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All signs point to Shaun Hill starting today

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Shaun Hill #13 of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eight days ago, the Vikings made a big move for quarterback Sam Bradford. At the time, however, the initial tea leaves pointed to the Vikings giving Shaun Hill the Week One start at Tennessee.

As the week unfolded, the reports and indications went back and forth, with Titans coach Mike Mularkey at one point declaring he won’t be falling for the Sam Bradford banana in the tailpipe.

But the signs now point squarely to Shaun Hill, and for good reason. As noted during the Panthers-Broncos pregame on NBC, the Vikings are concerned about the ability of Bradford to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage, based on looks from Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s unit. The Vikings expect LeBeau to throw everything at whoever the quarterback is, and they were concerned that Bradford won’t be ready to deal with it.

Does that mean Bradford won’t play at all? If the Vikings fall behind by 10 or more points, it could make sense to tell Sam to get in there and spin it.

The next question becomes whether Bradford will play next week, when the Vikings officially bust a bottle of bubbly on their new stadium with a game against the Packers. If Bradford isn’t ready by then, it will be fair to start wondering when the all-in move to salvage the season will actually begin the process of salvaging the season.

Meanwhile, if Hill plays well enough against the Titans to earn another start and if Hill leads Minnesota to a win over Green Bay, it will be hard to send him to the bench for Bradford.

It may be a good problem to have, but it’s definitely a problem if the Vikings don’t get a return on their major investment in a quarterback who, in theory, will play not like Teddy Bridgewater did in 2014 and 2015 but in the way they hoped he would in 2016.

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19 Responses to “All signs point to Shaun Hill starting today”
  1. skcrooged says: Sep 11, 2016 10:08 AM

    We won’t need a QB to win; heck, I was ready to suit up!

  2. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:16 AM

    By the time Bradford is ready to play, the Viking season could be effectively over.

    And those picks, wasted.

  3. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:16 AM

    By the time Bradford is ready to play, the Viking season could be effectively over.

    And those picks, wasted.

  4. golforepar says: Sep 11, 2016 10:29 AM

    Giving up a #1 and a #4 for a guy riding the pines. Great deal Vikings. Maybe Bradford can make 27 yard FGs!

  5. stevenr1227 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:36 AM

    They can have Fran Tarkenton play it wont matter…Titans roll in this one 24-17

  6. 700levelvet says: Sep 11, 2016 10:40 AM

    Tbe Eagles weren’t going anywhere with Bradford, neither is Minnesota, face facts, if he plays, so be it…has he won a playoff game, is he the most traded # 1 pick in the draft of all time?…this is just the owners selling a new stadium, Zimmer knows this… The GM has traded for a known bust, and gave up a 1st rounder for him, don’t tell me the HC isn’t pissed…

  7. jjrs89 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:47 AM

    Does anyone really expect a quarterback to learn a new playbook/terminology or even get adequate enough reps with the starters to establish chemistry within 8 days? Let alone this quarterback is Sam Bradford?

    Shaun Hill was always the week 1 starter

  8. minnescrotums says: Sep 11, 2016 10:52 AM

    Hopefully their “star” running back can gain more than 45 yards. If they’re up by 9 points in the 4th quarter, hopefully their “top 5” defense won’t choke and let the other team get the lead. Hopefully their offense will be able to score a touchdown. Hopefully their kicker won’t miss a chip shot field goal.

    Unlike their last game.

  9. tonebones says: Sep 11, 2016 11:01 AM

    There is a week one game plan that every team has been studying for a long time. If the game goes according to the game plan, Hill will keep running it. If the Vikings fall behind and need to air it out, they’ll scrap that game plan, and Bradford will come in and run a simplified version of a hurry up offense. Makes sense to me.

  10. beer4guy says: Sep 11, 2016 11:03 AM

    The Vikings are one of maybe three teams in the NFL that could be favored, on the road, when starting their 3rd string QB. Further evidence of how much talent Spielman has assembled and how much Zimmer is respected.

  11. rollingrocks9 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:03 AM

    It is the correct play to have Shaun Hill start this week. He is not flashy but he will be able to make enough plays to keep the team in the game. He’s the type of player who you see play and aren’t super impressed, but there is a reason he has been in the league as long as he has. He does the small things right. I am taking the wait and see approach with the QB situation.

    My biggest concern is still the offensive line. They need to prove to me that they are up to the challenge of protecting whoever is behind them at QB.

    To me, the offensive line is the story of the game. But QB’s get the headlines apparently.

  12. mediasloppy says: Sep 11, 2016 11:17 AM

    So what you’re saying is basically, “Anything can happen.”

  13. h0metownzero says: Sep 11, 2016 11:17 AM

    The Vikings have the 2nd oldest roster in the NFL. Those geezers better have taken their Metamucil today if they’re playing this stiff at QB.

  14. philcodean says: Sep 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    The Vikings are one of maybe three teams in the NFL that could be favored, on the road, when starting their 3rd string QB. Further evidence of how much talent Spielman has assembled and how much Zimmer is respected.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    The observation is more a product of the opponent than the Vikings. That wouldn't be the case if the Vikings were playing at most any of last year's playoff teams venues today. I will tip my hat to Zimmer, however.

  15. ryanlatterell says: Sep 11, 2016 11:32 AM

    Titans 13
    AP 14
    Vikings 6

  16. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 11, 2016 11:39 AM

    We could win with Harrison Smith at QB. Here we go! Skol!

  17. Ferdinand says: Sep 11, 2016 11:58 AM

    I figured Hill would start for the Vikings when the coach announced he was starting on Sunday a couple of days ago.

  18. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 11, 2016 12:45 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 11, 2016 11:17 AM

    The Vikings have the 2nd oldest roster in the NFL. Those geezers better have taken their Metamucil today if they’re playing this stiff at QB.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Come on, you know Minnesota is a young team but they take away 3 players, Hill, Peterson, and Newman, they are one of the youngest teams.
    Those 3 older players show how valuable they can be. You want to doubt the possibility?
    Say an older guy cant play to ole’ Julie Peppers!
    Tell us what he says in 6 weeks when yout jaw heals…

  19. fmc651 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:06 PM

    25 – 10

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