There’s nothing wrong with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The third-year quarterback is healthy and didn’t get into any reported trouble before Minnesota’s second preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
But surprisingly, when the Vikings offense took the field Thursday night it was backup Shaun Hill leading the starters, not Bridgewater. The change in plans was described as a coach’s decision, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t offer much of an explanation for his decision.
“Because I wanted to,” Zimmer stated bluntly after the game, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Matt Vensel.
Zimmer didn’t provide a specific reason and made it clear that it wasn’t a disciplinary decision.
“Teddy Bridgewater is the nicest kid in the world,” Zimmer said per Vensel. “There is no disciplinary action ever with Teddy. It had nothing to do with discipline and it had to do with my decision.”
Maybe Zimmer just didn’t feel like putting his starter out there against the vaunted Seahawks defense. Perhaps he wanted to mitigate any injury risk. There are multiple reasons that could explain Zimmer’s decision; it just might not come to light.
The Vikings expect Bridgewater to take a step forward in 2016. He threw for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions primarily as a game manager last season. Minnesota might rely more on Bridgewater this season as it transitions to a new indoor stadium. Star running back Adrian Peterson hasn’t shown any signs of regression, but is 31 years old.
Surely, Bridgewater will take the field in the team’s third preseason game, which will be the final dress rehearsal for the starters.