Teddy Bridgewater using video games to prepare for rookie season


Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is going to be playing a lot of Madden football before training camp, but it isn’t because he’s shirking his responsibilities as a first-round pick.

Bridgewater says that he’s imported the Vikings’ playbook into the popular video game so that he can take “virtual reps” against defense he’s expecting to see in games. Bridgewater did the same thing at Louisville and said that he’s found it is a helpful way to continue the mental preparation that

“It helps because you get one more rep than you had in practice, actual practice,” Bridgewater said, via ESPN.com. “Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile, it’s going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field.”

Bridgewater says the games are part of his attempt to maximize every opportunity he can get to immerse himself in the offense, which is an effort that the Vikings will surely appreciate if it helps Bridgewater get ready to help the team sooner rather than later.

And, if it does, it will serve as a good endorsement for the realism of the games even as the attempts of most Madden-players to claim deeper benefits from time spent in front of their screens fall on deaf ears.

131 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater using video games to prepare for rookie season

  1. Just another sign that these teams aren’t making use of modern technologies such as Virtual Reality to create a more lifelike computer-based simulation training tool.

    These players nowadays get education and experience based on 1980’s equipment and methodologies.

  2. Idk if Madden is the greatest simulator since, as any player of the game knows, they haven’t added a single new defensive play for the past 10 years because they are lazy. Anyways, I think this is at least a good way to learn the play names and playbook. It certainly will help some.

  3. This sounds like a terrible idea. And I bet I could destroy him in Madden too. Any year.

  4. Man, am I glad this guy bombed his pro day. Easily the best QB in the draft and the only first round QB talent. Mentally, this guy is 10 years ahead of any other QB even hopes to be. The steal of the draft.

  5. Video games? I heard he was using Chinese finger puzzles to try to make his hands bigger.

    Look how small those things are!

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Jun 27, 2014 12:27 PM

    accept real life defenses…don’t backpedal when you’re running towards them. That game has so many holes in it…it isn’t funny.

    Well, it’s funny if you’re one of the thousands of people who buy it every year for the roster update.

    Stopped buying that piece of crap years ago.

    2015 Maddens Big New Feature is the ability to choose your tie color in Owner mode.

  7. Over/under on sacks because he drops back and looks for the A-button on the football.

  8. madden has gotten better over time but its still as good as a brick for teaching how to be a good QB.

  9. It’s a bad idea because Teddy will effectively be putting himself in the offensive coordinator role. The only practice he gets is choosing which play in the playbook he wants to run at any given time. And if he’s like me he will always go for it on 4th down because the defense in Madden is SO predictable. If the game had updated playbooks for all teams on both defense and offense this might make sense, but since they don’t, it doesn’t (make sense).

    Also, I’m surprised Teddy can even hold a game controller with those tiny tiny hands of his. ;-P

  10. Bordner, Bridgewaters hands are just about the same size as Aaron rodgers’ hands. Cant wait until the Vikings can shut up all these haters on here. You are in for a big surprise.

    #Skol #BoldFuture

  11. Playing quarterback in the NFL is 90% mental. Bridgewater may not have the physical tools of John Elway or Jamarcus Russell, but he prepares himself well, he can read defenses, he can go through his progressions quickly, and he can find the right place to put the ball. He also has a quick release and is accurate. As a Viking fan, I’m conditioned to expect failure, but I’m having a hard time seeing how this guy isn’t going to be an above-average quarterback in the league.

  12. Putting the play book in there is genius. Not only can he play a game he likes, it is the plays he will be using on the field.

    Memory is everything. I can’t stand A Rod because he is a packer but he is one hell of a QB. He remembers a lot of things from defenses to how his receivers run routes. If you can remember all the little details of the offense, how is that a bad thing.

    Using modern technology is a very smart thing to do.

    Just like Rodgers doing yoga. Use whatever you can to do your job better.

    OK, back to the trolling everyone.

  13. Bridgewater says that he’s imported the Vikings’ playbook into the popular video game…….
    One problem, you cant import playbooks. There are a certain number of plays on the game and you cannot create new plays.

    You can re-arrange the already existing plays to create a “new” playbook – You can even download someone elses “new” playbook, but importing the actual Viking playbook is not possible.

  14. Two things… I’ve been doing the same thing since the video game came out, still not in the NFL.
    And he’ll be on the cover in two or three years from now…this was just a marketing ploy..

  15. The ESPN article brings up Drew Brees thoughts on this possibly being a useful tool. It’s also funny that if he just said this in a slightly different way people wouldn’t mock him. I think the “correct” way to say this is something like “I’m all about football right now. I study the playbook, I do mental reps, I’m doing whatever I can to learn my job. Heck, even when I’m relaxing and having fun I’m playing Madden using the Vikings offensive playbook so I’m still learning.”

  16. Good for him. That’s a good sign that he wants to improve and he’ll use any means to do so. Same as Rodgers and his yoga.

  17. I heard Aaron Rodgers plays a lot of the Sims to try and improve his personal life. I heard it’s not working and that Julius Peppers is really weirded out by it.


  18. That’s a great idea! Whoa! Watch out for this kid! Vikings should all use that coach Madden training method.

    And to think those silly Packers are relying on yoga!!


  19. Manziel with a hangover will be better than Bridgewater sober and all his character …

  20. A couple years ago, Denny Hamlin and Dale Jr used the NASCAR video games to help them get used to racetracks.
    Any extra confidence you can get in sports is a huge thing.

  21. ROFL so when he throws an INT he’ll say…Madden’s defense never did that to me!

    Gosh trying to learn on a game that hasn’t advanced since since Harry Potter was just a book…not good.

  22. marvsleezy says, “…but importing the actual Viking playbook is not possible.”

    You can if the actual Viking playbook is comprised of plays already found in Madden.


  23. “Why are you always under throwing and over throwing your receivers?”

    “Well, in Madden they run the pattern the same way all the time and the guys are actually 83 speed in real life and in Madden they are 90.”

  24. Hate to admit it, but I really like this kid’s chances. Vikes have suffered at QB position long enough, and m’Pacaks have certainly taken advantage. Only a matter of time before they figured it out. Good luck to the kid.

  25. While Manziel is using every opportunity to benefit from his past, Bridgewater is using every opportunity to build on his future.

  26. This kid is a 2nd day draft pick if the Vikes don’t panic & move up to take him.

  27. I love the dedication. Whether it’s playing Madden or not, if this guy was your QB you’d be happy that he’s all about football all the time.

    In terms of the desire to be great, could you ask for anything more? Whether you like the Vikings or not, you have to respect a guy who eat, breathes and sleeps football like this.

  28. He should be playing Mario Kart 8. The Madden games suck.

    Damn you EA. Why is it that you can make a good FIFA, but not a good Madden?

  29. This actually makes a lot of sense to me, I’ve been doing something similar. I’m using Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag to prepare myself for becoming a pirate.

  30. Bordner, Bridgewaters hands are just about the same size as Aaron rodgers’ hands

    One troll makes something up and the rest of the Lemmings follow along or change your username. Rodgers hands are over an inch bigger try looking it up!

    As far as him playing Madden this is the first direction from the brilliant coaching staff. Bwahahahah! I wonder he has to get a slimmed down version of the controller so he can hang on to it. I like the comparisons to Manziel however to justify the idiotic game playing to learn the NFL. You know who else was a big partier in his younger years and turned out pretty good? Breet Favre I believe you heard of him.

    Whats he doing in that picture the chicken dance?

  31. That might work, ever so slightly, if he imported the playbook into NFL2k5, which is an actual football sim.

    Madden is an arcade game. May as well try to learn the triangle offense by playing NBA Jam. “He’s heating up!”

  32. Adrian Peterson is on the practice field thinking “Damn, I could be even better if I sat on my ass and played video games??”

    Highly Doubtful.. and now he is highly annoyed that this is his QB.

  33. This quarterback debate between Bridgewater and Manziel will be entertaining. I’ll take a quarterback who just wins, I don’t care what he does off the field as long as it’s legal. Too many of you are not old enough to remember Stabler, Namath, or Layne, who had a good time off the field and just turned it on gameday.

  34. The Packers time is just about up. Rodgers is breaking down and McChubby showed what kind of coach he was without him.

  35. clownsfan says:
    Jun 27, 2014 1:30 PM

    This kid is a 2nd day draft pick if the Vikes don’t panic & move up to take him.

    Where you go in the draft has little to do with how good you’ll be:
    See – Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, Matt Leinart, etc. That being said the way the money and contracts are these days it was smart by management to get a 5th yr option by trading up into the 1st round for him. BTW, if you put stock into his draft spot he was being projected as the #1 pick less than a year ago, league wide.

  36. OMG … I’m unbeatable on Madden maybe I should try out for the Vikings.

  37. Everything looks good for Teddy. Work ethic & study habits, check. Accurate and live arm, check. Track record of success in college (particular in big games), check. Good leadership and intangibles, check. Experience in pro style offense, check. What’s the concern again? Small hands, gloves, shaky pro day, not 6’5″ and 230lbs? If I’m an NFL front office, and every QB prospect is a gamble, I’m taking that one.

    Manziel, though…played in a 1-read-then-run shotgun spread system in college, and getting his first playbook of his football carer with the Browns? You can stop right there. No thanks, not worth the risk. Even if he’s blessed with Mike Vick’s body (and he isn’t), in a Win-Now league, I’m not willing to invest the 3 seasons this guy will need to learn how to run an offense in the Big Boy leagues.

  38. You know the queens are bad when we hear for the 5th straight year that the Packers are on the decline or having to use another team to say the Packers cant beat someone instead of being able to say it about the queens. Better yet lets call the coach fat, fabricate things, or just throw out childish insults. Man I am glad I get to root for a 13x World Champion!

  39. Kelly’s Chronicles says:
    Jun 27, 2014 12:21 PM
    Even on Madden the Vikings can’t win.

    Dude, you must not have any Madden skills…..

  40. ariani1985
    Trust me teddy, green bays defense is worse in person!

    Just think how hard it’s going to be for him to go from practicing against a defense that was worse than Green Bay’s every season the last 5 years to real NFL opponents including Green Bay.

    You queenie’s never cease to amaze me. Ripping on a defense and forgetting that the Vikings gave up more points/game every single year over the last 5 than the Packers. That’s why most people find Vikings fans to be a joke.

  41. starfan79 says:
    Jun 27, 2014 1:20 PM
    Bridgewater is a carbon copy of Vince Young

    Please explain this to me. What about their build, game, sensibilities, tools, even social stature comes close to resembling the other? Please.

  42. You know the queens are bad when we hear for the 5th straight year that the Packers are on the decline or having to use another team to say the Packers cant beat someone instead of being able to say it about the queens. Better yet lets call the coach fat, fabricate things, or just throw out childish insults. Man I am glad I get to root for a 13x World Champion!


  43. And Viking fans make fun of Rodgers for doing yoga? Bridgewater plays video games so he can win at something. I’m sure he will be a great video game QB

  44. Just wait until he goes through his education on how to deal with the media and answer questions.

    “I’m into this team and preparing myself both physically and mentally for my first year, trying to do everything I can to help my team, anyway I can. Even when I’m not studying the playbook with coach (Norv) Turner, I’m working out with Matt (Cassell), picking his brain on different aspects on being an NFL level quarterback. I’m blessed to be around guys in the qb room that have been in the league awhile and have had success at the highest level. I’m like that little brother, always asking questions. I’ll try anything to make myself better and help my team. I even use Madden to take reps mentally. I have to say though, AP is bigger and faster in person.”

    Its easy. Even a 35 year old armchair GM from Iowa like myself can spin it.

  45. Go get em Teddy! So excited to hear this news. EA Sports vs practice? MVP! laughing so hard right now. We play you twice a year sweet.

  46. It’s a game. Big deal. The least it could do is get you familiar with how your team will line-up on any given play and what kind of motions they might take. I rather learn a play-book with practice and a game simulation, rather than a play-book with a bunch of X’s and O’s with lines attached. It’s actually cool that you can import a playbook into a game.

  47. ariani1985 says: Jun 27, 2014 12:59 PM

    While teddy is working out our little sisters to the east are skipping practice for yoga and fooseball

    To Vikings fans, playing Madden = “working out.” That explains their physiques.

  48. Please tell me there’s no trades in Madden. As a Hawk fan that’s one ex Viking I don’t want.

  49. Lmao this is too easy…

    I’m not even going to comment on it because even viking fans had to roll their eyes when they read the title of this story.

  50. All the rapture Heidi fans are directing toward Bridgewater… I can remember a few years back when they were singing similar praises to a QB drafted even higher. Guy named Donder or something like that.

  51. Packers finished atop the 11 team league in 1930. Finishing 10th, the immortal Minneapolis Redwings.
    History may not repeat, but it rhymes.

  52. If this is the measurement, I could be NFL MVP! I can read defenses on Madden like a boss!

    – every Madden player ever….

  53. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jun 27, 2014 12:45 PM
    Playing quarterback in the NFL is 90% mental. Bridgewater may not have the physical tools of John Elway or Jamarcus Russell, but he prepares himself well, he can read defenses, he can go through his progressions quickly, and he can find the right place to put the ball. He also has a quick release and is accurate.
    Almost exactly what was said about Ponder before his first training camp . How has that worked out?

  54. You know the queens are bad when we hear for the 5th straight year that the Packers are on the decline

    2010 – Super Bowl
    2011 – 15-1, blown out in first round
    2012 – 11-5, beat Joe Webb, blown out in next round
    2013 – 8-7-1, lost in first round

    Only a Packer fan can look at that and say they are a team on the rise.

  55. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 27, 2014 6:13 PM

    If you can’t tell the difference between Ponder and Bridgewater, I can’t help you.

    Excellent point. If you could actually provide us with some NFL footage of Tiny Hands Teddy, that would allow us to make a fair comparison. We’ll be waiting.

  56. How many teams have great records missing their starting QB for half the season? It’s pretty simple. One thing we know for sure is that the Vikings have nowhere to go but up because they’ve sucked for so long. Funny that you fail to mention the 10-6 record the year they won the SB.

  57. Aaron Rodger’s hand size: 9 3/8″
    Teddy Bridgewater’s hand size: 9 1/4″

    Since Green Bay fans seem to think there is a 1″ difference, I guess that explains why Green Bay isn’t the manufacturing leader of the United States.

  58. Rodgers hand size is 10-1/8″. But if you think it doesn’t make any difference, I guess we’ll see.

  59. Playing with a child’s toy!!

    Perhaps playing with Barbies will improve his fashion sense.

    Crayolas and Play-doh will make him an artist.

    Legos will make him a general contractor.

    Easy Bake Oven will make him a chef.

    Oh the delusional world of a viking follower!!

    Only the best of the best sportswriters across the nation are selected to go to the Twin Cities and have the opportunity to cover the greatest teams in history, in the best possible market in the universe, like the
    vikings, as well as curling, cross country skiing, and ice fishing.

    The swamp brush is thick and the snow jobs heavy and the truth is frozen somewhere and might be accessible in the future when it thaws.

  60. At least the young man is at home enjoying himself… I mean.. working on his craft! There’s zero chance of him getting a DWI or in a fight in a Vegas nightclub in the comforts of his own living room. Do your thing Teddy and rep the 305.. even with your pre-teen size hands (j/k about the hands).

  61. I could rip on him since he’s a viking…

    But I’ll rip on his cause he thinks “Madden” is a simulator…

    Oh hell nah, go dust off your PS2 and play 2k5!

  62. I’m not going to make fun of Bridgewater for trying to get as good as he can, but the Vikings fans thinking they are superior to Green Bay are amusing.

  63. Gotta love this kids work ethic. He moved to Mpls the day after the draft. He lives at the training facility and even had them port Turners complex playbook into Madden to help him learn while relaxing. I just bought 4 tickets to the Vikings first preseason game in TCF stadium against the Raiders. Can’t wait to see this new offense and defense. Go Vikes!

  64. “A lot of people ask me what do I do on a video game – I call it taking virtual reps. Each day, I’m trying to get better, trying to out-work my opponent, trying to out-smart my opponent and just try to be the best quarterback that I can be.” said Teddy Bridgewater, former Louisville star who prides himself on his 71% completion rate last season.

    “I want to wake up with a week and not have my name going through something, and I’m working on getting better at that. But if I want to go back home and spend time with my friends or go out and enjoy my weekends, I absolutely have the right to do that.” said Johnny Manziel, former Texas A&M star who prides himself on his ability to swim with a plastic swan while drunk.

    So… which QB would you rather have on your team?

  65. So… which QB would you rather have on your team?

    I’d rather have Scott Tolzien. He had a 72.9% completion percentage his last year in college.

  66. Probably not the greatest tool out there but when he is done studying the real playbook it can’t hurt to be able to relax and still be able to think about football. I give him credit for his creativity. Hopefully he will be the long-term franchise qb every Vikings fan is hoping for.

  67. Wow….people are stupid. Who cares if he is playing a video game? At least he is thinking about football. What you want is a QB that lives and breathes football. Nobody knows if he will be good in the NFL. Only time will tell, but his work ethic is defiantly a sign in the right direction.

    Packers fans need to shut up. Yes, you are a better team than the Vikings currently. Only an idiot doesn’t see that. This is coming from a Vikings fan. You have your franchise QB and we don’t. but can anyone remember how bad the Packers were before they were spoiled with back to back hall of fame QBs (Favre and Rodgers). They were one of the worse teams in the 70’s and 80’s. Few teams are lucky to have consistent QB play from two QB’s in two generations. All it takes is hitting on the next Franchise QB and the Vikes are right back in it. I’m not saying Bridgewater is it, but with his attitude you have to like his chances. The last QB I saw who lived and breathed football like this won the Super Bowl last year. (Russel Wilson) Nothing is set in stone. Also – what is with all the small hand comments? Who cares if he wears gloves? Who cares what any players use as long as they work hard and try to be successful.

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