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Mike Zimmer says no QB announcement before Sunday

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, left, talks with quarterback Shaun Hill, right, before an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) AP

The Vikings depth chart says that Shaun Hill is their No. 1 quarterback ahead of Sam Bradford and guard Alex Boone suggested that Hill will be the starter against the Titans this weekend, but coach Mike Zimmer says he won’t be spilling the beans before it’s absolutely necessary.

During his Wednesday meeting with the media, Zimmer said that he won’t publicly name a starting quarterback before the start of the game on Sunday.

“If it’s Bradford, it’s Bradford,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “If it’s Shaun, it’s Shaun. We’ve got three more days of practice.”

Bradford would have a lot of catching up to do in a short amount of time if he’s going to be on the field Sunday, although he said that he’s confident about his ability to get the offense down in time for the game. As for Hill, he said life as a backup quarterback has taught him to be ready for anything without warning and he’s keeping with that approach leading into Week One.

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31 Responses to “Mike Zimmer says no QB announcement before Sunday”
  1. bucsorbust says: Sep 7, 2016 1:11 PM

    Translation: I’m not happy with Hill but not sure if Bradford is ready. But of course there is pressure to start Bradford since we just gave away next year’s top pick.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 7, 2016 1:11 PM

    The pressure of starting alone could crush Sam’s ACLs.

    Don’t worry, though. We’ve been told by Vikings fans that the Vikings are the best team ever, and that one injury shouldn’t hurt a team. So, if they win the Super Bowl, I’ll believe them. If they lose one game, I won’t.

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  3. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:12 PM

    They must be still trying to get a QB.

  4. thegrey7 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:13 PM

    Smart move by Coach Zim. Keep the Titans off balance by not letting them know who to game plan for.

  5. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 7, 2016 1:14 PM

    This just sucks. Doesn’t matter whether it’s Bradford or Hill. They are both in trouble behind that line.

    Get well quick, Teddy!

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 7, 2016 1:15 PM

    Oooh, way to keep us guessing, coach!

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 7, 2016 1:16 PM

    @thegrey7

    Good one!

  8. h0metownzero says: Sep 7, 2016 1:18 PM

    Last year Zimmer opened the season by laying an egg against a really bad 49er team on the road.

    Substitute Titans for 49ers. Otherwise deja vu???

  9. 1lombardibeforeigo says: Sep 7, 2016 1:21 PM

    How many other teams can lose their starting QB and still be talked about as a playoff contender with a shot to go deeper in the playoffs than they did last year?

    This is a deep, talented football team we are talking about. Every team will suffer a major season ending injury to a starter within 2 months. Who will it be on your team?

  10. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    Wow, not knowing whether Hill or Bedford is chucking the rock until the last minute is really a cause for lost sleep…………………………..NOT!

  11. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 7, 2016 1:34 PM

    My gut says the Vikings will compete this year but fall short of the playoffs.

    I just don’t think Bradford or Hill is good enough to get the Vikings into the playoffs.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  12. Bluestree says: Sep 7, 2016 1:36 PM

    Truth is the Vikings are in a better position to deal with an injury to the starting quarterback than any other. They are a run first and play defense team, and they have the right coach to make it work. So their success comes down to two things, can they stay healthy, and can AP still produce or is this the year he hits the wall. We shall see. With the Bear’s and Lions in flux, they’re still in the thick of it.
    If….

  13. 2ruefan says: Sep 7, 2016 1:52 PM

    bucsorbust says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:11 PM

    Translation: I’m not happy with Hill but not sure if Bradford is ready. But of course there is pressure to start Bradford since we just gave away next year’s top pick.

    ************************
    No. Try again.
    TRANSLATION:
    Any reasonable person knows that Bradford will NOT be ready to start in one week. Maybe not even two weeks.
    But I have the option to not name my starting QB until Sunday’s game, and that way my opponent will have to be ready for either. So, it will be HILL but I’m not gonna tell you that.

    There. Fixed it for you.

  14. pkrlvr says: Sep 7, 2016 2:00 PM

    How many other teams can lose their starting QB and still be talked about as a playoff contender
    ——–
    Well, when that starting QB only throws 14 tds a year it’s not that difficult.

  15. stellarperformance says: Sep 7, 2016 2:09 PM

    1lombardibeforeigo says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:21 PM
    How many other teams can lose their starting QB and still be talked about as a playoff contender with a shot to go deeper in the playoffs than they did last year?
    //////////////////////

    Wait, wait wait…slow down there Mr. Andretti. First of all, it isn’t a huge stretch to replace a pedestrian QB. The strategy is called; Dime-a-Dozen. Why do you think some people are saying the Vikings haven’t missed a beat? Huh?

    Secondly, who said anything about “a shot to go deeper in the playoffs?” That’s a huge assumption. Maybe you should get there first? Just an idea.

  16. rageviral says: Sep 7, 2016 2:16 PM

    Damn. They must have the simplest, most basic offense if he can learn it in this space of time.

  17. 440Barracuda says: Sep 7, 2016 2:31 PM

    rageviral says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:16 PM
    Damn. They must have the simplest, most basic offense if he can learn it in this space of time.

    —————————

    You may be the only person ever to call a Norv Turner offense simple and basic.

  18. atthemurph says: Sep 7, 2016 2:36 PM

    Dam Badford maybe able to learn the offense in one week but he is going to have a devil of a time trying to gain any sort of timing with that pathetic list of receivers.

    Then drop him back behind that offensive line and see what type of terrible timing was developed as he limps away from pressure.

    It ain’t going to be pretty when Fumblina has to try to carry 500 times at age 31. I’m guessing that by Thanksgiving he’ll be putting the rock on the turf at his playoff levels that’s at least once per game for you homers.

  19. sirmetaphor says: Sep 7, 2016 2:46 PM

    Clearly just trying to gain an advantage by having the Titans game plan for both QB’s.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise has no clue, and we can disregard their opinions from here on.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Sep 7, 2016 2:48 PM

    Exactly how difficult is it to turn around and hand off to Adrian Peterson 30 times in a single afternoon?

    I realize the Viking fans aren’t being invited to many Mensa meetings but I don’t think we need to complicate it any more than need be.

  21. chris1cat says: Sep 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    ZIM ZAM……..I love this coach.
    Let’s get this season started, it’s a team sport and the Vikings know exactly how to win. They won the North last year and look poised to repeat now that the best GM in the NFL took away another teams starter, wow just wow. Slick Rick baby!

  22. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    Translation: “Adrian hasn’t told me which QB he wants handing it off to him 40 times this weekend”

  23. jimmysee says: Sep 7, 2016 3:10 PM

    Shifty Zimmer here — “we’re still expecting Teddy to take the field. He told us he’ll rub some dirt on it and be good to go. That ‘injured reserve’ stuff was just a fake out.”

  24. schmitty2 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:21 PM

    As a long suffering Rams fan I feel more qualified to speak on Bradford. To the Vikes fans I can tell you to PRAY that your O-line can provide adequate protection. When protected he is a halfway decent qb. If he sees the smallest hint of pressure he is useless.

  25. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 3:32 PM

    Sep 7, 2016 2:48 PM

    Exactly how difficult is it to turn around and hand off to Adrian Peterson 30 times in a single afternoon?

    I realize the Viking fans aren’t being invited to many Mensa meetings but I don’t think we need to complicate it any more than need be.
    _______

    Okay, genius, how many teams run 30 plays a game? He’ll need to throw it at least 25 times. Are you trying to tell me that your great Packers don’t run the ball 30 times a game?

  26. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 7, 2016 3:37 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:11 PM
    The pressure of starting alone could crush Sam’s ACLs.

    Don’t worry, though. We’ve been told by Vikings fans that the Vikings are the best team ever, and that one injury shouldn’t hurt a team. So, if they win the Super Bowl, I’ll believe them. If they lose one game, I won’t.
    ———————–
    Then I expect the same standards to apply to ur team, Cheesehead, since all you big mouthed bloviaters have been claiming for months that ur team will win the SB this year because your team is unstoppable with Jordy back and a skinny Eddie. Am I right? Of course I am.

  27. timmmah10 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM

    A team without a WR that can make a QB look good and two QBs aren’t known for looking good is the mixture for a bad offense… unless you have AP. The QB will just need to be a game manager.

  28. 1lombardibeforeigo says: Sep 7, 2016 4:00 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:09 PM

    1lombardibeforeigo says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:21 PM
    How many other teams can lose their starting QB and still be talked about as a playoff contender with a shot to go deeper in the playoffs than they did last year?
    //////////////////////

    Wait, wait wait…slow down there Mr. Andretti. First of all, it isn’t a huge stretch to replace a pedestrian QB. The strategy is called; Dime-a-Dozen. Why do you think some people are saying the Vikings haven’t missed a beat? Huh?

    Secondly, who said anything about “a shot to go deeper in the playoffs?” That’s a huge assumption. Maybe you should get there first? Just an idea.

    You are absolutely right…..Teddy was pedestrian last year and yet they go 11-5 to win the division and clinch it in the home stadium of the team from WI. That speaks volumes to how talented the rest of the team is. I am one of those Teddy skeptics I guess.

  29. jbdvks says: Sep 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    Milk it

  30. shaggytoodle says: Sep 7, 2016 4:35 PM

    1lombardibeforeigo says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:21 PM
    How many other teams can lose their starting QB and still be talked about as a playoff contender with a shot to go deeper in the playoffs than they did last year?
    _______________

    I don’t know where you are reading or hearing that, but I would say they weren’t the most credible.

    When you don’t ask much of your QB and, and have one of the best athletes to expecting the ball 30 times a game or he might start causing a ruckus about needing touches if he doesn’t.

    The QB position isn’t as important on that team, complete 4 completions a quarter. Beat the teams that are worse than you, try GRINDING out close games against the teams that are better, and hit a game winning kick at the end of the game.

  31. skol4life says: Sep 7, 2016 7:15 PM

    Zimmer doesn’t want to win anymore. He wants to blow people out. Teddy was ready to do that but it got derailed. Slick Rick was told to do what you have to do. He might look like a genius after this just like the coach.

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