Back in the day it was very uncommon to see rookie quarterbacks get the starting nod in week one of the NFL. Nowadays with guys like Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson coming in and having success, it’s becoming much more common.
Former Louisville star Teddy Bridgewater got the start last night in the Vikings final preseason game, but the team announced earlier this week that Matt Cassel will be the regular season start in week one. Despite a few very impressive preseason performances from Bridgewater, the Vikings decided to go with the veteran.
Against Tennessee, Bridgewater completed four of nine passes and have one touchdown. There were plenty of Cardinal fans in the stands last night to see their beloved former quarterback. WHAS11 caught up with Teddy afterwards. As you could expect, he was excited to see the Cardinal red once again.
While most rookies may get a little discouraged and possibly upset about not winning the gig, Bridgewater on the other hand is completely content.
“As I stated once I got drafted, I felt like this was the perfect situation for me,” Bridgewater said after Cassel was named the starter.
“Right now, I’m just able to learn, sit back and continue to learn, but also learn and prepare myself as a starter because as a backup you’re one play away from being out there on the gridiron with the guys.”
Cassel hasn’t had much success since filling in for Tom Brady a few years ago in New England, but to his credit, he did look pretty good during the preseason. He’s 26-of-39 for 367 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception and started the first three games.
The former USC back-up will have his opportunity to shine in Norv Turner’s offense, but I imagine the room for error will be for small. When you draft a quarterback in the first round, you don’t let him sit if the starter isn’t getting it done.