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

Coach Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater "Progressing At A Good Pace"


When Teddy Bridgewater was drafted to the Vikings, most fans knew that he would most likely be starting sooner than many of the other rookie quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class.

May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addresses the media at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota’s head coach, Mike Zimmer, spoke with Albert Breer on Friday for the NFL Total Access on NFL Network and had great things to say about how Teddy Bridgewater is coming along.

“Teddy’s been great,” Zimmer said. “He’s had a good command of the offense. I like his leadership. I like his determination. He’s throwing the ball well. He’s got good, quick feet. I think he’s a good athlete. So he’s progressing at a good pace.”

When you add in the fact that Bridgewater will be taking reps with the first team offense this early in his career, it seems as though this franchise is really hoping that he can win the job this year.  He has already received high praise from his new offensive coordinator and some of his teammates.

Teddy Bridgewater will face stiff competition from Matt Cassel in camp and will also have to beat out former starter and first round draft pick Christian Ponder.  However, all the reports out of Minnesota make it sound as though that won’t be too difficult for Mr. Bridgewater to accomplish this year.

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  • Gordon Guffey

    I wish him all the best in this coming season if he does get to start at some point ~ However I’m on the side of making him wait till 2015 if possible ~ I just dont want to screw him up like they did Ponder by throwing him in their when McNutt (McNabb) was still getting all of the reps because it was a new offense and he had trouble learning it ~ I for one believe he was just lazy and thats what got him run out of Washington ~

    But if Teddy is ready by Norv’s standard then I’m behind him 100% for Norv knows far more about QB’s than I do ~ More than any of us ~ And thats the only fact we know about Teddy right now ~ Norv was my pick for OC and I was so happy when he got the job ~

    • Chris Schroeder

      I hope he does but like u I’d rather have him sit a year. Unless he’s the best qb. Which he probably will be.

      Now the ponder thing I have to say a few things. 1 he was I’m the lockout part so he didn’t get the time that Bridgwater is getting and he also had garbage Musgrave for an oc so things might have been different if all that didn’t happen plus our o line wasn’t like it is today. Given the circumstances if ponder had a shot like teddy maybe it would of been different but who knows right. Glad we got Bridgewater.

      SKOL!!!!

      • Gregg Z

        Depending on how Ponder picks up the offense and his willingness to be a backup I would love for Ponder to stick with the Vikings as a second string QB. He may not want that though but it would awesome if it did.

  • 3kolu

    Great news so far. Hope he can pull off a Russel Wilson and surprise a lot of critics. We also need Anthony Barr, Jerrick McKinnon, Scott Crichton, David Yankee and Antone Exum to take the next step and contribute immediately. If we cab soften the blows to these current rookies and make the learning curve quick and painless we’ll compete in the North.

    • Cool Jack

      I am with all your comments…I am not going to be at training camp,so Zimmer will make my decision ….I will be at the strip club with (Mac) Bryant Mckinnie and enjoying his $150,thousand and all the flesh that kind of money gets…so call me on all the updates….

      • 3kolu

        We’ll be bringing in Big Boy Mc for a motivational seminar next week to be accompanied by his entourage.

        • Cool Jack

          Food included!

  • MikeH123

    Why do the Vikings have 3 weak- to at best average-armed QBs competing for the job in a vertical offense requiring a strong arm for downfield passes ???

    • Jeeves

      Why do you perpetuate the same negative BS?

  • Cool Jack

    P.S….Matt Cassel will remain the starter until Tarvais (Bridgewater) gets the nod…..I was third in Fantasy Football last year so I qualify as an armchair linebacker….

  • Leslie Nesvold

    I agree, I think they should keep him on the sidelines until next tear. Let Matt Cassell play the tear out. Make sure that he is ready in every way before we throwing to the
    wolves so to speak.