Teddy Bridgewater on backing up Case Keenum: ‘Trust the process’
Teddy Bridgewater is channeling his inner Joel Embiid to navigate his remarkable NFL comeback.
The Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday made the expected announcement that Case Keenum would start against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, with Bridgewater playing backup for the second straight week.
Bridgewater insists there’s no frustration over not getting the nod, instead expressing patience with the situation.
“For me, I feel like I’m out there taking mental reps, sharpening my game from a mental standpoint,” Bridgewater told reporters on Thursday, via the Star Tribune. “We’re playing good football on offense, good football on defense, all three phases. For me, it’s about continuing to be patient and trust the process. And stand behind whoever is in there.”
Bridgewater went on to demonstrate an admirable team-first mentality despite his eagerness to reclaim his role of Vikings starting quarterback.
“Who knows?” Bridgewater said when asked if he knows when he’l play. “I don’t want this to be about me. It’s about us. We’re sitting in a good position right now, pushing for the playoffs. Hopefully homefield advantage or something like that. You can’t take the attention away from that.”
The Vikings are 7-2 going into a game against the Rams that could have major playoff implications. The last thing Bridgewater wants to do is rock the boat.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has never hid his affection for Bridgewater. With him waiting in the wings, it’s presumably only a matter of time before Keenum returns to the bench. It may be unfair — and it may not be the best choice by the Vikings — but it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when.
Until then, Bridgewater is relishing the opportunity to continue his NFL career, even if for now it is in a backup role.
“Usually when you have a dream, you wake up and you go back to sleep, you can’t pick up where that dream left off — it’s hard sometimes,” Bridgewater said. “I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to pick up right where my dream left off.”
After all, as Bridgewater previously stated, “The dream is still alive.”