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Mike Zimmer to keep QB cards close to vest again this week

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams on September 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Rams 27-25. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t ready to talk about who will start at quarterback in Week Two after the Vikings came back to beat the Titans 25-16 on Sunday and he said Monday he’s not going to be ready to talk about it in the next few days either.

Zimmer said that he’s going to play things the same way he did last week and forego naming a starter ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Packers. Zimmer added that he hasn’t decided whether Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford will start, although his preference for keeping things close to his vest means he probably wouldn’t share it anyway.

“I just think it’s good for sports talk radio,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

Hill was 18-of-33 for 236 yards on Sunday. He didn’t lead the offense to a touchdown, but they did get six field goal attempts and he didn’t turn the ball over. Whether that’s enough to hold off Bradford for a big divisional game after the Vikings used a first-round pick to get him from Philly will be one of the leading Vikings storylines this week.

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73 Responses to “Mike Zimmer to keep QB cards close to vest again this week”
  1. psubeerman21 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:35 PM

    Is there a particular reason they gave up two draft picks for Bradford?

  2. citizenstrange says: Sep 12, 2016 3:36 PM

    I, for one, hopes he goes with Shaun Hill again. I just don’t think I could take season ending injuries to RGIII and Sam Bradford in back-to-back weeks.

  3. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 12, 2016 3:37 PM

    Like its a big secret , I get the gamesmanship but they both stink so whats the big deal………..

  4. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    Mike McCarthy keeps donuts in his vest.

  5. chris1cat says: Sep 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    All that matters are the 11 starters on the Vikings D.
    Rhodes should be back too.
    Zim you are the MAN……Rock N’ Skol!
    Shock the experts and beat the Packers.

  6. jimmysee says: Sep 12, 2016 3:39 PM

    Who wears a vest? There’s a hint there.

  7. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 3:39 PM

    Big PACK guy here. Smart coach. Looking forward too a great game at the cool new stadium. I got my tickets!! GO PACK!!!

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  8. artic19 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:43 PM

    Saving Bradford for the tougher teams, let Hill keep playing these weaker teams.

  9. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 3:44 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:38 PM
    Mike McCarthy keeps donuts in his vest
    ///////////////////////////////

    You’ve obviously chose food-centric insults as your “thing.”

    Congratulations. It isn’t as pathetic as the feminine-sounding nicknames for grown men “thing.”

    Still pathetic though.

  10. kevpft says: Sep 12, 2016 3:45 PM

    No offensive touchdowns. All offensive scoring done by the kicker.

    That’s how the Vikings ended their last season in that Seahawks game. Do they want to make that the norm?

    They need to make a change. They won’t be playing the Titans every week.

  11. tncheese says: Sep 12, 2016 3:45 PM

    GO Pack!

  12. FlashPatterson says: Sep 12, 2016 3:48 PM

    psubeerman21
    September 12, 2016, 2:35 PM CDT
    Is there a particular reason they gave up two draft picks for Bradford?
    —————–
    Yeah, i think they want him to play Qb for them.

  13. weepingjebus says: Sep 12, 2016 3:49 PM

    You are not allowed to use that expression unless you wear an actual vest, Mike. These rules exist for a reason!

  14. skol4life says: Sep 12, 2016 3:51 PM

    Won’t matter. Alabama has a better defense than the Packers

  15. mvp43 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:55 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    Mike McCarthy keeps donuts in his vest.
    ————————————————
    Ooo…. thats a good one. Almost as good Zimmer keeps switches in the locker room.

  16. ryanlatterell says: Sep 12, 2016 3:56 PM

    The defense didn’t play dirty, and they gave the best performance of any team in week one.

    The vikings will find a way to win

  17. firerogergoodell says: Sep 12, 2016 3:57 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    Mike McCarthy keeps donuts in his vest.
    —————————————————

    Comment of the year.

  18. anarchopurplism says: Sep 12, 2016 4:03 PM

    Team loses its starting QB, Kicker is shaky & still finds a way to win on the road with a stellar defensive performance in the 2nd half. Applause.

    Let the newly acquired QB start when he has the playbook, audibles & verbiage down. Although its a division opponent & a home opener in a new stadium, getting that guy out when he is ready makes the most sense.

    There is less risk in starting Hill, unless Bradford has clearly shown that he is ready. If Bradford is only halfway…..better to bring him in the 2nd half as a in-game change-of-pace or morale boost, if one is needed.

  19. codytha035 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    The offense is garbage whether Teddy, Sammy or Shauna starts, so who cares?

    6 field goal attempts? That’s not a playoff caliber offense, sorry

  20. allight59 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    If Erin can only put 199 yards up against the bad Jags defense, I’m wondering if he’ll get 100 against the Viking defense. He probably will with garbage time passes….

  21. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 12, 2016 4:15 PM

    Zim is the man!

  22. thepftp0et says: Sep 12, 2016 4:18 PM

    Paul Allen is the worst play by play guy and radio show host, so I think it’s amusing that Zimmer is trying to help him with ratings

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 12, 2016 4:18 PM

    Does it matter? They clearly think they can rely on their defense to score points. Let’s see how they do against one of the top offenses in the league.

    Also, I think we’ll probably be able to figure it out by who gets the reps with the 1st team. Even Zim can’t be stupid enough to have them each split reps. Not a good call, they’re going to need all the prep they can get.

  24. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 12, 2016 4:25 PM

    One of the top offenses in the league? Haven’t you seen the official NFL rankings of offenses? Green Bay is only 24th in yards gained, right behind the Vikings.

  25. psubeerman21 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:26 PM

    Is there a particular reason they gave up two draft picks for Bradford?
    —————–
    Yeah, i think they want him to play Qb for them.

    They sure got a funny way of showing it, trotting out that garbage qb ahead of him

  26. psubeerman21 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:30 PM

    This is all a ploy to keep the packers on their heels. Oh, who should they game plan for? The career backup or 1st round bust destined to be a career backup? Whatever will they do?

  27. icebowler says: Sep 12, 2016 4:38 PM

    Zim won’t know until he tosses a coin 90 minutes before the game. Tweedle-de-dee or tweedle-de-dumb. What the heck, two out of three, three out of five… Hey Norv, I need some help over here!

  28. wadaz says: Sep 12, 2016 4:38 PM

    I think SB is ready to roll Sunday. And I believe, a bit sharper on the longer balles. Having said that, depending on what their D shows, more play action please.

  29. tjacks7 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:41 PM

    Does it matter? They clearly think they can rely on their defense to score points. Let’s see how they do against one of the top offenses in the league.

    Bradford will be ready by the time they play any of the top offenses in the league. Neither the Packers (24), Panthers (17), or Giants (19) rank in the top half of the league in yards which Packer fans have told us over and over again that it’s the metric used to tell if an offense or defense is good.

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 12, 2016 4:44 PM

    The Vikings have made a habit of depending on their kicker to score most of their points. Indications were that this strategy was going to be a thing of the past with Zimmer encouraging Teddy to turn football games into laser shows, but now that Teddy is gone and Hill took over, we’re back to the whole “defense, run game, and field position” thing again.

    Your running back had 19 carries for 31 yards.

    Your kicker looks like he’s scared to death. He got two attempts on the 56-yarder at the end of the half and he was not only wide left on both of them, he was wide left of the end zone pylon.

    So far, the defense has two touchdowns and the offense has zero. This isn’t something to count on from week to week.

    Hill had a good game, converted a lot of third downs, made some good throws, didn’t turn it over. But if we’re going to win big, this offense has to get into the 21st century and that only has a chance to happen with Bradford at quarterback. If he knows most of the offense, you have to start him this week.

  31. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:49 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 12, 2016 4:18 PM
    Does it matter? They clearly think they can rely on their defense to score points. Let’s see how they do against one of the top offenses in the league.
    —–
    Sorry, we are not playing against the Patriots or the Cardinals.

    You…do…remember the Cardinals offense correct?

  32. guitarfreak21 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:58 PM

    You all act like offense is the Vikes win condition. That’s hilarious. Watch yesterday’s game, we kill you on defense and then the offense takes what its given and doesn’t take risks.

  33. harness88 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    Zimmer is going to own the Pack!!

  34. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    i wonder if rogers will get shell shock the first time he sees US bank in person since it looks somewhat UFOish??!!

  35. jolly1234 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:01 PM

    psubeerman21 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 4:30 PM
    This is all a ploy to keep the packers on their heels. Oh, who should they game plan for? The career backup or 1st round bust destined to be a career backup? Whatever will they do?

    Aaron Rodgers 199 yards (w/ self proclaimed HoF receivers)

    Shaun Hill 236 yards (w/o said HoF receivers)

    What’s your point?

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 12, 2016 5:05 PM

    Mariota is terrible.

  37. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 12, 2016 5:08 PM

    Maybe Shaun Hill can kick for us this week too!

  38. mattbilleauthor says: Sep 12, 2016 5:20 PM

    Picking up Bradford, an average but experienced QB, made sense given the situation. Picking said average QB up at that price was very, very questionable. Granted there was no easy answer, but they should have taken a longer look at other teams’ backups.

  39. purpleguy says: Sep 12, 2016 5:21 PM

    I find it very hard to believe Bradford will be familiar enough with the offense to be effective Sunday.

    As hard as it is to admit, unless the D plays absolutely lights out (and not for just 30 minutes like last Sunday), with this QB situation, it will be hard to beat the Pack Sunday.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Sep 12, 2016 5:25 PM

    These people razzing the Packers performance against the “Jags for being bad,”

    Must forget that the Titans have a 5-27 record over the last two seasons.

  41. beer4guy says: Sep 12, 2016 5:27 PM

    The offense won’t be a whole lot different no matter who starts at QB. The most encouraging thing I saw from the offense against the Titans was the pass blocking. No sacks and it seemed like Hill had a fairly clean pocket most of the time. If the o-line can continue to to that, it will make it much easier for Norv to call plays that go down the field which will open up the running lanes.

  42. wafflestomp says: Sep 12, 2016 5:37 PM

    Zimmer’s got a busy week ahead of him.
    Picking a quarterback, getting to the screen printers to pick up his team’s t-shirts…………..

  43. therealtrenches says: Sep 12, 2016 5:39 PM

    Bradford can’t seem to pick up the offense, even though he’s in his sixth year as a pro and his team surrendered a first rounder to get him.

    Meanwhile, the kid from North Dakota State was somehow able to play in week 1 despite having cracked ribs and only playing 1 half of NFL preseason action in the preseason, vs. 3rd and 4th stringers.

    Come on Sammy, man up and get in there.

  44. styxrogan says: Sep 12, 2016 5:44 PM

    he’s so TRICKY!

  45. wafflestomp says: Sep 12, 2016 5:48 PM

    jolly1234 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 5:01 PM
    psubeerman21 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 4:30 PM
    This is all a ploy to keep the packers on their heels. Oh, who should they game plan for? The career backup or 1st round bust destined to be a career backup? Whatever will they do?

    Aaron Rodgers 199 yards (w/ self proclaimed HoF receivers)

    Shaun Hill 236 yards (w/o said HoF receivers)

    What’s your point?
    —————————–
    Wow! You know, you’re right!
    Hopefully Ted Thompson is reading this post.
    Then he can make a knee jerk, irrational decision to send a 1st and 4th round draft pick to the Vikings and snap up Hill before it’s too late.

  46. bordner says: Sep 12, 2016 5:49 PM

    allight59 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    If Erin can only put 199 yards up against the bad Jags defense, I’m wondering if he’ll get 100 against the Viking defense. He probably will with garbage time passes….
    —————————
    By “garbage time”, do you mean when the Packers are up by 3+ scores in the 4th? Because by then, they’ll have Joe Callahan in. You remember Joe, don’t you? He’s the Packers’ 3rd string qb who is better than the vikings’ 1st or 2nd stringers.

  47. voiceofrealism says: Sep 12, 2016 5:56 PM

    allight59 says:
    If Erin can only put 199 yards up against the bad Jags defense, I’m wondering if he’ll get 100 against the Viking defense. He probably will with garbage time passes….
    ————————————————
    QB’s also score TD’s. The yardage isn’t really the important thing. But I can understand your confusion since yours doesn’t.

  48. abninf says: Sep 12, 2016 6:52 PM

    May as well announce it. He has a snitch in the locker room who runs to Ian Rapoport anyways.

  49. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 12, 2016 6:53 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 12, 2016 5:25 PM
    These people razzing the Packers performance against the “Jags for being bad,”

    Must forget that the Titans have a 5-27 record over the last two seasons.
    ——————-
    Jags 8-24 over the last two seasons. Not much better, Cheeser. Admit it, we both played sub par teams.

  50. pkrlvr says: Sep 12, 2016 7:15 PM

    Wow, Vikings fans really hanging their hats on Rodgers 199 yards. They don’t mention his three touchdowns of course.

  51. therealtrenches says: Sep 12, 2016 7:15 PM

    Prediction: soon there will be a leak out of MN that tension between Bradford and Zim is on the rise because Zim would *really* like Bradford to play, but Sam is insisting that he doesn’t feel “comfortable” enough with the offense yet. I promise you this is what’s going on up there this week.

  52. pkrlvr says: Sep 12, 2016 7:18 PM

    Jags 8-24 over the last two seasons. Not much better, Cheeser. Admit it, we both played sub par teams.
    ——-
    I think you’ll be quite surprised by the jags this year. Only one of us played a sub par team. And only one of our teams has yet to score an offensive td.

  53. whatjusthapped says: Sep 12, 2016 7:27 PM

    The Jags are a much improved team and I predict they will finish with 8 wins or more this year. One of those will be against the Vikings but that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Zimmer has made his name winning against the bottom teams in the league, I think his record against winning teams is something like 2 -6. By the time the Jags come around on the Viking schedule, they will have that vastly improved roster playing as a team.

  54. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 12, 2016 7:27 PM

    Has anybody heard what the “Beat Green Bay” t-shirts look like this year? My brother Randy and I are going to the game and we’d like a couple to do a little thing while tailgating prior to the game. By the way, anybody have any advice on where to tailgate? Thanks in advance!

  55. vikesfansteve says: Sep 12, 2016 7:35 PM

    Bradford is lights out in the red zone and that’s one of the reasons the Vikings targeted him. Who knows what to expect with the plays Uncle Norv calls though. He still hasn’t learned that AD can’t catch, or block. Hill did OK but they need to play Bradford.

  56. purplepride11 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:58 PM

    Gerby you are not welcome to tailgate in minnesota.

  57. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 12, 2016 8:03 PM

    The Green Bay Packers are 10-2-1 against their little sisters to the west, the Minnesota Vikings since 2009. This ladies and gentlemen isn’t as much a rivalry as it is a completely one sided domination. What time is Zim’s pep rally this week? I can’t wait to see the t-shirts this year!

  58. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 12, 2016 8:12 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 12, 2016 7:18 PM
    Jags 8-24 over the last two seasons. Not much better, Cheeser. Admit it, we both played sub par teams.
    ——-
    I think you’ll be quite surprised by the jags this year. Only one of us played a sub par team. And only one of our teams has yet to score an offensive td.
    —————
    And you’ll be quite surprised by the Titans especially since you don’t have an elite defense like the Vikings and won’t contain them as well as we did. . . Hey just being realistic.

  59. footballfan825 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:29 PM

    Are you packers fans really claiming the jags to be a good team and the Titans a bad team? They both are horrible and have been for years. Unlike the Vikings who won the division last year by beating the packers at home. It’s clear that the Vikings defense is better than the packers offense. I’m looking forward to a good game regardless of who the qb is.

  60. shaggytoodle says: Sep 12, 2016 8:44 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 12, 2016 6:53 PM
    ——————-
    Jags 8-24 over the last two seasons. Not much better, Cheeser. Admit it, we both played sub par teams.
    ________________
    Jaguars won as many games last year as the titans did In the last 2. One team is certainly a maturing young team.

    While the other has a QB that missed quite a few weeks and is still trying to get comfor table the NFL level.

  61. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 8:45 PM

    Man, the Viking fans are feeling it.

    Amateurs.

  62. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 9:11 PM

    purplepride11 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 7:58 PM
    Gerby you are not welcome to tailgate in minnesota.
    //////////////////////////

    Tailgating in Minnesota? Where? Unless you call standing in a loud crowded bar and running out to the meter every hour tailgating, I don’t think anybody on this site is old enough to remember tailgating.

    You want tailgating? Don’t be an amateur.

    Lambeau……..or Miller Park.

  63. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 12, 2016 9:17 PM

    Seriously looking for advice on tailgating, we’re bringing the RV do need a big space.

  64. therealtrenches says: Sep 12, 2016 9:19 PM

    vikesfansteve says:
    Sep 12, 2016 7:35 PM
    Bradford is lights out in the red zone and that’s one of the reasons the Vikings targeted him.

    —————————

    Are you sure we’re talking about the same Sam Bradford?

    Last year, he ranked 24th.

    Passes that guys on the other team catch in the end zone don’t count, you know.

  65. shaggytoodle says: Sep 12, 2016 9:44 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 12, 2016 6:53 PM

    Jags 8-24 over the last two seasons. Not much better, Cheeser. Admit it, we both played sub par teams.
    ___________________
    The Jags won 5 games last year, the Titans won 5 in the last two. The Jags have a young team, with weapons on the outside and maturing while investing in Defense, with a young coach and GM that have been working to improve the team.

    The Titans MOSTLY cleaned house, but for some season kept Mularky who has shown that he struggles as a Head Coach, which they all ready probably regret. Trading and cutting or trading players that may have talent but just aren’t the players they want. The Titans did however manage to keep the Vikings offense from getting in the end zone. I am not quite sure what that means yet, being early in the season.

    One thing I DID notice the Titans did better than the Vikings is, cutting a Tennesee Volunteer WR when they clearly show that they cant play at an NFL level.

    One team is showing progress, while they other is spinning the tires.

  66. vikingprideforever says: Sep 12, 2016 9:58 PM

    how can you idiots sit here and argue who’s better between Jags and titans. get a life………..

  67. brewdogg says: Sep 13, 2016 1:48 AM

    Does anybody remember when Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel, and Shaky Smithson were better than anyone the Vikings had and would start for half the teams in the league, but the Packers were so awesome those future all-pros couldn’t make the team? Yeah, pretty funny stuff. And the trolls don’t learn! Now it’s Joe Callahan?? Isn’t that the old dude that died at the beginning of Tommy Boy?

    Seriously, though, this will be a tough game for the Vikings. You know the cheese monkeys have had this sunday circled for months, prepping for the biggest game of their year. Sort of like when the Lakers play Golden State. The Lakers are terrible, everyone knows it, but their fans still think they’re the best. Very sad…

  68. contra74 says: Sep 13, 2016 9:03 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:17 PM
    Seriously looking for advice on tailgating, we’re bringing the RV do need a big space.
    —–
    The beauty of living out of an RV

    Don’t like your neighbors? Move

  69. vikingferd says: Sep 13, 2016 10:08 AM

    Zimmer is 3-1 against the Fudge Packers (2-0 as D-Coordinator for the Bengals and 1-1 as Vikes Head Coach). I think he’s noticed something about Arrogant Rogers that he can key on.

  70. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 13, 2016 12:51 PM

    artic19 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:43 PM
    Saving Bradford for the tougher teams, let Hill keep playing these weaker teams.

    120 34
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Looks like Hill time again this Sunday then.

  71. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 13, 2016 1:01 PM

    therealtrenches says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:19 PM
    vikesfansteve says:
    Sep 12, 2016 7:35 PM
    Bradford is lights out in the red zone and that’s one of the reasons the Vikings targeted him.

    —————————

    Are you sure we’re talking about the same Sam Bradford?

    Last year, he ranked 24th.

    Passes that guys on the other team catch in the end zone don’t count, you know
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You cannot blame Bradford for his receivers dropping BY FAR the most balls, and muffing balls for Interceptions on Bradford!

  72. xDocOpsx says: Sep 13, 2016 4:15 PM

    skol4life says:
    Sep 12, 2016 3:51 PM
    Won’t matter. Alabama has a better defense than the Packers

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    Funny thing is that the Packers run defense played better than the “All mighty” Vikings defense last Sunday.

  73. h0metownzero says: Sep 13, 2016 4:33 PM

    I think the Packers will probably stick with Rodgers this week.

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