New look Vikings: A Fresh Start
The Minnesota Vikings are looking forward to 2014. For the first time since Brett Favre wore Vikings purple the organization is headed to bigger and better things. With a rookie head coach in Mike Zimmer and rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota is entering a new era.
Zimmer may be a rookie head coach but he has been coaching football since 1979. He spent the last 5 seasons in Cincinnati orchestrating stellar defensive play from the Bengals. Zimmer is a no nonsense, get-it-guy who has a firm grasp on the world that is the NFL. This is his first head coaching opportunity and quite frankly he was long overdue for it.
He brought a sensational offensive coordinator with him to Minneapolis in Norv Turner. Turner is a well established offensive guru. Turner is expected to resurrect an offense that has relied solely on Adrian Peterson since the departure of Brett Favre.
You could not ask for a better situation for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie season. He has a quarterback friendly offensive coordinator. He has the league’s best running back in Adrian Peterson. Bridgewater will also have two good receivers in Gregg Jennings and Cordarrel Patterson. This is not even mentioning the big bodied tight end Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings took a chance on Teddy Bridgewater. If they were right to do so then there is no reason Minnesota can’t have success right away.
The sky could be the limit for Teddy Bridgewater. At Louisville he was an accurate passer with incredible arm talent. He extends plays with his feet but remains a passer. What is incredible about what I have seen from Teddy on tape, he has great anticipation and is aware of everything.
Of course it is possible that the Vikings decide to go with Matt Cassel at QB. Cassell showed glimpses of promise last season. The problem is that we know what Matt Cassell is at this point of his career. He has always been capable of having a great game but has never been consistently good. I heavily expect the Vikings to go with Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings have been building their defense through the draft for a while now. Shariff Floyd leads an intriguing defensive line. Harrison Smith is a very talented safety. Xaiver Rhodes continues to blossom into a star NFL cornerback. The Vikings have a core nucleus of defensive talent and Chad Greenway provides veteran leadership.
There is much to be excited about in Minnesota. While the Vikings are fighting an uphill battle in the NFC North there is reason for hope. The Vikings may fall short of the postseason, in a tough conference. Vikings fans though need to understand this could be the beginning of something special. The Vikings have a fresh start and are looking towards a bright future.