Teddy Bridgewater’s Plan Really Backfired

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Teddy Bridgewater at the NFL Draft: total ecstasy

Teddy Bridgewater at the NFL Draft: total ecstasy

The Minnesota Vikings drafted their latest quarterback of the future, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, at the ass end of the first round last Thursday.

There was some speculation that the Cleveland Browns were going to select Bridgewater after they moved up from No. 26 to No. 22. Instead, they took John Football.

The way Bridgewater tells it, he made that happen by telling his agent he didn’t want to play in Cleveland.

“I actually told my agent that’s not the place where I wanted to be,” Bridgewater told Dan Patrick.

Except his whole plan backfired. He ended up getting drafted by the only organization in the NFL that’s worse than the Cleveland Browns — the Minnesota Vikings.

Teddy probably thought he was free and clear and would get picked by one of the better teams in the league. Here’s who picked after the Browns at No. 22 — Kansas City, Cincinnati, San Diego, Philadelphia, Arizona, Carolina, New England, San Francisco, Denver and Seattle (before trading the pick to Minnesota).

But no! Thwarted by the Vikings and condemned to being a loser from here to eternity!

Whether the Browns wanted Bridgewater or not — they have denied that they were even interested — there’s good reason no team picked him before No. 32. Bridewater had a pretty awful pro day back in March, which hurt his stock tremendously.

Now people are wondering if he can play in cold weather. Teddy actually wore a glove at Louisville, which is one thing. Another thing that personnel types point out is Bridewater has smaller hands than most quarterbacks. They think he’ll have trouble gripping the ball when it’s really cold.

That remains to be seen. What doesn’t is that the Florida native didn’t perform as well when the temperature was below 50 as he did when it was above.

His completion percentage dropped eight points, from 71-63 percent. His touchdown to interception rate was also worse. Bridewater threw 48 TDs and 13 INTs above 50 and 20 TDs and 9 INTs below.

Oh, and he’s never started a game when the temperature was below freezing.

But the Queens play in a dome!

Not for the next two years they don’t. They’ll be playing at TCF Bank Stadium, which is the home of the Gophers and an open air stadium, while the Hormel Chili Dome is built.

So way to go and good luck, Ted!

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

8 Comments on "Teddy Bridgewater’s Plan Really Backfired"

  1. Derek

    The first thing I though of when the queens drafted him is they have to play outdoors for a few years before the dome gets rebuilt. then he’ll have some outdoor and some indoor games. and then the whole glove thing. While he might turn out better than Ponder/Cassell, I think he’s still a bust.

  2. Kreg

    Bridgewater reminds me of another “Most Pro-Ready” QB from Louisville. Does the name Brohm ring a bell with anyone? As a Packers fan, I am very excited about this Vikings pick.

  3. K.L.

    I think he’s gonna be great. I was a big Bridgewater fan when he was at Louisville. Not so much now. But I think he will make them contenders. Love the competition. I say bring it.

  4. Bob

    Wow. The Packers’ draft must have sucked donkey dick if the only post draft article you can come up with is bashing another team’s first round pick…must have been a real steaming pile.

    • Kreg

      Screw you Bob! Why did the Vikes have 5 first round pix in the last two years????? Cuz they suck!!!……but yeah, this years Pack draft will yeild no future pro-bowlers so I take it out on Bridewater to make myself feel better.

  5. ferris

    If you watched him play in College you would not want your team to draft him. I went to UCF and watched them a bit and took an interest in that conference. Bridgewater is horrible and played inferior competition. Lost at home to UCF outplayed by Bortles. If he is the QB of the future the future looks grim. Ponder was a better pick.

  6. Vijay

    Yeah…loved Teddy’s college tape but he doesn’t have the measurables to be anything more than a serviceable backup. I wonder if Bortles fell to them with a top 10 pick…haha

  7. fudge

    What weird ass-end of the internet do you have to go to find a blog where fans of an NFL team fixate over another team?
    I know Wisconsin sucks ass but find something constructive to do away from a computer already.

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