Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts during an interview after defeating the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
We know what so-called experts (and obvious non-experts) think about Norv Turner’s offense and which quarterbacks would be the best fit in that offense. But what about a guy who actually played under Norv Turner?
How does a former Norv Turner wide receiver view the quarterback field and which QB does he believe would make the most sense for Norv and the Vikings?
One former Norv player has weighed in on the topic. And the guy he has tabbed as the best fit for Norv is not necessarily the player you would think of first.
Curtis Conway, who played under then-OC Turner in San Diego in the early ’00s, believes that of all the QBs available in this year’s draft, Teddy Bridgewater would be the best fit.
Conway gave his interesting take on a potential Bridgewater-Turner marriage during a mock draft segment on NFL Network.
“Teddy Bridgewater may not be the best quarterback in everyone’s eyes, but when I look at the offensive [coordinator] in Minnesota, I played for Norv Turner and he likes the type of quarterback who can go through his progressions,” Conway said.
“Teddy Bridgewater is [more] mobile than people think. He doesn’t run as much as the other guys because he goes through his progressions and he will dump the ball off to his back,” Conway went on. “I think Bridgewater fits Norv Turner’s offense better than any of the other quarterbacks.”
The Vikings have shown a lot of interest in Bridgewater, working him out at Winter Park after his much-panned pro day workout, and keeping him around a few days after for an extended visit (that almost looked like a rookie orientation). Point here being, the idea that Minnesota might see Bridgewater as the best fit for their offense is hardly a shocking one.
However, at least to people on the outside, Bridgewater has tended to take a backseat to players like Blake Bortles, Zach Mettenberger and others when discussing the scheme fit question.
The issue with Bridgewater appears to be his lack of size and/or downfield throwing power. However, recent statistical analysis has suggested that Bridgewater is a more effective deep passer than people believe. And the whole stature question as it relates to Norv’s preferences could be overblown.
In other words, Curtis Conway could be on to something. He certainly is in a better position than any of us to speculate on what Norv might be thinking right now.
Conway thinks, if it’s all about best fit, forget about Bortles, Manziel and the rest. Go Bridgewater.