Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he remains confident in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, despite a rough night in the opening loss against the 49ers.
“This is the first time I’ve really seen him like that,” Zimmer said of Bridgewater, via ESPN. “Usually he’s got so much composure but he did seem that way,” Zimmer said. “A couple times [he] didn’t pull the trigger when he had opportunities to, and even when it’s third down, he goes and slides and almost doesn’t get the first down instead of going headfirst and getting the first down. Things like that that are not typical of what he’s done and what we’ve done in practice as well.”
The Vikings’ home opener is Sunday against the Lions, and Zimmer believes Bridgewater will be better.
“I do not think that Teddy’s going to throw another clunker,” Zimmer said. “I’ve never seen that side of him. I think it’s probably just an enigma that this happened. But we’re going to have to find out with what we see.”
After an offseason in which the Vikings became a trendy playoff pick, a loss Sunday would drop them to 0-2. They can’t afford another clunker.