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Mike Mularkey isn’t buying all this Shaun Hill malarkey

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 8:  Head Coach Mike Mularkey of the Tennessee Titans talks to his team on the sidelines during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 8, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Titans defeated the Saints in overtime 34-28.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings are going to keep the Titans guessing as long as they can about the identity of their starting quarterback for Sunday’s opener.

But Titans coach Mike Mularkey isn’t convinced that recently arrived Sam Bradford won’t be ready to go, though there have been signs that Shaun Hill is their choice.

“The number of starts [he’s had], he’s a very intelligent quarterback, he’s faced this defense before,” Mularkey said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “They wouldn’t give up a [No.] 1 and a [No.] 4 to have him sit very long. He’s had a very good preseason – really, both the quarterbacks had good preseasons.

“I would anticipate [Bradford starts], and if he doesn’t, it’s not going to change how we prepare.”

While the difference between Hill and Bradford this week might be minimized by Hill’s familiarity with the Vikings’ offense, it won’t be long before Bradford’s at the wheel, for exactly the reason Mularkey noted.

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42 Responses to “Mike Mularkey isn’t buying all this Shaun Hill malarkey”
  1. purplepride11 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:47 PM

    Sneaky Sneaky.

  2. purpleguy says: Sep 7, 2016 1:55 PM

    Not enough time for Bradford, especially with all those Dick Labeau gap blitzes the Titans likely have dialed up.

  3. eazeback says: Sep 7, 2016 1:59 PM

    he’s the master of incomplete sentences if his quotes are any indication….

  4. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 7, 2016 2:01 PM

    Well, unless the Vikes have learned their lesson from trotting out a QB with next to zero practice in their system. See Josh Freeman.

  5. mccontrary says: Sep 7, 2016 2:03 PM

    Mularkey knows malarkey when he hears it.

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 7, 2016 2:10 PM

    “Malarkey” – that’s a pretty good word to use for describing the “straight shooting” Zim these days…

  7. newsletterczar says: Sep 7, 2016 2:12 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:55 PM

    Not enough time for Bradford, especially with all those Dick Labeau gap blitzes the Titans likely have dialed up.
    ——
    Probably and point Bradford towards week 2 or 3.

  8. rageviral says: Sep 7, 2016 2:13 PM

    Doesn’t matter who’s at qb. They getting battered.

  9. 2ruefan says: Sep 7, 2016 2:18 PM

    I think it will (should) be Hill.

    But even if not, remember the issue with Freeman was NOT that he was put out there too early.

    It was that he is an idiot.

    Exhibit A – Not even in the league any longer he is so bad.

  10. codiablo says: Sep 7, 2016 2:20 PM

    No change in preparation – aka they plan on losing either way

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:33 PM

    ….how this guy keeps getting HC gigs I’ll never know…..Titans will stink again and Jon Robinson will fire him by week 10……..

  12. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 2:38 PM

    ….how this guy keeps getting HC gigs I’ll never know…..Titans will stink again and Jon Robinson will fire him by week 10……
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    How does any HC get any gig is a mystery to me. Then again the QB makes the coach. Belichick is a .500 coach without Brady.

  13. coltzfan166 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:39 PM

    Hill really is a decent QB. When given the chance to play, he’s played well and won a lot games, considering the teams he’s played for anyway (Lions in 2010 and Rams in 2014). I have to wonder why the Vikes even signed him if they didn’t intend for him to actually play in the event of an injury to Bridgewater.

  14. kayakattack says: Sep 7, 2016 2:43 PM

    If he looses to Minnesota this week, he deserves to be fired.

  15. aballinhighgrass says: Sep 7, 2016 2:50 PM

    This is why Belichick is great. He answers this type of question the same way every time. “We need to prepare for all their QBs because whoever starts could get hurt on the first play. Same goes for every other position”. And it’s the only answer that makes sense.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 2:51 PM

    Bradford can make throws that Hill can’t. You can rule out any 15+ yard sideline routes if Hill is playing, so keeping the Titans guessing does cause them to prepare for more than if they knew it was Hill.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 2:53 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:39 PM

    Hill really is a decent QB. When given the chance to play, he’s played well and won a lot games, considering the teams he’s played for anyway (Lions in 2010 and Rams in 2014). I have to wonder why the Vikes even signed him if they didn’t intend for him to actually play in the event of an injury to Bridgewater.
    ______

    There aren’t a lot of teams that would be happy with playing their backup quarterback for 16 games. Hill is fine in short stints, but he’s old and unlikely to last the season without getting hurt.

  18. 49tinakane says: Sep 7, 2016 2:56 PM

    No matter the QB Vikings defense will hold the titans down—Vikings 24 -Titans 13

  19. Grugenhagen says: Sep 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    How does any HC get any gig is a mystery to me. Then again the QB makes the coach. Belichick is a .500 coach without Brady.
    ________________________

    I guess Belichick had nothing to do with the Patriots going 11-5 with Matt Cassel in 2008 when Brady was lost for the season in Week 1.

  20. guitarfreak21 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:10 PM

    The thing the league and media don’t understand is that the Vikes are built more like the Broncos than the Packers. While the world begins and ends with qb, the Vikes would rather let the D-destroy the opposing offense, let AP or really anyone run the ball, and don’t make mistakes. The QB is central in profile and play calling only, and is not central to the team’s success. All the major media changed their rankings by a max of three levels for power rankings. Try doing that with the Packers… everyone who doesn’t have cheese on the brain would laugh in your face, they would drop 10 ranks conservatively without rodgers. Heck look how much one receiver loss hurt them! Our talent is much more well dispersed, one thing will not make much of a difference!

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 7, 2016 3:18 PM

    Mularkey is full of malarkey on this. Why would he think Bradford is the starter? As another poster stated, Mularkey should have just said we prepare for any quarterback.

    It makes me wonder about his coaching ability.

  22. v2787 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:22 PM

    Zimmer is a very, very smart coach. He’ll play the QB that gives the Vikes the best chance to win, and only Zimmer will know who that is when the time comes. I look for Minnesota to win the game no matter who they have at QB. That’s a talented team that should be able to handle the Titans. Also, they have AD at running back. Don’t bet against Minnesota.

  23. chris1cat says: Sep 7, 2016 3:22 PM

    So pumped for the year to start!
    Skol Vikings!!!!!

  24. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:35 PM

    He should just prepare for what we all know is coming…

    Huge doses of Adrian Peterson.

  25. Bl00dwerK says: Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    I’m a Titans fan and this game concerns me. Well, considering TN’s record the last several years EVERY game concerns me, but you get the point. TB may be out but AP isn’t, and if Bradford gets the start he may light it up. It’s no secret TN’s secondary isn’t very good, or at least isn’t expected to be, so if AP gets going early it might be a long day for the Titans. People are expecting the Vikes to lose, but I’m not quite that optimistic.

  26. shaggytoodle says: Sep 7, 2016 4:14 PM

    This is going to be a throw back game, with tons of running, and which ever run Defense plays the run tougher, will win the game.

  27. jbdvks says: Sep 7, 2016 4:20 PM

    Fish on! Hook line and sinker Mularkey! We’re coming……we’re coming…..skol

  28. mnfaninil says: Sep 7, 2016 5:16 PM

    Imagine learning an encyclopedia in one week and then getting a dictionary thrown at you as well. Learning a Norv Turner offense in a week is ridiculous, but throwing in time to game-plan an NFL team on top is ludicrous.

    No way he starts.

  29. fmc651 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:33 PM

    It doesn’t matter what Mularkey believes or who is starting. Get your team ready Mike.

  30. pillowporkers says: Sep 7, 2016 5:37 PM

    Not the exotic smashmouth!

  31. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM

    Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM
    I’m a Titans fan and this game concerns me. . .People are expecting the Vikes to lose, but I’m not quite that optimistic.
    ——————-
    Who are “People”? The betting lines have the Vikings up 2.5-3.

  32. vikingfan23 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    Bl00dwerK says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM
    I’m a Titans fan and this game concerns me. Well, considering TN’s record the last several years EVERY game concerns me, but you get the point. TB may be out but AP isn’t, and if Bradford gets the start he may light it up. It’s no secret TN’s secondary isn’t very good, or at least isn’t expected to be, so if AP gets going early it might be a long day for the Titans. People are expecting the Vikes to lose, but I’m not quite that optimistic.

    4 0
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    Dude, no disrespect but the Titans were the worst team in the league last year while the Vikings were 11-5. I both teams got better this off season (comparatively). The Vikes passing game was pretty much Stone Age quality last year anyway. But regardless, why would anyone expect TEN to have closed the gap?

  33. lp5710 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:11 PM

    Does it really matter which one starts with that O line? neither of them can elude defenders, at least Bridgewater was elusive, so your season comes down to a 31 year old back who fumbles in big games, that’s what the Vikings season is all about, stop worrying about the Packers, they are probably going to score the first TD and win the first game in your new stadium, that’s really all your concerned about anyway so face reality , then you can say “but if Teddy was playing”we would have won. your in for a long ride,your defense is nothing like the Broncos D.

  34. fmc651 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:43 PM

    Favre had a lot of good things to say about Sam Bradford and what he will do in this offense. I believe Brett knows what he is talking about.

  35. styxrogan says: Sep 7, 2016 8:02 PM

    stack da box. blitz from outside, destroy Glassford… pound the rock up the soft Vikings defense line….

  36. bubbasmithguy says: Sep 7, 2016 9:47 PM

    styxrogan says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:02 PM
    stack da box. blitz from outside, destroy Glassford… pound the rock up the soft Vikings defense line….

    ——————————————————————-
    Good luck with that.

  37. irishlion62 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:56 PM

    Sorry, the Vikings defense is good, not great like the Broncos defense. If it was up to that level, then maybe they would win a Super Bowl.

  38. h0metownzero says: Sep 7, 2016 10:59 PM

    The Vikings will start the season 0-2.

    Guaranteed.

    And it will only go downhill from there.

  39. Bl00dwerK says: Sep 8, 2016 3:56 AM

    vikingfan23 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    Dude, no disrespect but the Titans were the worst team in the league last year while the Vikings were 11-5. I both teams got better this off season (comparatively). The Vikes passing game was pretty much Stone Age quality last year anyway. But regardless, why would anyone expect TEN to have closed the gap?

    Seems most of the comments are saying the Vikes are in trouble just because TB is out. I don’t see it that way. Far as TN goes, they’ve done nothing BUT improve over the off-season. I don’t know how well that’s going to translate, but I don’t expect them to be the worst team in the league again this year. I’m just not overlooking the Vikes because their star QB is out of action.

  40. dviking72 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:52 AM

    This game will be close, but the Vikings will show up on week one, unlike last season. I believe Mariota is in for a long day. Time to put up or leave 0-1. Zimmer won’t let his guys use Teddy as an excuse, that’s not what his team is about.

  41. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:53 AM

    lp5710 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 7:11 PM

    Does it really matter which one starts with that O line? neither of them can elude defenders, at least Bridgewater was elusive, so your season comes down to a 31 year old back who fumbles in big games, that’s what the Vikings season is all about, stop worrying about the Packers, they are probably going to score the first TD and win the first game in your new stadium, that’s really all your concerned about anyway so face reality , then you can say “but if Teddy was playing”we would have won. your in for a long ride,your defense is nothing like the Broncos D.
    ——————
    Sounds like you’re trying just a little TOO hard to convince yourself. Getting nervous?

  42. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 12, 2016 3:20 PM

    rageviral says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:13 PM
    Doesn’t matter who’s at qb. They getting battered.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Guess predictions are irrelevant from now on..
    Hill had a decent game, Minnesotas D showed why they will soon be #1 this year.

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