Oct 10, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles with the ball during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Papa John

Vikings GM: Teddy Bridgewater Has "That ‘IT' Factor"


It is hard not to get excited about new Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.  He’s the shiny new toy for Minnesota’s offense and could help bring consistency to the team’s quarterback position.

The Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has nothing but positive things to say about Bridgewater.  Recently, Spielman was on The Jim Rose Show to talk about the team’s second first round draft pick of 2014:

Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

“I think everybody put so much hype into that pro day workout and then everybody starts picking these kids apart and we do the same thing. But you always have to go back to what he has done in college and what did you see in tape and what did you see when you watched him play live. I had the opportunity to see him play live three times over the last two years and every time I got an opportunity to see him play in clutch situations, he seemed to have that ‘it’ factor to him.”

Spielman went on to talk about Bridgewater’s low key attitude:

“He may come across as not that fiery type guy,but I know what I saw and I know what we saw in the workout. I know what I saw when he interacted with his teammates when I watched him play live and I know what type of competitor I saw when he was in games.”

Do you think Bridgewater will be a good team leader?  Even more so, do you think he has the “IT” factor at the NFL level?

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  • MikeH123

    Maybe Bridgewater does have the it factor and maybe he will be great like Peyton Manning. But he cannot be used effectively in a vertical (Norv Turner) offense that I wanted to stretch the field for AD (like the days of Robert Smith with Cunningham, Moss and Carter). Instead, the Vikings will go back to a dink and dunk offense focusing on short passing and YAC from Patterson, Jennings and Wright. But this time it will be with a pass receiving RB. Nice knowing you AD, but you have been handled by people that never realized how to get the most out of you.

    • Dylan Throldahl

      Who says Bridgewater cant handle the Turner Offense?? Just because he cant throw 70 yards down field doesn’t mean we cant strech the field?? Even ponder did it a couple times. He has amazing accuracy that will only get better and he get the feel of throwing deeper as long as we give him chances. Hes smart with the ball too. He will build little more arm strength im a believer you get what draft for arm strength but you can build some. Which all he need to be great. I say atleast they try him in the Turner offense and see what hes got. AD for sure would like to see them try it. I for one am tired of dink and dunk i wanna see real passes that take talent from the QB and receiver.

      • MikeH123

        We will see if he develops his deep balls or the Vikings go back to dink and dunk to suit what he offers now..

    • Jake

      Jesus enough already. This like the 30th post I’ve seen from you spouting the same crap, “Bridgewater can’t play in a vertical Norv Turner offense”. You’re like a broken fuckin record. I suppose you’re some sort of football genius who just chooses to use his immense knowledge of the game to repost the same tired bullshit in every column he can find rather than be a professional coach right? It’s obvious you’re not a Vikings fan so do the rest of us a favor and shut up already.

      • trinity

        Tell him Jake! This guy has been on every Vikings topic with the same lame bullshit.

      • MikeH123

        Up yours Jake. I will post what I want. Although I am glad to see you guys finally got it: Bridgewater can’t play in a vertical Norv Turner offense

        • Jake

          I think you’re the only one who believes that garbage. If you honestly believe that a guy like Norv Turner isn’t smart enough to tailor his game plan to his QB than you’re even dumber than I thought. I don’t know what your motive for spouting that nonsense but we’d appreciate it if you did it elsewhere.

        • kyle

          You don’t know that right now. We’re not even in training camp yet. These guys are practicing in shorts. Let’s wait til they get some pads on and get a couple preseason games in before we say he can’t play in a vertical offense. If you’re making your judgement based off college tape, then I will disagree with you that he CAN play in a vertical offense as he played in a similar yet less complex system in college. Give the kid a chance to he successful before crucifying him.

    • Jake

      And by the way that offense you’re talking about only lasted for one season, and it had very little to do with the offensive scheme and a lot to do with the Moss/Carter duo. The Vikings don’t have a Moss/Carter duo anymore. They don’t have a 6’4″ physical freak who can leap over every DB on the field, and they don’t have a WR with the softest hands in NFL history. They have the tools they have and Turner will use them to the best of his ability.

  • Capt. Awesome

    Who said teddy doesn’t have the deep ball? He was the 2nd deepest passer in college the last 2 years. He can throw a 60yd ball. He may not have the velocity without the glove but that would be the only knock on him… Maybe his slight of frame too. Don’t be mistaken. Teddy bridgewater has the deep ball!

  • robb

    People want to discuss his slight frame but look at Drew Brees and R. Wilson. These are just media plugs without much merit to foment interest, albeit positive or negative, in order to bolster ratings. The media always needs something to talk about in football Also, ESPN’s Mark Schlereth says he won’t fare well in the cold with “those little hands”. I think he’ll be a star and give this team a whole new direction as he helps re-define the Vikings.

  • Bob

    I actually watched an awful lot of tapes and I was hoping for Barr in the first and Mettengberger in 2nd because of his size. However, Teddy can throw the deep pass.The point I want to make now is this, The Vikes Staff of proffessionals have chose Teddy. I trust their expertise over my fan record of over 45 years. Also, I know it doesn’t win ballgames, but this kid is a class act. Great pick Thank you Viking staff. SKOL!!!

  • Cool Jack

    Viking Fans….always the best in all the NFL.with the passion and knowledge of the game…take a hike cheeseheads and nay sayers…This team will be nobodys doormat this year or for many to come..Love Minnesota…

  • Tony Vicka VanHall

    If you look at his stats you will see a true competitor and winner. This kid has it all… The intelligence, the work ethic, and he performs on an elite level under pressure. Hopefully the Turners can turn this kid into the pro we’re all hoping for, because he has the tools without a doubt.

  • JJSamurai

    I don’t think it will matter much. He has to make the team first. This Partridge kid looks pretty damn good. May the best quarterbacks make the roster.

    • kyle

      You’re joking right? That would kill the cap if they would cut a first round kid for some camp arm. I hope you’re just being sarcastic.

      • JJSamurai

        I am kind of being sarcastical. The Partridge kid, unless he does something insane pre-season like 7 TD’s 400 yards and 0 INT’s is going to go to the practice squad. He is just there for Competition. Kind of sucks for him though. The Kid looks like a legitimate dual threat. Financially you have to keep Cassel, Ponder, and Bridgewater. But if the kid is good they could sign him and keep him on Inactive Reserve.

        • kyle

          I hope he makes the practice squad and, when Ponder is a free agent and signs elsewhere, he could be the #3 for Norv to develop. Very excited to see Bridgewater in action during the preseason. Hopefully, he’s the franchise quarterback this team has been dying for since Culpepper blew out his knee in ’04.