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Mike Zimmer: Shaun Hill “did well,” taking QBs “one week at a time”

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill leaves the field after the Vikings beat the Tennessee Titans 25-16 in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Weston Kenney) AP

The Vikings didn’t go public with their choice for a starting quarterback until the start of Sunday’s game against the Titans, so it’s no great surprise that coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t making a call for next week in the wake of their 25-16 victory.

The Vikings were down 10-0 at the half on Sunday, but rallied in the final 30 minutes behind a pair of defensive scores and four Blair Walsh field goals. Shaun Hill went 18-of-33 for 236 yards on the way to the win, earning him a good review from Zimmer if not another game as the starter ahead of Sam Bradford.

“I thought Shaun did well,” Zimmer said. “One of the things I told him going into the ball game was you don’t have to be anybody else. You just have to yourself and that is good enough to win. You take care of the football, make the right plays and I thought he did good. Sam has done a nice job getting ready as well. We will take it one week at a time and see where it takes us.”

Zimmer said he’ll speak with the coaching staff on Monday as the team works toward a quarterback decision for their first home game at U.S. Bank Stadium against the Packers next Sunday night.

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54 Responses to “Mike Zimmer: Shaun Hill “did well,” taking QBs “one week at a time””
  1. mediasloppy says: Sep 11, 2016 8:11 PM

    He did look like a game manager. His day would have done better if so many of wr/rb’s drop.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 11, 2016 8:11 PM

    The best QB for the Vikings today was Marcus Mariota. I think their only real hope is that every opponent trades for him until week 6, and then every QB after that does.

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  3. golforepar says: Sep 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    Hill was the key to those 2 defensive TDs. Hill led his offense to 0 TDs against the worst team in the NFL!

  4. thepackerpoet says: Sep 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    LOL! You’d NEVER see the Packer organization talk like this. Especially after a beat down of another team.

    Obviously, this orgnazation is TERRIFIED about next week. Packers will be heavily favored. Win by at least 2 TD’s.

    Then, we mock.

  5. mediasloppy says: Sep 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    He did look like a game manager. His day would have done better if so many of the wr/rb’s didn’t drop the ball.

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 11, 2016 8:17 PM

    Start Hill. I dare you.

    #HeadedtoHouston #Hangry

  7. shaggytoodle says: Sep 11, 2016 8:18 PM

    For an offense that had AP putting up 30 yards and coulnd’t get in the End Zone, he did as well as he could.

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:20 PM

    He performed as expected, possibly better.

    It hasn’t even been three weeks since teddys injury, and they still pulled out a nice win. Offense will come around

  9. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 11, 2016 8:21 PM

    It’s got to be BRADFORD, Hill did ok today, but not great and it was against one of the worst teams.

  10. firerogergoodell says: Sep 11, 2016 8:25 PM

    Teddy makes that throw to Diggs in the end zone 10 out of 10 times. The sooner Bradford comes in, the better.

  11. dropanotherpassadams says: Sep 11, 2016 8:26 PM

    The viking defense will need to carry this team.They do have the talent to do that.It is apparent that AP is on the downside of his career though.

  12. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    Why can’t my Packers have a QB that can throw for more than 200 yards?

  13. glenne81 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:28 PM

    Quietly had a 100 yard receiver. Run game will get warmed up. Kicker left points on the field. Defense is stellar. We will be fine.

    If JAX had any D at all they would be passing out Prozac in Sconny. Rogers should be worried.

  14. sphincterorleaveher says: Sep 11, 2016 8:28 PM

    Amazing that the same tired trolls keep posting on every post, saying basically the same tired things, over, and over, and over…literally for years now.

    Even you trolls have to be getting bored. Ever think of just, you know, stopping?

  15. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 11, 2016 8:30 PM

    I’d like to go to the game next Sunday. That stadium looks pretty cool. I can even afford an arm and a leg to get a ticket.

  16. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:38 PM

    He reminds me of Jonah Hill out there.

  17. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 11, 2016 8:51 PM

    I love how packer fans keep under estimating the Vikings. Keep on talking trash cheese brains.

  18. skol4life says: Sep 11, 2016 8:51 PM

    Zimmer has game film on the Packers throwing everything they got at the Jags. Erin should get ready to get drilled.

  19. skolvikings12 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:53 PM

    He did what you hope your backup does. He didn’t screw up. He went out there and had a better game than his stats have indicated. I was actually happy with the way Shaun played today.

  20. wellthatsinteresting says: Sep 11, 2016 8:55 PM

    One of the things I always look for is an offense that can generate first downs when they are needed. I felt that Hill did that. He did very well considering A.P. had such a crap day. Generating key 1st downs allows the ‘D’ time to rest. I think that’s what you saw in the 2nd half. Sustaining drives is key to winning football games. And the other key, that killed the Titans….turnovers. We had zero. However, no matter who is our QB in the coming weeks, we need to score TD’s. Walsh worries me…A LOT.

  21. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 11, 2016 8:55 PM

    Nice W Vike’s. See you next week. GO PACK!!!

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  22. tjacks7 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    The sad thing was that the Vikings offense moved the ball just better than the Packers and the Vikings spent the last quarter or so just trying to get the game over with. A little chemistry and cleaning up the red zone and they’ll be ready to roll over the Pack next week who didn’t look particularly good offensively or defensively.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Sep 11, 2016 9:00 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:27 PM
    Why can’t my Packers have a QB that can throw for more than 200 yards?
    ______

    Probably cuz he is more focused on making sure his team gets into the End Zone.

  24. therealtrenches says: Sep 11, 2016 9:02 PM

    So we went from Bradford went from being a Week 1 starter to being pushed back a week, to now hearing that Zimmer will take it one week at a time until Bradford’s ready.

    If he’s not ready for next week, there will soon be whispers that he’s not picking up the offense.

    They gave up a first rounder for him and they’re still using their caretaker until further notice.

    Not a good look. He should be ready to step in.

  25. chris1cat says: Sep 11, 2016 9:13 PM

    Remeber if any of you Packers fans show up to our house next Sunday night……….I know it’s virtually impossible for you, but let me remind you that this is a state of the art high class place so act respectable.
    It’s night and day like going from a port-a-potty to a palace. I know, I know…….it’s too much to ask. Welcome to high class beating in Minnesota. 2-0 for the Vikings!

  26. shaggytoodle says: Sep 11, 2016 9:14 PM

    So next week when Blair Walsh shanks another kick, will the Vikings start playing that Beyonce song “To the Left, to the Left?”

  27. contra74 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:16 PM

    Vikings are fine.

    Seems like the packer fans are more worried about the Vikings than the Vikings fans are.

    I wonder why.

  28. purpleguy says: Sep 11, 2016 9:16 PM

    Hill did what a back-up should do — move the team enough and not screw up. Not pretty, but a win is a win.

    It’s not like our starting QB is a former MVP, yet had to wait till the last seconds of a game to beat one of the league’s worst defenses or anything — yet certain fans of said team still feel the overwhelming need to mock the Viking win.

    And it is still unrealistic to expect Bradford to learn the offense sufficiently over 2 weeks, when most NFL QBs take much longer to learn new offenses.

  29. h0metownzero says: Sep 11, 2016 9:22 PM

    Just one week into the season and already the Vikings find themselves tied for 3rd place in the division.

  30. finchy74 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:26 PM

    A whole lot of puke green-colored fear in this thread.

  31. philcodean says: Sep 11, 2016 9:35 PM

    Zimmer has game film on the Packers throwing everything they got at the Jags. Erin should get ready to get drilled.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    My guess is McCarthy held back plenty of the playbook in the first game…..and Zimmer knows it. Should be a great and close game.

  32. vikingprideforever says: Sep 11, 2016 9:37 PM

    why should Bradford start this week? the object, idiots, is to win the game. they did that today and hill was just fine. some of you are so clueless it’s painful to read the comments

  33. shaggytoodle says: Sep 11, 2016 9:37 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:16 PM
    Hill did what a back-up should do — move the team enough and not screw up. Not pretty, but a win is a win.

    It’s not like our starting QB is a former MVP, yet had to wait till the last seconds of a game to beat one of the league’s worst defenses or anything — yet certain fans of said team still feel the overwhelming need to mock the Viking win.
    _______

    A Win is a Win… unless its a Packers win “against a one of the worst defenses” yet they went and signed players like Gipson, Amukamura, and gave Malik Jackson a HUGE payday in the off-season so it’s not the same Defense. The Packers had the lead the ENTIRE second half, so while it was close, its not like Rodgers had to lead a comeback against them.

    The part I dont get is the way the Viking fans are discrediting the young Jaguars team you would have have SWORN they had the 1st Overall pick the last draft and Not the Titans.

  34. kennyrogerschicken says: Sep 11, 2016 9:46 PM

    So after Week One the Vikings are world beaters and the Packers are scared of them? The delusional purple kool aid is flowing – gonna be a looooong season for Vikings fans.

  35. pkrlvr says: Sep 11, 2016 9:56 PM

    Why can’t my Packers have a QB that can throw for more than 200 yards?
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    Only a Vikings fan would think 236 and zero tds is better than 199 yards and thrre tds. Excellent logic. You keep your 37 yards, I’ll take the 21 pts.

  36. Buzz says: Sep 11, 2016 10:13 PM

    Hill was in at QB? I thought it was Teddy by the way he played. Excellent game management, Mr. Pedestrian QB.

  37. skol4life says: Sep 11, 2016 10:17 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:56 PM
    Why can’t my Packers have a QB that can throw for more than 200 yards?
    ——-
    Only a Vikings fan would think 236 and zero tds is better than 199 yards and thrre tds. Excellent logic. You keep your 37 yards, I’ll take the 21 pts.
    ————
    Stellar says yardage is a lot more important than those meaningless points.

  38. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:23 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:56 PM
    Why can’t my Packers have a QB that can throw for more than 200 yards?
    ——-
    Only a Vikings fan would think 236 and zero tds is better than 199 yards and thrre tds. Excellent logic. You keep your 37 yards, I’ll take the 21 pts.

    _______________

    Really?

    And only a Packer troll (stellar- and his little disciples) would take Defensive Yards Allowed over Defensive Points Allowed. And I’m sure you thumbs-uped all his related posts.

    Hypocritical much?

  39. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 11, 2016 10:56 PM

    It’s frightening to think what will happen when the offense catches up to the NFL’s best defense of 2016. 2 defensive TD’s – are you kidding me? Stephon Diggs is going to be your next 1800 yard receiver. It’s good to be King.

  40. allight59 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:58 PM

    Pack won’t get to 20 points next Sunday. Either Hill or Bradford will get the Vikings more than 20. Vikings 2-0 and don’t look back on their way to the NFC North Crown…

  41. tremoluxman says: Sep 11, 2016 11:06 PM

    The Vikings played with a reshuffled O-line and a back-up QB. They have a new left guard, a new right tackle, and a guy at right guard who played left guard last year. The only guys who played in the same position as last year are Kalil and Berger.

    Hill was elevated to starter a week before the season began. He did okay. I look for the O-line and QB play to improve throughout the season. It takes time to work out the kinks.

  42. philcodean says: Sep 11, 2016 11:08 PM

    Pack won’t get to 20 points next Sunday. Either Hill or Bradford will get the Vikings more than 20. Vikings 2-0 and don’t look back on their way to the NFC North Crown.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Oh okay. And you're putting how much down in Vegas on that little prescient tidbit, Nostradamus?

  43. shaggytoodle says: Sep 11, 2016 11:13 PM

    Really?

    And only a Packer troll (stellar- and his little disciples) would take Defensive Yards Allowed over Defensive Points Allowed. And I’m sure you thumbs-uped all his related posts.

    Hypocritical much?
    ________
    Points are important, but you often try to make the Vikings Defense sound LIGHT YEARS ahead of GBs (or at least last year’s versions of both teams) with 1.3 PPG being the difference, you are too stubborn to accept the fact that the Defenses were similar.

  44. tjacks7 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:46 PM

    Then I guess we can squash the myth that the Packers offense (23 PPG) was better than the Vikings offense (22.8 PPG) last year.

    If the Packers would have allowed 21 fewer points last year than the Vikings, they likely would have won the division. The Vikings defense is the best individual unit on either of these 2 teams and it was the difference maker last year.

  45. mypercyhurts2 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:37 AM

    The Packers have only lost once in Minnesota this decade. Ownership has its privileges.

  46. gaetz23 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:22 PM

    Just one week into the season and already the Vikings find themselves tied for 3rd place in the division.

    —————————————–

    So then the Packers are 3rd as well. If you want to get technical and bring tiebreakers into it after 1 week, the Vikings are first due to them having the largest point differential. At this point, the simplest thing to say is in the NFC North, you are either tied for 1st….or you’re the Bears.

  47. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    The Viking and Packer defenses are nearly equal. No one stat chosen as a personal preference will alter that fact. You can cherry pick to your advantage if it makes you feel good. Wins and Losses determine position.

    The NFL, no one else, has determined yardage is to be used for ranking offensive and defensive performances.

    That’s why New Orleans has the #1 ranked offense but lost their first game. And Denver is ranked #1 on defense even though Seattle has allowed fewer points.

    It’s not that hard to figure out.

  48. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 11:46 PM
    The Vikings defense is the best individual unit on either of these 2 teams and it was the difference maker last year
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Yes, slightly better….if it was measured in yawns.

  49. 13worldchampioinships says: Sep 12, 2016 10:12 AM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 11, 2016 9:22 PM
    Just one week into the season and already the Vikings find themselves tied for 3rd place in the division.

    —-

    This comment doesn’t make any sense. I gave it a thumbs up though, because you’re saying Packers are tied for third as well.

  50. fmc651 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:06 PM

    Let Sam sit and learn the offense further so he will be ready for the good competition from week 3 on.

  51. fmc651 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:18 PM

    Percy,
    The Packers have only lost once in Minnesota this decade. Ownership has its privileges.
    ))))))))))))))))

    Thanks for reminding Vikings fans of that victory in Lambeau for the NFC North crown.

  52. allight59 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:25 AM
    The Viking and Packer defenses are nearly equal. No one stat chosen as a personal preference will alter that fact. You can cherry pick to your advantage if it makes you feel good. Wins and Losses determine position.

    The NFL, no one else, has determined yardage is to be used for ranking offensive and defensive performances.

    That’s why New Orleans has the #1 ranked offense but lost their first game. And Denver is ranked #1 on defense even though Seattle has allowed fewer points.

    It’s not that hard to figure out.
    ——-

    So by your logic, Hil is a better QB than Erin as he had 236 yards to Rodgers 199. Thanks for the clarification….lol…dolt

  53. 2coolguysmrtundra says: Sep 13, 2016 12:08 PM

    The vikings offense scored exactly zero points in week 1. How can Zimmer think that Hill did a good job? If scoring zero points is a good thing for an offensive unit to do, I hope Zimmer says his QB did a good job in week 2, as well!

  54. h0metownzero says: Sep 13, 2016 4:42 PM

    The Viking offense hasn’t scored a single point in over 9 quarters now.

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