Minnesota Vikings coach wants Teddy Bridgewater to ‘take command’

Teddy Bridgewater said Mike Zimmer is encouraging his quarterback to command of the team while Bridgewater continues his offseason work.

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said last year that Teddy Bridgewater is a “pleaser.”

For the most part, that’s a good thing. However, Zimmer at the time added that he wanted the then-second-year quarterback to be a bit more assertive when letting coaches know what plays he likes better than others.

Apparently, last year’s message continues as Bridgewater prepares for his third season in the organized team activities portion of the offseason.

“He just wants me to take command, continue to just lead the guys … understand the situations, understand how important situational football is,” Bridgewater said Thursday in between painting pavers for a playground that the Vikings organization helped build for a St. Paul school. “That’s my focus so far in OTAs and I think we’ve been doing a good job in OTAs.”

Bridgewater and a full Vikings squad has been practicing for the last two weeks and has one more week of OTAs before their mid-June mandatory minicamp.

Last year, Bridgewater threw for 3,231 yards and had an 88.7 passer rating, both improvements over his rookie season, but he threw only 14 touchdown passes in 16 regular-season starts.

“I just want to continue to get better,” he said. “… It’s my third year now playing for Coach Zimmer and I know what to expect, what he wants from his players and I understand his message. Continue to help elevate his team.”

Last year, Zimmer wanted Bridgewater to become more consistent with his throwing mechanics and avoid occasionally dropping his elbow, which can cause the ball to sail high. Getting better with his footwork was also a focus.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1675374-patterson-a-lot-of-things...  Bridgewater declined to go into much detail on his mechanical work, saying he would let the coaches continue to lead him and critique him, but the quarterback is optimistic about improving the offense with additions like rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell and offensive linemen Alex Boone and Andre Smith.

“Each year you get more comfortable that you’re in the system. We’ve added some new weapons up front, Quon in the first round,” Bridgewater said. “Just continue to challenge ourselves every day. That’s been our biggest challenge. Our defense is pretty good and we know that.

“We’ve added some pieces and we can’t wait. This is June and we’ve got a long way to go. We’re going to continue to build chemistry, get better as a team and then we’ll see from there.”

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