Rumor has it: Bridgewater will be the Week 1 starter
Back in May on night one of the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings capped the evening's first round by grabbing Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd overall selection.
He is in the mix to be the team’s starting signal-caller when the club opens the season at St. Louis on Sept. 7. How much in the mix is anyone’s guess right now. But according to Bridgewater, there’s no real rush to be anointed the team’s No. 1 quarterback.
"It’s not tough at all because I have nothing but my best interest for the team," said Bridgewater last month to Master Tesfatsion of the Star Tribune. "And I’m very excited about this team that we have here...If I’m not the guy then I know the coaches have the best interest for the team also.
"My teammates also have the best interest for the team," added Bridgewater. "So in order for me to be a better player, I have to have the best interest for the team and want nothing but the best interest for the team."
The best interest of the team may be Bridgewater sooner rather than later. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has liked what he has seen so far from the rookie signal-caller.
While the Vikings were a playoff team in 2012, they have also finished last in the NFC North three of the last four seasons. New head coach Mike Zimmer will focus on the defense and a team that gave up the most points in the league in 2013.
Back to the quarterback job, veteran Matt Cassel is the front-runner and former first-round pick Christian Ponder is somewhat of an afterthought.
But this is a Minnesota team that may be ready to look at their future sooner rather than later. Look for Bridgewater to be the Week 1 starter in the Gateway City against the Rams in two months.