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Zulgad: Will it be Case or Teddy? Mike Zimmer will keep us guessing as long as possible

Mike Zimmer has us right where he wants us and don’t think he isn’t enjoying it.

In the midst of a 7-2 season in which the Vikings are sitting atop the NFC North, the fourth-year head coach announced Monday that he knew who would be his starting quarterback in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams but that he had no intention of announcing it.

“Why would I tell you when I haven’t told anybody else?” Zimmer said.

Zimmer’s plan is to inform his players on Wednesday whether Case Keenum will continue in the starting role, or if Teddy Bridgewater will return to the job he held before injuring his knee in August 2016.

Many of us are expecting Zimmer to make the transition from Keenum to Bridgewater at some point in the coming weeks, but the guess here is that Zimmer has every intention of starting Keenum for the fifth consecutive game on Sunday and for the eighth time in nine games. A reported surfaced shortly after Zimmer’s press conference on Monday that Keenum would get the nod.

Bridgewater was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list last week and putting him in against the 7-2 Rams seems like it might be rushing things. Keenum threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-30 victory over Washington on Sunday, but he also tossed two second-half picks that clearly still had Zimmer miffed a day later.

The Vikings, of course, are no stranger to week long speculation about who might be their starting quarterback.

Remember, when Brad Childress wouldn’t tell us whether Tarvaris Jackson or Kelly Holcomb would get the start? Fans and the Vikings’ opponents both chuckled at the absurdity of trying to keep that a secret.

The difference is that Zimmer appears to have two pretty good choices and it wouldn’t be surprising if he keeps us guessing about his starter for weeks to come.

I still don’t think Keenum can get you where you want to go in the playoffs, but the veteran backup deserves a lot of credit for stepping in for Sam Bradford after Week 1 and doing a very good job. The temptation to make the change to Bridgewater would be based on the curiosity of thinking he might be able to return from what appeared to be a potentially career-ending injury and guide the offense deep into the playoffs.

There are many who want to stick with Keenum and based on his first-half play on Sunday (11 of 14 for 188 yards with three touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating) that makes sense. But then you have the back-to-back passes in the second half that ended with interceptions, or his play in the first half against Baltimore and Cleveland when it looked as if Keenum should be back on the sideline wearing a baseball cap.

It’s those moments that explain why Zimmer doesn’t throw his full support behind Keenum and why it’s a good bet that he eventually will give Bridgewater a chance this season.

Will that opportunity come Sunday? Probably not.

But Zimmer isn’t about to pass up the chance to keep us guessing.

  • Drediock

    Yes he had two interceptions in the second half. but on the season he has 11 TDs to 5 interceptions. and two of those definitely weren’t his fault. So really its 11/3
    If this were almost ANY other starter. Is this even a conversation? I think not. In fact I think that if that were the case the question would be laughable at best

    • Andrew Stead

      Remember when JerryJones said there are 500 coaches who could have won the SB with our team? Well, there are a lot of QBs that could have beat TB, GB (sans 12), CHI, CLE and BAL with this roster. Hell, Ponder might even be one of them.

      If you are counting INTs that apparently aren’t his fault, you need to include balls that should have been picked and weren’t? I saw 3 of those yesterday, and the abject lack of situational awareness on the 2 that were picked. I saw the happy feet–which were calamitous in Pittsburgh–reappear. I also saw the Lions game.

      We’re talking about a 29 year old. The absolute best-case is that CK is a late-bloomer like Rich Gannon. As a qb on a roster, it’s certainly possible CK has that in him, but it seems far more likely CK is a good back-up on a hot streak who has played a soft schedule, a la McClown in CHI or Glennon in TB.

      If the goal is 10 wins, CK is your man. If the goal is a bye and making noise in January, Teddy needs to be in there–and that’s before recognizing the need to see what Teddy can do before he’s a UFA.

      • Jordan Musser

        I have to disagree with you on this one. Case keenum just threw for 300 plus against a defense that hadn’t allowed a qb to do that all season. Case became the first Minnesota qb since 2009 Brett farve to throw 3 tds in 1 qtr. The offensive line is playing a lot better than last years unit however Keenums agility has also helped him stay sack free over the past 5 games. Teddy will play when time is right and right now in this moment that is not the time.

        • David Prestin

          Damn straight Skippy. If Case leads the Vikings to victory over the Rams this week, these discussions should be put to rest. A QB going against his former team that didn’t believe in him has got to be a pretty big mind &$#@ to say the least. If he overcomes that and the Vikings win, then there shouldn’t be any more questions on who is starting the next game at QB.

      • Drediock

        you cant count INTs that werent made. Because obviously the defense wasnt playing well enough to make them. But even if we were. I could make the same argument about just about any of the “star” QBs in the league that I see just miss getting picked. Usually happens to just about every QB at least once a game including the likes of Rodgers, Brady etc.How may times did Favre get picked in games?
        Like I said. if it were just about any other QB. this isnt even a debate.
        Teddy is still an unproven. Its all been based on the hypothetical “next step” which he hasnt actually taken yet. And forgive my memory but when we played the Seahawks in that playoff game. Did he lead us back to a winning touch down?Or a missed field goal?
        Dont get me wrong. I really sincerely hope Teddy has a long and very successful career and leads us all to the promise land every year he plays for as long as he is with the team. but to assume he is the one that can lead anyone on a deep run anywhere. Is presumptuous at best. We still dont know if he can even hold up to and walk away from a real game situation yet let alone accurately make the deep throws he was missing on rather routinely in his last full year.

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  • Marc Spector

    Bridgewater is the better QB… Just a matter of time that Keenum shows why he’s a backup.

  • Gordon Guffey

    This is starting to feel like the T. Jackson era all over again ~ I so hope the Vikings move on from Bridgewater and Bradford after the season ~ Nothing against Teddy ~ I’m just getting tired of the Teddy Only fans who clam to know for sure that Teddy is better ~ And us team fans know they are full of BS ~ They know no such thing ~ They have no way of knowing such things ~ Its a gut feeling they have and nothing else ~

    Then there are those who clam we have to play him this year to find out what we have ~ Nope we dont ~ The Vikings hold the rights to Teddy in the toll over of his contract per the CBA for 2018 and hold the 5th year option for 2019 because they used the full time of the PUP list ~ Thats two more years of Teddy if the Vikings chose too keep him ~ And he will be on a very friendly rookie contract for 2018 ~ Just a little over a million dollars ~ 2019 if he plays well enough will be far cheaper than the F~Tag ~ But is will have t shine to get that money ~

    • djsoxenx

      Thanks for the Hindsight, Coach!!!

      • Gordon Guffey

        Anytime my friend ~ Anytime ~

  • Adam

    Get ready for 5 yard passes and back to being abysmal on offense. Teddy has no arm strength and won’t even be able to take advantage of Thielen or diggs. Anyone who says any different needs to stop drinking the kool aid and take off the beer goggles please.

    • SM

      Haha, I guess Jet and other teammates that said TB arm and throws are stronger are drunk too.

      Read a few facts pal. Two QBs had career best days with this OL and OC this year (neither OL/OC available in 2015)

      Or do you think this Viking mojo won’t apply to two glove Teddy?

      Or maybe your head is in a dark place behind you. Hope you’re wearing goggles. Haha





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