May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (left) and head coach Mike Zimmer pose for pictures at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Zimmer Says Vikings Will Bring Teddy Bridgewater Along “At the Right Speed”


The Vikings have a plan in place for QB Teddy Bridgewater, and that plan is not to rush him nor to hold him back.

In his press conference from Vikings rookie minicamp Friday, coach Mike Zimmer laid it out pretty plainly. “We’re gonna bring him along at the right speed,” Zimmer said.

What is “the right speed” for Teddy Bridgewater? That is up to Teddy Bridgewater.

The rookie is already devouring the playbook, preparing himself for what figures to be an open competition with veteran Matt Cassel.

If the Vikings remain true to their “right speed” Teddy approach, Bridgewater will have a fair shake to unseat Cassel, but the Vikings won’t force Bridgewater into the lineup if Cassel is clearly better.

Zimmer said Bridgewater will get a look with the first team during OTAs so he can get used to working with Adrian Peterson and the rest of the starters. That to me is an indication that the Vikings want to give Bridgewater every possible chance to win the job in camp.

Mike Zimmer also said Friday that he doesn’t care about Teddy Bridgewater’s reportedly brisk jersey sales, which is a way of saying that the fans won’t dictate when Bridgewater plays.

Having Bridgewater as the starter on opening day would help ticket and merchandise sales. Of course, the final call has to be made by the coaching staff, not the suits upstairs.

No one will be pressuring Mike Zimmer to start Teddy Bridgewater. When he’s ready to go, he will go. The Vikings and all their fans are just hoping that “ready to go” point is reached sooner rather than later.

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  • Gordon Guffey

    I believe Cassel gets the start early on ~ They play some tough teams to open the 2014 season ~ If he starts this year I believe the bye week would be the right spot unless Cassel is playing outstanding football ~ And lets not forget Ponder who only worked with Musgrave while Cassel was trained else where (NE & KC) ~ He could still develop into a good QB with Norv ~ I hope he does because the Vikings might be able to trade him or Cassel before the trade deadline if all the QB’s are playing very well ~ Teddy isn’t going anywhere and I dont see them trading Cassel but Ponder has a injury history and is in the last year of his contract ~ I would hope they would keep Cassel to work with Teddy if he does show early he should be the starting QB ~ But if Teddy does need this year to get himself ready I feel safe with Cassel backed up by Ponder ~ I believe Norv had a big say in who he wanted at QB and that Teddy was good enough to trade up to get ~ IMHO that shows he believe’s in Teddy and that Teddy at worse will be the #2 QB by years end ~