Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater “a work in progress”

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It’s just a few starts into his NFL career, but Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater already reminds offensive coordinator Norv Turner of one of the most accomplished quarterbacks he’s every coached.

Unfortunately for Bridgewater, he reminded Turner of Troy Aikman on an interception. Turner said that Bridgewater’s second interception against Buffalo last week reminded him of one Aikman threw to Cris Dishman of the Oilers during his rookie season with the Cowboys. The story helped underscore Turner’s point that Bridgewater is “a work in progress” that will do things that make you smile and make you scream over the course of a game.

One thing that Turner has liked is the way that Bridgewater dealt with the Buffalo pass rush.

“He’s had a lot of pressure, and I think he’s been unbelievable,” Turner said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I get nervous in terms of the hits outside the pocket. Those are the ones where you get thrown to the ground and banged around pretty good. He’s got good sense in the pocket. He’s getting better at getting the ball out, and he threw the ball away a couple of times on Sunday when there was nowhere to throw it; whereas against Detroit on those plays, he took sacks.”

Given the play of the Vikings line this season, that’s a good skill for Bridgewater to have. The Vikings will have to hope that buys him enough time to work on a few of the other ones he’ll need to succeed in the NFL.

57 responses to “Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater “a work in progress”

  1. That whole “making reads” thing is always the hardest thing for a rookie.

    He should be fine in a few years.

    However…

    The rest of the team needs to be upgraded for him to have a chance.

    I’m not trolling, that’s my honest opinion.

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  2. Take a RB like Adrian Peterson out of any teams lineup. And the QB will be “a work in progress”. Put him back in there right now with Teddy And watch how fast he develops.

  3. He looked like an pro bowl QB against Atlanta when he didn’t get touched. The past games he’s had constant pressure in his face. I think as he matures and the OL gets its act together he’ll be more like the QB we saw against Atlanta.

  4. work in progress translation —->Teddy is not as good as we thought he was. another draft Bust. anther wasted season, maybe the Vikings should move to L A .

  5. Only time will tell with Teddy — no reason to get either too bummed, just like there was no reason to get too excited over the Atlanta game. Like Tokyo, the concern should be with other spots, such as the O-line.

  6. bigbamboom1 says:
    Oct 23, 2014 3:13 PM

    Take a RB like Adrian Peterson out of any teams lineup. And the QB will be “a work in progress”.
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    Christian Ponder proved that theory wrong.

  7. Don’t forget he was supposed to sit behind Cassell and have AP as a running back. This is a worst case situation for his development. Rookie quarterbacks are easy to break and hard to fix when placed in these situations. Same thing happened to Ponder and look how that turned out.

    I hope he can get through this and grow, not regress in the process.

  8. As a Viking fan, I’m not worried about Bridgewater. The offensive line is in shambles, due to both injuries and ineffectiveness. Unfortunately, the front office is in denial about how lousy the middle of the OL is, and Matt Kalil’s future is looking bleaker by the week.

    If the Vikings want Bridgewater to play better, they need to do a better job of protecting him.

  9. Also, and possibly more importantly, what has happened to Norv? The Rams game in week 1 was quite possibly the most impressive game plan and play calling I’ve seen since the new millennium. Since then, it’s been nothing but duds and reminiscent of Bill Musgrave and Brad Childress.

  10. Locker is the only Rookie QB that has looked halfway decent in his first year, Cam Newton looked OK.
    Teddy is going to be a Phenomenal Quarterback in this League.
    When the Vikings are Home in the SuperBowl
    you haters will be wishing your team picked him!
    Minnesota needs to decide if they want to keep these players that seem to get hurt year after year! had Chad Greenway will be gone next year. Barr will
    be Defensive Captain. Vikings need Offensive linemen, Speed at Wide Receiver, and another Linebacker.
    McKinnin will be the starting RB, Peterson will never play for Minnesota again.

  11. Aikman was 1-11 in his rookie season, Rodgers was 6-10 in his first year as a starter. Bridgewater so far is 1-3, which at this time puts him in between the two.

    I’ll take that any day!!

  12. Peyton Manning threw for 28 INTs against 26 TDs his first season. He turned out OK. Rookie QBs take a year to adjust to the speed of the game, especially if their O-line is shaky. This is a rebuilding year. Teddy will be fine. Cheeseheads forget their savior sat behind Fav-ruh for a few years.

  13. He’s done as well as expected with that offensive line. They need better blocking and better route running, give Teddy time. Literally.

    He should be able to do some things the next two weeks with the defenses of Tampa Bay and Washington on the schedule.

    On the plus side, he’s held his ground and never once looked shook like Joey Harrington or Christian Ponder.

    Just give Teddy time. Literally.

    I like that Anthony Barr kid though, dude needs time as well and could be a pro bowler.

  14. Teddy is leading the offense to 183.9 passing yards a game, good for dead last in the NFL.

  15. Speed at WR doesn’t mean squat!

    Do you remember Troy Williamson, Percy Harvin, Patterson is headed down the same path if he doesn’t improve?

    He has a game high of 61 Rec yards, this year,

    Greg Jennings has fallen off the map and has proven that Aaron Rodgers makes good WRs great.

  16. This is precisely the point I’ve been making all along. Let’s see how the guy does over a half a season, a full season when he has to deliver a win in the 4th Qtr or the Vikings need 2 TD’s over the final 10 minutes.

    Right now, he engineered a victory over a poor Atlanta team and nothing else. The way the Viking fans carried on last spring after the draft, you would think the Vikings would be undefeated just because Teddy slipped on a purple uniform.

    That said, the Viking’s have very little talent on offense and that will slow him down. But the good news on the horizon is that the Vikings will probably be picking in the top 5 so there should be some talent to draft, as long as they avoid the next Troy Williamson.

  17. mnfaninil
    Oct 23, 2014 3:13 PM
    He looked like an pro bowl QB against Atlanta when he didn’t get touched. The past games he’s had constant pressure in his face.
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    Every single QB who has time to read the defense looks great … here’s the problem. This is the NFL you do not have all the time in the world … the great QBs can read the defense before the snap.

  18. It’s not intelligent to declare someone a bust after three starts. He rocked in Atlanta, and than he faced two of the best defenses in the LEAUGE! That’s tough for a Rookie, or any QB for that matter. And he didn’t do that badly against Buffalo. Yes he through two interceptions, but than he was able to shake it off, and drive down the field for his first touchdown pass. That is something we never saw from Ponder, who I declared a bust after last season. If he does poor against Tampa Bay next weekend, than I might start questioning him more, but geaz people. The word Bust is thrown around way too loosely now a days. He can’t be declared a success or a bust at this point. Manning threw several interceptions his rookie year, and was he a bust? It’s never ideal to roll with a Rookie due to injury. It’s only ideal to roll with a rookie if they outright win the job in training camp.

  19. I remember when the Vikings started re-building. A new stadium, a first round quarterback by the name of Kramer and in a few years they were going back to the Super Bowl. It’s been over 30 years now and it’s time to stop with the “work in progress” BS and time to win some football games.

  20. Great photograph of the gloves.

    He has a real chance to develop and grow as a viking QB. Christian Ponder, Tarvaris Jackson, John David Booty, Joe Webb, Chad May, Gino Torretta, and Brent Pease all had the same chance.

    One thing the vikings are sure known for is drafting and developing their own QB’s.
    Just look at their history. Look at Duante Culpepper and Tommy Kramer!!

    The 3rd QB drafted in his class sure has all the odds lined up for him and history is on his side.

  21. Hopefully the first round flop flu doesn’t blow in from our little sisters from the east! Hey packers, there is a second round of the playoffs!

  22. I mean really, man, come on now, what does Norv know?!

    Thepftpoet here has been telling us from day one that far from a work in progress, the kid is the Mona Lis and Venus de Milo all wrapped into one.

    Who ya gonna believe!?

  23. Look up the 1st 3 starts for many of the HOF qbs…..Teddy is right in there with them. This position takes time…

    Speaking of TIME, that is all Teddy needs. The Atlanta game proved that. Get him some protection and he will carve up secondaries….

  24. People who say Bridgewater will be a great QB, and people who say Bridgewater will be a bust, don’t have a clue.

    Based on what I have seen to date, I am not impressed with either the coaching and the talent. I am a diehard loyal vikings fan of 40 years.

    It will take two years to make a credible judgement on TB.

  25. He doesn’t appear to be anything special, but neither did Rodgers. With the exception of 5-6 QB’s in the league, they’re all a work in progress. He could turn out to be another Tarvaris or Christian. Time will tell. One thing for certain, the Packers have nothing to fear in Minnesota for at least two years or more.

  26. ariani1985 says:
    Oct 23, 2014 4:42 PM

    Hopefully the first round flop flu doesn’t blow in from our little sisters from the east! Hey packers, there is a second round of the playoffs!
    _______________

    There is a 2nd round in the NFL draft too, and if the GM of your favorite team new how to use it you might see Playoffs of either sort.

  27. Pervy delusional again saying he is right in there with 3 hall players. Bustwater has played terrible to the tune of worst rated qb. BUST!

  28. What’s Turner going to say anyway? Not only did he fleece the queens into thinking he is some type of qb guru by giving him his 10th job after being fired once again he also has the experience to buy himself some more time in that he is working with him. By the looks of that team aren’t they all a work in progress like they have been for 50 plus years?

  29. pervyspankspackfans says:
    Oct 23, 2014 5:50 PM

    Look up the 1st 3 starts for many of the HOF qbs…..Teddy is right in there with them. This position takes time…

    Speaking of TIME, that is all Teddy needs. The Atlanta game proved that. Get him some protection and he will carve up secondaries….
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    And while you’re at it, look up the first 3 starts of bad and average quarterbacks. He fits right in there as well.

  30. Paul M. says:
    Oct 23, 2014 4:23 PM

    I remember when the Vikings started re-building. A new stadium, a first round quarterback by the name of Kramer and in a few years they were going back to the Super Bowl. It’s been over 30 years now and it’s time to stop with the “work in progress” BS and time to win some football games.
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    The Vikings last Super Bowl season was ’76. Kramer was drafted in ’77 and didn’t start until ’79.

    He really wasn’t that good, only throwing one more TD in his career than he had interceptions. His teams only made the playoffs 4 times in his career and he was awful.

    His record was 2-3, he threw 3 TD’s and 7 INT’s, and his rating was just over 56. I didn’t realize he was that bad.

  31. ajzinnecker says: Oct 23, 2014 4:20 PM

    It’s not intelligent to declare someone a bust after three starts.
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    You do realize that its the GB fans/trolls that are calling Bridgewater a bust. Intelligence isn’t their strong suit ya know…..

  32. As opposed to all you geniuses that promised us of that noodle-armed Ponder chicks sure fire greatness?

    One of the problems with degenerate Viking fans is that they don’t really understand football.

  33. ariani1985 says:
    Oct 23, 2014 4:42 PM
    Hopefully the first round flop flu doesn’t blow in from our little sisters from the east! Hey packers, there is a second round of the playoffs!
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    Of course the Packers know there is a second round in the NFL playoffs. The Packers have made the post season five years in a row. Only twice did they not reach the second round and they also won a SuperBowl.

    The surprising “hey” factor is you knowing the second round exists at all. You must’ve read about it, because you’ve never enjoyed it…..we know that for certain.

  34. Rodgers not good enough to get off the bench? What a stupid thing to say. Who was he following? Do you remember? The Packers aren’t a desperate team like the Vikings. The Packers can cultivate talent. Desperate teams take desperate measures. Bridgewater isn’t light years ahead of Tolzien much less Rodgers. Whew.

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