Now that the Vikings have drafted Teddy Bridgewater, the question becomes how long will it be until he takes over as the team's starter.
With Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder already on the roster, the Vikings have the luxury of not having to force feed the NFL to a rookie QB. With two players with plenty of experience, but mostly underwhelming results, as starters, the Vikings can break Bridgewater in slowly, and give him more time to acclimate himself to the NFL game and the pressures that come with it before making him the starter.
This sounds great in theory and it would be a fine strategy if the Vikings were already a playoff and Super Bowl contending team. But they are not, and one big reason they are not is QB play. Drafting Ted Bridgewater is supposed to change all of that, and if he's the kind of player I think he is and many football experts think he is, then he'll be the starter when the Vikes open the 2013 season in St. Louis.
Here is the thing though - what if Bridgewater doesn't show he is clearly better than Cassel and Ponder during training camp and the exhibition games and doesn't earn the starting job? As Pacifist Viking pointed out in his last post, young QBs who have proven to be very good have been very good from the get-go of late. If Bridgewater - even as a rookie - can't show he's an immensely better QB than one so-so veteran (Cassel) and one less than so-so veteran (Ponder), how good is he, really?
Football players can improve with experience and better coaching, and some players improve a lot. But if Bridgewater isn't outperforming Cassel and Ponder by a wide margin this August, I'm going to start worrying that the Vikings might be looking for their next franchise QB in the 2017 draft.
I'm not expecting that to happen, but as a Vikings fan you'll have to forgive me as I deploy this defense mechanism. It's just the nature of being a fan of this team.