Teddy Bridgewater is decidedly the most important player on the Vikings roster. How he performs in 2015 and beyond will have the greatest impact on how the Vikings perform as a whole.
After a promising rookie campaign, we now have 13 games and 402 throws worth of data on Bridgewater.
What we really want to know is what to expect from the young quarterback in the years to come. Understanding his level of quality, where he thrives, and where he doesn’t will give Minnesota valuable information with which to build the offense around him. And of course, we as fans just want to know how good he is and how good he will be.
To try and pry this information from the data, we can answer three important questions.
- How does Bridgewater’s rookie season stack up against other rookie quarterbacks past and present?
- What can these statistics actually tells us and which are the most meaningful?
- Can the numbers be tweaked to more accurately represent the performance of Bridgewater and how does he stack up after doing so?
To answer the first and second questions, I have a sample of 59 quarterbacks since 1993, all of which threw 150 or more passes in their rookie seasons.