Throughout his career, Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has compiled video clips of players executing his scheme precisely the way he wants it run. So it stands to reason that the former Chargers head coach has shown Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater one or two or a bazillion clips of San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, who helped Turner produce the No. 1 offense in the league in 2010.
“Philip is a guy who I have seen a bunch of tape on,” said Bridgewater, who is preparing to face the Chargers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. “Coach [Norv] Turner was able to coach him early in his career. I’ve seen numerous throws that Philip Rivers has thrown. He’s a great quarterback. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in this league.”
Some other highlights from Bridgewater’s press conference earlier today …
— On which quarterback he compares himself to: “That’s a tough question. Everyone is different. Everyone has something different that they bring to the table. I watched Peyton Manning, where he’s beating you at the line of scrimmage and it’s a chess match. Aaron Rodgers making all the throws. Tom Brady, who is a mastermind and making all the throw also, and he’s calm in the pocket. I just try to take different things that those guys do well and try to apply it to my game. That’s what makes me different also.”
— On whether he remembers watching Adrian Peterson’s rookie year, particularly the San Diego game, when Peterson ran for an NFL single-game rushing record of 296 yards at the Metrodome: “I don’t even know how old I was Adrian’s rookie year … [Was it] 2007? Man, I don’t even know if I was following NFL football in 2007. But Adrian’s name is a name I knew of when he was at Oklahoma. But I wasn’t able to follow his career early. But I know he’s done some great things at Minnesota, some great things in this league, and he’s going to continue to do great things.”
— On whether there has to be an adjustment period before he’s comfortable with the protection calls made by center Joe Berger, the former backup now starting in place of the injured John Sullivan: “I don’t think so. The good thing about Joe is he’s a guy who has some playing time. He has Sully starting in front of him. He’s a guy who tries to perfect his craft, tries master whether it’s his calls in the run game or the pass game. It’s basically like I have another Sully in front of me. Sully has been doing such a good job of coaching him up since the OTAs. Joe has been doing a great job for us. And credit to our offensive line. They had a tough test last week and they came through.”