Mike Wallace: I wasn’t being critical of Teddy Bridgewater

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When wide receiver Mike Wallace was talking about his decision to sign with the Ravens this week, he made several references to quarterback Joe Flacco’s presence being a big factor in his choice.

Wallace said he was looking forward to playing with a quarterback who can “sling the ball” and that he wanted to sign with a team that has a “quarterback who I know is proven and can get things done.” It didn’t take much for many people to draw the conclusion that Wallace felt that was something missing from his experience with the Vikings and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

In text messages to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, however, Wallace said that he meant no offense to Bridgewater.

“I loved my coaches and teammates in Minnesota. I would never say anything negative about Teddy — that’s my guy beyond football,” Wallace wrote. “I already talked to Teddy. We are A1. … He’s a great young QB. I said that the whole time I was there. The way he handled [himself] on the field — I have much respect for him and I know as the time goes on, they will unleash him and he will show why he was in the discussion to be the number 1 pick.”

It’s hardly a secret that Bridgewater, who ranked 30th in the league in net yards per pass attempt last season, has room to grow when it comes to getting the ball downfield or that Wallace was his most effective when being used on those passes during his years with the Steelers. Should the trip to the Ravens fail to spark that kind of production, it will be harder to argue that the quarterback or scheme with the Vikings (or the Dolphins) has been the only thing holding Wallace back.

83 responses to “Mike Wallace: I wasn’t being critical of Teddy Bridgewater

  1. Run first team, with an extremely pourous OL had more to do with passing numners last year than Teddy or Wallace’s ability.

    For those that are watching Teddy has shown tremendous poise and ability. Wallace has more to prove than TB imo.

  2. Wallace has turned into a classy player. You won’t hear him talking trash during the off season like big mouth Bell. Fortunately, being with the Dolphins and Vikings cleansed him of that Steeler stink.

  3. I really don’t think he was being critical. He was a professional all the time he was here. But this is not a vertical passing offense and Teddy is still developing. I would say that he is not a QB who looks to go deep on every pass. I think Wallace was ecstatic to go to a team where the long ball is a part of the culture and there is a strong armed QB who can fling it. I think he just didn’t word it that way. It is the kind of thing the press will run with instead of stories about how well he handled a season that was disappointing from a personal involvement perspective.

  4. Teddy won the NFC Central division and had a higher completion percentage and QB Rating than the other QBs in the division. (Rodgers, Cutler, and Stafford)

  5. All things being equal, my litmus test for if Teddy can be “the guy”, was the Wild Card game against Seattle – the game on the line with limited time and he had to move his team into Field goal position. He did that.

    The missed chip-shot was not on him. Teddy did his job and for the time being showed he can potentially be the guy.

  6. I would really respect a player that would’ve came out and said, “Hey you know what, I like Teddy as a guy, but my skill set does not translate to his style of play or vice-versa. I am a speedy deep threat, and his game was not to stretch the field. However, I am excited for this opportunity to work with a superbowl winning quarterback who I believe can best utilize my best skillset which is getting the ball downfield…..

    Now was that so hard……..

  7. Say what you want about Bridgewater’s lack of fantasy numbers but the kid is a winner, plain and simple. He is smart with the ball and doesn’t lose games with his play. He just gets it and I’m glad he is a Viking. He hasn’t even played two full seasons and he is 17-11 with a division crown. He should have won his first playoff game too.

  8. How many super bowls has teddy won? how many super bowl mvps has he won? How many times was he in the NFC championship game? What is his playoff record? and I don’t think anyone with any common sense or knowledge of football would argue that Bridgewater has a better arm than Joe Flacco. AND Flacco does it without AP behind him and without a decent WR on the outside. Stats mean something to somebody but the important things are those questions I asked above.

  9. I never thought Wallace was a great fit in Minnesota to begin with. With Peterson coming back, Norv Turner used him to the hilt, and the offense became very predictable (70% run on first down), in part due to the OL’s feeble pass-blocking; losing two starters for the season before opening day didn’t help.

    While Bridgewater has some improving to do on his long passing game, that starts with an OL that can actually pass block.

    As for Wallace, it wouldn’t surprise me if he posts similar numbers in Baltimore as he did in Miami in 2014, or if he posts numbers similar to last season’s. Either way, he never came close to being worth the contract he signed in Miami.

  10. Maybe if Wallace had been able to run far and fast enough to catch the deep balls that were thrown his way, he might have had more receptions.

    For all of those folks saying Teddy can’t throw very far, how do you explain him overthrowing Wallace?

  11. Mike Wallace is critical of everybody but Mike Wallace….what a clown…joke in Miami…joke in Minnesota…joke wherever he ends up – I’m thinking he regrets ever leaving the Steeler?

  12. The comments were directly related to Tannehill.

    Tannehill has had issues, not question. But when you were in Miami, Wallace, you had a LOT of dropsies.

    I remember what Steeler fans said when the Phins signed him: one trick pony, can only run a 9 route, only good for deep balls, can’t play in the slot, gets timid over the middle.

    And as much as I hate to admit it, those Steeler fans were right. Thankfully the Phins have Jarvis Landry who is twice the receiver Wallace is.

  13. tokyosandblaster says:
    Mar 17, 2016 9:21 AM
    Hahaha. It’s ok. Everyone else does it.
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    Classic line overheard after packer fans are caught with their sister for the first time.

  14. All Wallace was trying to say (and I admit he didn’t say it very well) is that it’s nice to be playing with a qb who has a cannon for an arm and not a pistol for an arm. Deep threats need a strong arm that can throw deep. Just look at Wallace’s years with Ben – another guy with a cannon arm.

  15. harveyredman says:

    All things being equal, my litmus test for if Teddy can be “the guy”, was the Wild Card game against Seattle – the game on the line with limited time and he had to move his team into Field goal position. He did that.

    The missed chip-shot was not on him. Teddy did his job and for the time being showed he can potentially be the guy.

    Bingo. Every time Teddy has been given control he has delivered. Game winning field goal drive vs Chicago, put them in FG position vs Arizona (but norv blew it as usual), dominated Denver down 2 or more scores in the second half and brought them back when the play book was opened, Seattle… Literally every chance get gets. Which is impressive because it can’t be easy to be an observer for 55 minutes then be forced to turn it on. Here’s hoping Norv is forced to open the playbook up or gets fired before the season!

  16. Flacco isn’t a good QB. People still don’t see it because they are blinded by his lucky super bowl run filled with about 6-7 blown coverage, underthrown moon ball touch downs. Last year he was horrid, and that will be the same case this year and the years that follow.

  17. “It’s hardly a secret that Bridgewater, who ranked 30th in the league in net yards per pass attempt last season, has room to grow”

    I think it is a secret, at least to the Viking fans who post on this site. According to them, Teddy is a franchise type QB on the verge of bringing the Vikings to the Superbowl. To anybody else not wearing purple colored glasses, Bridgewater is an unproven QB, ranking in the bottom third of QB stats, has a herky jerky throwing motion, and is often inaccurate on passes over 10 yards. Good luck winning a single playoff game (wide left) with that as your QB.

  18. I mean, the poise in this kid is incredible. A season and a half into his career and he already has half as many come from behind 4th quarter drives as the 12+ year yet, whom some casual observers, mistake for the greatest of all time!

  19. what I took from Wallaces original comments were simply that he wanted to be on a team that try’s to stretch the field, no disrespect to the Vikings or Teddy but the Vikings aren’t that team yet.

  20. People who insist on this narrative that Bridgewater is a noodle arm QB fail to see that his numbers essentially match up with what Norv got out of Aikman 20 years ago during their intial years together. No lie, look it up. And before anyone brings up what he did with Rivers, Cam Cameron designed that offense and called the plays before leaving for the Dolphins 5 years into his career, not Turner. You can also look at his Miami years for what a Norv Turner designed offense looks like, which is literally why Ricky Williams retired the first time. It’s overly reliant on the run, sometimes to a fault. The end of the Seattle playoff game when they asked him to get the team in position to win it evidences that when they turn to him to do it, he’ll be fine.

  21. It’s easy to read his original statement as a swipe against Bridgewater, but it’s also easy to read it as directed fully into the future, as in, “I know my time in MN is over, but in the next place I go, I need to have this or else I won’t be happy.”

  22. He’ll fit right in with Flaco’s Hail Mary Offense – but he’ll be disgruntled soon , because at best – he’ll only get targeted twice a game…once before half time & once if they need a win or OT

  23. Teddy is mediocre at best. Anyone who is not in love with the color purple knows, and can see that. Nothing against the kid, he just don’t have the arm.

  24. Mike Wallace is critical of everybody but Mike Wallace….what a clown…joke in Miami…joke in Minnesota…joke wherever he ends up – I’m thinking he regrets ever leaving the Steeler?

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    5 yr 60 million with 30 million guaranteed….don’t think he regretted it at all

  25. Wallace is a scared, short-armed Receiver who blames everyone for his mediocre performances. The bottom line is Ben Rothlisbburger had success with him because it was about Ben buying time in the pocket and heaving it up long after 5 seconds whereby DBs can’t stay glued. This is what makes Ben great… And I am not a Steelers fan saying this. Honestly, I have more respect for Ted Ginn. They are the same dropsie players that survived the league because of that glimmer of hope-speed.

  26. With the Mike Wallace crisis mercifully contained, Bridgewater apologists can now get back to the important business of getting everyone to forget that Bruce Irvin called him out for being a coward.

  27. As a Vikings fan, I didnt understand why so many vikes fans and writers were upset by his comments. The article headlines were totally misleading. Wallace never did say anything bad about Teddy. And yeah, joe flacco IS proven. Hes won a superbowl. Teddy hasnt won anything in the post season just yet. Hes young and has a lot to prove still. Thats what Wallace said, and thats the truth. He worked hard and didnt bitch. Worth a shot, thanks anyways Mike.

  28. LOL! Hey, Queen Nation. Do you get it now? Very few think much about your GOAT QB, including former Viking players. Stop all your ridiculous boasting! You are humiliating the real Viking fans.

  29. Wallace said that he was happy to be playing with a quarterback that slings it around. Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense is just that. Flacco has the confidence in the system and the trust in his protection to hold onto the ball long enough to hurl some balls down the field, which is the only way Wallace gets involved in the offense.

    The Dolphins had serious protection issues and went through two different offensive coordinators with a young quarterback in Wallace’s time there. They had enough trouble figuring out who was open on intermediate routes before pressure got in without trying to find someone open 60 yards down field.

    The Vikings are traditionally a run first team. They run a conservative offense under Norv Turner and they aren’t encouraging Bridgewater to take risks with the ball. All that is expected of Bridgewater is to convert 3rd downs and not turn it over.

    This is Wallace’s first chance since leaving the Bruce Arians offense in Pittsburgh to do what he does, and we will see if it translates into numbers for him. His statements aren’t a slight on anyone nearly as much as it is excitement at landing in an offense that highlights what he actually does.

  30. Let’s take a look at lil Teddy’s playoff stats:

    0 Passing TD’s
    0 Rushing TD’s
    148 Passing yards
    0 Rushing Yards
    0 Offensive Points

    Of course it’s really tough playing up in Seattle, so let’s cut him some slack.

    Never mind – it was a home game.

    What a leader.

  31. People who insist on this narrative that Bridgewater is a noodle arm QB fail to see that his numbers essentially match up with what Norv got out of Aikman 20 years ago during their intial years together. No lie, look it up.
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    except Aikman could throw the long ball, big difference when defenses also have to worry about that option!! You’re not really comparing Bridgewater’s arm to Aikman’s are you? If you’re comparing stats then you also need to consider the 1st 2 years Aikman played were on historically bad Dallas team…look it up.

  32. With little erin Rogers in full swing decline and the turd trolls throwing him under the bus on these threads, is this the year for teddy to take the reins as the best QB in the conference?

  33. Wide left? Really? That’s the only comeback from Packer trolls. You do realize that Teddy wasn’t even on the field for the FG, right? When he needed to move them down the field, he did. It’s the same thing for everybody that wants to rip on Aaron Rodgers for the Packers playoff loses. He wasn’t even on the field for those. Grow up, and bring something useful to the conversation. Clowns.

  34. Last time I checked…Wallace was a FA looking to sign with a team. That said, he talked about the type of QB he wanted to play with that suits his style of play. That’s not being critical of TB.

    This is nothing more than people/press trying to make something out of nothing. I swear this country is always looking for controversy or conspiracy and sometimes both.

  35. If you can’t even catch Teddy’s sling velocity then what makes you think you can with Flacco? Vikings will go to Super Bowl either this year or next year and you won’t go anywhere. Possible that Vikings will be the first and last to play and win Super Bowl in their own stadium. Jealous?

  36. Notice that teddy already has more OT victories than little erin Rogers!
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    ummmm, maybe that’s because the Packers are well ahead in the 4th quarter and don’t need OT? But if you think Bustwater is better than Rodgers…………….wow, just wow!

  37. He was insulting Teddy Bridgewater, it was obvious. I saw him on the television, and if he wasn’t then I don’t know what he was talking about.
    He was always complaining in Miami too, what’s new with him, he is what he is. Good luck in Baltimore.

  38. The complete deep ball stats and grades for quarterbacks in 2015.

    RT 9th

    TB 14th

    JF 22nd

    Work on that 22nd ranked deep ball 2015 stat grade Falcco. However I doubt MW will be helping much.

  39. Downfield receiver wants to play with a downfield QB, makes sense. What didn’t makes sense was MN trading for him in the first place

  40. Viking fans say Teddy led them down the field on the wide left drive vs SEA. Other football fans saw that the TE pushed the DB out of the way to get open and make a long play, and got away with it.

  41. Headline: “Unproductive OneHitWonder JumpBallJoe Wideout Gone Bitter”

    Dude! Get back to me on your deep ball prowess when you learn to make easy catches – especially in critical situations. smh

    The Vikings ought to get a refund from you and sign a proven wideout for Teddy.

  42. drtharrison says:
    Mar 17, 2016 9:43 AM

    The comments were directly related to Tannehill.

    Tannehill has had issues, not question. But when you were in Miami, Wallace, you had a LOT of dropsies.

    I remember what Steeler fans said when the Phins signed him: one trick pony, can only run a 9 route, only good for deep balls, can’t play in the slot, gets timid over the middle.

    And as much as I hate to admit it, those Steeler fans were right. Thankfully the Phins have Jarvis Landry who is twice the receiver Wallace is.
    .
    Well yes and no. In season one yes. And to compound matters boneheaded coaching had him line up and use him in the same manner every play.

    Season two the team used him in many ways other than the deep ball. He also had the 10 TD’s that season. Somehow a big time diva also erupted at this point and off he went.

  43. Flacco did it without a decent WR on the outside?

    Steve Smith, Boldin, and T. Smith, are pretty good WR’s 2 of them could be argued for HOF.

    I think Wallace was being honest, its not a secret that Theodore struggles with not only throwing deep, but throwing deep accurately.

  44. A guy gets a team to pay him millions of dollars to play a game, and to show appreciation he tries to express excitement about the opportunity.

    Huge surprise.

    But doing this MUST mean he “disses” his old team.

    Sigh

  45. Vikings have improved tremendously but nothing they do scares anyone as long as Teddy is their qb. That style of play will ensure that very game will be contested until the end. Their ceiling just isn’t that high with him as their QB. Likes fans can hope and wish all they want that he is going to be a game changer but he just isn’t that type of player. You can win a lot of games with an average qb and a great defense though. However, let’s not mistake Teddy for who he is: a young Alex Smith (probably not that good though).

  46. Teddy was not 30th in yards per attempt, even if you include players who attempted one pass. For quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts, Teddy’s 7.23 YPA was 18th in the league. Here are some quarterbacks who were behind him in YPA:

    Eli Manning
    Philip Rivers
    Matthew Stafford
    Derek Carr
    Joe Flacco
    Aaron Rodgers
    Andrew Luck

  47. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Mar 17, 2016 9:12 AM
    Wallace has turned into a classy player. You won’t hear him talking trash during the off season like big mouth Bell. Fortunately, being with the Dolphins and Vikings cleansed him of that Steeler stink.

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    It was DeAngelo Williams who was talking trash, get your facts right.

  48. harveyredman says:
    Mar 17, 2016 9:26 AM

    All things being equal, my litmus test for if Teddy can be “the guy”, was the Wild Card game against Seattle – the game on the line with limited time and he had to move his team into Field goal position. He did that.

    The missed chip-shot was not on him. Teddy did his job and for the time being showed he can potentially be the guy.
    ====================================
    Except that he wasn’t “the guy”. He couldn’t get into the end zone once against Seattle with several opportunities, and it all resulted in field goals or field goal attempts; hence nine points and a blown chip shot, and a loss.

    He didn’t show up for the Packers game for the division title either. 99 yards and 1 INT in the final game of the season, and a win for the Vikings despite his play. How is that leading the Vikings?

    The fact is, the defense and the best running back in the league drive this team, not Teddy Bridgewater. If you believe that Bridgewater “lead” the Vikings to a division title and an 11-5 record, then you should believe that Trent Dilfer lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory against the Giants around 15 years ago.

    The

  49. To clarify, unlike idiots like DeAngelo Williams who trashed talked Peyton Manning and pothead Leveon Bell who trashed talked Eric Weddle, Wallace seems to have outgrown this immature character trait now that he is a Raven. Why? Because that’s how champions act!

  50. Don’t apologize Mike Wallace. I get sick of the “babying” of Bridgewater. He is garbage. Folks are always giving him a pass and are scared to say anything negative about this bum. 14 TD passes all season. Give Ryan Lindley 16 games, he would throw more TDs.

  51. Wallace is still all mouth!

    After being targeted 72 and catching a whopping 39 of them in only 3/4 of the season games played for 473 yards; who cares what he thinks.

    He made close to $21K a yard – there wont be much change to where he’s going.

  52. Wallace “was not being critical” of Teddy

    Teddy was not being critical of Cleveland

    he, he, …. the one decent decision Farmer made.

    At least we aren’t tied to Teddy for 10 years like the trolling, trash talking Vikings.

    Throwing the #22 pick away on Super High Risk Johnny Football did less to hurt the Browns long term than what drafting Teddy would have done. Fact.

    Many High School Quarterbacks throw the ball better than he does. Its just a fact.

    Good luck with that Vikings. Everybody can now see what most weren’t willing to accept up to a year ago. If anything happens to Peterson, and/or Norv, its over for you.

  53. Wallace was a high character guy, and coaches spoke highly of his contributions off the field to the team and locker room. Wish him the best, I think the Ravens O is a better fit for him.

    MN with a run first O, D that is becoming dominant, and the high price tag for him, just wasn’t meant to be. Glad my team is spending money on the O-line, think both ravens and vikings will be better after this off-season.

  54. Say what you want about Flacco. I dont hate him nor am I big fan. But that team was mess with injuries. Anything is an upgrade for them.
    Teddy is a decent QB. As long as AP is there they are a grind out keep it close team. Imagine the critics if they tried to become pass happy wtih him still in backfield

  55. crewchief15 ,
    Yep because when I think about the Cowboy offense, first thing that pops into my mind was Aikman hitting all of those deep balls to Alvin Harper before he left for Tampa. Oh wait, that’s right, it was more like mostly Irvin and Novacek running 12 yard routes in between Emmit Smith and perhaps the best offensive line ever assembled grinding out the front end of the all time leading rusher’s yards. Silly me. I could have sworn all 4 years under Turner, Aikman’s stats looked curiously just like Bridgewater’s, and I don’t think anyone’s confusing his supporting cast with what was in Dallas besides Peterson.

  56. Wallace should get his facts straight before opening his big mouth. Last season, Teddy was higher than Flacco on average yds per pass, completion %, and passer rating. Furthermore, blaming a 22 yr old for all his miserable problems is a low blow. The guy couldn’t run routes or catch a pass– he needs to look in the mirror to find out who’s really to blame.

  57. I am a Vikings fan was not bothered by Mike’s comments. He was getting in good with his new QB and telling the truth. Teddy isn’t where he needs to be yet. He will get an improved offensive line next year which should help his development. He is good enough to win., he doesn’t nut up like a lot of other QB’s do.

  58. babygag

    But if you think Bustwater is better than Rodgers
    )))))))))))))

    No one is saying that, they were getting at the pack as of late are chokers in the playoffs and if it goes into OT They will Lose.

  59. The article says:

    It didn’t take much for many people to draw the conclusion that Wallace felt that was something missing from his experience with the Vikings and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

    If this country wasn’t full of liberal pansies a person could speak their mind without having to apologize for it later.

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