EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings 2014 season is in the books, and so is quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's first year in the pros.
Bridgewater's opportunity to start was accelerated early when veteran Matt Cassel suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 3, giving the 22-year-old a chance to learn by doing.
His season included several highlight plays, game-winning drives and moments during which he could show leadership that is advanced beyond his years and a demeanor that can handle adversity.
Bridgewater set franchise records for a rookie quarterback in wins (six), starts (12), passer rating (85.2) and completion percentage (64.4). The completion percentage is the third highest by a rookie in NFL history, behind Ben Roethlisberger's 66.4 in 2004 and Robert Griffin III's 65.6 in 2012.
"It's a pretty cool stat, but I've always been a person who's been more about team success," Bridgewater said Monday when the Vikings were cleaning out their lockers at Winter Park. "I could care less about my completion percentage. The goal this year was to make the playoffs and the ultimate goal is to always win the Super Bowl. From the numbers I put up individually, or Greg Jennings or Jarius Wright, those things won't mean a thing come next year, because everything we did this year doesn't matter anymore. Nothing in this league stays the same, and teams are going to get better."
Several of Bridgewater's stats mirrored his first season in Louisville: