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Report: Vikings will stay with Case Keenum vs. Rams

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that he knows which quarterback will be starting when the Vikings face off with the Los Angeles Rams at US Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Of course, Zimmer would not say whether he will stick with Case Keenum or turn to Teddy Bridgewater, but noted he would inform the team on Wednesday. CBS’s Jason La Confora reports that Zimmer will be telling his team that Keenum is set to get the nod against the Rams.

Bridgewater was active Sunday against Washington, marking the first time he was able to suit up since the 2016 preseason.

“I have a plan, sometimes plans change,” Zimmer said on following a 38-30 win over Washington.

Keenum went 21-for-29 with 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and has a 92.6 rating for the year.

  • Matthew Rowe

    It’s the right call.

    • Jack

      It’s the right call for the game at hand. But this off-season we have to make a decision at QB for the future and it’s going to be hard to evaluate Teddy post-injury if he doesn’t play. Case has played great this year but it’s most likely due to the talent that surrounds him. If that’s the case, then Teddy should theoretically improve his numbers as well and being that he’s younger, has the bigger arm and has never had issues with making questionable decisions, he has the higher upside.

      • Mark Nadolski

        You have to give Keenum credit though, 4 TDs, looks sharp, has a tremendous more amount of mobility and quickness than Bradford had. He plays with passion and is winning games. Just by watching pre-season, I thought Keenum should start over Bradford. He’s playing at a high level, I say it’s his team to lose, he should get his shot for the rest of the season, I think he’s earned it through his play alone. In the words of a fomer Vikes wide receiver Nate Burleson “the NFL is the ultimate meritocracy” and that should apply to Keenum too. Could it be possible that he is actually a good player??

        • Jack

          I think Keenum has filled in admirably and have nothing against the guy’s play. But we also need to realize that, over the course of his career, he has struggled with decision-making and tends to be extremely unpredictable from week-to-week. I just think Teddy has the higher upside long-term and we can’t let short-term emotions get in the way of the long-term plan. Especially considering all the young talent we have on both sides of the ball. I also think there’s an argument to be made that both Keenum and Bradford had career years in Minnesota due to the talent around him so I think that Teddy would find similar success if given the opportunity. Bottom line, if we keep Keenum as the starter and Teddy doesn’t see the field, we’re going to have to overpay for the guy in FA without getting a good look at him. And that’s just a dumb idea.

      • Jordan Musser

        The thing with Teddy is that no matter what he does this year regardless if he sits the rest of season or comes in and leads us to a super bowl victory we will always have to carry a second starting qb in the future if we have Bridgewater because you never know about that knee.

        • Jack

          True, but every team in the league wants to have a 2nd starting QB on the roster. Hell the Patriots held Garopollo on the bench for a while. The Vikings and the rest of the league think highly of Sloter so we may already have that on the roster. And it wouldn’t hurt to draft a QB 3rd or 4th round next year as a safeguard. But Teddy certainly has the higher ceiling compared to Keenum.

      • John Pearson

        Bigger arm, lol! Teddy had the weakest arm in the league in 2015. Did something change?

        • Pete

          That’s not true, did you not see the bombs he threw in the Pro bowl?

        • wdnemesis

          Lol obviously you don’t follow QBs too well. Ponder by far had one of the weakest arms. He was lucky to push the ball down field 35 yards. Most the backups had weaker arms as well.

        • Jack

          Teddy’s arm will never be the biggest in the league, and never did I say that. But Keenum’s arm is not either yet he seems to think it is. The guy has the mentality of Brett Favre with 1/2 the arm so he tries to force throws he has no business in making. I like the guy, but long-term he’s not the best option the team has.

  • Drediock

    It is the right call. I think part of Zimmers plan was to get him in during the Redskins game after one more score by Keenum but that idea was negated by the two interceptions.
    Now the plan that makes sense is to get him in the game during a blowout win.. Or as an in game change should Keenum have a game where he mightily struggles.
    Regardless of situation he is going to need to get Teddy at least some playing time if for no other reason then to gauge where Teddy is even if it only for a series or two.

    • wdnemesis

      I totally agree. We cannot make a mistake where we lose Sam, Teddy and get stuck with Keenum. Teddy can be great in this system but we need to let Case play until he struggles. It is only fair to award Keenum for his outstanding play.

    • planetxan

      Maybe that’s why Keenum threw the picks, so they could not put Teddy in.

  • Cujo73

    No bigger Teddy fan than me, but you cannot pull Case right now. You just can’t. It’s a dilemma but there are worse problems to have.

    • Shawn Rowe

      rams pulled him, didnt really understand…then again they pulled warner for bulger 2

  • Drew Lindeman

    Teddy will need playing time so we know if we should sign him. One way or another it needs to happen.

    • Gordon Guffey

      The Vikings hold his right for 2018 and even hold the 5th year option for 2019 ~ And on a rookie contract that is very team friendly ~ So no Teddy doesn’t need to step on the field unless he out shines Case in practice or lord have mercy a injury ~

      I hate to say it but its time to draft another hopeful starting QB with two good knees then let him set and learn in year one ~ And hope he can play winning football while staying some what healthy over the years ~

      • Scott Mitchell

        No, they declined his option. 2018 MIGHT toll due to the injury, although we shall see how the NFLPA reacts to that. But there is NO option for 2019.

        • Gordon Guffey

          Thats what was reported here and in the local Minn. sports pages ~ If his contract toll over so does his 5th year option ~

          Just going off what I have read ~

          • Drew Lindeman

            His contract can toll, but it’s unlikely
            the Vikings do it. If they view him as their franchise qb they are not likely to treat him that way. That is why he needs to play. Besides the goal is the super bowl, not the playoffs, and we’re not going there with Keenum.

          • Gordon Guffey

            The Vikings have more FA they need to resign or sign from other teams ~ They would be dumb a$$es for not using this ~ Heck they paid him to set and rehab all of last season ~ Its not like he should have anything to b!tch about ~ It would not make good business sense to not do it ~ They should have learned from what happened from AP ~ And even if they view him as a possible franchise QB ((( and no one from the Vikings have said so ))) why would they not still do it ~ ??? They will most likely be drafting a QB in the first 3 rounds anyway unless they can somehow get Case resigned ~ I dont believe that will happen because someone is going to offer him more money that the Vikings would be willing to pay him to come in a fight it out with Teddy for the starting job ~ Myself I would not be shocked to see them taking a QB in the first two rounds ~ Dont forget this was a none contact injury ~ So even if Teddy somehow shows vast improvement they still need someone who can step in and play well in case that knee doesn’t hold up or the other one goes out due to a hit or just planting his foot wrong ~ Everything doesn’t start and finish with Teddy ~ The Vikings are 7~2 right now without him ~ There are 53 players on the roster ~ I dont know if you are a Teddy Only fan ~ I’m a team fan so I don buy into have to play him this year theory some are preaching nor do I care who the QB is just as long as he is playing winning football ~ I’m not saying they shouldn’t play him this year ~ Only not until Case messes up and for more than just a few snaps ~ Teddy has done the same thing Case did vs the Redskins so he isn’t beyond bad play ~ I posted a link to the newest ESPN rankings and Case is setting at #10 ~ No way you yank a top 10 QB because of any reason ~ But thats just my take on how the Vikings so handle this ~ Doesn’t mean they agree with me ~ However if Zimmer does yank Case and Teddy isn’t any better and the Vikings start losing games it could be the end for both of them ~ Zimmer has a lot on his plate ~ I’m glad I dont have his job~

          • Drew Lindeman

            What is the point of keeping Keenum in? He can not win a Super Bowl. I don’t know if Teddy can either but I think we should find out. It’s super bowl or bust this year especially since it’s at home. We can win a few games with Keenum but that’s it, hollow victories.

          • Gordon Guffey

            When Teddy can throw the deep ball as well as Case then maybe we have something to talk about ~ The stats dont lie when it comes to this ~ Go look up PPF for yourself ~ Plus I posted a link to ESPN rankings and Case is a top 10 QB ~ So I dont understand where your coming from ~ With the way the Vikings have been working contracts its never SB or bust ~ You do know thats just a saying ~ Look what they Vikings did in one offseason with the OL and at RB ~ Its never SB or bust ~ Sure Cook got injured but look at how well he was playing before than ~ Its if the coaches are doing their job and thats why coaches like Norv are fired every year ~ Its fitting the scheme to the talent at hand ~

          • Drew Lindeman

            Great, a top 10 qb against non player off teams. 0-2 against playoff teams. We will lose in the first game we’re in come playoff time. Wasted season.

          • Gordon Guffey

            One of those games Case found out he was starting 90 mins before the game ~ Bradford got most of the work the week leading up to the Steelers game ~ You know it and I know it ~ It was in the press everywhere including here ~ Look no one is saying Case is a super star ~ However only a few are saying Teddy can take this team to a super bowl ~ These would be the Teddy Only fans ~ And the NFCN is always tough plus it was Cases 3rd start ~ Whats has he help the team do since then ~ 5 straight wins ~

          • Drew Lindeman

            In most of the games it was despite him. Teddy is hardly my favorite player but Keenum just isn’t that good.

          • Gordon Guffey

            Who do you think their these passes plus the 51 yard pass Diggs caught ~ And who put the ball into tight coverage ~ Yes Case threw 2 INT’s ~ And yes they were back to back ~ But he only has 4 or 5 in 7 starts and a couple of those were because it bounced off someones hands and was no fault of Case ~ He is still on pace to beat or throw no more than Teddy did in his best season ~ And its not like Case does this kind of thing weekly ~ This was I believe without looking his first game with more than one turnover ~ He has 3 in his 6 games before this so its not like turnover are a problem ~ Question is would you be so critical if this had been Teddy ~ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000875794/article/nfl-week-10-thirtysix-takeaways-from-sunday
            2. Speaking of that talent: Adam Thielen tortured the Redskins’ secondary, burning them deep and with runs after the catch. The wideout earned receptions of 49, 38, 38 and 17 yards, finishing with eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

          • Drew Lindeman

            What Teddy did statistically before is meaningless. He wasn’t in this offense and didn’t have this offensive line or these weapons. Teddy’s skill set is tailor made for this offense. As far as being hard on Teddy, yes if the situation was the same. I wasn’t up to this point, but we had nothing behind him. Keenum is not accurate, he misses wide open guys at an alarming rate, and he doesn’t have a good arm. All of his strengths are the same as Teddy’s but Teddy doesn’t have as many drawbacks. The only thing Keenum may do better is the deep ball, and he is still not very good at it. Keenum is a great backup, nothing more.

          • Gordon Guffey

            You and others should check this out ~
            In Praise of Case Keenum
            263
            by wludford@wludford Nov 13, 2017, 9:51am CST
            https://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/11/13/16643200/in-praise-of-case-keenum

          • Gordon Guffey

            And Teddy should be handed the starting job ~ He should have to earn it after missing a season and a half ~ Drew you are off on so many points so this is going no where ~ Lets just see what the coaches decide ~ By the way ~
            Vikings | Case Keenum will remain starter
            Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:20:17 -0800
            Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum will continue to start despite QB Teddy Bridgewater being available to return.
            Source: CBSSports.com – Jason La Canfora
            http://www.kffl.com/team/23/nfl/gnews.php?id=1069908-vikings—jack-tocho-moving-to-safety

          • Gordon Guffey

            We will have to agree to disagree with the Teddy vs Case ~ Like I said I dont care who the QB is just as long as said player wins the job fair and square ~ If Zimmer starts playing favorites I’ll turn on him very quickly ~ I have backed him through everything ~ But I’m not going down that road ~

            That being said if Teddy out shines Case throughout the week and Zimmer and Shurmur say he is the best man for the job I will be fine with it ~ But if he gets in their and the offense stalls they better pull him just as fast as they put him in ~ Let the Vikings start losing games after a QB change in the middle of the season and heads are going to roll ~

          • Gordon Guffey

            {{{{ In most of the games it was despite him }}}} ~ The same can be said for Teddy ~ Its not like he has ever lit up the scoreboard ~ Bradford was the best QB the Vikings have had since Favre first year ~

          • Gordon Guffey

            Here is another good read that shows that Case is not as bad of a QB as a few fans are saying ~ Good read all the way through ~

            How Keenum has become the Vikings’ Teflon quarterback
            http://www.startribune.com/film-review-how-case-keenum-and-the-vikings-have-made-him-a-teflon-quarterback/457458403/

          • Gordon Guffey

            And you should go back and look at some of the QB’s that have won a SB ~ You’ll find guys that are not as good as Case ~ Brad Johnson comes to mind ~ They are others that came after him who were not as good as Case ~ JMHO Teddy is your favorite player and you want him on the field ~ I want the best QB on the field and I dont care who it is as long as he wins the job fair and square and is a improvement ~ Otherwise there is no need for a change ~

  • wdnemesis

    It could of not been more obvious. Case is the guy until and if he even struggles. Case needs to keep it up and we will see.

    • SM

      Sure, case came close to throwing away the WA game. the backup is the guy? How close would you care to get? Lose one? Two? Four?

  • jakelachelt

    Why are we even discussing this? Bridgewater was never as good throwing the ball, and he hasn’t played in what?….. 19 months? Keenum 5 game win streak and putting up carreer highs… Much higher than Bridgewater ever has.

    • Justint1me

      Keenum set a career high in tds this past week at an age older than bridgewater. Keenum had 4 tds, teddy’s career high I’d 5 and he had no picks compared to keenums 2. Keenum had his highest passer rating of 117 this past weekend and teddy has multiple games over that in just two seasons as a young quarterback. Tell me again how keenum a career highs are much higher than bridgewaters.

      • Steven Keogh

        Wrong. Keenum put a 142.1 rating week 3 against the Bucs. Teddy has eclipsed 3 passing Td’s once. That’s right. One time. Keenum’s on pace for 20 Td’s-10ints, 3700 yards, & a 65% completion in less than 16 games. That was supposed to be Teddy’s stat line in ’15 or ’16 that he hasn’t proved he’s capable of. There is nothing special about Teddy’s career best 14td-9ints and 3200 yards. 4 more Tds and Case passes that. Will Teddy ever be able to do that?

        • God’s Favorite

          I don’t know. This would only be his 3rd season!!!!!!!!

        • SM

          Whoa, love your estimating finesse! Case did not beat the winning teams thus far, unless you want to stretch it and call GB without AA Ron winners. Yes Case did well in the easier part of the schedule. We will see how he does against the tougher teams. Against the Lions. Case couldn’t carry his team, although they have been carrying him. True definition of a backup. Good one, but still a backup.

          And you Teddy haters keep comparing to 2015. DIFFERENT OL and OC! Get a clue pal! Case and Sam have had career games with this scheme and team. And why would the mojo NOT work with Teddy? Why tell me – because he wears gloves?

          Flimsy argument pal.

          • Steven Keogh

            No, it might not work for him because he hasn’t played a game in nearly 2 years (the most crucial years of his development). He’s coming off an injury usually reserved for violent car accidents. He’d be coming in mid season in the hardest part of the schedule. I don’t get how you think he’d just step in like he never missed a beat, and we’d see the career best teddy bridgewater. That is all your projection rooted in no statistical evidence. Maybe we’d see a career best teddy b. or maybe we’d see a Josh freeman repeat. Why take the risk when you’re 7-2 competing for a first round bye? You know when you should find these things out? The preseason.

        • wdnemesis

          I am thinking QBs just come out day 1 after the draft. Some QBs don’t immediately even start. Read an article where Rodgers sat 3 years behind Farve before even starting at QB. Some players improve and I have seen that from Teddy. I think we would be selling Teddy short to think that after him starting a couple seasons.

  • Mike Sullivan

    Case Keenum has earned the starting job, And you can see a serious progression in his game. I have been as skeptical of Keenum as anyone as he has been a career backup in the league. I am a big Teddy guy, And his comeback story would be an amazing one, But until Keenum throws a game away, You have to stick with him.

    • SM

      Case came close to throwing away the WA game. How close would you care to get? Lose one? Two? Four?

  • Gordon Guffey

    First and foremost Zimmer needs to get the defense fixed before he worries who his starting QB is against a very talented offense that is healthy ~ The Redskins were banged up ~ And the game before vs the Browns was ugly until the defense finally dug their feet in and started stopping drives in the second half of that game ~

    This is a healthy high scoring offense coming to Minn. and we are talking about changing QB’s as though Teddy is going to come in and throw 7 TD passes ~ Not going to happen ~ Case want either ~

    This is turning into a train wreck waiting to happen ~

  • Gordon Guffey

    Read all the posts from the Teddy Only fans and all of the Teddy Only reports for Coller and Judd I almost feel like I’m back in the T. Jackson era ~

    The Vikings hold the rights to Teddy for 2018 and they hold the 5th year option for 2019 on a rookie contract that is very team friendly ~ So no they dont have to play Teddy in 2017 ~

    If Zimmer is worrying about anything it should be a healthy Ram offense thats coming to town and how his defense had trouble stopping another beat up offense in the Redskins ~ One has to only go back to the first half of the Browns game to understand this unit isn’t playing like it did in 2016 or 2015 ~

    And you can bet Spielman has already been looking at the QB’s coming out in the 2018 draft ~ And no Teddy was not Zimmer’s pick as many have tried to force on those of us who remember how it all went down ~ It was Norv and his son Scott who scouted and push for the drafting of Bridgewater over Carr ~ Does Zimmer love the kid ~ Sure he does ~ But was he Zimmer’s pick ~ No ~ And these so called facts were reported right here on ESPN1500 and the local Minn. sports pages ~ Remember when we found out that Scott Turner had become very involved in the game playing and play calling in the year Norv was fired ~ Yeah he was fired and no Norv nor his son Scott are working in the NFL and not even in the college ranks ~ Yeah reported right here on ESPN1500 ~ So everyone loves Teddy and is pulling for him ~ So year we all love Teddy ~ Great young man and the kind of guy you pull for to play well ~ The difference is I want it when he is fully ready and Case starts messing up ~ But until then it would be stupid to pull Case ~ Stupid ~ However I’m a team fan and not a player’s fan ~

  • Gordon Guffey

    Posted: 11 hours ago
    Wright: To Us, It Doesn’t Matter Who The QB Is

    WR Jarius Wright addressed the media from Winter Park on Monday.
    http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/Wright_To_Us_It_Doesnt_Matter_Who_The_QB_Is/8b093aa6-beae-4fb2-8b0e-9e6d58ef542b

  • Pete

    Makes no sense to change horses in the middle of the race.

  • Chris Prince

    It’s a no-brainer IMO…Keenum has a hot hand right now and he’s making good decisions overall. The line is a complete 180 from last year and staying healthy has shown what the Vikings are capable of. They have such a great supporting cast and depth of talent at the skill positions, that it makes everyone playing that much better. Exciting season so far in MN!!

  • Steven Keogh

    Easy decision. You wanna know when’s the right time to see Teddy’s got? In July/August. You know, the time of year you’re suppose use to find those things out. You wanna know the wrong time to find out what a QBs got? When you’re competing for a 1st round bye, on a 5 game win streak, going into the hardest part of your schedule. Furthermore, teddy’s season best 14td-9int never blew anyone’s hair back. 4 more Tds and Case passes that.

    • SM

      Case did not beat the winning teams thus far, unless you want to
      stretch it and call GB without AA Ron winners. Yes Case did well in the
      easier part of the schedule. We will see how he does against the
      tougher teams. Against the Lions. Case couldn’t carry his team, although
      they have been carrying him. True definition of a backup. Good one,
      but still a backup.

      And you Teddy haters keep comparing to 2015.
      DIFFERENT OL and OC! Get a clue pal! Case and Sam have had career
      games with this scheme and team. And why would the mojo NOT work with
      Teddy? Why tell me – because he wears gloves?

      Flimsy argument pal.

  • Tim Greene

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am tired of making the playoffs. I am tired of getting my heart ripped out through my anus, at the end of an NFC championship game. Like it or not, Judd is right. Keenum will break our hearts in the playoffs. A SB WIN is the only acceptable finish for our Vikings. No more appearances. A SB WIN. Teddy may be able to deliver that. Keenum definitely will not.

  • Jason Albrecht

    If Teddy Plays I don’t think it will be Zims decision, the higher ups really want Bridgewater in there. For now let Teddy get his work in during practice bring him back gradually and let Case keep proving people wrong, the Vikings have a really good situation, they are winning despite the QB quandary! Stick with the hot hand don’t mess with this chemistry yet. Theilen is balling and I believe he’s an even better story then Teddy. Keeps playing the underdogs, I love that no one takes this team seriously.

  • Ronald Dodgen

    Curious what the market will be for Keenum next year if he continues to play well? 15 million plus? since they play Rams, Saints, and Carolina and i have Saint’s in the NFC championship with the Eagles.

  • Ronald Dodgen

    I never thought Bridgewater would be elite. Keenum down by the goal line looked elite at least in this last game. How many times have you seen QB’s move up and down the field and then have to kick a field goal. People talk about the big arm, size and all that, hey! just put it in the end zone.





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