Norv Turner Has A Message For Those Who Doubted Teddy Bridgewater


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had to overcome a lot of obstacles to become a first round draft pick in the NFL.  He had a disappointing pro day, was criticized for having too skinny of knees, and had fans worried because he likes to wear gloves when he plays.  Those criticisms were heard on draft day, as 31 other picks were made before Teddy Bridgewater was finally picked #32 overall, barely making it into the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) smiles after the game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings win 13-9. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The reaction to Teddy Bridgewater being drafted by Minnesota was mixed.  Some were thrilled to get a prospect that was at one time considered to be a lock to be the #1 overall pick.  They saw a quarterback that was poised in the pocket and can complete passes with a high rate of success.  Others saw a quarterback that didn’t have an elite arm and potentially lacked the leadership skills needed succeed in the NFL.

While there’s still some debate as to whether or not Teddy Bridgewater will become a solid NFL quarterback, that criticism has quieted down after an impressive rookie campaign.  Now, Bridgewater is getting a lot of love from those same media outlets that said they saw him as a second round pick.  However, it’s doubtful to think that the Minnesota Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater himself have forgotten what was said.

In a recent article on the ESPN website, Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner laughed about the pro day that helped make Teddy Bridgewater available at #32 overall back in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Here is what Turner had to say:

"“Someone should take those brooms and shove them up someone’s backside.”"

The brooms, of course, refer to the literal brooms that are held up to simulate a defensive player’s arms reaching up to bat down a pass.  Luckily, neither the Vikings nor Teddy Bridgewater should have to shove those brooms anywhere near people’s butts, as they should be hoping to make their point by having the quarterback continue to succeed and prove the naysayers wrong.

But I know one thing.  If I was one of the doubters because of Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day, I’m not going anywhere near Norv Turner for a while.  Good thing I wasn’t one of those.

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