Mike Sando: Does Teddy Bridgewater have Edge Over Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles?
ESPN NFL Writer Mike Sando joined Jeff Thurn on Wednesday’s edition of Overtime. Sando (@SandoESPN) is an ESPN Insider NFL blogger and writer. He’s covered the NFL since 1998, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
Sando on if the NFL may find themselves regretting putting the Super Bowl in cold weather cities:
"Yes, but on the other hand, a city like Minneapolis knows how to handle the cold weather. I went to one in Atlanta, I've gone to the last 17 Super Bowl's, and the one in the Atlanta, they had a horrific ice storm. Now, it wouldn't of scared anyone in Minneapolis, but it shut down the city in Atlanta. They didn't know how to handle it. The people that worked the hotels couldn't get to work. The entire bus system shut down because of ice. It was a nightmare. You had the same towels in your room for a week. That was a Southern warm weather place...Dallas-Ft. Worth was same way, I remember someone died I believe. Didn't ice fall off the stadium? So, people need to get over it. I would love to have it in beautiful weather, a San Diego Super Bowl, but I think Minneapolis is a great city. I could just hang out in the airport with the iPad they have. I could sit at the bar the whole week and be happy."
Sando on the way the Cleveland Browns are handling the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel:
"I don't think their is going to be a battle. Johnny Manziel is not going to be on the bench. I don't think he is the type of player that can be on the bench. I think the minute you throw three incomplete passes in a row, the whole stadium is chanting for 'Manziel.' They have to know that part of the deal is going to be is he has to start. Unless Manziel is just horrible in the preseason, I don't see how he's not the starter Week One, and if not, very soon thereafter."
Sando of if Teddy Bridgewater has the edge on Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel because of Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator:
"I think he has an edge in development because he ran a West Coast, and even if that's not what Norv is going to do. At least he's run a pro-style offense. I think he has an advantage in having Adrian Peterson behind him. That's a huge advantage for him. He also had what anyone in scouting will tell you, one of the worst pro days in history. That's troubling because that's really where it's set up in your favor and you are suppose to be good. People that I have talked to in scouting really cooled on him the last half of his final season (at Louisville). You wonder, and you mention, I agree Norv Turner is positive, and I think he's going to be a huge positive for Peterson when you go back and look at the way LaDainian Tomlinson flourished when Norv was in San Diego, but how do you adjust Bridgewater's game? The minute Turner left San Diego, or shortly thereafter, suddenly Phillip Rivers takes his game to another level with Ken Whisenhunt, and a shorter to intermediate team suited him. Well, I think that is the type of game that suits Bridgewater. He's not going to stand back there like Troy Aikman and be able to command the ball, especially when they are playing outdoors for two years in that lovely weather while they build their new stadium. So, there's a lot fit issues in Minnesota for me. Also, with their first-round pick in (Anthony) Barr. A lot people in personnel in the league, wondered how the fit is there? Likewise, Bridgewater with Turner."
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