One of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater’s most impressive traits is an ability to keep an even keel. There are times for fiery demonstrations, to be sure, but a composed quarterback more often than not is going to reflect well on a team.
Let’s take a cue, then, from Teddy when judging Teddy: don’t get too high with the highs, don’t get too low with the lows.
Criticism of Bridgewater when he missed some throws and looked tentative in games this season was warranted but probably overboard. So, too, is the notion that Bridgewater has “turned a corner” after a workmanlike performance against the Panthers and a very good performance against the Jets.
He’s a young quarterback prone to ups and downs. He’s shown signs that he could be an above-average starting QB for years to come. He’s shown signs that he might never reach that echelon.
The signs lately have been better, and that’s encouraging. In his past six starts, Bridgewater has led the Vikings to a 4-2 record while completing 62.4 percent of his passes, with nine TDs, just three INTs and a 91.0 passer rating. In a handful of those games, he’s feasted on subpar pass defenses.
His next two games will be on the road against two pretty good pass defenses (Detroit and Miami). In those games, Bridgewater’s numbers might dip down again.
We’re guessing Teddy will still have the same demeanor regardless of how those games turn out. It’s not that he won’t care, but his nature is to remain in the middle.
We could probably take a lesson from Bridgewater when evaluating Bridgewater.
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