I am not sure when the last time is that you watched the NFL Pro Bowl, or when I watched it for that matter. But this Sunday (January 31), the 2016 version of the NFL’s “all-star” game will feature four former Louisville Cardinals. Teddy Bridgewater, Gary Barnidge, Eric Wood, and Elvis Dumervil will all be hanging out in Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium playing some football and representing their respective NFL teams, as well as the Cards of course.
They do things differently now. There is a draft, so it is not really the NFC vs AFC anymore. That draft happens Wednesday evening. Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin are the team captains and will pick their rosters. The game will be Sunday at 7:00 on ESPN.
This is kind of hard to watch. During yesterday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, Teddy Bridgewater was scrambling and clearly going into his slide. That wasn’t good enough for former Florida State Seminole Lamarcus Joyner, who added in an elbow to the head, which knocked Teddy’s head against the ground, and thus knocked him out.
If you want to watch a video that will make you miss Teddy, this is for you. It isn’t a highlight clip from his days at Louisville with sad music or anything, but footage of him at practice for the Vikings. It is just cool to see him interacting with his teammates and it clearly seems to have good chemistry with the guys. That is big for him as a second-year quarterback in the NFL.
We all love Teddy Bridgewater, and we know how good he is. We were disappointed when he fell to the end of the first round of the NFL Draft. But the further you fall, the better team (usually) you land with. So the situation for Teddy is probably better than if he were drafted in Jacksonville (Blake Bortles) or Cleveland (Johnny Manziel).
During an impressive rookie season in 2014, it was nice to hear people around the country finally take notice of how good Bridgewater was. We knew it, but to have others catching on was a good feeling.
It is also pretty cool when one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game has good things to say about Teddy, and that is exactly what happened when Brett Favre got to talking to Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.
Remember Teddy’s first possession at UofL? If you don’t, it went like this against Murray State.
|1st and 10 at LOU 46||LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start accepted.|
|1st and 15 at LOU 41||LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start on Hector Hernandez accepted.|
|1st and 20 at LOU 36||LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard Delay of Game on Teddy Bridgewater accepted.|
|1st and 25 at LOU 31||Jeremy Wright rush for 3 yards to the Lvile 34.|
|2nd and 22 at LOU 34||Jeremy Wright rush for 5 yards to the Lvile 39.|
|3rd and 17 at LOU 39||Teddy Bridgewater pass intercepted by Darrell Davis at the MurrS 24, returned for no gain to the MurrS 24.|
Then there is this incredible video. My how things have changed!
Last year, the Cleveland Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater. This year, they had the chance to draft DeVante Parker. They passed on him as well. While nearly all Louisville fans breathed a sigh of relief (I say nearly because I have family that are Browns fans…sorry!), apparently the Parker family was also relieved.
Congratulations to former Louisville and Trinity quarterback Will Stein, who will be continuing his coaching career at the University of Texas with Coach Charlie Strong as a graduate assistant. Stein tweeted the following message last night.
I started to write a little intro for this, but there is no reason to. Let’s get right to it. The NFL Combine is starting, and we know DeVante Parker should be drafted early. The Minnesota Vikings have the 11th overall pick. Teddy Bridgewater is their quarterback. The buzz with Louisville fans is the thought of the Vikings taking Parker and those two reuniting.
At the combine on Thursday, Parker said “That would be really good to reunite with (Bridgewater). We’ve got a good connection. That would be a good thing.” (according to blog.twincities.com)
More from the article:
Perhaps I should wait until more information comes out. That is probably what a journalist or a professional would do. But since I am nothing more than a fan, I can let these things out whenever.
I am well aware that this could be a huge overreaction post. I know that going into it. After all, we don’t really know the reason (yet) that Chris Jones has been suspended. So if that reason ever does come out and it isn’t a big deal, this could all be for nothing. However, I am not just writing this to pile on Jones since he got suspended. These won’t really be new thoughts from me. He has always walked a fine line to me on a number of things. So this definitely is not a situation where I thought “Oh Chris Jones got suspended. He must now be a bad guy and I am going to write about it.” Not true. These thoughts have always been there in the back of my mind. But now just seems like the appropriate time to let them out. Speaking of that, there are a couple tweets that show that this probably isn’t just no big deal, and it could last more than a game.
The fine fine people at Optimum scouting.com decided to redraft the 2014 NFL Draft since the season is winding down. A couple of Cardinals make HUGE jumps.
I love that they included all (well some) of the negative comments about Teddy in the beginning of this video. To look back and hear it now, it just sounds comical.
No surprise to Louisville fans, but Teddy Bridgewater had himself an impressive rookie season in the NFL. The quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings completed 259/402 passes (64.4%) for 2,919 yards. He had 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He tied or broke all kinds of Vikings rookie records–91 to be exact. Yes, 91. I won’t list them here.
On this week’s edition of “Justin Time,” I talk about two of the most beloved Louisville Cardinals of all time, Teddy Bridgewater and Russ Smith. Both guys are beginning that next chapter in their lives and careers, but they will always be Cards. I also talk a little bit about why this Syracuse football game is so much more exciting than it has ever been before, and a little bonus video at the end of the post.
Teddy Bridgewater: Pondering
Small hands, skinny knees, small body frame, a bad pro day. None of those things would stop Teddy Bridgewater from having a remarkable game on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings in his first start against the Atlanta Falcons. After all of the criticism that Teddy took in the off-season about those goofy things that I mentioned, I think Louisville fans were waiting for him to get his chance and prove the doubters wrong. We knew how good he would be, and he was just that.
So with the high powered offense of the Falcons coming to town, and Teddy not having Adrian Peterson or tight end Kyle Rudolph as safety nets, how would Bridgewater keep up and give the Vikings a chance to win? Just by throwing for 317 yards on 19/30 passing and not turning the ball over. He also ran 5 times for 27 yards and had a rushing touchdown and led the Vikings to a 41-28 win.
Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have to wait long to become the starter for the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of Matt Cassel breaking bones in his foot. You wish it wouldn’t happen like that, but injuries happen in the NFL, and now it is Teddy’s time. Filling in for Cassel on Sunday against the Saints, Bridgewater went 12-20 for 150 yards and rushed for 27 yards.
This is the first installment of The Stemmys. Every Wednesday I will put out my list of weekly awards given to those that have earned them. The amount and names of awards may differ each week but they are sure to be entertaining!
Mr. Truthful Award: Josh Shaw (USC CB)
Shaw is an on the field leader for the Trojans but his actions this week went even further. Shaw sprained both ankles while jumping in a pool to save his drowning nephew…..Wait what is that..
….Well this is awkward.
The “You have got to be kidding me?!” Award: The Miami Hurricanes
The Cards open up with the Miami Hurricanes this week and both teams are ready to play! The Cards look to start off in the ACC the right way and the Canes want revenge because they feel……………Disrespected? Miami claims that the Cards talked to much trash and tried to “run the score up”. Cry me a flipping river!!
So lets get this straight THE U, the team that has a 30 for 30 about how much they run their mouth is upset about big bad Louisville talking too much? This should tell you all you need to know haha. Looking forward to that blowout Monday.
Brace yourself for this. A Charlie Strong-coached team has been accused of running the score up. Apparently, that is what the Cards were doing to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, according to cornerback Corn Elder. The following comes from the rest of the article on CanesWatch.com.
“Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up,” he said. “Just disrespecting us, pretty much.”
After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM’s defense in the final minutes.
“I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash,” Elder said. “They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing.”
Teddy is just the man, not much else to say! He took out an ad in “The Louisville Cardinal”, which is the student newspaper at UofL, to thank the fans of the Louisville Cardinals.
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Oakland Raiders on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Matt Cassel will start the game at QB for the Vikings, but Teddy Bridgewater won’t have to wait long to make his NFL Debut. Head coach Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner have both said that they intend to leave the rest of the starters in when Bridgewater gets in the game.
Starters don’t usually play a whole lot in the first preseason game, so look for Teddy to get in the game pretty early. I would anticipate both quarterbacks getting a series or two. If Teddy plays well and continues to practice like he has, the Vikings could very well name him the starter by the third preseason game. I have no inside information when I say that. That is just going off the notion that the third preseason game is where the starters play the most. So if, in fact, Bridgewater can win the job, they will want him to get as much work in as possible with the first team.