Zimmer sees Teddy Bridgewater as a playmaker, not a game manager
Teddy Bridgewater's statistics will not blow you away. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback ranks 26th in the NFL with 1,810 passing yards this season. He has only thrown seven touchdown passes, compared to six interceptions.
And yet his team is atop the NFC North with a 7-2 record, leading some to label Bridgewater a "game manager."
Bridgewater and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer see things a little differently.
"Coach Zimmer doesn't like the term game manager. He says I'm a playmaker." - @teddyb_h2o— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 18, 2015
This is only Bridgewater's second NFL season. Although the evidence is hard to find in the statistics, Zimmer still thinks his 23-year-old starting quarterback can be a future star.
"I don’t think that is what he is. I don’t know what a game manager is really," Zimmer said, per Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune. "But I think Teddy’s got an extremely bright future, he’s a heck of a quarterback and I’m glad he’s mine."
Above all, Bridgewater is a winner. The Vikings can credit the heavy workload running back Adrian Peterson handles or their consistently stingy defense for the victories they've picked up this season, but at least their quarterback isn't costing them games.
For that fact, Minnesota's fans should be thankful.