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Teddy Bridgewater said he’ll remember ‘scared’ comment from friend Bruce Irvin

By Andrew Krammer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Teddy Bridgewater was knocked down roughly once every five times he dropped back to pass in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to Seattle.

Afterward, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who levied one of the seven QB knockdowns and got his hand on Bridgewater even more than that, said he sensed fear from Bridgewater, the second-year quarterback known for his poise. He’s been pressured at one of the highest rates in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and the Seahawks took full advantage.

“He was so scared,” Irvin told reporters after the game. “Teddy’s a really good quarterback, and he’s going to do some big things in this league. But we had him.”

On Tuesday, Bridgewater revealed the relationship between him and Irvin runs deeper than a few big hits on Sunday afternoon. The pair go back to college, at least, when Bridgewater’s Louisville Cardinals trumped Irvin’s then-No. 24 West Virginia Mountaineers, 38-35, in the fall of 2011.

“Bruce and I are close, we’re very close,” Bridgewater said. “I think Bruce was just excited they got the up on us. I was able to defeat Bruce as a freshman in college, so there’s a little history behind that. Those guys were talking all game and those guys are a pretty confident group. To hear that is just – that’s typical Bruce.”

As the Vikings prepare to face the NFL’s No. 1 offense in Arizona on Thursday night, they need better play from their quarterback, and coach Mike Zimmer conceded on Monday that they could do better from both a coaching and execution standpoint to revive a plodding passing attack and an offense that ranks 28th in points per game (19.8). Bridgewater’s 83.0 quarterback rating also ranks 28th among qualified passers. His eight passing touchdowns places him 29th among quarterbacks, tied with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who has filled in for the injured Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.

Bridgewater and Irvin met on the field before the game and swapped jerseys afterward. While there seems to be no bad blood, Bridgewater said he wouldn’t forget the remarks that he was ‘so scared’ in a game in which he was sacked four times and finished with a career-low 118 passing yards.

“It is a little embarrassing to hear that, but Bruce, he’s still a good player. He’s a good guy off the field, also,” he said. ” I’m going to make sure I remember those words. But I can’t lock in and pay too much attention to that. We have a game here in two days and I have to shift my focus to that.”

The post Teddy Bridgewater said he’ll remember ‘scared’ comment from friend Bruce Irvin appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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