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Teddy hears criticism from Seahawks

EDEN PRAIRIE -- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked Tuesday if he thinks recent criticism has gotten to his young quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.

EDEN PRAIRIE - Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked Tuesday if he thinks recent criticism has gotten to his young quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.

“You’d have to talk to him about those kinds of things,” Zimmer said. “He and I have talked a good amount about a lot of it, but I would say he’s human.

“I’m sure he hears things. Just like I hear things. Nobody likes hearing people say how bad you are or anything like that. But I don’t know that it affects him. I think we’re all human.”

Specifically, a day after Seattle crushed the Vikings 38-7 and held their offense to a season-low 125 yards, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin delivered a verbal kick to Bridgewater.

Irvin said Bridgewater “was so scared” in the loss. Well, it turns out the two are friends. Some friend.

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“Bruce (Irvin) and I are close; we’re very close,” Bridgewater said Tuesday. “We talked before the game. Talked about our friend (Rams receiver) Stedman Bailey and things like that. We also traded jerseys after the game.

“I think Bruce was just excited to get the up on us. And I was able to defeat Bruce as a freshman in college (Louisville over West Virginia). So there’s a little history behind that. But those guys were talking all game. Those guys are a pretty confident group. But to hear that, hey, that’s typical Bruce.”

Are they still close?

“It is a little embarrassing to hear that,” Bridgewater said. “Bruce is still a good player and a great guy off the field also.”

Asked if the dig would motivate him, Bridgewater said, “Definitely, definitely. I’m going to make sure that I remember those words. But I can’t lock in and pay too much attention to that. We have a game here in two days. I have to shift my focus to that.”

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