Bridgewater’s failure to make big plays a concern in Minnesota

AP

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown just three touchdown passes in Minnesota’s last six games, and that’s a growing concern for those who watch Bridgewater closely.

Bridgewater’s nine touchdown passes this year are by far the fewest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game, and his six completions of 40 or more yards are tied for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game. (A lot of quarterbacks who haven’t started every game are ahead of Bridgewater in both statistical categories, too.)

Accuracy on downfield throws has been an issue for Bridgewater, who doesn’t have a strong arm and struggles to find receivers deep. On ESPN’s NFL Matchup this week, Merril Hoge showed tape of Bridgewater missing an open Mike Wallace for what should have been a touchdown pass, and Hoge noted that it was a play that had been designed perfectly for Wallace to get open downfield — it just wasn’t executed properly by Bridgewater.

“It’s Mike Wallace that you create a one-on-one matchup for. Your fastest guy over there. You get speed, you get one-on-one, he’s wide open, and it’s not even close,” Hoge said of Bridgewater’s pass.

The Vikings are having a good season and heading toward the playoffs, but Bridgewater needs to get better if they’re going to win in January.

188 responses to “Bridgewater’s failure to make big plays a concern in Minnesota

  1. The Vikes have had a much better season than I would have thought. Constantly changing QBs isn’t the answer to winning. You draft a QB and build a team around him if you want to win. There’s a reason guys like Brady aren’t just waiting in the wings to take over. And there’s a reason teams like Cleveland continue to fail to build a winner

  2. Minnesota sucks from top to child beating bottom. Here come the excuses from the Minnesota fans…

  3. A story about a non-issue

    Bridgewater has actually overthrow mike Wallace who is wide open. Weak arm?

    Nice click bait

  4. As a Packer fan I believe that NO one should take the Vikes lightly. They are playing hard and look better than they have in a LONG time.

    However, while I like Bridgewater as he works and plays hard, he just doesn’t have that “damn good” QB feel.

    You can win without an elite QB in the NFL but you sure need a damn good one.

  5. Has a weird throwing motion. He flips it out there. Doesn’t use the whole body to drill it in like the classic pocket QB’s. His motion is all arm.

  6. I unlike alot of people wasn’t ready to crown him or Carr after their rookie season, but at this point it’s looking like Carr is a legitimate long term answer and Bridgewater might just be an above average backup. He can’t be elite because he doesn’t have the physical tools and I don’t care what anyone says, if you can’t grip and throw a football WITHOUT gloves, I’m leery of that! What if the NFL forces players to wear less tacky gloves? He’s screwed!

  7. Teddy Football has three potential cold-weather games left. It’d be interesting to see if that’s a factor, too. But hell, with AP lined up behind you, I think lots of quarterbacks wouldn’t feel they have to recreate Air Coryell every week.

  8. As a HUGE Vikings fan I am also concerned about our great quarterback not making big plays. That’s obvious since he hasn’t made one in almost 2 years now. But my bigger concern are the refs. Why are they always against us? It’s the single reason why we are 1-10-1 against the Packers the last 5 years. Smh.

  9. AsaVikings fan I’m not ready to throw in the towel, but it would be wise to use a mid round draft pick to draft a QB,just in case. Hey the Pats are always prepared,which is why they win consistently,! Let’s give Teddy a year or two, but be prepared!

  10. “Now that we have Bridgewater, we can finally open up the playbook… that means screen passes, 5 yard slants, quick dump offs, and of course… handing the ball off to AP. Super Bowl.”

  11. As a Vikes fan, I would love to say that this article is bogus, but in fact it is not. Bridgewater is a nice short to mid range thrower, but to date has shown very little ability to hit on a long pass. Not sure if it’s his timing or if his “dropped elbow” mechanics contributes to inaccuracy down the field. Hope it’s fixable, whatever the reason.

  12. Teddy has never had stats worth noting, but has always been given a pass because the Vikings defense is so improved. When the defense took a few hits, it was on Teddy to produce and he could not. The Vikings simply need to decide if they can live with a game manager at QB, or if they want to try wasting another first round draft pick. Not good options. Or…. they could try to trade for one of those backup QBs that are performing better than Teddy. A little competition might fire him up.

  13. AP has a lot to do with his regression I think. The qb has to get in a rhythm early, especially a young one, and it’s not happening because of Norv’s run, run, pass scheme.

  14. He hasn’t learned to trust himself on the deep ball. In his mind since he can’t see the WR open he doesn’t throw or he throws it too far. Until he can trust and imagine the WR getting that separation he will be very poor at the deep ball. As soon as he starts trusting himself and the WR to make a play/gain separation, and hits on a few attempts he will never progress.

  15. Seriously though, I noticed Bridgewater miss Wallace more than once this season downfield, the thing is, they were usually overthrows. Not sure why MDS failed to mention that TB hasn’t had adequate protection all year, or make any mention of who has the “concern” in Minnesota. It isn’t the coaches, they love TB, it isn’t the fans, whenever he gets even a little protection, he makes plays. Norv sticking with seven step drops most of the season was moronic when the line can’t protect long enough for those plays to develop. I’m not concerned with TB as a QB, I’m concerned that the team seems to have no red zone plays that consistently work. When Norv scrapped the seven step drops and gave TB some plays with shorter drops against AZ, he threw for 335 yards to 11 different recievers against a Cardinals secondary that’s supposed to be pretty good.

  16. Dec 19, 2015 11:15 AM – hbudgess says: … it would be wise to use a mid round draft pick to draft a QB, just in case. Hey the Pats are always prepared,which is why they win consistently….

    Silliest statement ever about the Pats success. Belichick has had exactly one quarterback ever, and he was drafted in the sixth round. Unless, of course, you want to count the great Matt Cassell, a seventh rounder. What team doesn’t take a QB somewhere in the draft from time to time?

  17. Teddy seems like the classic coach killer. He looks just good enough that you have to keep him out there and hope he can turn the corner which in this instance is being accurate on passes over 10 yards.

    Also the fact that he hasn’t improved at all this year with Peterson in the backfield is disappointing.

    From NFL.com:
    2014: 85.2 RTG
    2015: 85.3 RTG

  18. Vikings fans hate to say it…but…

    1. bridgewater is startin to look like tarvaris Jackson, and
    2. bridgewater ultimately may not be much of an upgrade from ponder-cassell, and
    3. everyone who passed on Derek carr, who oak grabbed in 2nd rd, is kickin themselves including minn

  19. This post states that Minnesota is concerned about Teddy’s inability to make big plays and then states absolutely nothing coming from anyone in Minnesota. It sounds like Merril Hoge is concerned about Teddy and I make it a point to never listen to Merril Hoge. Teddy will be fine when he has more reliable receiving threats because outside of Diggs there is not a lot to be excited about. He’s not ever going to be a top tier QB but he’ll be a solid QB in the league for many years.

  20. Derek Carr numbers identical to Rodgers while Teddy numbers reflect below avg QB being forced to start.

  21. As an unbiased Jag Fan, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Teddy and the Vikes are winning, the only stat that truly matters.

    They also have a pretty good cold weather plan, run the wheels off AP.

  22. Haven’t seen him play a lot, but was surprised how quickly he lost his poise in the Seahawk game. Even when playing a very good football team perfect execution usually scores. Never saw him trying to be better, just saw him frustrated by the mistakes.

  23. The Vikings have done well in their recent drafts on the defensive side, but Bridgewater was a mistake. The Vikings will be alright if they move in a different direction. If they stick with Teddy and start the finger-pointing process, a good organization could be broken up. I hope the owner realizes that.

  24. But my bigger concern are the refs. Why are they always against us? It’s the single reason why we are 1-10-1 against the Packers the last 5 years. Smh.
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    SKOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    This is a classic example of the loser’s lament that Minny fans are known for. Blaming the refs for your 1-11 record. smh

    Pathetic and sad.

  25. His 9 Passing TDs through 13 weeks is very concerning. He’s bottom 5 in Passing TDs. When you are surrounded by busts and broken down old men like Matt Hasselbeck, you are in trouble.

    Mariota and Winston are closing in on Teddy’s career numbers in 13 fewer games. That says it all. Teddy’s just too reliant on the checkdown. When he throws deep he might as well be throwing to the fans since he is so inaccurate. I’m beginning to believe the pro day was the real Teddy.

    I rather have a QB make mistakes because maybe you can correct them. A QB who is too scared to make a mistake is a whole different issue. He doesn’t even try to throw receivers open. If a receiver is somewhat covered, its a 2 yard checkdown on third and long. The two minute offense is nothing but checkdowns. When we get down by two scores, the game is essentially over. We have Norv calling play action passes down 28 points and then they still checkdown to the runningback who the defense is following on the play.

    I watch him week in and week out. At first I thought it was the line. The line is part of the problem but the main problem is Teddy and Norv. Norv either doesn’t trust Teddy or Norv is just cashing checks at this point. I don’t believe the offensive coordinator is telling to check down on 75% of the plays just so Teddy gets his completion percentage up to that 70% they supposedly want him to achieve.

    Sorry for the wall of text, but I’m a disappointed Vikings fan so I have a lot of gripes. Seen way too much poor QB play. Favre of 09′ was the best QB play (and only good year) this team has had in the last 10 years.

  26. raidernation210 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:29 AM
    He is no Derek Carr

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    True, he has his team on the verge of making the playoff’s. You can have you yards passing, I’ll take the QB that wins.

  27. I’m no Vikes fan, and I don’t necessarily think teddy has a bright future in the NFL, but I don’t understand why people can’t see the forest for the trees.

    Bridgewater was coming along nicely last year without Peterson. Like most young QB’s entering the league, he was most comfortable out of the shotgun position. With Peterson back, Norv doesn’t call those plays anymore because Peterson doesn’t like them. It’s much like the fullback problem for Peterson.

    Adrian is immensely talented, but he’s aging and quickly approaching the point of no return. It’s time for the Vikings to put their eggs in teddy’s basket instead of sticking with Peterson.

    Though Peterson has largely carried the team on his back since he’s been there, it’s time to move on if this team wants to successfully develop a quarterback and move into the modern age.

  28. I’m going to give Teddy a grade of a C+. He is not a good QB yet, but he has shown many drives where he, dare I say, can pick apart a defense. We just need to see it happen way more consistently.

    Compared with the rest of the NFC North, Rodgers is the only one I’d hands-down say is a level (or two) above Teddy. Stafford and Cutler both have very good and very bad moments — I’m not sure they would result in more wins than Teddy.

  29. I’m not ready to give up on Teddy yet. He has shown more than just glimpses of very good QB play over the past couple of years, and he’s still developing.

    The deep ball accuracy is a concern, but he rarely has enough time for the deep passes to develop and I think he’s a little overly cautious about turnovers, thus overthrows quite often instead of allowing his WRs to make a play.

    But he has very good pocket awareness and is athletic enough to avoid sacks, extend plays, and scramble for first downs when needed.

    And after all, franchise QBs don’t grow on trees, so it’s not like there are many better options out there. Let’s shore up the o-line and give him a couple more years before making any drastic changes at the QB position.

  30. One of the sad parts about this is that it’s playing out exactly as I said it would. For the entire off season, the purples hopped up and down and told us all about the impending “dynasty” and how Minnesota was going to “take over the NFCN” now that they had “a real QB” and “a real coach.”

    I told them this was all the very same rhetoric we had heard about Ponder and T-Jack as well as Frazier and Childress. I predicted that by the end of the season, if the “dynasty” had not yet come to pass in clear and concise fashion, there’d be the same infighting there was before; specifically the Frazier apologists and the Ponder apologists fighting over who or what was to blame. Take a little stroll around the Internets today and you’ll see the exact same infighting; just substitute Teddy for Ponder and substitute Zimmer for Frazier.

    It’s still too early to tell what Teddy will or won’t become. Very, very few QBs just waltz right in and achieve stardom right out of the gate. Look how long it’s taken Cam Newton to play as well as he’s playing. And… I’m as big an Aaron Rodgers fan as there is, but I don’t let my fan status skew my thinking. If Rodgers had not had the development time that he had behind Favre, he may not have become anywhere near the player he is today. In those three years, Rodgers’ throwing mechanics were completely overhauled. He’ll be the first one to tell you that he never would have gotten to where he is today without that developmental time.

    An even sadder part yet is that the conversation all too often goes like this…

    Purple: “Teddy is great! The coaching is great! The dynasty has begun! It’s all over for the Packers! The Vikings are taking over the NFCN for years to come!”

    Me: “The Vikings are in second place, a full game behind the Packers, and while it’s unlikely, the Vikings could still miss the playoffs altogether.”

    Purple: “Because the O-line sucks! The receivers are terrible! Norv is the worst OC in history!”

    Me: “Right. They still have some work to do and Teddy needs more time to develop.”

    Purple: “No! You’re a troll! Teddy is great! The coaching is great! The dynasty has begun! It’s all over for the Packers! The Vikings are taking over the NFCN for years to come!”

    Me: “Well alright then.”

    Then I go out to the garage and beat myself in the head with a hammer, trying to remove the purple craziness that had just been installed.

    And the absolute saddest part of it all… the crying shame of all shames… is that whenever a Viking fan shows up on here and we start to get a decent conversation going, here come the purples (who now seem to be traveling in herds) to run the whole thing right off the rails.

  31. It is time to start drafting another QB…. not saying Teddy is not the answer, but you need to have another young QB in camp. 3rd or 4th round, you just might end up with a Wilson or Cousins.

    Getting the QB set in the next couple years is very important. Rodgers is 32. Cutler is 32. Those guys will begin their downward slide soon, and when they do you want a good, 25-year-old QB in place who is about to have his decade of peaking.

  32. I don’t think Bridgewater is the problem either, he’s shown he can sling the ball over throwing “fastest” WR in NFL by about 6 yards multiple times. I think the weak o line and Bridgewater being afraid to throw an interception that has been pounded in his head that he can’t turn it over. Failure comes before success let him try so we know what he’s got. That’s just my opinion but I’m also a no one reading an Internet blog.

  33. 2014 Vikes fans – “Thanks leaving us Bridgewater and taking that idiot Manziel! Typical Browns!!”

    2015 Vikes fans – “………”

    As a Browns fan. Don’t count your eggs before they hatch.

  34. raidernation210 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:29 AM

    He is no Derek Carr
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    He beat Derek Carr head to head, and you know what Derek Carr did that TB didn’t do in that game? Threw 2 picks, one into the end zone that sealed his teams loss. I love Derek Carr, but he’s quarterbacking a team that isn’t going to the playoffs, TB still has a shot at the division title. Raiders fans should just stick to dressing up in costumes and attacking people in the parking lot, it’s more what you guys know about.

  35. hbudgess says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:15 AM

    AsaVikings fan I’m not ready to throw in the towel, but it would be wise to use a mid round draft pick to draft a QB,just in case. Hey the Pats are always prepared,which is why they win consistently,! Let’s give Teddy a year or two, but be prepared!
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    Yes, exactly. And Chicago should do or should already have done this. The Packers took Brett Hundley in the 5th round this past year and I was fine with it. I was more than fine with it, truthfully. Ron Wolf used to do exactly what Belichick does in that regard and I was always a big fan of the practice.

    Whenever Wolf saw a “high upside” guy available in the mid to late rounds, he’d draft him. Then they’d develop the guy while he was on his rookie contract and showcase that guy (or the guy ahead of him on the depth chart) in the preseason and/or in blowouts. Then trade the guy they had showcased for draft picks before he got expensive.

    It worked out well for the players as well. Hasselbeck, Brunell, Aaron Brooks, and I’m sure quite a few more that I’m currently forgetting all went on to become starting QBs and some of them had a good deal of success. It’s kind of made me crazy that Ted Thompson hasn’t been doing it.

  36. I thought you said it’s a concern in Minnesota. But it sounds like it’s a concern to Hoge. Big difference.

    Anyways, there’s a lot more that goes into completing those. For one, Wallace running full speed, for two, Wallace actually catching it. But, all of this is irrelevant because the oline can’t block long enough, consistently for these plays to develop.

    I’ve long said the Vikings should put Johnson and Diggs outside – those are the two Teddy is most comfortable with. Move Wallace in the slot and let a nickel or someone who plays out of position corner try to cover him on slants and crosses.. Then take advantage by taking a few deep shots from the slot.

    Until the oline can block well enough to develop deep routes consistently, it’s up to Norv to create mismatches with formations, and the Vikings will have to rely on the quick passing game.

  37. For the record the writer of this article is a Chicago based writer….

    Teddy is playing in the offence the way Norv wants him to. Does he have a deep ball deficiency? It does seems like that is the weakest part of the game. I would also like to point out that Teddy is still a young growing man (just turned 23 in November) whose arms still is still going to get stronger. With that said, Teddy is extremely accurate passer overall which is something that extremely important in a ball control offence.

  38. As a Packer fan who has seen a lot of used up ex-Packers go to Minnesota to prove just that I have a great suggestion.

    Beg Ted Thompson to trade you Brett Hundley for your 1st round pick. He has all the tools and stats to backup being a future franchise Q.B.

    He’s a larger, (hands included) stronger, much better version of Bridgewater.

    I believe he had more TDs in preseason than Teddy does now.

  39. Derek Carr was the best QB in that draft and the Raiders are trending up….the Vikes….might make the playoffs but Bridgewater is not a long term answer

  40. dsmooth says:

    Dec 19, 2015 11:11 AM
    As a HUGE Vikings fan I am also concerned about our great quarterback not making big plays. That’s obvious since he hasn’t made one in almost 2 years now. But my bigger concern are the refs. Why are they always against us? It’s the single reason why we are 1-10-1 against the Packers the last 5 years.

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    TB a “Great” QB?

    And the refs are against the Queens?

    Ya smokin’ some bad dope, pal.

  41. From an outsider’s point of view, in some games, how do you totally freeze out your best weapon AP?

    That 1st game vs the Niners, I was like, whoever is calling the plays, knows he has AP right?

    On the Johnny vs Bridgewater comparison, its not even close. Bridgewater can’t hold Johnny’s luggage. Bridgewater throws like a girl and has a very weak arm.

  42. I lost all respect for this clown when he refused to throw a hail mary into the endzone before the half because he was too scared to have an interception on his record, so he throws a 5 yard pass that turned into about 30 yards overall to pad his stats. He isn’t a leader, he only cares about his precious stats period. That is all I need to know about this guy

  43. Objectively, Bridgewater was graded that way coming out of college, concern about his arm strength, accuracy and anything over 20 yards was mentioned but it takes a purple kool aide drinking fan base to anoint him as a franchise QB, which he clearly isn’t.

    The Vikings have designed their entire offense to run Peterson and throw check down passes, bubble screens, and short passes to the flat. No one is suggesting Theodore isn’t capable of handling that. But to suggest Spielman has finally drafted a real NFL Qb is not accurate either. The Vikings may stick with Theodore for the next 5 years, as is their choice, just don’t expect him to change the outcome of a game with his downfield passes.

  44. Teddy is a great young man but if evaluated fairly he is nothing more than a game manager to career back up range QB . The problem is two fold. He has terrible mechanics and he is too timid to make throws that need to be made instantly without double clutching . The AZ game was a classic example he had time to throw the ball away “terrible Play call” but he double clutched and took a strip sack . He should have learned his lesson from the Denver game but he did the same thing . The only way the Vikings win big with TB at the helm is if they develop into a total dominating defensive team ala 85 Bears, Ravens , Bucs great teams that won SB’s despite pathetic to average QB play .

  45. I actually like the undrafted QB they have as their #3.
    I have seen him make some very accurate passes.
    The Vikings are protecting their vanity of drafting Teddy, in 2 more years teddy will have either made a 180 or he will be gone.
    He was the the smartest QB drafted he just doesn’t have the Physical skills. Perhaps if he had a decent qb
    Coach it might be different.
    Taylor Heinicke has a strong arm and is accurate.
    he just didn’t come from a big school and the Vikings are putting all their eggs in Teddy’s basket.
    I can see another QB Drafted as a “He was too good to pass up” excuse for picking him.

  46. You write: “that’s a growing concern for those who watch Bridgewater closely.”

    Other than you, Smith, who are “those people” I just love it when a beat writer takes it on himself to project other peoples observations.

    The coaches are happy with him! Please! Tell me! who are “those people”?

  47. Turner may be the one stunting TB’s growth a bit. He is calling the game in such a way that it is more run oriented with AD back. TB and AD are not complementing each other. There was more shotgun last year than this year. TB did fine the end of last season, remember. The cord should be cut in such a way that TB is primary and AD is secondary. Put in more shotgun and things will get better for TB, regardless of what AD thinks.

    Putting TB under center next to a horrible OL doesn’t help either. Brady would be roadkill as well.

    Conclusion: Turner is the mostly the problem. TB did well at the end of last season, but isn’t now. This a team game. Besides TB, what is different from last year?

  48. granadafan says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:11 AM

    He’s certainly regressed from last year.
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    That isn’t it, teams have a lot more film on him now and know how to beat him. If teams get a little pressure on him he is DONE!
    He also is just smart enough to overcome the lack of physical skills that would bench another QB.

  49. I like QB’s that throw the ball deep when when your ahead to put the dagger in and if intercepted–its on the opponents 5 yard line.
    Brett F., Rothlesberger etc. were awesome like that and that’s why he won a ton of games.

  50. absodefinitely says:
    Dec 19, 2015 12:14 PM

    He beat Derek Carr head to head, and you know what Derek Carr did that TB didn’t do in that game? Threw 2 picks, one into the end zone that sealed his teams loss. I love Derek Carr, but he’s quarterbacking a team that isn’t going to the playoffs, TB still has a shot at the division title. Raiders fans should just stick to dressing up in costumes and attacking people in the parking lot, it’s more what you guys know about.

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    I saw JaMarcus Russell beat Brett Favre once too. What’s your point? This year is this year. If you think the Vikes are in better hands with Bridgewater for the next 10 years than the Raiders are with Carr I have a Bridgewater I’d like to sell you.

  51. The real concern in Minnesota is not Bridgewater, it is left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, right tackle and tight end. None of them are doing a good job of blocking.

  52. Don’t believe your lying eyes Viking fan. You can’t tell me 9 TD passes from a full time starter will ever cut it. Carr has 29, May set the Raider record for TD passes in year 2. Bridgewater will always be the check down guy that can never carry the team to victory with a great passing effort. Carr can and actually has done so on more than one occasion with a so so running game and a seive defense.

  53. I don’t think it’s an inability of his, Norv’s offenses are always dink and dunk with an occasional trick play or deep shot. He won’t ever let Bridgewater pass downfield.

  54. As the temps drop, I fully expect Teddy’s hands to contract even further.
    With those ever shrinking hands, these last 3 games should prove to be even more difficult for the Vikings offense.

    It’s simple science so you can’t possibly thumb this post down

  55. It’s not the lack of big plays that concerns upper management, it’s the Ponderization of yet another “sure thing” in Minnesota.

  56. The QB that Bridgewater is tied with for fewest passes of 40+ yards? None other than Aaron Rodgers. Look it up. Way to leave that little detail out, MDS.

  57. And those 6 completions of 40 yards or more didn’t travel nowhere near 40 yards in the air …. those 6 40+ yard completions all came on YAC …. stat line is comparable to that of Brandon Weeden….Weeden’s are actually slightly better and he was dumped by the Cowboy’s and he’s made fun of by many….the Minnesota homers think they have a franchise QB in their 6 to 7 yard slinger

  58. Can’t fix a weak arm…. Be concerned Vikings fans. It’s ok, he can always play reciever after his qb career gets even worse next year….

  59. Well, Mr Almighty Cabbage,I don’t always agree with you but you and I are certainly on the same page here. Does no good to rip the a team just be prepared! Merry Christmas to you!

  60. 3. everyone who passed on Derek carr, who oak grabbed in 2nd rd, is kickin themselves including minn

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    Derek Carr and Blake bortles could both throw circles around bustwater.

    Reading the comments this and last year from Vikings fans abo him has me laughing.

  61. Carr is a better QB than Bridgewater.

    Bridgewater is not bad but the upside is with Carr. None the less, both the Raiders and the Vikings should be excited that they have a QB for the present and long term future.

  62. Teddy isn’t bad but he likely won’t be much better than he is now because he is done maturing physically and Therein lies the limitations. Still he will give you solid play just don’t pay him more than 10 mil a season

  63. The QB that Bridgewater is tied with for fewest passes of 40+ yards? None other than Aaron Rodgers. Look it up. Way to leave that little detail out, MDS.
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    Maybe because that is irrelevant and easily explained by missing Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams being injured for half the season?

    Most people compare the entire body of work, not just one plucked out stat. Of course Rodger’s down year would be a miracle season for Bustwater.

  64. On ESPN’s NFL Matchup this week,
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    How come this site (and some posters) always bashes ESPN, yet they always watch it for story ideas?

    Hmm, seems a little contradictory…

  65. cheeseisfattening says:
    Dec 19, 2015 2:33 PM

    Culver’s decision to discontinue their triple cheese butter bacon burger is a concern in Green Bay
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    You think that’s a problem? I’ll tell you what’s a problem. The McDonald’s commercials saying “the McRib is back” are a problem; and they’re a problem because they’re on the Milwaukee TV channels but the nearest McDonald’s to me is actually in Illinois… which is currently a McRib-free zone.

    It’s an outrage!

  66. cheeseisfattening says:
    Dec 19, 2015 2:33 PM

    Culver’s decision to discontinue their triple cheese butter bacon burger is a concern in Green Bay
    **********************************************

    C’mon Cheese, enough with the superiority complex and fat jokes.
    I’ve crossed the border many times and fully realize that their truly isn’t much difference.

    It’s all basically the same, from the women, weight, intelligence level and weather, it’s all the same.
    With the exception that the football gets a little lousier.

  67. There are a couple things going on, Minnesota has shown minimal confidence in Theodore, and when they DO try to get him into the flow of things it is usually too late, like in the Seattle game, it doesn’t help that when you do try to get Theodore going the “franchise cornerstone” starts whining about not getting enough touches.

    He has a decent arm it isn’t elite by NFL standards, but you need to work with it, Brad Johnson didn’t have an elite arm either but he was still able to win games. He also doesn’t have the deepball accuracy many Viking fans were pointing too all offseason.

    Every team is banged up this time of year, and the Vikings are missing linemen which has defenses licking their chops, so when the VIkings are behind and teams know they need to pass it makes it that much more difficult on Theodore.

  68. Maybe because that is irrelevant and easily explained by missing Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams being injured for half the season?

    Most people compare the entire body of work, not just one plucked out stat. Of course Rodger’s down year would be a miracle season for Bustwater.
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    Davante Adams injured for half the season? He hasn’t been there the entire season, except for a few plays to drop passes. You mean to tell me Davante Adams is the guy who is keeping Rodgers from completing deep passes? What about Cobb and Janis? I thought it was always next man up, like Packers fans say about the Vikings. LMAO at Davante Adams being a reason for your QB not completing deep passes.

  69. getadealdonealready says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:57 AM

    He is no Derek Carr

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    True, he has his team on the verge of making the playoff’s. You can have you yards passing, I’ll take the QB that wins.
    _________

    Derek Carr is asked to do ALOT more than Theodore is, the Vikings didn’t need to trade up to draft a guy to hand it off to Adrian Peterson, hell even Ponder helped the Vikings get to the playoffs like that.

  70. Teddy made the All-Rookie team last year and every article redrafting the 2014 draft had him at the top. Now all of a sudden he’s never been any good and never will be any good? Take a look at the circumstances and try to figure out why he isn’t doing as well this year instead of declaring him a bust. Personally, I’d say a terrible offensive line and an offensive coordinator that favors 7-step drops could be part of the problem.

  71. hbudgess says:
    Dec 19, 2015 2:09 PM

    Well, Mr Almighty Cabbage,I don’t always agree with you but you and I are certainly on the same page here. Does no good to rip the a team just be prepared! Merry Christmas to you!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If you did always agree with me you should probably be put away; for your safety as well as the safety of others. Heck, even I don’t always agree with me.

    And thank you. Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy (safe) New Years as well!

  72. cheeseisfattening says:
    Dec 19, 2015 2:33 PM
    Culver’s decision to discontinue their triple cheese butter bacon burger is a concern in Green Bay
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Oh cheesey…….resorting to insults and putdowns in the absence of the Vikings having anything worth bragging about. That’s the only ammunition you can ever come up with to use in the fight. And your target is right in your own backyard.

    Grow up.

  73. He’s beginning to sound a lot like Ponder.
    Excuses everywhere we go.
    Listen to all the viking fans.
    Jabbering on again.
    About how the o-line, receivers and coaches need to go.

    He’s beginning to sound a lot like… Ponder.

  74. Gonna skip reading any and all comments above,
    because I’m sure that 99.99999 percent of them are from Packer Trolls saying everything from “I told you so” to comments about child-beaters, etc.

    So, to the specific point of the article…
    Sadly, I could not agree more.

    I’m a die-hard Vikes Fan.. BUT:

    1) Bridgewater doesn’t seem able to throw deep, whether it’s mechanics or arm strength.
    2) The limitation makes it VERY difficult to put pressure on defenses.
    3) I don’t think he is going to be the answer in the long run. You need to be able to throw down the field.
    4) I love the guy, and his character and temperament, but I don’t think he is a “franchise” QB.

    I just hope my Vikes can find a QB who can get it done before the wheels come off AP…

  75. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 19, 2015 3:23 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Dec 19, 2015 2:33 PM

    Culver’s decision to discontinue their triple cheese butter bacon burger is a concern in Green Bay
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You think that’s a problem? I’ll tell you what’s a problem. The McDonald’s commercials saying “the McRib is back” are a problem; and they’re a problem because they’re on the Milwaukee TV channels but the nearest McDonald’s to me is actually in Illinois… which is currently a McRib-free zone.

    It’s an outrage!
    ————————–
    Do yourself a favor and stay out of McDonalds. Their food is poison.

  76. no one has a clue if Bridgewater will turn out to be a good QB. The Vikings don’t know, the talking heads don’t know, and the people in the comment sections of pft definitely don’t know.

    So why do so many express such confidence in their opinions? It’s fine to have an opinion, but don’t delude yourself into thinking you actually have the slightest clue about which young NFL QBs will pan out.

    The world would be a better place if people spent more time listening and less time proclaiming.

  77. absodefinitely says:
    Dec 19, 2015 4:28 PM
    Maybe because that is irrelevant and easily explained by missing Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams being injured for half the season?

    Most people compare the entire body of work, not just one plucked out stat. Of course Rodger’s down year would be a miracle season for Bustwater.
    ===================================
    Davante Adams injured for half the season? He hasn’t been there the entire season, except for a few plays to drop passes. You mean to tell me Davante Adams is the guy who is keeping Rodgers from completing deep passes? What about Cobb and Janis? I thought it was always next man up, like Packers fans say about the Vikings. LMAO at Davante Adams being a reason for your QB not completing deep passes.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Adams has been injured for much of the year but that’s no excuse for his inordinately high number of drops. The injury is to his foot which could account for him not getting open as much as last year but it shouldn’t affect his ability to actually catch the ball when he does get open.

    I have no idea what the story is with Janis. To the best of my knowledge, he’s perfectly healthy, which would seem to be backed up by his absolutely stellar play on Special Teams. He’s just not being used much on Offense at all, much like Patterson isn’t used much on Offense for the Vikings. We’ve all heard the knocks on Patterson and there’s been a good deal of speculation that Janis’ problem may be the same as Patterson’s problem but thus far, speculation is all that it’s been.

    The one that I can’t wait to see back on the field, besides Jordy Nelson, is Ty Montgomery aka “The Montster.” He’s been out since week 6, I think and prior to his injury he looked like he was going to really be something. the kid is big, strong, and fast with good instincts.

    Abbrederis had a rib/chest injury but no longer appears on the injury report at this point.

  78. coltzfan166 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:06 AM
    The Vikes have had a much better season than I would have thought. Constantly changing QBs isn’t the answer to winning. You draft a QB and build a team around him if you want to win. There’s a reason guys like Brady aren’t just waiting in the wings to take over. And there’s a reason teams like Cleveland continue to fail to build a winner
    —————————-
    This comment is hilarious. Of course no one sets out to constantly change QBs…

  79. I love it when Packer fans call a 215 lb man little. It is so telling.
    ———-
    First of all, it is HIGHLY unlikely he is 215lbs. Oh wait…nevermind, I just looked up his listed weight. The dude is scrawny for a 6’3 player and you can clearly see his lack of muscle. Who was the last QB you’ve seen over 6’2 that weighs 196?

    Born: November 10, 1992 (age 23), Miami, FL
    Height: 6′ 3″
    Weight: 196 lbs

  80. Another example of the extreme lack of franchsie Qbs in the league who can actually win in January. The Vikings are a good team but anyone who thinks they’re doing any damage in January with Bridgewater in his current state is kidding themselves. If the playoffs were to start today, there are only 5 teams currently on the board of 12 who don’t share the same predicament.

  81. All QB have to have the pass protection. The Vikings o-line is worst this year than last and Teddy’s numbers prove that. Carr has a good line and time to throw the ball consistently without being hit. Teddy cant take a 5 or 7 step drop. Because the receivers don’t have time to develop the play before Teddy is being hit or forced out of the pocket. When the Vikings install the shorter passing game. Teddy has time and moves the ball. Last year with their top two o-linemen in the line-up Teddy had more time to throw the ball and his stats show this to be true. If you don’t have time no QB pocket QB will be successful in their 1st couple of years. But Teddy is still finding ways to win games. Next year the Vikings will address the O-line. Time and space are the keys and Teddy has neither.

  82. The fact is, the coaches have made a decision to focus on the run game and play a defensive minded game. They don’t take chances, which has lead to several close wins. It’s what they want to do with a second year QB. And since they are heading towards the playoffs when many predicted 8-8, who is Merrill Hoge to argue?

  83. cheeseisfattening says:
    Dec 19, 2015 2:33 PM

    Do yourself a favor and stay out of McDonalds. Their food is poison.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Don’t I know it. I do stay out of there except for when the McRib makes an appearance.

    On a BBQ forum I visit from time to time, a guy did up a batch of pulled pork and then used it as a topping on McRibs. I have to try this. Have to.

  84. Davante Adams injured for half the season? He hasn’t been there the entire season, except for a few plays to drop passes. You mean to tell me Davante Adams is the guy who is keeping Rodgers from completing deep passes? What about Cobb and Janis? I thought it was always next man up, like Packers fans say about the Vikings. LMAO at Davante Adams being a reason for your QB not completing deep passes.
    ———————–
    You should really try paying attention to football more closely as not to embarrass yourself. He injured himself and tried to play on it, but never had the same deep speed that he had before the injury. And he’s not a burner to begin with. But he is one of 2 outside WR’s with the other being James Jones. Jones is purely a possession guy at this point in his career, so the burden falls onto a gimpy Adams to go deep. He’s also dropped a lot of passes, even if a most of them weren’t on deep routes. Cobb plays the slot in case you weren’t aware?? And Janis is a 2nd year guy from a DII school who doesn’t know the offense well enough to get on the field for many plays.

  85. Teddy Bridgewater Is An Elite QB Bust says:
    Dec 19, 2015 5:40 PM
    I love it when Packer fans call a 215 lb man little. It is so telling.
    ———-
    First of all, it is HIGHLY unlikely he is 215lbs. Oh wait…nevermind, I just looked up his listed weight. The dude is scrawny for a 6’3 player and you can clearly see his lack of muscle. Who was the last QB you’ve seen over 6’2 that weighs 196?

    Born: November 10, 1992 (age 23), Miami, FL
    Height: 6′ 3″
    Weight: 196 lbs
    ———–

    Jake Plummer. Joe Montana. Steve Young (in his early years).

    What is your correlative theory here?

  86. snowlock2013 | Dec 19, 2015, 2:46 PM PST
    Christian Ponder II. He has a slightly better pocket presence but a bit of a worse arm. We’ll be drafting another again in 2018
    _____________________

    I disagree. I think Teddy has very good pocket presence. Ponder has absolutely none, and that was his downfall. It got to where he was constantly looking at the rush and looking for running lanes instead of keeping his eyes downfield. Teddy mostly moves around to buy time, something he’s had to do way too much of this year.

  87. Way too early to tell.

    Many (not all) of his overthrows have been at TCF on windy days. I know because I have been there. I think he deserves a small pass because of this. When you have only thrown the ball deep like 7 times, that is a super small sample size to extrapolate from.

    Teddy prefers the shotgun; AP prefers under center. Give Teddy some time to adapt.

    Teddy probably leads the NFL in target diversity. He spreads it around. I think this is a good stat.

    Do we know that the coaches aren’t scaring him into safety? I agree that I would like to see him make more mistakes (INTs) because it means he is taking more risks. But what are the coaches telling him?

    Teddy, like Favre, seems to get better as each game goes on. I like that. Even has that Favre-like 1st quarter overthrow habit.

    Dropped elbow is a problem, but probably fixable over time.

    Check down over use should also be blamed on coordinator. Wanna stop your QB from checkdownism? Then give him plays with NO check down options!

    He is young and has proven the best of all traits: winner. He has a good attitude and seems like the kinda kid who ain’t gonna go to the dark side. He has good vision and an accurate arm. I say he has earned 2 more solid years of development at this point.

  88. conormacleod | Dec 19, 2015, 2:51 PM PST
    The fact is, the coaches have made a decision to focus on the run game and play a defensive minded game. They don’t take chances, which has lead to several close wins. It’s what they want to do with a second year QB. And since they are heading towards the playoffs when many predicted 8-8, who is Merrill Hoge to argue?
    ________________________

    Exactly! Zim’s favorite offensive stat is “carries and completions”. I think he knows he doesn’t have the firepower on offense yet, so he’s taking a page out of his mentor’s (Parcells) book and effectively trying to “shorten” games.

  89. Many (not all) of his overthrows have been at TCF on windy days. I know because I have been there. I think he deserves a small pass because of this.
    ———–
    Oh….Booo Hoooo Hoooo. It was too windy for Teddy. Most real football teams play outside. Crying about the wind is just that.

  90. I think Teddy has very good pocket presence. Ponder has absolutely none, and that was his downfall.
    ————-
    I agree with this. Teddy has much better pocket presence than Ponder. But Ponder had a better (if not also weak) arm and skillset than Teddy.

    Teddy has better awareness around him while playing poorly than Ponder ever had.

  91. Teddy Bridgewater Is An Elite QB Bust says:
    Dec 19, 2015 5:40 PM

    I love it when Packer fans call a 215 lb man little. It is so telling.
    ———-
    First of all, it is HIGHLY unlikely he is 215lbs. Oh wait…nevermind, I just looked up his listed weight. The dude is scrawny for a 6’3 player and you can clearly see his lack of muscle. Who was the last QB you’ve seen over 6’2 that weighs 196?

    Born: November 10, 1992 (age 23), Miami, FL
    Height: 6′ 3″
    Weight: 196 lbs
    _________

    What are those, his high school stats? Every single website I clicked on listed him at 6’2″ and 215 pounds. That was obviously what he weighed at the scouting combine, and he put on weight during the past offseason.

  92. Theodore 35W Bridge H20 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 6:33 PM

    Ponder had a better (if not also weak) arm and skillset than Teddy.
    _____

    This is the most preposterous statement ever uttered. This, and the fact that you’re a troll, is why nobody takes you seriously.

  93. 8-5 one game out of 1st with a head to head game left vs the pack. Not sure what the issue is. This isn’t fantasy football it’s real football. This team in built to play d and run the ball. Teddys job is to keep them close, make minimal mistakes, and put some drives together when the game is on the line. He’s doing a fine job for a 2nd year guy.

  94. What are those, his high school stats? Every single website I clicked on listed him at 6’2″ and 215 pounds. That was obviously what he weighed at the scouting combine, and he put on weight during the past offseason.
    ————-
    The Vikings list him at 215. I just googled his name and looked to the right of the search results.

  95. This is the most preposterous statement ever uttered.
    ————-
    You honestly think Teddy has a strong arm? SKOLOLOL These are both from the exact same source. Yeah….Teddy has a rocket arm by comparison!

    Christian Ponder
    Weaknesses:
    Average arm strength
    Might be limited to West Coast offense
    Forces throws that NFL players will intercept
    Questionable decision making
    Injury history (shoulder, elbow)

    Teddy Bridgewater

    Weaknesses:
    Good, but not great, skill set
    Is prone to throwing the ball late
    Should improve ball placement
    Inconsistent accuracy
    Should improve footwork
    Slight frame
    Can he maintain weight?
    Decent, but not a powerful, arm

  96. wtfru2 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 12:44 PM

    You write: “that’s a growing concern for those who watch Bridgewater closely.”

    Other than you, Smith, who are “those people” I just love it when a beat writer takes it on himself to project other peoples observations.

    The coaches are happy with him! Please! Tell me! who are “those people”?

    ———————————–
    The coaches are happy with him? Do you have a hidden camera on the coaches 24/7? How do you know they’re happy with him? Because they said so on camera? I have a Bridgewater to sell you. (sorry I stole that from another guy)

  97. One of the big bones of contention amongst the Minnesotans’ aforementioned infighting is Teddy vs the O-line and some of it makes pretty good sense. The question is, is Teddy struggling because of the O-line, or is the O-line struggling because of Teddy? That may seem like an odd question, but consider the following.

    With Romo under center, the Dallas O-line was lauded as the best in the league and likely the best in a long time. With Cassel and/or Weeden back there, that O-line has looked rather average. Clearly, the Vikings O-line isn’t as talented as the Dallas O-line but is the Vikings’ O-line maybe not as bad as they’ve looked, either?

    Is Teddy to the Vikings’ O-line as Cassel/Weeden is/was to the Cowboys’ O-line? Try not to kill each other over it but if you must, please get video.

  98. Funny how all the Packer fans are crowing about Teddy and their great Rodgers. I guess they forget that Rodgers still had his butt firmly planted on the bench watching Farve at the same stage of his career and Teddy has almost two years of experience now under his belt. Maybe if Teddy had gotten the advantage of sitting and watching a first ballot HOFer for 5 years he would have been better when he started playing. Instead of being thrown to the wolves 3 games into his rookie year.

  99. Oh, I don’t know. Stop asking your QB to do things he’s not good at. I have heard every excuse under the sun why Ryan Tannehill can’t hit a 9 route and while he stinks it up throwing the other routes on top of that, Bridgewater excels at the others. Bridgewater never excelled at this in college, so why would you think he would at the next level. He’s not a noodle arm, but he’s not a great deep throwing QB. It’s pretty simple stuff. You have a mobile QB who can dink and dunk you down the field, and never will throwing deep be the #1, #2, or #3 tool in his arsenal. Game plan accordingly.

  100. Bridgewater stinks… the fact Ray Farmer almost took him, further makes me question the Browns FO.

    Carr is WAY better.

  101. Instead of being thrown to the wolves 3 games into his rookie year.
    ————-
    Thrown to the wolves? Blame your coach who said he wasn’t going to start his rookie year. Until he changed his mind and did just that.

    How is it Rodgers fault that he got drafted by a team with a HOF QB? Just because he was forced to sit, doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have been good if he played. And it is well documented that Favre taught him nothing.

    If it is that easy, then perhaps the Vikings should have been starting Hill, who has proven to be a pretty capable QB.

    It was YOUR coaches who deemed Bustwater to be ready. And he hasn’t gotten any better from year 1 to year 2, with Beaturson taking the pressure off of him and a SuperStar Mike Wallace, future HOF’ers Charles Johnson and Stefan Diggs.

  102. proat17052 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 7:40 PM
    Funny how all the Packer fans are crowing about Teddy and their great Rodgers. I guess they forget that Rodgers still had his butt firmly planted on the bench watching Farve at the same stage of his career and Teddy has almost two years of experience now under his belt.
    _____

    Its even funnier that Viking fans feel they should hold it over Rodgers head for sitting behind Favre for a couple seasons, why is Favre good enough to start for the Vikings a full season later and help them go to an NFC Title game… yet its ok to bash Rodgers for sitting behind him as he lead GB to a NFC title game vs. the Giants?

    If the VIkings could draft and develop QBs in house, maybe they wouldn’t have to go to the FA pool every couple of seasons and get a Moon, Cunningham, Favre or McNabb and have more consistant long term success instead of a good season here and there. The closest thing they had to a Franchise QB that I can recall in recent memory was Culpepper and he had a HOF WR on each side of him when he played. So its not like he needed much coaching up, to know to throw it deep to Moss or find Carter on the out route to the sidelines.

  103. Trent Dilfer was no elite quarterback without the best arm or accuracy,and has the same amount of rings as Manning and Rogers, so your point is?

  104. Teddy Bridgewater Is An Elite QB Bust says:
    Dec 19, 2015 11:46 AM

    But my bigger concern are the refs. Why are they always against us? It’s the single reason why we are 1-10-1 against the Packers the last 5 years. Smh.
    ————-
    SKOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    This is a classic example of the loser’s lament that Minny fans are known for. Blaming the refs for your 1-11 record. smh

    Pathetic and sad.
    —————-
    The original post was made by a known Packer troll posing as a Viking fan and then another Packer troll obsessed with the Vikings falls for it.

    Talk about pathetic and sad…..Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the typical Packer fan.

  105. Teddy check down has been exposed this year, just 9 TD passes on the season. If defenses focus on stopping the run and little Teddy still can’t succeed then he is a BUST!

  106. Yeah it’s sad for me to say but he can’t throw over 15 yards accurately. This was a concern at his pro day before he got drafted. I guess it wasn’t just a bad day after all.

  107. proat17052 says:
    Dec 19, 2015 7:40 PM

    Funny how all the Packer fans are crowing about Teddy and their great Rodgers. I guess they forget that Rodgers still had his butt firmly planted on the bench watching Farve at the same stage of his career and Teddy has almost two years of experience now under his belt. Maybe if Teddy had gotten the advantage of sitting and watching a first ballot HOFer for 5 years he would have been better when he started playing. Instead of being thrown to the wolves 3 games into his rookie year.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Wrong. I talk about Rodgers sitting behind Favre all the time, as do many other Packer fans. What in the world is it with some of you guys? I swear, it’s gotten so bad with so many of you guys that I can’t tell whether you’re just clueless or whether you’re straight-up lying.

  108. Second Year TD-Int Numbers for some QBs:

    Rodgers: 0-0
    Rivers: 0-1
    Romo: 0-0

    You get my point?
    ————
    Sure do. You’re a well proven foolish Vikings fan. Remember, Zimmer said Teddy had to earn the job. He deemed him as having done that. There was no HOF QB in front of him like Rodgers had. Pretty big difference.

    Although none of those QB’s looked as bad as Teddy has, even in their pre-season games. Or are you suggesting that the Vikings coaches screwed up again and played Teddy too soon instead of Hill?

  109. Funny.

    Ryan Tannehill had good deep ball numbers until Mike Wallace and now after he’s gone he’s top 5 QB in deep balls.

    It’s interesting that the same thing is now happening to Teddy Brdgewater. We should call it the Mike Wallace Syndrom

  110. Remember that the Vikes could have had Andy Dalton as their QB but reached up in that draft to grab Christian Ponder. If they had taken Dalton, no vikes fans would be talking about Teddy’s lackluster production today. Kaepernick was also available when the vikes drafted Ponder. Though the past couple years have been horrible for Kaepernick, when he came into the league in SF, he was a force to be reckoned with.

  111. The person behind the criticism is Merril Hodge. He doesn’t like Bridgewater okay but that doesn’t make him a scrub. one of the throws he was talking about was in Chicago . Cutler missed Jeffries in the same corner. The wind was a factor. Is Teddy where he needs to be no but it is his first full season as a starter.
    Way to early to be having this discussion.

  112. Vikings fan, and I love Bridgewater as our QB. In the whole league, the only two QBs that I’d swap him for is Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck. I also like Derek Carr, though at the moment I’d still prefer Bridgewater.
    Bridgewater’s development has been slowed this season as the Vikings have placed focus on Peterson and the running game. He is only 23 years old, and still have some physical development to do. He is so cool in the pocket, and his intelligence of the game gets better each week.
    I know this comment will get a lot of negative comments… but I honestly couldn’t care less. Bridgewater’s the present and the future for the Vikings. Better get used to it 🙂

  113. Derek Carr v Teddy Bridgewater
    Oak pass protection rank – #1
    Min pass protection rank – #28

    Teddy is a great QB. He’s been hammered due to our OL woes. Once we’re at least average in pass protection, he will thrive.

  114. There is no doubt this guy got over hyped after last season but I agree w/ absodefinitely….the OLINE has been horrible and receivers aren’t any better.

  115. Packers fan here. I think there may still be some upside with TB. How much depends on TB and how hard he wants to work at it. He may never be in that top 3-5 QBs but I think he could still be in that next tier (5-10) which is good or bad depending on your supporting cast. Going forward, if the team supplies him with above average receivers, a running attack that demands respect, and a great defense, he could be good enough. If the team lacks in any one of those areas, he will suck.

    On another note, Pepsi has gambled and lost creds as they’ve picked up TB in an ad campaign. They look silly using him as a spokesman.

  116. Oh ye of little faith! As I have expressed countless times, Teddy WILL prove himself. Look at today. Pretty good day for someone who can’t play, right??? 154 passer rating. You will say it was against the Bears. Ok, fine. But we play who they tell us to play. He will continue to show everyone he is a good QB. He is OUR QB!!

  117. Yesterday’s 5 TD / 0 INT performance was OK, but I wish there would have been some bigger plays.

    The great Derek Carr completed less than 50% of his passes yesterday, with 2 INTs, but I bet he made some “big plays”!!

  118. Oh, you mean Pepsi gambled on a charismatic, stand-up, guy who DOES HIS job and stays out of trouble????? A guy who doesn’t point to himself after every hit looking for call?? A guy who mentions his teammates and coaches in his pressers every time he talks to the media??? Silly, silly Pepsi what were you thinking? Give me break! I was thrilled to see him in that commercial! He has a great smile, he reminds me of the actor who plays Carl on Mike and Molly!

  119. To all the Packer trolls – check which QB’s performed much better than your QB this weekend.

    That would be most of them as AR ended up with a 68.8 rating. That would be all but 3 starters (that started and finished the game) had a better rating.

    Even Johnny Manziel was ahead of Rodgers with a 69.9.

    Teddy had more yards passing with only 20 attempts (231) than Rodgers did with 39.

    No picks, 4 TD passes and scored another TD himself. Rating – 154.4… 😉

  120. Oh fans, so much lack of patience! You forget that NOT ALL QB’s develop at the same pace. You can have a gem in your midst, but, because of win now and lack of patience, you are willing to dump them cause they are not performing like Brady, Manning or even Rodgers, even thought the QB is only in his 2nd year in the league! Bridgewater will be fine, however, if you finicky fans keep haranguing on him because he isn’t developing fast enough for you, you go running, “the sky is falling”! The young QB goes else where and becomes a star, much to your chagrin! good luck…

  121. It’s the Packer trolls that take issue with Bridgewater, not the Viking fans, most of them anyway. Those of us who are stable and rational human beings understand that at 23, Teddy is way ahead of where he should be. He’s got a winning record, a high completion % and the loyalty of his team behind him. There is no QB controversy in MN, he is our QB. If we draft any, they will be for projects to trade or be backups.

    Anyone who watched him play last sunday and didn’t come away impressed with his skill set is either ignorant or a Packer troll which would inherently make them ignorant.

  122. purplepackerhater: I think you are right! As I have said and, will continue saying, patience is a virtue! Teddy is our QB, deal with it or abandon ship! I personally love him and am proud to wear his name on my back (I only have a t-shirt right now, but am hoping desperately my husband got me a jersey for Christmas!!!!!) This is all so exciting, how can anyone be so negative????? will1950:Thanks for pointing this out as well!!! SKOL!!!!!!!!!

  123. Teddy Bridgewater is the Vikings’ starting QB of the present and the future. Ever since Favre (2009), Culpepper (2004), and Moon (1994-96), I have not had as much faith in the QB position as I do with Bridgewater. Even with Cunningham (1998) at QB, it was the receivers who were doing all the work (Carter, Reed, and Moss). Bridgewater will have his up and down games, but he learns from those down games, and doesn’t let the success of those up games go to his head. I’m proud he is a Viking.

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