Teddy Bridgewater was “too excited” on Monday night

AP

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer called quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s performance in Monday night’s loss to the 49ers a “clunker” and said he was surprised to see the quarterback lacking the composure he’s come to expect.

Bridgewater didn’t disagree with his coach when he met with the media on Wednesday. Bridgewater said that he was “in a hurry” on Monday night and that he allowed himself to get too caught up in playing in the nationally televised capper to the first week of the NFL season.

“You have to be prepared to play in prime time,” Bridgewater said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I think I was too excited to play, and it showed. Put it in the past and learn from it. … I tell myself, ‘Hey, I can’t do the same thing that I did last week or we’re going to be sitting at home 0-2.'”

Bridgewater said he likes that the team will have a quick turnaround to face the Lions on Sunday in a game that both teams need to put in the win column. Only five of the 66 teams starting 0-2 since 2007 have rebounded to make it to the playoffs, which will leave one of the NFC North teams with steep odds to overcome after the end of Sunday’s game.

98 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater was “too excited” on Monday night

  1. While Bridgewater wasn’t at his best Monday night, he wasn’t even close to the biggest problem the Vikings had in that game.

    TB ran for his life most of the game because the 49er defense was manhandling the Viking OL. The running game was not effective, and the pass blocking was somewhere between awful and atrocious. Throw in the fact that the Viking defensive got hammered for more than 200 yards rushing, and the result of the game was to be expected.

    Yeah, Teddy looked bad on the first series, and the INT he threw in the fourth quarter was off target. But to place the blame for losing this game on TB is ridiculous. When your team’s OL and DL are getting beat on nearly every play, you can’t expect to win many games, regardless of who’s throwing, running, or catching the ball.

  2. I like that nobody is trying to fool themselves that it wasn’t a disaster all around. I believe Coach Zim and company will make the quick adjustment. That was Teddy’s 13th game in the NFL. He’s essentially still working his way through his rookie season. We all expect better, and it will get better quickly.

  3. It’s his first year, he has below average hand size, he wears gloves, he’s nervous, he’s on the Vikings.

    How many excuses can this guy come up with.

    Viking really dropped the ball picking up this kid, he’s just another bust. Their O Line is going to get wrecked by Detroit’s D, I can’t wait to see how nervous he is on Sunday!

  4. Good to see some honesty from Teddy. RG3 would never have made that admission.
    Seems like Teddy makes too big a deal of being in the spotlight on national TV. Pre-Draft he also screwed up when the cameras were on him for his college workout to display his talent.
    Teddy has talent but seems to underperform when in the spotlight. Hope he overcomes this.

  5. Frankly, while no one played well, I thought the greater concern was the offensive line (surprise, surprise, who could have seen that coming?) and a defensive line that many thought might be one of the best in the league this year. I was shocked at Bridgewater’s noodle arm Hail Mary throws at the end of the half. They all looked like they’d been coached down by Les Steckel. The next game will give us insight to who they (and Zimmer) really are.

  6. Wow that has to be one of the weakest excuses I’ve ever heard. How embarrassing.

    But then what would anyone expect from bottom feeders like the Vikings ?

  7. I was high on the Vikings all offseason and they made me look real dumb I had said 49ers would be better than most thought but I didn’t see that happening 3 points is poop. The stat that’s most alarming was the Vikings had 1/9 11 percent on 3rd down and 0/2 on 4th down that can’t happen

  8. Yep, that’s exactly what I saw. The Vikings definitely weren’t dominated by a team picked by many to finish last in the division. Just a little too excited. TB should start writing his HOF induction speech now.

  9. When your team is running a Hail Mary play at the end of the half, you expect your QB to 1) Be able to throw the ball down the field, and 2) Actually attempt to do so.

    Either this guy has the weakest arm in the NFL, or the Vikings are waaaaay to cautious.

    Possibly both.

  10. My issue as a Lions fan is I want to make fun of him for short, check down passes, but that was the Lions Achilles heel against the Chargers during their comeback.

    Either way I’ll be shocked if the Vikes come out with the W.

  11. I like Bridgewaters temperament, he had a bad game on MNF and he got a lot of the blame for the Vikings awful start. Some of it deserved, but there is also a lot that needs to improve or this will be a long season. I expect him and Peterson to have better games against Detroit this weekend, hopefully the defense can get on track as well. One game doesn’t define the season, despite what some may think.

  12. In retaliation for the Viking fan beating in San Francisco….there’s a group of 20 Vikings fans headed to San Fran for the next game. Which parking lot can we meet the fans that beat up our boy???

  13. They were way too amped up and it showed, by the time the settled in all momentum was lost. They’re a young team and hopefully they learn from their mistakes. I think they’ll rebound nicely this week against Detroit.

  14. Anyone who watched him last year knows that he has a noodle arm, which is especially noticeable when the pocket moves even slightly. His accuracy gets worse when he has to move his feet. After a full off season of film study D-coordinators figured this out and are now exploiting it.

    He has been way too overhyped in the off season simply for being slightly better than the garbage they trotted out there in the past at QB.

  15. This has got me with one eye opened and one eye closed. I guess he could’ve been affected by the limelight. The Viking schedule last year was nearly all locally broadcast noon games. The only noteworthy prime time game last year was the Packers on ESPN Thursday Night 10/2/14, but I think Ponder played.

    So, I’ll cut him some slack. But this is a test against the Lions……..don’t fool yourselves.

  16. I like Teddy and think he’s going to become a good QB, but Detroit is going to beat them up on Sunday. I think Minnesota has a bright future though.

  17. Realistic Vikings fan here. First, the Vikings are better than what was shown on MNF, no doubt about it. About half of the mistakes are correctable and should be fixed up by next weeks opponent. However, we have some serious issues with our line on both sides of the ball. Our offensive line was really poor in stunts and blitz pick up. They didn’t give Teddy much time to work out his progression and that showed. Our defensive line was the strength of our whole team coming into this season and we look sub-par at best. I know the opponents QB is dangerous with his legs but we couldn’t put any pressure on him or hurry him around. That was a big loss because the effects are a chain reaction when it comes to pressuring the QB. Our line backers and secondary are not able to hold man to man coverage long enough to stop a completion. The biggest worry is not the offensive’s production for the that game but the defensive’s poor performance is where our season lies. The Vikings identity is our defense and if we do not fix our errors we are heading down the path of a 6-10 or 7-9 season at best.

  18. At least Bridgewater didn’t call his fans Kindergarteners

    Although, if he had it would be appropriate for some of the trolls.

  19. I don’t get it. Kaepernick had a bigger “clunker” difference was he actually had a run game. Bridgewater was the offense for the Vikings, he was carrying it the entire game (granted not very far) but he was producing in spite of no running game.

    If Petersens stat line was swapped with Hydes Kaepernick would be on the hot seat. Kaps statline was horrible, yet blind sheep are raving about his mechanics. Essentially attempting to be a knockoff Alex Smith with better running ability.

  20. I saw one play in the 1st quarter where Peterson hit the hole like a bullet and then carried the entire defense on his back for 6 yards and a first down. And then they abandoned the run.

  21. Someone need to fix his throwing motion. He throws like he is throwing a paper airplane. He is strong and be able to get away with it. But in bad weather or windy days, the throwing motion will get him in trouble, especially when he is running and not squaring his shoulder.

  22. The truth is Bridgewater is very young. There was absolutely no film available on the new 49ers coaching staff. The 49ers had plenty of tape to study the Vikings. The Vikings and Bridgewater were at a big disadvantage. They also got a sure TD taken away when pass interference wasn’t called on a perfectly throw ball by Teddy into the endzone. The game would have been much closer. I look for a big rebound by Minnesota this week.

  23. Typical over-reaction (by mostly Packer fans, of course) to week 1 games. Teddy will be fine. It’s always tough playing a team with a new coaching staff, new schemes, different players, etc. There is simply no tape on them. I suspected the 49ers game wouldn’t be easy, despite all the hype on the Vikings.

    This week against Detroit will be a better indicator of where we’re at. The Vikings know Detroit, and vice-versa. I’m guessing it will be a close game and, hopefully, the Vikes can find a way to win it.

  24. The nice thing about Teddy is, he doesn’t make the same mistake twice. Remember when Ponder would always say that his mistakes were “easily correctable”? That actually appears to be true with Teddy.

  25. Teddy is still in his first season. Hasn’t played 16 games yet. I understand all the hate because bashing on the Vikings is easy. Week one is not the Super Bowl. Do you forget how the packers and patriots started last year? Let’s revisit the bustwater name around week 6.

  26. Offensive line is below average and do not open up holes for the run game as we saw all preseason and in the 49er game. Most of Petersons runs have been to the right side which is now gone. They also are not giving TBW time to throw. Kicking game (punting, FG) also below average. You cannot win in the NFL with a marginal O-line.

  27. People are so hard on young QB’s man. In the past, he’d still be holding a clipboard. Too many early round guys are being expected to be the savior too soon. It’s too much. Give him a break, Carr and Bortles too.

  28. YOU ARE NOT A ROOKIE AND THAT WAS NOT THE SUPERBOWL. DON’T START MAKING EXCUSES. THE GAME PLAN JUST DIDNT WORK BECAUSE YOUR TEAM COULD NOT RUN THE BALL.

  29. Watching the game, Im surprised Zimmer threw Bridgewater under the bus.

    Petersen was non-existent and the running game was abandoned (probably for good reason), for a game that was a lot closer than the score indicates. And at the end seemed the Defense was worn out or just lacking hustle. Again Bridgewater was the only one producing, probably sparing Petersen from getting his ego bruised? Don’t want another holdout?

  30. ” I tell myself, ‘Hey, I can’t do the same thing that I did last week or we’re going to be sitting at home 0-2.’ “

    Brilliant insight there, Einstein! 😀

  31. Is that right? Well look for him to be “too Excited” allot more this year compared to last year. It’s called a tougher schedule. He plays NFC West and AFC West with ferocious pass rushers of which he got a taste of Monday night. Good luck Teddy.

  32. The Great Brett Favre took 2.5 years (3.5 years in the league) to finally get his excitement under control. As long as the Vikings show long-term commitment and patience, everything will turn out fine. Onward to 2019!

    Oh, it’s not 1992-1994 anymore?

    Then you’ve got ten more games to get this under control or start looking at want ads for bouncers.

  33. Bridgewater ain’t the issue and he’ll be a good, likely not elite, QB. His arm isn’t like Cutler’s or Stafford’s, but it’s good enough, as demonstrated on the bomb to Wallace in the end zone that was right on point. Like most QBs, he’s got to set his feet when he throws or there will be accuracy issues. Let the cheesers reach intelligently for the low fruit with the tiny hands, bustwater and noodle arm cracks all they want — we got creamed and have to live with it.

    As bad as it was to watch, the sacks in the pass game weren’t even caused by the D-line being beat physically, they were primarily schematic in not picking up the gap blitzes. That bugs me more than anything, and is largely due to inexperience and unfamiliarity along the line — something that likely won’t improve soon.

  34. Long time Vikings fan and the Vikings as an organization have a history, back to 1969, of always crapping the bed when they have a national audience. It is endemic to Vikings and goes to the very soul, the marrow of this team. I was hoping Zimmerman would change that culture, that loser mentality, but apparently not. Unless the team learns to play on the national stage, it will always be the same old, same old — Winners know how to win and Vikings find a way to lose.

  35. “To excited”? How old is Teddy.. is he a juvenile? He’s a pro being paid very well and should perform accordingly.

  36. The 2014 Minnesota Vikings were 0-7 against teams with a .500 record or better.
    And they were a pitiful 1-5 against the NFC North.

    I spent the entire offseason trying to understand the media/experts upward opinion of this team and their quarterback.

    Monday night’s debacle was absolutely no surprise to me.
    In all seriousness, with their upcoming schedule, the Vikings just may have to wait till November to notch their 1st win.

  37. All this “Touchdown Teddy” talk and this is what he provides. Sorry vikings fans going to be another long year for ya. Touchdown Teddy is like the mythical Sasquatch.. More like “Touchdown Yeti”!

  38. packer fans never know when to shut up. i’ll enjoy laughing my ass off at your run defense vs seattle.

    teddy wasn’t completely to blame and it was only 1 game. expect a much better performance on sunday from the entire team.

  39. Everyone keeps calling Bridgewater various names, Bustwater, Bridgeunderwater, etc. Those that do are proving themselves to be absolute tools!

    Four other QB’s had similar stats their first full year of starting. Brady for example had a 71.2 QB rating compared to Bridgewater having an 85.2 in their first full year starting. Favre had 18 interceptions in 15 games compared to Bridgewater having 12int’s in 13 games. Rodgers had over 4K yards in 16 games compared to Bridgewater having 2.9K in 13 games. Manning had 575 attempts, Bridgewater had 404, once again in three less games.

    All in all, Bridgewater has comparable stats to who many would consider the top 4 QB’s in the modern era. Not bad company overall. One game will not define Bridgewater’s career just like one bad game did not define the others mentioned above.

    After Sunday when Seattle destroys Green Bay (again) and the Vikings beat the Lions, there will be two teams tied at 1-1 for the division lead!

  40. Not sure what Bridgewater had to do with:
    1) Missing the field goal early in the game.
    2) Being tackled by his OLineman
    3) Defense that could stop the run

    Having said that, let’s start keeping track of the excuses:
    1. Time difference (SF)
    2. Game would have been different if they call PI in the endzone. (SF)
    3. Teddy was too excited (SF)

  41. Contender for the NFC North? Teams that contend don’t lay eggs like that at any point in the season. Time to step up and perform on the field rather than in the media.

  42. On Monday night, the Vikings got beat and they got beat bad.

    In January the Packers choked and gave the game away after having a solid lead.

    As a fan, I would rather my team get beat outright than to choke and give the game away!

  43. These Bridgewater apologists are hilarious. Bridgewater is what he is. He is a game manager with no arm. Period, I don’t know why people think he is anything different.

    As evidenced on Monday night, anything over 5-10 yards was wildly inaccurate. Most, if not all of his completions were thrown under 5-10 yards.

    And to anyone who keeps defending his arm strength, look no further than when they were at the 50 right before halftime. Without anyone hanging on to him, he “launched” the pass and it fell around the 20 if I remember correctly. After a penalty gave him another chance, he went back to a short pass.

    Anyone thinking this guy is gonna be a Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Manning type of franchise QB who will sling it all over the field are insane. He is closer to Alex Smith with a bit more mobility. That’s all he ever will be.

  44. Ease up on Teddy packer trolls. Remember that Rodgers got to sit on the bench and learn from Favre for a couple of years before he got the starting job. And when he did get named the starter what did he do? He turned a 13-3 team the year before into a 6-10 team in his first year under center. It takes time for young QB to develop.

  45. “The same excuse Derek Carr used.”

    Check the tape, Derek Carr destroyed the niners last year with 3 TD’s with the leagues worst running game and ZERO talent at WR to help him..

    TB got all the hype last year because he played a WEAK schedule while Carr played one of the toughest schedules in league history. Now Teddy can see how it really is like to play top notch defenses week in and week out since he plays nearly the same divisions as Carr did last year. Except Teddy gets a break and only has to play Denver/KC/San Diego once where Carr played them twice.

  46. We are less than a week into the season and already the Bridgewater apologists have declared and all out state of emergency.

    I’m especially enjoying all the lame reused Ponder excuses.

    We tried to tell you. But you people just won’t listen.

  47. keeley2 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 1:36 PM

    Contender for the NFC North? Teams that contend don’t lay eggs like that at any point in the season. Time to step up and perform on the field rather than in the media.
    ______

    Last year, the Patriots lost to the Chiefs 41-14 and the Dolphins 33-20. The Packers lost to the Seahawks 36-16, the Saints 44-23, and the Lions 19-7.

    Any NFL team can have a terrible performance. This isn’t college football.

  48. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:37 PM

    Last year, the Patriots lost to the Chiefs 41-14 and the Dolphins 33-20. The Packers lost to the Seahawks 36-16, the Saints 44-23, and the Lions 19-7.

    Any NFL team can have a terrible performance. This isn’t college football.
    __________________________

    You’re right any team can have a bad night, but comparing the Vikings to teams that were in Conference Championships last year, with elite Championship coaches and QBs, with a team that played in one playoff game in the past 5 or 6 seasons. and there only season above .500 coming that year, is SILLY!

    The Vikings are better than they were 3 years ago. I don’t feel they are ready make the leap to the post-season. Lot of season left. Just as much as the Vikings are upset about the poor showing on MNF. The Lions are just as frustrated let a lead get away from the Chargers. One of those teams are going to start 0-2 and I don’t feel either of their fan bases expected it.

  49. purpleandgoldforever says:
    Sep 17, 2015 1:40 PM

    On Monday night, the Vikings got beat and they got beat bad.

    In January the Packers choked and gave the game away after having a solid lead.

    As a fan, I would rather my team get beat outright than to choke and give the game away!
    ________________________________

    Um, your team choked away the 1998 AND 2009 NFC Championship games in dramatic fashion.

  50. Williams pads are too bouncy. Balls thrown to him in the end zone bounce right off. Have fun with that.

  51. shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:14 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:37 PM

    Last year, the Patriots lost to the Chiefs 41-14 and the Dolphins 33-20. The Packers lost to the Seahawks 36-16, the Saints 44-23, and the Lions 19-7.

    Any NFL team can have a terrible performance. This isn’t college football.
    __________________________

    You’re right any team can have a bad night, but comparing the Vikings to teams that were in Conference Championships last year, with elite Championship coaches and QBs, with a team that played in one playoff game in the past 5 or 6 seasons. and there only season above .500 coming that year, is SILLY!

    The Vikings are better than they were 3 years ago. I don’t feel they are ready make the leap to the post-season. Lot of season left. Just as much as the Vikings are upset about the poor showing on MNF. The Lions are just as frustrated let a lead get away from the Chargers. One of those teams are going to start 0-2 and I don’t feel either of their fan bases expected it.

    How quickly you forget how Favre brought the Packers to the playoffs/Super Bowl after 20+ years of less than mediocre football!

    I also hope you are not counting McCarthy in that group of elite championship coaches. Yes, he won a super bowl, but he is nowhere elite. An elite coach doesn’t have power taken away/give it up, nor does an elite coach not realize a player is injured. McCarthy is good, but no where elite!

  52. mypercyhurts2 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 8:31 PM

    purpleandgoldforever says:
    Sep 17, 2015 1:40 PM

    On Monday night, the Vikings got beat and they got beat bad.

    In January the Packers choked and gave the game away after having a solid lead.

    As a fan, I would rather my team get beat outright than to choke and give the game away!
    ________________________________

    Um, your team choked away the 1998 AND 2009 NFC Championship games in dramatic fashion.
    ==============

    In ’98, you are right, the Vikings choked, actually one player choked, not the team as a whole. But ’09 was a totally different story. Might want to check your facts, especially as to what the NFL admitted afterward were ref mistakes. Vikings did not choke in that game, the refs gave that game to the Saints on a silver platter!

  53. I also hope you are not counting McCarthy in that group of elite championship coaches. Yes, he won a super bowl, but he is nowhere elite. An elite coach doesn’t have power taken away/give it up, nor does an elite coach not realize a player is injured. McCarthy is good, but no where elite!
    ___________________

    I was refering to the teams that were commented on “laying eggs”

    Name 5 coaches better than McCarthy… there aren’t any in the division… maybe one in the conference but other than that I disagree. I am not saying he couldn’t do better, there is always room for improvement. There are is only ONE coach I would take over him, but that guy has been known to cheat so I have question how truely good he is.

    PS. You guys got Favred in that Saints NFC title game, it wasn’t because of the Refs, it wasn’t because of envelopes stuffed with cash in the locker room. Favre made a POOR choice, and as a Packer fan trust me that wasn’t the only NFC Title game it happeened in. Be Careful what you wish for you just might get it.

  54. Teddy was too excited but what does excitement have to do with no velocity on the ball? You would think that excitement would cause him to throw the ball too hard. He must really have a weak arm but no matter how weak his arm is, its not as weak as the Viking’s trolls excuses.

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