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05/14/14 - Catch-22: Did Teddy Bridgewater boycott Browns? Four months after surprisingly firing head coach Rob Chudzinski on the night of the regular-season ending loss, the Browns are battling to become relevant for the first time since re-entering the league in 1999. But with eight head coaches and 20 starting quarterbacks, that direction is doubtful for prospects such as Bridgewater. Cleveland also imploded the front office one week before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in February, removing president and CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi, and pushing personnel executive Ray Farmer into the decision-making GM role for the first time.
Banner and Lombardi hired Pettine -- Farmer was not even in the room for interviews -- and Cleveland acknowledged it first attempted to trade for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. NFLDraftScout.com applauded Farmer's effort last week in the draft. With only two winning seasons in Manziel's lifetime, owner Jimmy Haslam understands the pessimism but said the Browns got their guy this time around. "(Manziel) is a guy who accounted for 93 touchdowns the last two years in a very tough conference (Southeastern)," Haslam said. "He was the highest-rated quarterback on our board." - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com
05/14/14 - Catch-22: Did Teddy Bridgewater boycott Browns? Did a year of dysfunction cost the Cleveland Browns their preferred quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft? Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 32nd overall pick last Thursday, was on the board when the Browns traded the 26th overall pick and a third-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 22nd pick, with the intent of drafting a quarterback to compete with current starter Brian Hoyer. According to reports -- vehemently denied Monday by coach Mike Pettine -- the Browns were primed to select Bridgewater but at the last minute switched their choice to Texas A&M sophomore Johnny Manziel.
Bridgewater said Tuesday on the "Dan Patrick Show" that he informed agent Kennard McGuire that he did not want to play in Cleveland. "I actually told my agent that's not the place where I wanted to be,” Bridgewater told Patrick Tuesday in the midst of several rounds of media interviews.
The Vikings expect Bridgewater to compete to start as a rookie. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner was one of few NFL personnel to emerge from Bridgewater's pro day workout in March with a review that labeled the throwing session anything but abysmal. Coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday the Vikings will start the best quarterback, and he "hopes it is" Bridgewater. Matt Cassell re-signed with the team -- for two years, $10 million -- after ending the 2013 season as the Vikings' starter ahead of Christian Ponder. - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com
05/12/14 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...A year ago, Bridgewater was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick. But a poor pro day helped facilitate a tumble down the draft board. The Vikings were concerned enough to schedule a personal workout with him in April in Florida. "He did much better," Spielman said. "You could see as Norv was coaching him up in just that short amount of time that he was getting better." Bridgewater had made headlines for not wearing his customary glove during his woeful pro day. "I don't know if it helped or not in his personal workout," said Zimmer, "but he wore his glove." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...The Vikings' day appeared over after the ninth pick. But appearances are deceiving with Trader Rick. Reports surfaced that the Vikings tried to trade up to the No. 22 pick to take Johnny Manziel. Spielman would neither confirm, nor deny. But Spielman and Zimmer certainly sounded as though Bridgewater was their preferred quarterback all along, particularly by offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was entrusted with a pivotal role in identifying a potential future franchise quarterback this offseason. A team source told NFLDraftScout.com that Turner was the driving force behind the move to get Bridgewater. "Everywhere Teddy has been, he's won," Zimmer said. "There's something about him."
That's why the Vikings pulled the trigger on a trade with Seattle at No. 32. They gave up picks in the second (40th) and fourth (108th) rounds to move up eight spots and also secure the fifth-year option available on first-round picks per the collective bargaining agreement. Although anything is possible, the initial plan is for Bridgewater to sit behind starter Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, who failed as a franchise quarterback hopeful after being the 12th pick in 2011. Ponder's contract is up after this season. He's got time to develop," Spielman said of Bridgewater. "We're very comfortable with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. We don't want to force a guy to play if he's not ready." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - We'll never quite know how much Bridgewater's horrible pro day had to do with him allegedly falling from the top of the first round to the bottom. And we'll probably always wonder why Bridgewater didn't wear the glove that he wore while completing over 70 percent of his passes at Louisville. But, for the record, Bridgewater had this to say when asked to explain. "It was a decision that I made based off the way that I was trying to practice for the pro day," Bridgewater said. "I was able to learn a valuable lesson to continue to do what got you here and do what you're comfortable doing."
The Vikings did a personal workout with Bridgewater in Florida in April. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he did well and improved during the workout while working with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Coach Mike Zimmer was asked why he thought the personal workout went better than the pro day. "I don't know if it mattered or not," he said, "but he wore his glove." - The Sports Xchange