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Matt Cassel remains Vikings starter for third preseason game


Teddy Bridgewater rallied the Vikings to two late scores in last Saturday’s comeback win against the Cardinals, but those heroics haven’t changed the look of the team’s quarterback depth chart.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, via Ben Goessling of, that Matt Cassel will remain the team’s starter for the team’s preseason game next Satuday against the Chiefs. With the third preseason game usually serving as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, it would seem that Cassel is destined to start in St. Louis come September 7.

Bridgewater may get a chance to make one last case to keep Zimmer from making a final decision. The coach said Saturday that Bridgewater could get time with the first team against Kansas City and repeated that on Monday, but everything the Vikings are doing makes it seem that they want to go with the veteran for at least the short term.

Cassel’s done nothing in the preseason to make that look like a bad idea. He’s 17-of-22 for 210 yards and a touchdown through the first two games this summer and has shown good command of Norv Turner’s offense. That won’t make anyone clamor for Bridgewater any less if Cassel doesn’t perform well in the regular season, of course, but it looks like the rookie and his supporters will have to bide their time while Cassel shows what he can do.

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  1. sportsfan18 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:09 PM

    Tis the right call…

  2. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:10 PM


  3. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:11 PM

    Baby Small Hands isn’t even close to being ready.

    I don’t who will bust first Teddy or Johnny, doesn’t really matter…..It’s inevitable for both in the near future.

  4. bassplucker says: Aug 18, 2014 1:14 PM

    Two-edged sword in a situation like this. On one hand you want to give your presumed QB of the future as many reps as possible before the games start to count. On the other hand, 3rd preseason game is typically when your opening day starter goes the distance (or close to it).

    I foresee extensive time for Bridgewater in the preseason finale, although the level of competition he will face in that game is so poor there may not be a lot of value from an evaluation standpoint.

  5. revelation123 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:15 PM

    Let’s be honest, Bridgewater beat 3rd and 4th stringers. He beat many players who won’t even be in the NFL in 2 weeks.

    Yet Vikings fans act like he’s the 2nd coming of Aaron Rodgers.

    Packers’ rookie LB Jayrone Elliott beat 3rd and 4th stringers too with 3 sacks and a forced fumble. But you don’t hear Packers fans acting like Elliott is the 2nd coming of Lawrence Taylor.

  6. tjacks7 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:15 PM

    I’m just glad Bill Musgrave and Leslie Frazier are gone. The offense is finally opening up. Cassel looks like a decent short term option and Bridgewater’s future is bright.

    I’d rather watch Spergyn Wynn in this offense than Peyton Manning in Musgrave’s offense.

  7. leroysbutler says: Aug 18, 2014 1:16 PM


  8. packers1337 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:16 PM

    Ponder will be the week 1 starting QB. Book it! SKOL

  9. scoops1 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:16 PM

    Has Ponder been traded yet….?

  10. nervesplicer says: Aug 18, 2014 1:17 PM

    You know you’re in trouble when Matt Cassel’s your starter and yet there’s no real competition at QB.

  11. thepftpoet says: Aug 18, 2014 1:25 PM

    Everyone finally is starting to realize what I’ve been proclaiming since the end of the 2013 season.

    Teddy Bridgewater is taking the Minnesota Vikings to the promised land.

    Since before the draft process even started, I told everyone the Minnesota Vikings would draft him, and they did.

    I told everyone Bridgewater had every trait you need in an elite QB, and yesterday he showed he did.

    The next step will be a Lombardi Trophy heading back to Minneapolis, to take what we rightfully deserve.

    My football knowledge is above all.

    And the Minnesota Vikings are the best team in the NFL.

    (Case Closed)

  12. fwippel says: Aug 18, 2014 1:26 PM

    We’ll see what happens on Saturday, but it would take a colossal meltdown on Cassel’s part for him to lose the starter’s job, regardless of how sharp TB is.

    One thing’s for sure; Norv Turner’s offense looked very good last Saturday night.

  13. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 18, 2014 1:26 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater could indeed be a good QB someday.

    In my honest opinion, I don’t think he will be a probowler before Adrian Peterson retires.

    He needs time, and time is running out for Peterson.

  14. frank booth says: Aug 18, 2014 1:27 PM

    Of course he would start the third game. Cassel played well against the Cardinals first and second stringers, while Bridgewater excelled in the 4th quarter against players who were clueless in regards to defensive schemes and won’t be on rosters in a couple of weeks.

    Bridgewater took over for Cassel after 2 series in the first week and the result was a 46% completion rate, no TD’s, and a fumble. In the second week, they played Bridgewater against lesser talent, and he looked very good at times. Just like he did in college in the Athletic American Conference.

    He’s a guy with potential that led a great drive against sub-par players in the 4th quarter of a pre-season game.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 18, 2014 1:27 PM

    Matt Cassel is the ideal quarterback for the Vikings this year. He isn’t elite, but he’s good enough to do very well when he has talent around him. He’s a great mentor for a young quarterback. He won’t force the Vikings to play a rookie before he’s absolutely ready (anyone remember Donovan McNabb?). I know we’re all excited for Teddy Time, but it can only help to let him sit and watch for a while.

  16. truths4all says: Aug 18, 2014 1:28 PM

    Bridgewater’s work was against 3s and 4s. His last TD was bogus as the receiver juggled it as he went down. In a real game, the zebras would have to have called it incomplete, but since this was a home preseason game for the Vikes, a blow call for the home team makes perfect NFL sense, not to mention that the zebras wanted to get the game over with as well.

    Throw Bridgewater out there against first team defenses and then see what he can do.

  17. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 18, 2014 1:32 PM

    My fellow Packer fans seem scared of Cassel and Bridgewater. Baby hands has the same size hands as Aaron Rodgers. GO PACK GO!!!

  18. vikingsmandotdie says: Aug 18, 2014 1:33 PM

    Matt Cassel wants to step up his game this year to many good things on that offence. The vikings will be leader of the division and will go deep into the the playoffs!! GO VIKINGS SKOL!!!!

  19. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 18, 2014 1:34 PM

    Packers: 12-4
    Vikings: 9-7
    Bears: 7-9
    Kitty Kats: 3-13

  20. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 18, 2014 1:37 PM

    According to pro football focus, Cassel is the highest-rated quarterback of the preseason so far. It would be tough for him to lose the job.

  21. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:39 PM

    Matt Cassell may be decent, but lacks any motivation. I still remember him playing poorly, and after Todd Haley rightfully screamed at him he played well.

  22. jonnyfootball82 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:39 PM

    Matt Cassel is an elite QB. He’s going to be all-pro and will someday be in the HOF

  23. ronarch13 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:40 PM

    Teddy must be good I mean how many could lead TWO drives against guys that in a few weeks will be working at WAL MART????????

  24. floratiotime says: Aug 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    Terry “Garbage Time” Bridgewater.

  25. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    I am less invested in the Bridgewater/Cassell than most. If the defense doesn’t show up, it won’t matter who is the QB. I am still worried about the linebackers and who knows about the secondary? They can’t stay healthy enough to tell who can play in Zimmer’s scheme. The QB is one man and the defense is 11 guys. And while I hope for a major turn around in the D, I have no idea what to realistically expect.

  26. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    Big pack guy here. I saw the game this weekend, looks like the Viking’s QB situaish is finally not a weakness. Weird to say that. Good luck to them this year, it’s gonna be a tight division!

    GO PACK!!


  27. jake1199 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    Right on! If cass and the offence keep playing like they have this season they will be better offensively than last year! Just a little concerned more about the defence though!

  28. whatjusthapped says: Aug 18, 2014 1:43 PM

    Ask the Chief fans what they thought of Cassel just as he came over from the Pats, they thought he would be a franchise Qb. Flash forward a couple of years and they will tell you that Cassel is the answer only if the question is, “Do you want to finish in last place?”

    Looks like we have the same answer for the Vikings in 2014, not that they aren’t used to it by now.

  29. revelation123 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:46 PM

    Cassel beat some 1st and 2nd stringers. Bridgewater beat 3rd and 4th stringers. It’s only natural to start the QB who has actually proved to do well against players who will still be in the NFL in 2 weeks.

  30. bassplucker says: Aug 18, 2014 1:48 PM

    I was actually shocked at how well Cassel played against a pretty darn good Cardinals D. He was terrible in KC… maybe he finally the right fit in terms of coach, scheme and surrounding talent.

  31. ariani1985 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:52 PM

    This division should be an easy one to win this year, with the Bears garbage defense, the lions being the lions and the Packers rancid defense and them being snake bitten in the first round of the playoffs for 5 strait years it will all be over and we will have it sealed up by week 9!

  32. contra74 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:54 PM

    Cassel has the hot hand for now.

    Touchdown Teddy is closing in though.

  33. VickyMendozaDiagonal says: Aug 18, 2014 1:54 PM

    Teddy is going to be Rookie of the Year. Book it and take it to The Bank!

  34. yizudien says: Aug 18, 2014 1:58 PM

    Teddy should sit this year out while observing the game at the NFL level. As a vikings fan the biggest problem we have is no one has a chance at the QB position to get established.

    Teddy is one bad game away from Ponder comparisons that will only get louder. Give him time to come up to speed and let Matt have this season. Our defense wasnt able to stop anything in the preseason thus far, we are not going to the Super Bowl this year even if the QB is in the top 10. We wont be able to stop anyone.

  35. firerogergoodell says: Aug 18, 2014 1:59 PM

    How many of you would go back in time and still give Matt Flynn the nod over Russ Wilson? Pete Carroll gambled and it paid off. It’s not like Cassel could take us to the Super Bowl. If Teddy is ready… Let him play !

  36. mediasloppy says: Aug 18, 2014 2:06 PM

    I can’t figure out how Bridgewater is a bust by Packers standards. Wasn’t Rodgers drafted higher and sat the pine for 3 years, before he was good enough to take over Favre’s job.

  37. asgrimsnorrison says: Aug 18, 2014 2:12 PM

    This isn’t hard to figure out. They want Bridgewater to start, but just look at the schedule out of the gate:

    @ St. Louis
    New England
    @ New Orleans
    @ Green Bay

    Even as a Vikings fan I think they will probably be 1-4 after that lineup…at best…. no matter who plays QB. Why would they subject Teddy to that?

    So they throw Cassel out there. If by some miracle he does better then great. If as expected they are 1-4 or worse, then Teddy can ride in as a savior as he takes on Detroit at home, Buffalo, @Tampa and Washington.

  38. f1restarter says: Aug 18, 2014 2:16 PM

    Scott Tolzien is a better quarterback than Teddy Bilgewater.

    Deep in the heart of every Viking fan, they know this to be 100% true.

  39. baddegg says: Aug 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    It used to be that rookie QBs almost always sat behind an established starter — even rookies who were highly touted.

    It’s ok if they wait a while on Bridgewater…it will ultimately be to his advantage…

  40. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Aug 18, 2014 2:30 PM

    The Vikings already had the most talent of any team in the NFL, no one questions that. Then they added Bridgewater, the hands-down best QB in the draft, and he is pushing a previously average QB in Cassel to a dominant level of play.

    So now the most talent-rich roster in the NFL – possibly in NFL history – has arguably 2 of the best 5 quarterbacks in the league.

    You do the math. The dynasty has begun.

  41. lloydchristmas1 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:33 PM

    I love all the ridiculous comparisons to Teddy Bridgewater when the guy hasn’t played a regular season game yet…Only time will tell! Cassel definately needs to start week one.

  42. gergie1957 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:37 PM

    Don’t rush Teddy in there, Cassel will be their starter, and should be, Teddys time will come, and then the whining will increase to new levels in Packer Land.

  43. liontuss says: Aug 18, 2014 2:37 PM

    Lions 11-5
    Pack 10-6
    Bearss 9-7
    Queenz 5-11

    Go Lions!

  44. dochighness says: Aug 18, 2014 2:45 PM

    I wonder if those of you with negative comments on the defense have actually watched the first two games. This defense is HEAD AND SHOULDERS above what we have seen over the past 2 seasons. The Raiders did not move the ball at all, and even though the Cardinals converted a couple of big passing plays, the coverage on both was excellent. On their last TD “drive”, they gained 0 yards. That’s ZERO! The entire drive consisted of 5 incompletions, 2 penalties, and a 6-yard fumble advance for the TD. On the TD drive in the 3rd quarter, three times the Cards needed 4 downs to make 10 yards. Compare this to the Tampa 2 we’ve run for the past 5 years, where receivers were often wide open, and I, for one, am really looking forward to this season defense.

  45. pappavike says: Aug 18, 2014 2:52 PM

    Holy cow!! There sure a bunch of negative Nancys on here! They must be able to forsee the future, In that case let me give it a try! Cassel starts week one, and Bridgewater will hone his craft, watching and learning. As for the Defense they are still a work in progress, Besides they were missing a few players most notably Linval Joseph!! Not only that but the Vikes as well as every other team are not gonna show thier entire hand in preseason!! As far as who played against who, 1’s against 2’s and so forth they are all fighting for a roster spot and want to show well!! You would think with all the Bridgewater bashing, That we are all NFL caliber coaches “NOT”

  46. theallegedone says: Aug 18, 2014 3:00 PM

    Funny how all the haters talk about Teddy being in there against 3rd and 4th string defenses while leading the Vikings to victory…. HOWEVER, you fail to realize that Teddy was also out there with 3rd and 4th string players. Doesn’t matter who’s out there. You go out and do your job. And Teddy did a great job.

  47. commonsense1986 says: Aug 18, 2014 3:10 PM

    I agree, the D has been doing respectable when you look at what was done in past years. Also, they’ve been playing really basic schemes so far so that everyone can be evaluated. The fun stuff won’t come out until the regular season so that has me excited.

    As for offense, I’d be fine with either, but all things being equal, I’d rather Teddy sit for a while. Let him get used to the day in day out stuff, see the speed of the game, absorb whats going on around him, before he’s thrust on the field. With the offense doing fairly well I get even more excited to think about whats going to happen once AD is added to the mix. With Rudolph showing some nice flashes, and the danger of Patterson anytime he’s on the field we are finally forming a downfield attack which should FINALLY open up some running lanes for AD. Now THATS going to be fun to watch.

  48. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 18, 2014 3:10 PM

    It’s the Pre-Season. We’re talking about the Vikings.

    It’s great to see all these Viking’s fans get excited about looking forward to a 4th place finish.

    Packers will the team to beat for the Bears.

    Bears will be the team to beat for the Lions.

    Lions will be the team to beat for the Vikings.

    The most logical prediction.


  49. glac1 says: Aug 18, 2014 3:14 PM

    let’s wait and see how he does when the team he faces plays something other then a base defense!

  50. Norseman says: Aug 18, 2014 3:30 PM

    Matt Cassel could have a 4,000 yard passing year and lead the Vikings to a top 5 offense this year just like an aging, weaker arm, 30+ Brad Johnson did under Norv Turner with the Redskins.

    Teddy Bridgewater could also do the same, or better.

    I’m optimistic about how either QB will do for the Vikings this year because:

    1) The Vikings have a very solid offensive line;
    2) The Vikings have very good players at every skill position on offense;
    3) Norv Turner’s scheme is well suited to the players on this team

    If I played fantasy football, I may not draft Cassel or Bridgewater, but I’d definitely make sure I had Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph and Adrian Peterson on my team.

  51. atthemurph says: Aug 18, 2014 3:40 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater could be the next Kurt Warner.
    But just like Warner he needs to go play in the Arena League or NFL Europe for 4 years to figure out what he’s doing.

    Once the scheming starts he’s going to get burnt and broken.

  52. revelation123 says: Aug 18, 2014 3:57 PM

    Cassel did most of his work against the 2nd and 1st units. Bridgewater played against mostly 3rd and 4th stringers who probably won’t have jobs in 2 weeks.

  53. darkneptune73 says: Aug 18, 2014 3:57 PM

    This Vikings offense has the potential to explode. Watch out Green Bay. You might have competition.

  54. gbmudder says: Aug 18, 2014 4:04 PM

    I thought Cassel was still riding the pine in KC, he is the Vikes starting QB, oh brother!

  55. contra74 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:11 PM

    glac1 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 3:14 PM
    let’s wait and see how he does when the team he faces plays something other then a base defense!
    AZ blitzed during the entire last drive. Nothing BASE about that. Nice try though.

  56. wheezerswin says: Aug 18, 2014 4:14 PM

    Wow. That is really bad news for the vikes. Yet another first round QB bust. They really needed bridgewater to be the starter, And he can’t even beat out Cassel?

  57. lateefthetruthspeaker says: Aug 18, 2014 4:15 PM

    2014 Vikings will be the surprise team of the year! 9-7 with a wildcard victory. NFC North be scared!!

  58. eagleswin says: Aug 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    I think it’s a good thing not to start rookie QBs the first game of their rookie year.

    Whether it’s the Browns on the vikings, let the lame duck QB absorb the punishment while you get used to NFL game speed. When your teams are out of contention that is the time to start the rookies

  59. joker65 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:30 PM

    asgrimsnorrison says:
    Aug 18, 2014 2:12 PM
    This isn’t hard to figure out. They want Bridgewater to start, but just look at the schedule out of the gate:

    @ St. Louis
    New England
    @ New Orleans
    @ Green Bay

    Even as a Vikings fan I think they will probably be 1-4 after that lineup…at best…. no matter who plays QB. Why would they subject Teddy to that?
    Yeah, those defenses don’t really scare anybody, especially GB’s. They might go 1-4 against that group, but if he plays well wheres the harm? If they are losing 35-28, it most likely won’t be on his head.

  60. rikker12 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:30 PM

    Offenses and Defenses don’t game plan agianst each other in the preseason. Its a known fact. Teams are trying to put together their roster and run their basic plays, which could be the blitz or dime package on defense or 3 or 4 reciever set on offense.
    They are saving the real playbook for the regular season.
    Once the season starts, all this preseason talk will be forgotten anyways.

  61. marttizzle says: Aug 18, 2014 4:33 PM

    “Let’s be honest, Bridgewater beat 3rd and 4th stringers. He beat many players who won’t even be in the NFL in 2 weeks.”

    Ok, however Teddy had to work with 3rd and 4th stringers as well! It’s not about Teddy getting a game winning drive at the end it is about how much he has progressed from last week. That is what I am cheering about, for that he took command of the team and led them to victory. The bonus’s are that Teddy won the game and he was dealt with constant pass rush in the last game winning drive.

  62. stevent92 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:50 PM

    Aaron Rodgers didn’t play for 3 years, and in his 4th year, went 6-10.

    Barely made playoffs in year 5 and was bounced by the Cards in a historical laughingstock of a game.

    Bridgewater doesn’t have too far to go to out-match that clown by a mile.

  63. jayteem says: Aug 18, 2014 4:50 PM

    What would the Lombardi Trophy ever be doing in Minnesota?

  64. bigjim50010 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:51 PM

    Hate the Vikings
    Hate everything MN

    That being said…I am tired of the relentless string of Viking game managers. I would like to see the Vikes get their QB someday. The rest of the North has them. Regardless of ppls opinions of the 3 main stays, it would make the division more fun.

  65. passmeabruschi54 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:57 PM

    Of course he’s the starter…he’s the best QB on that team and that’s not saying much. He’ll be the starter until they are eliminated from the playoffs (which won’t take too long) and then they will let Bridgewater get some game time.

  66. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 18, 2014 4:58 PM

    Teddy BUSTwater.

  67. Commenting off the bench. . . says: Aug 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    Norv Turner’s offense always looks good–its when teams hire him as a head coach that gets them in trouble.

    ~Recovering Chargers fan.

  68. lateefthetruthspeaker says: Aug 18, 2014 5:06 PM

    Teddy ‘bustacapinyouraxxwater’

  69. squishman says: Aug 18, 2014 5:18 PM

    It matters little that he was playing against folks who will not even be in the NFL in a couple weeks. Here’s what matters: he was putting the ball right needed to go. One pass to Simpson was incomplete. The Juice told him it was to the wrong shoulder. The winning TD to Rodney Smith was the same play, this time to the correct shoulder. Also, Theilen dropped a sure TD. Teddy Touchdown was not throwing ropes, he had touch on his throws, landing them just where he wanted them.

  70. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 18, 2014 5:28 PM

    What? This can’t be true. I thought BustH2O solidified a starting position along with induction into the Hall of Fame after last weeks performance.

  71. toddc612 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:29 PM

    It really doesn’t matter who starts. Us Viking’s fans are just smiling ear to ear because Zimmer and his coaches have finally put Ponder and his useless play to bed (something the fans knew for years but Frazier and his clown-crew never seemed to figure out). Heck, I might even go see a game this year knowing there isn’t a chance of seeing Ponder take a snap. Rejoice!

    The Cassel vs. Bridgewater debate is a good problem to have for this team..

  72. arianil985 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:32 PM

    This division should be an easy one to win this year for GB with the Bears garbage defense, the lions being the lions and the Vikings rancid defense and them being snake bitten in the first round of the playoffs for 1 year it will all be over and we will have it sealed up by week 9!

  73. atthemurph says: Aug 18, 2014 5:38 PM

    eagleswin says:
    Aug 18, 2014 4:26 PM
    I think it’s a good thing not to start rookie QBs the first game of their rookie year.

    Whether it’s the Browns on the vikings, let the lame duck QB absorb the punishment while you get used to NFL game speed. When your teams are out of contention that is the time to start the rookies

    The browns and vikings are already out of contention.

  74. 1952vikefan says: Aug 18, 2014 6:00 PM

    Quarterbacks with Intials T. B. for there name don’t fair to well in the NFL just ask Terry Bradshaw

  75. mortwannabe says: Aug 18, 2014 6:13 PM

    Does anyone outside the twin cities care?

  76. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:55 PM

    Teddy Beast mode water and Teddy Breaks record. Teddy Beat Packers and Teddy Packers Begging.LOL!!!

  77. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:00 PM

    Assumption Vikings losing first 4 games is bs. This team ain’t afraid of no team. Vikes will be Rams, Patriots, Atlanta and be 3-1 team after the cheaters Saints. Mark my word clowns!!!!

  78. asgrimsnorrison says: Aug 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    Honestly I think if Ponder had come into the league with Turner instead of Musgrave, he would have been halfway decent. Maybe not much more but at least serviceable.

  79. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    1. Bears 6-10
    2. Packers 5-11
    3. Lions 2-14
    4. Vikings 0-16

  80. immafubared says: Aug 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    I would not be shocked if the Vikes GM traded Cassel for a 1 and 4 pick and started Bridgewater and kept Ponder who hasn’t played.
    Bridgewater looked all pro the other night, Crisp passes, wide out passes, downfield passes.
    He looked polished to say the least. and he has only played three quarters.
    Cassel is worth a lot of money right now. Many teams like the Texans are going to need help.
    All I know if the above deal was done, and it worked, everyone would know what I do, the GM of the Vikes is the best there is. He has out drafted everyone the last three years.

  81. toddc612 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:18 PM

    Stop the excuses for Ponder. His garbage play speaks for itself. He’s had every chance handed to him on silver platter.. he failed to cash in. It’s truly unbelievable that he was ever actually in the starting line-up as a QB.

  82. frank booth says: Aug 18, 2014 7:32 PM

    Seriously, you’re not going to get anything near a 1 and a 4 for Cassel. He’s not even a second tier QB in the NFL.

  83. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 18, 2014 7:44 PM

    This QB controversy is starting to feel just like Ponder vs McNabb.

  84. banlarson says: Aug 18, 2014 7:53 PM

    What I loved most about the Vikings so far is with this offense they have been much more productive passing the ball even with a pretty pedestrian running game. The 2nd half rushing total for MN was 14 yards, so Teddy scored 17 pts with no running game. He was facing 3 and 4 man blitzes and still moved the ball down the field to scores. Throw in an Adrian Peterson and this offense is special. 8 and 9 man fronts to stop Peterson gives you single and uncovered receivers.

    2nd, 3rd or 4th string, but they were all players good enough to be given a shot on an NFL team and Teddy was playing with 2nd, 3rd and 4th stringers. Listen to the post-game from Bruce Arians and see what he thinks of Teddy.

  85. banky74 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:57 PM

    My parents always told me that if a subject was being discussed that I didn’t know anything about, I would be wise to shut my mouth and just listen lest I say something foolish or stupid.

    Most of the people on here obviously didn’t have parents like mine.

    That being said, the QB play from the Vikings has looked pretty strong from what I’ve seen of the first two pre-season games. The offense in general is very good at every position with maybe the exception of LG.

    I see a rough start for the team though in the first half of the schedule. Tough games and the defense is obviously still learning Zimmer’s system. Going to take time for them to come together, especially with how young that defense is.

    That being said, I think the Vikes are going to be a miserable team to play against in the 2nd half of the season. Don’t think the Vikes are heading to the playoffs this year. Too many changes in terms of personnel and coaching. But if they have another good offseason (draft/FA period) I see them winning the division next year.

  86. sonofad says: Aug 18, 2014 7:57 PM

    Viking fans are trying to project anti Viking results upon this team, but I just don’t see it.

    “With the 5th pick in the 2015 draft, the Vikings select………”

  87. pappavike says: Aug 19, 2014 12:45 AM

    I have to say, Those of you who keep refering to Bridgewater as bustwater or this other timeless classic small hands Bridgewater, Really need to get better material. Viking fans know you do it, Because your jealous, scared or perhaps because you simply lack the intelligence to come up with something new!!

  88. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 19, 2014 10:01 AM


    The Vikings have clinched last place again this year, making it 4 out of 5.

  89. zygizag says: Aug 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    VIKINGS 2 QB’s looking good : a good problem to have

    CLEVELAND 2 QB’s looking bad : not good

  90. secretbonus1 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:00 AM

    Both look good, Cassel did nothing wrong, but ultimately Cassel excelled last year having his best games when Asiata was in and he wasn’t facing 8man fronts… So of course he looks good in preseason when the blitzes aren’t as easily disguised and when he can sit back in a clean pocket. That will change when he faces a run blitz every other down and 8 in the box and he and the OL has difficulty discerning where the pressure is coming from. That is when Cassel ends up throwing the ball away if the first read isn’t there, when his timing gets off and when he develops inconsistencies.
    Bridgewater excelled in tight pockets, and facing blitzes in college.
    Since AP will force 8-9 man fronts, another good showing by Bridgewater particularly at sliding in pocket, buying time and moving within the pocket (which was the one area he seemed to excel at in both preseason games) SHOULD lock it up for him (doesn’t mean it necessarily will) contrary to what the media is telling you… At least if the coaching staff has the balls of Pete Carrol to make the right decision as Carrol did with Russel Wilson.
    Actually, it is probably more of an Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick situation in which they both look good, but Kaepernick did enough that he could not be held out of the lineup any longer.

    Bridgewater should be the guy real soon if not week 1 if he shows last preseason game was not an anomaly and he has made the adjustment from preseason game 1 to preseason game 2 in adjusting to the speed of the game.

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