Mike Zimmer “proud” to face off with Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason

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Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will face his old team on Friday night when the Vikings visit New Orleans for their preseason opener, and Bridgwater’s old coach is looking forward to it.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s excited to see what Bridgewater is doing in New Orleans, three years after suffering a career-threatening injury in Vikings camp.

I am proud of him,” Zimmer said, via ESPN. “For him to be able to come back from the type of injury that he had and still be playing in the NFL, our statistics when the injury happened, it was a pretty bleak outlook for him. That’s the kind of kid he is. I actually talked to Sean Payton today and he said he’s the same guy, no restrictions, doing well. And Teddy is a competitor. He’s going to try to stick it to us just like we’re going to try to stick it to him.”

Bridgewater, who was the Vikings’ starter at the time of his injury, has still thrown just 25 regular-season passes in the three years since that injury, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll ever be an NFL starter again. But given the prognosis after he suffered the injury, that he’s still in the league is something to be proud of.

25 responses to “Mike Zimmer “proud” to face off with Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason

  1. He might be better now, because I always got the impression he was afraid to make a mistake. Now, knowing he’s not the starter, he might just let it rip.

  2. Teddy Bridgewater is a class act and a strong, courageous man. So is Mike Zimmer. Nothing but respect for both of those men.

  3. I’m sure Zimmer has moved on mentally, but all signs pointed to him following a medical assessment of Teddy Bridgewater that has turned out to be completely wrong, when he should’ve followed his gut. To think what the Vikings could do right now if Teddy was the starter and at least $20 million in “Cousins” money that could’ve been spent on other free agents. Vikings would look unstoppable…

  4. Bridgewater is just a darn shame. He is a great guy who just had some horrible bad luck who wasn’t even hurt by contact. I wish him all the best. We’ll never know how good he could have been. I wish him only the best.

  5. We’ll see how good he is fall 2020.
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    thetooloftools says:
    August 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm
    Bridgewater is just a darn shame. He is a great guy who just had some horrible bad luck who wasn’t even hurt by contact. I wish him all the best. We’ll never know how good he could have been. I wish him only the best.

  6. love you, teddy. i wish that knee injury didn’t happen because i wanted him as the franchise. sure he wasn’t a power passer but he was consistent and the team rallied around him.

  7. Zimmer kept him around and even played him in one regular season game after the injury. So he didn’t think Bridgewater’s career was finito back then.

  8. TBH2o is a good kid. He has the passion unlike most and easy to cheer for. I hope he gets another crack at being a starter in the NFL again.

  9. I miss Teddy. We had everything going for us. I wished he would’ve come back too. I still do. He’s definitely good enough to be a starter on many other teams. But when Brees is your starter and has been for well over a decade, c’mon you’re not going to sit him. I believe Teddy chose to stay with the Saints for a shot to be their next starter. I still wish we had him back though.

  10. Knowing that Bridgewater is starting for the Saints makes me really want to watch this game, and I don’t usually care much for preseason games.

  11. The Saints will have a seamless transition to quality QB play after Brees and it makes me sick. I wish the Vikings still had Teddy.

  12. He started as a rookie on a team with a real good defense. I think he was told – don’t make the big mistake. Hold on to the ball. So he played accordingly.

    I think he could really make hay as a starter at this point. He’s seen a lot. Been patient. Still not even 27 years old.

  13. Teddy was a serviceable quarterback, perhaps comparable to someone like Kyle Sloter, but I have serious doubts that he was the man for the job.

  14. derp363 says:
    August 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    love you, teddy. i wish that knee injury didn’t happen because i wanted him as the franchise. sure he wasn’t a power passer but he was consistent and the team rallied around him.

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    You wanted a guy who averaged 0.8TDs per game over two seasons as “the franchise”?

  15. Still hope he ends up back in Minnesota. His numbers weren’t gaudy, but I trust him in the clutch more than Cousins. Teddy plays with gusto, and with a better OC than he had the last time he was a full time starter, we’ll get to see how good he can be.

  16. Teddy will get another shot someday. He might have to take a nick foles path but only a fool would bet against this guy.

  17. Hopefully Teddy goes back to MN when twirk Cousins contract is up. What a great example of a professional athlete Teddy has been, a fine upstanding young man. Kirk is a good person but a little too nice, no killer instinct.

  18. darrel305 says:
    August 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Yeah, you showed him a lot of respect by releasing him to.
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    He was a free agent. The Vikings would gladly have brought him back as a backup but he wanted a chance to be a starter and the Vikings couldn’t risk putting all their eggs in that basket when it wasn’t clear if he would ever return to form.

  19. but he wanted a chance to be a starter and the Vikings couldn’t risk putting all their eggs in that basket

    +++++

    The “basket” cost $5M and would not have precluded another QB from also having “a chance” to be the starter. So try again.

  20. packertruth says:
    August 8, 2019 at 11:51 am

    but he wanted a chance to be a starter and the Vikings couldn’t risk putting all their eggs in that basket

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    The “basket” cost $5M and would not have precluded another QB from also having “a chance” to be the starter. So try again.
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    How about this? They didn’t have the luxury of waiting around to see what it would take to sign Bridgewater and another quarterback. Whoever they signed, be it Keenum or Cousins, would be the presumed starter. The guy making over $20 million is going to be the starter, so Teddy was better off going somewhere else. He would have had a nice shot at starting for the Jets but they drafted Sam Darnold after signing Teddy. For some reason, you don’t understand that NFL teams and players have to make decisions based on the information they have at the time, not on information that will become available at some point in the future.

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