Mike Zimmer on why he sat Teddy Bridgewater: ‘Because I wanted to’

Friday August 19th, 2016

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not play in the team’s preseason game against the Seahawks on Thursday. Instead, Shaun Hill started for the team.

When asked why Bridgewater was not on the field, head coach Mike Zimmer said he made the decision to sit the quarterback. When asked why he chose to sit him, Zimmer responded, “Because I wanted to.”

Zimmer did not give a specific reason for not playing Bridgewater, but he did insist that move was not disciplinary.

“Teddy Bridgewater is the nicest kid in the world,” he said, according to Pro Football Talk. “There is no disciplinary action ever with Teddy. It had nothing to with discipline. It happened to do with my decision. It was my decision.”

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“It was Coach Zimmer’s decision. You don’t argue with Coach Zimmer, so we left it at that,” Bridgewater said.

“Of course, I’d love to be out there with my guys, but like I said it was Coach Zimmer’s decision,” he added.

The Vikings defeated the Seahawks, 18–11. They will next play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Aug. 28.

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