In what could be a harbinger of the guessing game Browns coach Eric Mangini will be playing in the days preceding September 13 as he prepares to host the team from Minnesota, Vikings coach Brad Childress has not yet named a starting quarterback, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Childress hasn’t named a starter . . . for the meaningless preseason game that will be played later today in Indianapolis.
Childress’ foot-dragging seems a little ridiculous on the surface; it’s a meaningless game, after all. But Childress likely realizes that the guy who gets the nod will be perceived as having the inside track to the job.
By waiting as long as possible, maybe Childress will be able to sell the notion that the guy who starts tonight’s game against the Colts isn’t really the “starter.”
So, yeah, maybe he should do the same thing for Week One at Cleveland, because the guy that starts against the Browns will be playing not with a short leash, but with a barbed-wire choke chain.