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Bridgewater and Keenum’s personalities make Vikings controversy-proof

The return of Teddy Bridgewater combined with the Vikings’ 5-2 record with Case Keenum under center have all the makings for a good old fashioned QB controversy.

It’s the ultimate drama and the dream of every network that covers the NFL. The daily debates have already started. Stick with Keenum until he loses? Turn to Bridgewater as soon as possible? It’ll be a talking point on NFL Network and ESPN for weeks. But inside the Vikings’ building, there is no controversy.

No matter how things play out, you won’t be hearing “schism” or “split locker room.”

“Right now we’re playing some good football and me coming back, I just want to be the best teammate I can be, continue to be a great leader in the locker room, motivate the guys to continue to put their best effort out there each day,” Bridgewater said Thursday.

Bridgewater was activated on Wednesday, marking the first time he became eligible to play since August 2016. Head coach Mike Zimmer has not given any indication if or when the Vikings plan to turn the ball over to Bridgewater.

The Vikings’ head coach, however, is confident in the personality of his 25-year-old QB.

“Everybody just likes to be around him, he’s like the anti-me,” Zimmer joked. “He’s smiling all the time. He’s always joking around with the guys. He’s just got a great personality.”

When the Vikings signed Keenum, they knew his personality be a good fit for a potentially awkward quarterback situation. He’d been benched for No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff in 2016. The year before that he came in to relieve Nick Foles. In 2014, he played two games filling in for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Keenum’s first career action came in 2013 when he took over for Matt Schaub. Later in the year, Schaub took the job back.

This year’s in-flux situation is probably a relief for Keenum because includes his team winning with regularity.

“I think a lot of things in my life have prepared me for future things,” Keenum said. “I just got asked a few questions about Jared Goff. Last year every interview I did was about Jared so I’ve been prepared whether it’s Sam [Bradford] or Teddy [Bridgewater] or whoever else, I’ve been prepared for these types of situations.”

Bridgewater has been active on the sideline during games, giving Keenum his observations of the opposing team’s defense.

“Teddy’s been awesome, he really has,” Keenum said. “From when I came in the Spring, being able to help on how to communicate with different guys offensively, then seeing things from a different point of view during games. He was a big help.”

Make no mistake, both quarterbacks want to be under center. Another few wins and Keenum could set himself up for a starting job next season. A couple wins for Bridgewater could put him back on track to be the Vikings’ franchise quarterback.

But it’s nearly impossible to conjure up a situation in which Keenum and Bridgewater would become a distraction. Even if Bridgewater took over and struggled, Keenum has shown that he can handle that scenario just fine. When Sam Bradford returned in Week 5 against the Bears and re-injured his knee, Keenum came off the bench and went 17-for-21 in a win.

The Vikings’ locker room is also key to the equation. It’s Teddy’s locker room, but there is belief in Keenum. There is also a wide-ranging group of veteran players who have seen everything under the sun when it comes to quarterbacks.

Zimmer said Thursday he’s been impressed with the zip on Bridgewater’s passes and how quickly he’s dropping back from under center. Bridgewater said he has no concerns about the knee. It seems like only a matter of time before the Vikings have Teddy back. But if he stays on the bench, it will only be because Keenum keeps winning. That’s a pretty good formula for avoiding a QB controversy.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I hope they can get Case resigned for 2018 ~ He is and has always been a team player based off what I have been able to find out about him on the internet and you know if you read or hear it on the internet then it has to be true ~ LOL ~

    Sign Case and let him and Teddy fight it out for the starting job in 2018 while looking over the draft in hopes that a talented young QB falls to the Vikings who can set and learn while filling the role of the #3 QB until he is ready ~ Sorry Mr Teddy Only Fans ~ I’m not feeling the love from that very bad injured knee ~ But maybe I’m just worrying to much with fear he could be the next Bradford through no fault of his own ~

    • Dave Maas

      I think your right to be cautious about Teddy’s knee situation. Bradford and RG3 stand as cautionary tales. Hopefully Case will prove the haters wrong and continue to play at a high level.

      • SM

        Case playing high level (for him). He’s 0-2 against teams winning records. Put down the toke, Case ain’t the one to win the rest of the way.

        • Dave Maas

          I’ll give you credit if your right. I think you are probably wrong though. Case has played well to this point. I expect him to show well vs. the Skins, Rams, and Lions in the next three games.

          • SM

            Yes, such thoughts are the basis of good wagers. I think they go 1-2 with Case in your example, BUT I think Teddy goes in against the Lions at the latest. IF he is truly healthy.

            Let’s see and ccompare notes.

        • Doug Pitre

          Did the packers have winning record? What was Tampa Bay’s record.

        • Drediock

          So is the rest of the team by that measure

    • SM

      Guff, don’t sell Sloter short in that scenario in summer camp.

      • Gordon Guffey

        I know nothing of the young man ~ It would be great if the Vikings could find a Thielen type player who just happens to plays QB ~

        • SM

          Agreed. He has some Theilen similarities so far. Sloter had a very promising pre-season.

          Let’s just say Vikes liked him enough to overpay him to get him under contract.

          And IR’d Bradford instead of moving Sloter to practice squad (and lose him).

          And Vikes were contacted about trade for Sloter.

          And Denver is doing major self butt kicking after letting Sloter go.

          Very interesting prospect.

        • Drediock

          Video has all of his preseason highlights both good and bad. He makes some mistakes but he IS a rookie.
          On the other hand he shows to serious potential. Very good down range vision, ability, & accuracy. Able to make all the throws both with velocity as well as touch. Seems to throw very well on the run even making some decent throws across his body while on the move.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8LF2y7JOi0

          • Gordon Guffey

            Thank you Derdiock ~

          • Gordon Guffey

            The guy has some talent to work with and with the Vikings are paying him they must see something their or he would be back on the PS as you said ~

    • Bob T.

      I too am worried about Teddy”s front, plant knee. Case first.

  • Tom Gerber

    I thought the vikings were 6-2?

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  • Corn Bread

    Here’s the actual stats for Case and Teddy
    Keenum 33 games over 5 seasons 31 td 23 int 2 rush td 3-300+ yd games. 6 fumbles lost. He’s never completed a full season 10 games is his longest stretch
    Bridgewater 29 games over two seasons 28 td 21 int 4 rush td 3 fumbles 5-300+ yd games 13 games as a rookie and 16 + a playoff game the following season.

    Teddy is the better QB, it’s not even really close. Keenum is a career backup.
    I’m not saying Teddy is the next Manning, Elway or Marino but he’s definitely better than Keenum.
    Teddy has fought his way back from a devastating injury, and the best some you so-called Vikings fans can do is trash him.
    This is Teddy’s team, it’s been that way since we drafted him. Keenum isn’t carrying this team, the defense is. Teddy should start against the Rams. If his knee doesn’t hold, we can always go back to watching Keenum suck.

    • Nick Wells

      You my friend know very little about football. Try pro wrestling.

      • Corn Bread

        You’re not my friend, and you’re not a Vikings fan. Go watch hockey

    • Daxquartermain

      Stick to your day job Corn Bread.

      • Corn Bread

        Go watch hockey!

    • David Prestin

      Actually the numbers show they have been really close. You can also argue Teddy had much better teams than Case did when putting up those numbers.

      As long as we win I don’t care who plays QB at the moment. I like the QBs we have and think we can win with any of them cept for the very green slotor . Haven’t seen enough of him to give an opinion.

      • Corn Bread

        I respect your opinion David. However Teddy has almost surpassed Keenum in play in just two years vs. Keenum’s five. We’ve used a first round pick on Teddy, and we have to know if that knee is going to hold, sooner rather than later. Teddy has been cleared to play football again, and people keep saying “just wait, he might get hurt again”. That’s football! If Teddy cannot go it’s time to move on from him. Two teams have moved on from Keenum as the answer, the Rams and the team that signed him as a UFA the Texans, they didn’t get it wrong with him. Keenum maybe a serviceable QB later in his career a la Brad Johnson, Dilfer, or Gannon. I don’t want to wait 3-4 years for it to happen (35 years as a Vikings fan makes one impatient). The only reason Keenum is even playing is because Bradford got hurt, the only reason Bradford is a Viking is because Teddy got hurt. Teddy is healthy again, he’s the starter. Keenum can go back to the bench until he’s needed again (I suspect that will be next week).

        • David Prestin

          I just think Keenum has earned the right to keep playing at the moment. Doesn’t deserve to be benched for a QB that hasn’t played in over a yr. If it were Bradford, then maybe as he has only missed 5 games and we know what he’s done recently. Teddy is hopefully our future but let’s let him practice a few weeks before taking keenum’s job. A job he’s earned regardless of the circumstances.

          • Corn Bread

            I’ll digress for you David, let’s see how the Skins game plays out
            SKOL

          • David Prestin

            The skins always give the Vikings fits….thank goodness Garcon or whatever his name is isn’t there any longer. Guy killed us lol

        • Jordan Musser

          Cornbread the only people worried about Teddy’s knee are the fans. Teddy and everyone else on the team say he’s ready to go from a physical standpoint. However you have to remember Teddy has only practiced a few weeks recently and before that he hadn’t performed any football activities since going into the 4th preseason game of 2016 with a different offensive scheme. Granted Teddy has been around the team during all of this but he still needs to get prepared and Case hasn’t played himself out of the job.

        • Drediock

          “Teddy has almost surpassed Keenum in play in just two years vs. Keenum’s five.”
          No he hasnt. And the stats do not show that

          • Corn Bread

            Go watch hockey

        • Paul Perry Sr.

          You just have to know that savvy defences are going for Ted’s knees……brutal but factual. After a game or two we’ll know.

          • Corn Bread

            Agreed, football hurts but need we find out soon if that knee going to hold up. If he’s willing to take the, chance he’s earned it, start him ASAP.

    • IrreverentOne

      Well let’s see about that “watching Keenum suck” remark. If you want to make some comparisons with other “starting QBs” Keenum’s record seems pretty good. He has either started or came in after the starter faltered in seven games. He has averaged 230 passing yards while our running backs have averaged 92 yards and the team has averaged only 19 points per game. The Vikings number one running back has been missing since game four, one of the best receivers has been out for at least three games and yet the team has scored more points per game since week four. He doesn’t panic and he doesn’t make stupid mistakes. Keenum’s overall record is 5 wins, 2 losses with a .715 winning percentage. With a 6 win 2 loss record for the first half of the season they are leading the division. Their won/loss record is the same as the Patriots, the Steelers, the Saints, and the Rams. The Only team in the NFL with a better record is the Eagles at 8-1. The Vikings have allowed only 135 points in 8 games. Third only to the Jaguars at 117 and the Steelers at 133. So I say to you take your Keenum sucks attitude and stuff it sideways.

      • Corn Bread

        Go watch hockey!!

    • Doug Pitre

      Today is a new day.
      Yesterdays news is not todays headlines.

      • Corn Bread

        Go watch hockey

    • Drediock

      There is no evidence teddy is a better QB. Every assumption to that has been based on projected speculative assumption that he could “take the next step.”
      He never made it to a regular season game to actually make that next step before he got hurt. It was all speculation.
      The same things Keenum is criticized for is what Teddy was criticized for. Being able to identify and make The deep throws. And ,Teddy was lauded for the same thing Case is lauded for. Not turning the ball over and being able to extend plays with his legs.
      If you look at Teddys last full year and Cases current year. The results are pretty similar (according to ESPN “Actual stats”)
      Completion % Teddy 2015 65.3%. Keenum 2017 63.9
      QB rating Teddy 2015 88.7 Keenum 88.8
      And Keenum is projecting to have less INTs then Teddy did

      • Corn Bread

        Go. Watch. Hockey.

        • Drediock

          Go get a brain. Then an education. then come back when you have a clue as to what you are talking about

          • Corn Bread

            Go watch hockey

    • Ikana Juana Leighere

      Corn Bread – Those 21 interceptions from Bridgewater is in just 2 years, which is an average of 10.5 a year and that’s not good. Keenum averages under 4 interceptions a season for 6 seasons. The fumbles for Keenum average 1 a season; TB 1.5 a season. Remember when Keenum first played as a starter, he had NO time with the first team starters for the first year he was with the practice squad (2012) and the the 3rd stringer behind Schaub and TJ Yates his second season. In his first game it was at the KC Chiefs house and Keenum completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown, along with a 110.6 passer rating, the highest by a Texan quarterback in the season. I can give you more detailed stats, but the thing is this was a guy who didn’t practice or play with the starters most of his qb career. TB was chosen as the franchise qb and was treated like one and has struggled in his own way. Now if things were switched how well do you honestly think TB would have progressed? I think Keenum has done well and though people who don’t really know his college career think he was a top qb and I think he WILL get better and has a higher ceiling than most realize. I hope both qbs do well and if Keenum keeps winning I see no reason to replace him.

      • Corn Bread

        I like your comment, let’s me know you pay attention and don’t get too caught up in the hype. But, read your own words again.
        “ Remember when Keenum first played as a starter, he had NO time with the first team starters for the first year he was with the practice squad (2012) and the the 3rd stringer behind Schaub and TJ Yates his second season.”
        If you re-wrote that you could say Keenum couldn’t beat Yates or Schaub for their job. The Texans brought in Keenum as a UFA project, and moved on from him.
        There was no question where Teddy was in his second season. He took over after Cassel got injured, and the only thing that stopped him was injury.

  • styx rogan

    Queen lay a huge turd until Teddy saves the day sunday

    • Misty Trollop

      And you just ate that turd. Now wipe that grin off.

  • Doug Pitre

    They are. Bradford started the first game and won.
    Case has started 6 games and came at 1/2 time in one. Thus 5-2

    • Gordon Guffey

      The Steelers lose I put on the coaches for not getting Case in the week leading up to the game ~ They thought Bradford was going to play and didn’t let Case know he was starting until 90 mins. before the game ~

  • brian199511

    Fire your proofreader as this article is a mess. Several sentences make no sense at all. Case Keenum and Teddy are nice guys everyone likes. So what? I’d rather have a douchebag that wins the Super Bowl like Green Bay and New England. Keenum is not the long-term answer but he was a smart signing. Draft a QB in this QB rich class and let Sloter, Bridgewater (if his knee holds up this year and he resigns for a reasonable amount) and the draftee fight it out for starter next year. If Bridgewater leaves than you have to consider Keenum and maybe even Bradford if the knee “cleanup” works. Maybe Sam should be in the mix in any case.

  • Bob T.

    Keenum, Bridgewater and Sloter is good for me. Yes in that order.

  • Bob T.

    Happy 25th birthday Teddy

  • Gordon Guffey

    All of these player fans and nowhere to go but Micky D’s for a burger and coke ~ They know whats best for the Vikings because they use the scratch off tab on their 1.99 coke they just got while they sit and wait to see what their 8 ball will tell them ~ Between the two they know they will get the right answer and if they dont like the one they get they just shake the 8 ball until they get a answer they like ~

    LOL this is getting to be too funny ~ When and if Zimmer and Shurmur feel its time to make a change then I’m fine with it ~ However until then all these Teddy Only fans make me
    ((( Almost ))) hope it doesn’t happen at all in 2017 regardless what happens going forward ~ Almost ~

    Use team fans want whats best for the team no matter who the player is ~ We just want what the best 22 starters on the field ~ However the Teddy only fans believe that the Vikings can win with only Teddy on the field ~ That the team would have not won a single game if he wasn’t the starter ~ Like 2015 they believe it was Teddy who got those 11 wins all by himself and that having a 1500 yard RB and a top 3 defense had anything to do with it ~ And never mind that Teddy has never had as many deep passes in a whole season as Case has in just 7 starts ~ Maybe not in Teddy’s first two season has he hit on as many deep balls as Case has this year ~ Best I can remember the deep ball and tight coverage were the two biggest areas that Teddy needed huge improvement in ~

    That being said I will back what ever the coaches decide seeing how they get paid big money to know when and if a QB change needs to happen ~ Until then keep the dream alive ~





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