LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Remember what Teddy Bridgewater did when he finally got an opportunity to quarterback the University of Louisville football team?
Well, Saturday night in Minneapolis something similar happened.
Disclaimer one: This one was only an exhibition game.
Disclaimer two: Matt Cassel, a returning veteran, is likely to remain the Vikings’ quarterback.
Burn the disclaimers: Nobody is talking about how many gloves Bridgewater is wearing or the way he threw the football on pro day at U of L any more. They’re talking about whether Bridgewater should knock Cassel out of the job ASAP.
That is the buzz in the Twin Cities after Bridgewater played the entire second half in the Vikings’ game against Arizona and completed 15 of 20 passes for 177 yards.
It gets better. Two of the drives resulted in touchdowns.
It gets better. Both of the drives pushed the Vikings ahead, including the game-winner – a 2-yard pass to Rodney Smith with 18 seconds to play for Minnesota’s 30-28 victory.
Just when it seemed like Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer was on the brink of naming Cassel his starting quarterback, Zimmer took a time out Saturday night.
“I’m very pleased,” Bridgewater said. “I’m just going to try and continue to get better. Last week was a learning experience, getting a feel for the game. And today I was able to go out there and I knew what it took to game plan and go into an NFL game and play football. The guys around me did a great job of assisting me and making transitions.”