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Teddy Bridgewater Says Madden Helps Him Learn Viking's playbook

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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:15 AM

Teddy Bridgewater Says Madden Helps Him Learn Viking's playbook 


Teddy Bridgewater is about making every rep count—virtual or otherwise.

Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports the Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback is, in addition to working hard on the field, using Madden to help him memorize the team’s playbook.

Bridgewater says he’s imported the entire Vikings playbook into the game and will be using it to get “virtual reps” before the team reconvenes in July for training camp.

“It helps you because you get one more rep than you had in practice, actual practice,” Bridgewater told Goessling. “Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile it’s going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field.”

It sounds like a clever excuse to play video games for Bridgewater, and maybe it is. The crazy part, however, is it also might work. 

Simulating his team’s offense against virtual defenses isn’t a new tactic for Bridgewater. Goessling reports, via MMQB's Greg A. Bedard, that the former Louisville quarterback did the same thing while leading the Cardinals, uploading his team’s playbook verbatim into an NCAA football game and playing upcoming opponents over and over.

“I try to take as many reps as I can, whether it’s on a video game, playing EA Madden Football or in the playbook, just drawing it or just visualizing it in my head,” Bridgewater said. “I try to just maximize every rep I can get and every opportunity I can take.” 

Bridgewater isn’t the only player to claim they’ve benefited on the field by playing video games. Goessling writes that big league pitcher Johan Santana learned about his opponents by playing an MLB game. 

“Santana used to study hitters’ tendencies by playing as himself and facing them in a PlayStation game,” Goessling writes. “It’s another case of life-imitates-art-imitates-life.” 

Indeed, perhaps technology has advanced to the point where video games can accurately provide insights on the realities they mimic.

Or perhaps Bridgewater just really likes Madden, and he’s convinced himself it helps him to read defenses. In any event, at least he’s not learning from NFL Blitz. Defenses figure you out quick when you go with “DA BOMB” every other play

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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:26 AM

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I was going to post this. Heard it talked on NFL radio. I didn't have the link Glad to see it here.

So refreshing to hear a kid putting everything he has into learning the game and preparing himself for the NFL.

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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:37 AM

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If he was an airplane pilot it would be called a simulator. Since he is a QB they call it a game.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:50 AM

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vikingfan52 wrote: I was going to post this. Heard it talked on NFL radio. I didn't have the link Glad to see it here.

So refreshing to hear a kid putting everything he has into learning the game and preparing himself for the NFL.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:39 AM

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Wish he was spending more time clubbing and getting his face in the press.
(just kidding)
Leave no doubt, Teddy. This kid has the determination and work ethic to be a great one.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:43 AM

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This is also a part of the maturation of technology in terms of how people utilize games to learn more quickly. The thing is TB is getting a global view of the play and not just at field level.  It's not just about what's in the field of vision but to understand what it is that you can't see, the possibilities.  It's strange how Video games do that but people don't tend to adopt the same point of view having not played them.

Football is such a frantic sport that if there is a tool to help calm the mind down, it would be infinitely valuable. Sure, one has to have the physical abilities to play sports so playing a game isn't going to translate.  Hopefully it helps him master things at a faster pace mentally.  When he meshes his on field knowledge with the virtual is when he will be very dangerous to play against.   Video games always have an out, there is always a way to beat someone or something.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 8:00 AM

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Looks like a competitive little kid playing a game.(Teddy)"Yep that's a Touchdown".(Cam)"Dang this kid scored again"
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Posted: 6/29/2014 8:57 AM

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I love this.  Even when he's "goofing off" and having some downtime he is still trying to improve his game.  I cannot wait for this guy to take the reigns, it's a great time to be Vikings fans!
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Posted: 6/29/2014 9:38 AM

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He should be having fun. You're only young once.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 9:49 AM

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There are video similator training for hockey and basketball. USA hockey has been using it with there national teams. The numbers show positive results. Also some players will play the NHL13 where you can play as a single player to work on the mental game. It must work at some level.

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Posted: 6/29/2014 10:49 AM

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This is a lot better idea than when they had Ponder playing Call of the Dead wink

I think he can take away a lot from a video game just as he can watching "tape".
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Posted: 6/29/2014 11:57 AM

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mrflynn wrote: If he was an airplane pilot it would be called a simulator. Since he is a QB they call it a game.
Perfect simile.  +1000
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Posted: 6/29/2014 1:41 PM

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He IS having fun. He does this because he wants to do it, just as he did at Louisville. Fun means winning the right to start and win games. Losing or sitting on the bench are not fun. I have never met Teddy, but after following him for three years, it's clear that he has a passion to succeed.


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Posted: 6/29/2014 8:21 PM

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How would a person even go about loading a playbook into Madden? Is there a way to create custom plays?
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Posted: 6/29/2014 11:07 PM

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boognish1 wrote: How would a person even go about loading a playbook into Madden? Is there a way to create custom plays?
Christian is that you ? Good to see you get some "get up & go"...better late than never tongue
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Posted: 6/29/2014 11:30 PM

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SkolVike wrote:
mrflynn wrote: If he was an airplane pilot it would be called a simulator. Since he is a QB they call it a game.
Perfect simile.  +1000
By "they"... you must mean everyone on the planet, because it is actually a game*. 

He is not learning how to pilot a ship to Mars, & that's why he was quoted in this article that it is a game.
It's a tool but it cannot duplicate reality, opponents in the NFL are gonna watch his tendencies too...
If nothing else maybe he will build up his thumb muscles tongue







*Neither the Vikings, nor the Special Ops will be calling on you for any special missions, sorry.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 6:38 AM

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ProVike wrote: This is also a part of the maturation of technology in terms of how people utilize games to learn more quickly. The thing is TB is getting a global view of the play and not just at field level.  It's not just about what's in the field of vision but to understand what it is that you can't see, the possibilities.  It's strange how Video games do that but people don't tend to adopt the same point of view having not played them.

Football is such a frantic sport that if there is a tool to help calm the mind down, it would be infinitely valuable. Sure, one has to have the physical abilities to play sports so playing a game isn't going to translate.  Hopefully it helps him master things at a faster pace mentally.  When he meshes his on field knowledge with the virtual is when he will be very dangerous to play against.   Video games always have an out, there is always a way to beat someone or something.
I read somewhere yesterday that Johan Santana did this in baseball as well.

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Posted: 6/30/2014 7:28 AM

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Purpleplunder wrote:
SkolVike wrote:
mrflynn wrote: If he was an airplane pilot it would be called a simulator. Since he is a QB they call it a game.
Perfect simile.  +1000
By "they"... you must mean everyone on the planet, because it is actually a game*. 

He is not learning how to pilot a ship to Mars, & that's why he was quoted in this article that it is a game.
It's a tool but it cannot duplicate reality, opponents in the NFL are gonna watch his tendencies too...
If nothing else maybe he will build up his thumb muscles tongue







*Neither the Vikings, nor the Special Ops will be calling on you for any special missions, sorry.
When I use my computer to post on boards like this, play video games, watch streaming video, listen to music, or to surf the net just for the hell of it, it is a toy.  When I go to work and sit in front of the computer for 8 hours a day designing stuff, it is a tool.  When Madden is played by guys like you and me, it is a game.  When a professional QB like TB uses it to study plays, it is a simulator.  I sincerely doubt he uses it to watch how the AI deploys and plays the opposition.  I suspect he uses it to see how the play of HIS team unfolds.  Call it video chalk, if you will, and it is at LEAST as useful is a bunch of x's and o's with chalk arrows vaguely showing where guys are supposed to go.  Which do you think would be easier to visualize?

TB said he used the same trick in Louisville.  It must have helped get him ranked #1 overall until that Pro day debacle.  Look, I don't care if he uses a Ouija board if he feels it allows him to learn the offense quicker.  Don't be so quick to dismiss it.  Truth in cliché:  If it works, use it.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 9:10 AM

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Theres a way to drawup your own playbook from scratch on there. I create a formation and set of plays for offense and use all custom audibles for offense and defense.

boognish1 wrote: How would a person even go about loading a playbook into Madden? Is there a way to create custom plays?
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Posted: 6/30/2014 1:19 PM

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....and in the mean time,Manziel is busy trying to memorize the drink menu at las vegas stripclubs as well as all the dancers names.There in lies the difference between a true student of the game/professional qb who is destined for greatness and a wanna be one.
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