Starting Bridgewater immediately could turn into a horrible mistake. And while pundits may deem that Teddy NEEDS to start immediately, history would tend to tell a different tale.
Cassell isn't going to be "THE MAN", but they just paid him 10 million to be the Babysitter...and that's what he should do...for up to TWO YEARS. Meanwhile, let Teddy settle into the Offense, get comfortable with the speed of the NFL, and maximize his potential.
Here's the quote that seems to be spawning this positon:
"Teddy will play when we feel like he's ready, if he's the best guy, which we hope that he will be," Zimmer said, via StarTribune.com. "We always want to have competition."
Here are your links (You're welcome).
Mike Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater could start in 2014 - NFL.com
NFL draft: Teddy Bridgewater could start for Minnesota Vikings at some point in 2014 | Audibles - SI.com
Could Teddy Bridgewater Start Right Away? - Daily Norseman
But, again, that doesn't mean that will be the BEST plan. No, Ponder and cassell aren't familiar with Norv's system either. But a few years NFL experience and their complete EXPENDABILITY makes them the odds on favorite - imho - to start.
I'm in NO rush to repeat the too-early entrance of Jackson or Ponder with Bridgewater.
But, again, this speculation seems to come from a single quote...a standard, generic, head coaching quote that means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING...except what you want it to. He'll play when we feel he's ready to....