west side of the river and they can never take that away from us. Skol Vikings, and God Bless Minnesota.

  16. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 20, 2017 12:03 PM

    bighoser says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    Put down the Kool Aid, Vikes fans. The o-line got marginally better, at best, assuming the mediocre, injury prone guys they got don’t get injured.
    _______

    Injury prone? Remmers hasn’t missed a game in his career and Reiff has missed three.

    It’s almost as if you don’t know very much about football.

  17. mnvikes1961 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:11 PM

    bighoser says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    Put down the Kool Aid, Vikes fans. The o-line got marginally better, at best…

    ——-

    Marginally better than the 2nd and 3rd team players that were out there last season? Is this making you feel some-what uncomfortable?

    Who is really that concerned if Murray produces or not? He was a pre-draft insurance policy the Vikings ended up not needing. Cook should be in the running for OROY.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Jun 20, 2017 12:38 PM

    They would spend their time together more effectively if they went back to last season and looked at the number of times Sammy Sleeves checked down to a 5 yard route on a 3rd and 8 or a 7 yard curl on a 3rd and 10.

    It’s almost if Sammy was looking to pad his completion percentage at the expense of winning the game, something they failed to do 8 times in their last 11 games of 2017.

    But look at the bright side, it gave the Viking fans a stat to proclaim to the world what a great QB Sammy is. They would say, “Look, its a career high for Sammy last year, we’ll be just fine” without once considering the objective is to win the game.

  19. brobokil says: Jun 20, 2017 1:06 PM

    No QB cares about trheir pass completion stats more than their WIN STREAK. Go away with your stupidity.

  20. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:25 PM

    It’s almost if Sammy was looking to pad his completion percentage at the expense of winning the game

    >>>

    You cracked the code! Why didn’t anyone ever think of such a stupid reason before! It makes complete idiotic sense!

    Sammy Sleeves threw games just to get the all time nfl completion percentage for a season! It makes total moronic sense now!

  21. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 20, 2017 2:22 PM

    Sam was checking down on 3rd and 7 for fear of his life, not to set a record. Regardless of the reason, it has to stop if he wants a big contract for next year.

  22. stellarperformance says: Jun 20, 2017 2:29 PM

    I think Bradford did an excellent job last season, all things considered. He took a beating, stayed upright, Pro Bowl, etc. He did his part.

  23. Purple People Eaters says: Jun 20, 2017 2:33 PM

    It all starts with the offensive line. I was never a fan of the Sammy Sleeves trade – still think they gave up too much – but if the offensive line can make significant improvements and the WRs step up; I think their offensive can be effective enough to win.

    If the offensive line does not improve greatly – and I have my doubts – Sammy will be running for his life. Again.

  24. jbvikes says: Jun 20, 2017 5:03 PM

    Mykelane says: “Was there a boating trip involved?”
    Really? You took, how long to come up with that intellectually stellar comment? I think that thought is as old as my 12 year old kid!

    FRESHEN IT UP!!!

  25. igocommando says: Jun 20, 2017 5:06 PM

    I’m honestly shocked at some of the comments from packer fans. Knowing their quarterback preference for the company of men over women, one would think they would be more accepting of male bonding. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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