At a press conference that was held today in Minneapolis, Vikings' offensive coordinator Norv Turner talked about the progress that has been made by rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater so far this season. As you can see from the statement, Norv. . .who has been at this football thing for a while. . .seems to be pretty impressed.
(Image comes from the Twitter account of Star-Tribune Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel.)
Seriously, is there anyone out there that's still doubting Teddy Bridgewater at this point? As Ted said in his post the other day, it's no longer a matter of if Bridgewater is the guy for the Vikings in the long-term, it's now simply a matter of how good he's going to be.
Bridgewater's completion percentage currently sits at 63.5% going into the final two games of this season. That's the highest completion percentage for a rookie quarterback this season, and the fifth-highest completion percentage for among qualifying rookies in NFL history. The four quarterbacks that had higher completion percentages as rookies were Ben Roethlisberger (66.4%), Robert Griffin III (65.7%), Marc Bulger (64.5%) and Russell Wilson (64.1%). Now, Bridgewater isn't going to throw as many touchdown passes as Griffin or Wilson did as rookies, and probably not as many as Roethlisberger (though he should catch and/or pass Bulger in that category), but given what he's had to work with, as Turner said, the progress he's making thus far with what he has is pretty impressive.
Teddy Bridgewater has had some issues this season, but he seems to have worked a lot of those out. A full off-season in an NFL strength and conditioning program and the knowledge of going into the 2015 season knowing that he's the man will be huge for him, I think. And I have no doubts that the Vikings are going to do what they can to give him more help next season, whether it's at the receiving spots or along the offensive line or, in all likelihood, both.
But, you know, if Norv Turner likes what he sees out of the guy so far, that's good enough for me. It should be good enough for pretty much anybody.