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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.

  1. How does Bridgewater’s rookie season stack up against other rookie quarterbacks past and present?
  2. What can these statistics actually tells us and which are the most meaningful?
  3. 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.

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Back in January, as part of our Free Agency Preview features, I opined that the biggest question facing the quarterback depth chart this offseason was whether or not the team would be keeping veteran Matt Cassel who has been relegated to backup status due to the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings could certainly do worse than Cassel when it comes to their primary backup position, but he carries a cap number of $4.75 million in 2015 which is considerable for a backup. Still, some are surprised (like our friend Christopher Gates over at Daily Norseman) that the Vikings are non-committal about Cassel being on the roster during the upcoming season.

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Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) of 105 The Ticket, Fangraphs, and Sports Data LLC stopped by to talk Twins baseball as well as our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

We open the show with Vikings News: the mandatory Adrian Peterson talking point, took a glance at free agency & the recent cut players the Purple might chase, which Vikings might still get cut (looking at you Greenway), as well as the first volume of the Purple FTW! Draft Wishlist.

Brandon then joined me to talk about the Twins and the outlook for the young, promising squad in 2014 and beyond. We went with some baseball love this episode because spring is around the corner, pitchers and catchers are already at spring training, and there’s only so much Adrian Peterson f***** speculation that the human mind can take. Plus what better way to wait for training camp in Mankato than grabbing a beer and watching the Twins give it their best at Target Field this summer? Besides, Brandon is no Vikings neophyte and he also gave some solid, rational takes about Teddy and the team going forward. Which is quite a departure from my usual hot fire.

Wrapping up the show, I give my review of House of Cards season 3, which I finished watching at 5pm Friday. The 13 episode season dropped at 2am that day so… Do the math. ***WARNING: I do reveal spoilers starting at (1:21:42).***

All that and more “bi-lateral strengthness” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump.

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This is getting ugly.

It seemed like the Vikings and Adrian were headed towards a marriage resolution, a “stay together for the kids” sort of deal. But it’s looking more like a messy divorce is in the offing this offseason.

VT’s Lindsey Young joined the show to talk about Adrian AND the happier topics surrounding the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. Happier topics like the leadership of Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer, looking forward to the 2015 Draft, and  the beautiful marriage of OC Norv Turner and 2nd year franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater. Do you remember him? Does anybody remember Teddy? The actual face of the Minnesota Vikings?

I say my piece about the former face of the team in the intro, touch on some Vikings News, and catch up with Lindsey on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump!

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Mike Zimmer is a no-nonsense, football-first head coach. When Zimmer took over a sinking ship for the Vikings in 2014, he inherited a young team coming off a 5-10-1 record the previous year. Things changed quickly, as players bought into Zimmer’s mentality and rookies like Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr performed well in key moments.

Early Thursday morning, Zimmer addressed the media at the NFL Scouting Combine, elaborating on his debut 7-9 season and looking ahead to 2015.

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