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Vikings guard on quarterback Hill: “We have total faith in Shaun”

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) AP

When Vikings guard Alex Boone made reference to the quarterback who’d likely start this week, he wasn’t so much spilling the beans as underlining how far down the pecking order any Vikings quarterback will be in the order of most important members of their offense.

While Shaun Hill remains listed as their starter while they teach Sam Bradford their offense, the Vikings know that their success against the Titans and all season depends on how well they block for running back Adrian Peterson. That, more than the identity of any quarterback, will determine their outcome.

“I think all the pressure is on us,” Boone said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We have total faith in Shaun. But given the circumstances, we know the pressure comes down on the line. So we have to kick [Tennessee’s] butt in the run game and let Adrian do his thing.”

That will be the case regardless the opponent, but Boone’s casual reference to Hill starting seemed to be a matter-of-fact recognition that it would be difficult for Bradford to get ready to quickly after arriving from Philadelphia.

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12 Responses to “Vikings guard on quarterback Hill: “We have total faith in Shaun””
  1. msarcher1 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:02 AM

    28-17 Titans

  2. All Knowing says: Sep 7, 2016 8:05 AM

    Hill. Bradford. Whatever. Here comes 0-1.

  3. bondlake says: Sep 7, 2016 8:06 AM

    AP will not carry the Vikings to anything.

  4. coachkilla6 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:15 AM

    Any QB should be able to learn the most pedestrian offense in the league. Hand off left, hand off right, quick dump to the flat, overthrow the short routes, underthrow the deep routes, and tackle the other guy after the inevitable AP fumble or an interception.

    The only thing they don’t have to practice is the victory formation.

    Let the excuses continue in Minnesota.

  5. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 7, 2016 10:45 AM

    Crushing defense, best running game in the NFL, who needs to pass at all?

    Mariota will give the game away and the Vikes will demolish in a laugher.

    SKOL!

  6. stellarperformance says: Sep 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    Here we go with that “crushing defense” again. OK….if the Vikings have a “crushing” defense, so does Green Bay.

    The only difference is we’re not spouting off about it. You know why? Because we’ve been there before, that’s why.

    Amateurs.

  7. nflgtcfl says: Sep 7, 2016 11:27 AM

    Be very interesting to see how TEN run game stacks up against Vikings D.

  8. footballfan825 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:55 AM

    Remember last year when the Vikings won the division and had a better record than the packers? And the Vikings had a better defense than the packers. And the packers lost at home to everyone in the nfc north. Good times… Honestly it doesn’t matter who the qb is, the Vikings are far and away the best team in the nfc north

  9. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 7, 2016 1:04 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 7, 2016 11:15 AM
    Here we go with that “crushing defense” again. OK….if the Vikings have a “crushing” defense, so does Green Bay.

    The only difference is we’re not spouting off about it. You know why? Because we’ve been there before, that’s why.

    Amateurs.
    —————–
    Hey, frankie, even the experts are saying the Vikings have a top defense. But sadly, for you, I never hear the same about the Packers. Why is that do you think?

  10. PurpleRaid18 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    I really don’t understand all the hate the Vikings are getting. People claiming “their season is over” and “they traded for a poor quarterback”

    Like, this was a team that ranked 29th in passing and still managed to finish 11-5 (and outplay their opponent in the playoffs) because they were led by a great head coach, game-changing running back and a stout defense.

    Folks… they only got better this offseason. And as much as I like Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford is a superior passer.

    Hill will get the start week 1, because you can’t possibly expect Bradford to be comfortable in the offense with just 10 days of practice, which means they’ll rely on Peterson and the defense to come away with a win.

    I can’t wait for the season to start, because their play on the field should silence the doubters.

  11. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:18 PM

    Crushing Defense = 5th or better in Points Allowed

    Mediocre Defense = 12th or less in Points Allowed

    ____

    Points Per Game- it’s the ONLY stat that shows on the scoreboard and it’s the ONLY stat that determines whether a team win or loses. That’s why it’s the only stat that matters.

    Apparently some aren’t sharp enough to grasp this concept.

  12. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:32 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    The only difference is we’re not spouting off about it.
    __________________

    How funny. You’re the only one that can’t let it go.

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