Skip to content

No “schism” over Minnesota quarterback situation, yet

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 11:  Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans tries to tackle Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seven years ago, when Brett Favre arrived for his first season with the Vikings, a certain NFL insider not named me reported that a “schism” had developed in the team’s locker room regarding the question of whether the team should go with Favre or (wait for it) Tarvaris Jackson. Now, with veteran journeyman Shaun Hill starting and guy-for-whom-the-farm-was-given-up Sam Bradford on the team, there’s no consternation among the players, yet.

“Not at all,” receiver Stefon Diggs told Monday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN. “There’s none of that throughout the team. . . . It’s all love in our locker room, no matter who’s playing or who’s not playing. We just want the best guy out there, doesn’t really matter who it is, and we rally behind each other. It doesn’t matter who’s out there we just got to support him.”

The Hill/Bradford dilemma currently exists because starting Teddy Bridgewater tore an ACL 13 days ago. So how is Teddy doing?

“He’s good, he’s in good spirits,” Diggs said. “We talked to him pregame and the night before the game he sent us a good message and we were out there playing for 5. So we tried to get him a win for the game and then we’re going to try to keep it going.”

Diggs did his part on Sunday, tying a career-high with 103 receiving yards in the win over the Titans. Whoever the quarterback may be, Diggs clearly is the top receiver, in only his second season.

Permalink 55 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
55 Responses to “No “schism” over Minnesota quarterback situation, yet”
  1. lingsun54 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:27 PM

    Actually, the guy they traded for is a journeyman too. Sure, he was the first pick in the draft but he’s never really been successful anywhere.

  2. skol4life says: Sep 12, 2016 8:30 PM

    Three Chin Mike and Fat Eddie in line at the pregame breakfast buffet with one piece of bacon left. That’s a schism!

  3. kickinpuppies says: Sep 12, 2016 8:31 PM

    Wait til the packers crush them on Sunday night.

  4. deadspindeluxe says: Sep 12, 2016 8:32 PM

    I’m going to have a schism if you keep using the word “consternation.” That’s Paul Allen’s overused word. Please don’t pick up “love covenant” either. PA lost his mind sometime in the last five years or so and has become an annoying egomaniac.

  5. sdsmooth says: Sep 12, 2016 8:38 PM

    Watching this franchise trying to find a good quarterback is like watching Homer Simpson trying to solve a rubik’s cube.

  6. icebowler says: Sep 12, 2016 8:40 PM

    After the Packers win the initial game in the “Glass GREEN House” to the West, there probably will be a “schism” in the purple locker room.

  7. footballfan825 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:40 PM

    I can’t wait til next Monday when the packers loose and their “fans” have suddenly disappeared from the Vikings stories…

  8. twinfan24 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:42 PM

    There shouldn’t be any issue within the team. I would think the team would have confidence in Hill, but know that at his age, he likely wouldn’t hold up for 16 starts. Bradford isn’t great, but is pretty decent, and will be the starter once he is up to speed on the playbook. Zimmer has a firm hold on the team, and whoever he says is starting, the team will be behind that guy.

  9. wafflestomp says: Sep 12, 2016 8:42 PM

    Why would there be a schism on that team.
    They welcomed back a piece of garbage that tortured a 4 year old child.
    There is absolutely no character in that locker room.

  10. sadviking says: Sep 12, 2016 8:43 PM

    Meanwhile, an anonymous source reports overhearing Shaun Hill asking Sam Bradford, “Are you ready yet? Please?”

  11. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 12, 2016 8:44 PM

    kickinpuppies says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:31 PM
    Wait til the packers crush them on Sunday night.
    —————
    You know, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. In fact, I’m not worried at all about the game. Maybe the Cheesy offense is better than my purple, but our defense is better all the way around, and defense wins.

  12. wafflestomp says: Sep 12, 2016 8:44 PM

    wafflestomp says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:42 PM
    Why would there be a schism on that team.
    They welcomed back a piece of garbage that tortured a 4 year old child.
    There is absolutely no character in that locker room.
    ——————————–
    Wait, I almost forgot, at least he’s not fat.
    Because, you know, that’s all that really matters in this world.
    SMH!

  13. steen777 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:50 PM

    I love PA.

  14. lp5710 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:50 PM

    funny thing about Viking fans they keep saying they have a great defense but the strange thing is if you compare the Vikings defense and the Packers defense from 2015 they are just about dead even in every category, so then does that mean the Packers also have a great defense?

  15. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 12, 2016 8:56 PM

    What an absolute mess of a franchise.

  16. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 8:59 PM

    Big PACK guy here. Sounds like they have a good locker room. Too bad we made a bad situation for Sitton over here in ‘Sconsin. Bummer too se him go. See you boys this weekend! GO PACK

    >

  17. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Sep 12, 2016 9:04 PM

    When you’re running the single wing the QB isn’t all that important anyway.

  18. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:05 PM

    There’s no schism. No QB controversy.

    They both suck. And everyone on the team knows it.

  19. fmc651 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:12 PM

    There never was a schism just bad reporting. There isn’t a schism now. This is Sam’s offense this year.

  20. nitzie says: Sep 12, 2016 9:15 PM

    I thinks the real question we need to be asking is whether either QB can make a 27 yard FG.

  21. codythao35 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:23 PM

    Packers crushing the Vikings D? Lol, Vikings have the best defense in the nfl. Where did you learn your high school football? More like Rodgers will get crushed.

  22. codythao35 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:28 PM

    Packers crushing the Vikings? Where ever you learn your grade school football I want to go there too. Lol

  23. codythao35 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:32 PM

    Jealous Packer fans talking trash bc their team is trash.

  24. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 9:35 PM

    codythao35 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:23 PM
    Packers crushing the Vikings D? Lol, Vikings have the best defense in the nfl. Where did you learn your high school football? More like Rodgers will get crushed.
    //////////////////////////////////

    Best defense in the NFL? Where do you get that? They were officially ranked #13 by the NFL at the end of 2015, followed closely by the Packers at #15 with very similar statistics. Fact.

  25. vikingjack73 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:36 PM

    Gave up the farm??
    A 1st & 4th rounder for a QB who will start for at least 2 years
    is not “the farm”

    What other legit options did MN have?
    Or any other title-contending team have when they lose their #1??

    If GB loses Rodgers, then have Brett Hundley
    If Carolina loses Cam, they have Derek Anderson
    If Seattle loses Wilson, they have a rookie backup
    If AZ loses Carson, they have Drew Stanton
    If Pittsburgh loses Big Ben, then have Landry

    NONE of those QBs are better than Shaun Hill!
    None! Yet NONE of those QBs would lead their team to a Super Bowl
    So MN had to make a big move

  26. therealtrenches says: Sep 12, 2016 9:37 PM

    fmc651 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:12 PM

    There never was a schism just bad reporting. There isn’t a schism now. This is Sam’s offense this year.

    ———————–

    If only Sam had that kind of conviction about his command of the offense. There’d be no doubt as to who is playing this Sunday.

  27. vikingjack73 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:41 PM

    Defense yardage is misleading
    It comes down to points allowed
    Points win or lose games, not yardage

    MN gave up the 5th lowest amount of points!
    5th!

    That’s how they were 11-5 with a QB who threw only 14 TDs,
    With a Swiss cheese O-Line
    With a leading WR who was a ROOKIE
    With an inconsistent kicker

    Defense wins…that’s how MN went into Green Bay as an underdog, on national TV with the division on the line, and WON!

  28. fwippel says: Sep 12, 2016 9:54 PM

    There is no reason for a schism, and no need for a controversy.

    Hill played well enough on Sunday to keep the starting job for another week. The OL needs to block better for the run game, which will happen if Turner throws more on first down. The Packers are going to stack the line and force the Vikings to throw to beat them.

  29. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 9:59 PM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:41 PM
    Defense yardage is misleading
    It comes down to points allowed
    Points win or lose games, not yardage
    MN gave up the 5th lowest amount of points!
    5th!
    ///////////////////////////////

    The Vikings had the third lowest number of offensive drives run against their defense in 2015, because of their run-first offense.

    If you follow DVOA statistics (money ball stuff,) the Vikings were ranked 14th in “points per drive.” The Packers, coincidentally, were ranked 15th. Both defensive rankings are eerily close to the NFL rankings based on yardage (for the last fifty years.)

    But if claiming the Vikings had a top five defense in 2015, ( which they did not,) helps sell jerseys……hey, have at it.

    It’s what is called “a yawn of a difference.”

  30. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:04 PM

    ickinpuppies says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:31 PM
    Wait til the packers crush them on Sunday night.
    —–
    LOL…the packers?

    Please lay off the drugs.

  31. wafflestomp says: Sep 12, 2016 10:06 PM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:41 PM
    Defense yardage is misleading
    It comes down to points allowed
    Points win or lose games, not yardage

    MN gave up the 5th lowest amount of points!
    5th!
    ————————–
    Great. The Packers defense allowed just 21 more points over a 16 game season than the Barneys.
    That equates to a 1.3 point difference per game.
    Thanks for clearing that up for us.

    With our defenses being almost equal and Minnesota’s aversion to the endzone, this should make for quite an opening night for your brand new McStadium.

  32. vikingjack73 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:08 PM

    Stellar….I can PROMISE YOU, there are not 13 better defenses in the NFL the Minnesota!

    And if your “Moneyball stats” tell you that, then you need to read something else

    By the way, since you love “money ball” stats so much, tell me why the Oakland A’s haven’t won a single title using them???
    They are the creators of it, right?
    Haven’t even made a World Series!

    Money ball doesn’t work in the NFL
    Carolina didn’t go 15-1 because of Moneyball
    Denver didn’t win the title because of money ball
    They won because of DEFENSE

  33. richardparker123 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:09 PM

    Mike Zimmer having to choose between two proven losers like Bradford and Hill is like having to choose to have a hemorrhoidectomy or a root canal. Poor guy.

  34. tjacks7 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:27 PM

    There won’t be as long as Zimmer is running the show and the Vikings are winning. It’s not like the Vikings have some weak minded GM and coach who would have to cut all-pro talent because they can’t take the players criticism or input.

  35. tjacks7 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:30 PM

    I’m confused, didn’t Jordy Nelson come back and instantly give the Packers at top 5 offense? I heard that all offseason but according to the NFL stat keepers the Packers offense is rated number 24? Below the Vikings in fact.

  36. teal379 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:44 PM

    If the MN defense is so good and you win because of defense – why were you one and done again in the playoffs?

    How come you were watching the Packers, with a much worse defense (sic) play the following week while your team was cleaning out their lockers?

    Why?

  37. arianil985 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:45 PM

    I sure hope the rest of the country didn’t notice that our Vikings D didn’t cause any of the three TN turnovers yesterday!! They were all self inflicted by a young QB with an RB that’s new to their system. The pick-6 was a bad throw into triple coverage, but it wasn’t caused by our D. The two fumbles were bad exchanges, but they weren’t caused by our D.

    In fact, the only takeaway the country saw was that our inept offense struggled to even kick FGs against the team that finished #32 in the entire NFL last season with a 3-13 record!

    We’re in Big Trouble in the land of 10,000 sewer holes.

  38. finchy74 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:54 PM

    This thread is a delight. packer fans attempting to use math.. be careful kids, that’s akin to a child playing with matches.

  39. minnesotanskeepitinthefamily says: Sep 12, 2016 11:06 PM

    The same top 5 defense that blew a 9 point 4th quarter lead? at home? in the playoffs?

  40. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 12, 2016 11:35 PM

    I watched Bradford in St Louis he did quite well on a team built more for its defense than for offensive talent. At times, he was brilliant. Other times not quite the shining star, but always very competent.

    His problem, from my observations, was less his talent and more his inability to stay healthy. Had he been able to stay on the field I think the Rams would have built the team around him. To suggest otherwise is just ignorance.

  41. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 13, 2016 8:51 AM

    There’s always some schism with these guys. I wonder if Zim isn’t losing the locker room.

  42. stellarperformance says: Sep 13, 2016 9:36 AM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:08 PM
    Stellar….I can PROMISE YOU, there are not 13 better defenses in the NFL the Minnesota! And if your “Moneyball stats” tell you that, then you need to read something else. By the way, since you love “money ball” stats so much, tell me why the Oakland A’s haven’t won a single title using them?? They are the creators of it, right?
    Haven’t even made a World Series!

    Money ball doesn’t work in the NFL
    Carolina didn’t go 15-1 because of Moneyball
    Denver didn’t win the title because of money ball
    They won because of DEFENSE
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    I believe it’s only fair to rate any moneyball statistical strategies on whether Oakland teams were able to make it to the playoffs, which they did from 2000-2003 and 2006. That’s pretty damn good.

    …as opposed to the Vikings not only owning the all-time NFL record for postseason futility, but also owning the NFL record for postseason one-and-done appearances.

    And maybe Denver did win with a top rated defense. What’s that got to do with Minnesota’s #13th ranked defense?

  43. redhawkfan says: Sep 13, 2016 10:31 AM

    Let’s be honest. GB barely beat a bad, but improving, Jacksonville team. Minnesota had to utilize 2 defensive tds to beat a rebuilding but still bad Tennessee team. GB doesn’t look like the team they should be at this point, and Minnesota’s offense is showing that Teddy’s injury is going to be a huge factor for the offense.

    Here’s to hoping both teams come out of sunday with no further injuries. It would have been a lot more interesting if both had their teams 100% healthy.

  44. fmc651 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:23 AM

    therealtrenches says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:37 PM
    If only Sam had that kind of conviction about his command of the offense. There’d be no doubt as to who is playing this Sunday.

    ))))))))))))))))))))
    He doesn’t know the offense well enough. Give him another week to learn it. And then the Vikings should start him when the competition is better.

  45. 2coolguysmrtundra says: Sep 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    If GB loses Rodgers, then have Brett Hundley
    If Carolina loses Cam, they have Derek Anderson
    If Seattle loses Wilson, they have a rookie backup
    If AZ loses Carson, they have Drew Stanton
    If Pittsburgh loses Big Ben, then have Landry

    I’d take the Packers’ QB situation everyday and twice on Sundays over the vikings’ QB situation. Our third string QB, Callahan, is better than either Hill or Bradford. If Rodgers goes down to injury I have all the confidence in the world in Hundley, as well. Naysayers have never watched him play.

  46. 2coolguysmrtundra says: Sep 13, 2016 11:48 AM

    Minnesota’s offense is showing that Teddy’s injury is going to be a huge factor for the offense.

    Teddy has never been a huge factor for Minnesota. Anyone can hand the ball off to a running back. Teddy couldn’t get the ball downfield ever. Now I think he injured his shoulder in the Seattle playoff game. I also think his whole conditioning program this past off season was actually rehab for his shoulder and throwing arm so he could throw the ball more than 25 yards. Now, his non contact injury may have ended his career. Not only did he tear his ACL and dislocate his lower leg, he tore several ligaments in his knee, as well. I hope he recovers because no one deserves an injury like that.

  47. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 13, 2016 11:48 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 13, 2016 9:36 AM

    I believe it’s only fair to rate any moneyball statistical strategies on whether Oakland teams were able to make it to the playoffs, which they did from 2000-2003 and 2006. That’s pretty damn good.

    …as opposed to the Vikings not only owning the all-time NFL record for postseason futility, but also owning the NFL record for postseason one-and-done appearances.
    _______

    Let me get this straight. So your obscure statistics should be judged based on Oakland making the playoffs, and making the playoffs five times in seven years is an impressive feat.

    But the Vikings should not be judged on making the playoffs. If the Vikings make the playoffs over half of their seasons in their entire history, that is evidence of futility.

    Got it.

  48. stellarperformance says: Sep 13, 2016 1:19 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:48 AM
    Let me get this straight.
    /:////////////////////////////////

    You don’t want to get it straight. I’ve already given it straight about 100 times. You, and others like you, prefer to choose their own truths by cherry picking self serving statistics that let them feel good about themselves.

    The point is not making the playoffs. That was someone else’s reach for relevance.

    The point is: If the Vikings have a stout defense, so do the Packers. If the Packers have a weak defense, so do the Vikings. That’s how close they are statistically.

  49. fansince68 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:31 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:19 PM

    The point is: If the Vikings have a stout defense, so do the Packers. If the Packers have a weak defense, so do the Vikings. That’s how close they are statistically.

    ___________

    This is the Packer fans way of surmising Minnesota’s defense is WAY better than Green Bay’s. We all suspect that it is, but the proof will not come until the season is over. There is little doubt however, what would happen to the Packers if Rodgers wasn’t in the line up. We will see.

    Green Bay BETTER win Sunday. After all, they have the best QB in history and a defense that’s every bit as good as Minnesota’s. Easy call, right?

  50. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:48 PM

    starting to lose it stellar. your defense is pathetic compared to the vikings.

    and hey, we have no ‘schism’ in this locker room. thse guys love to play together and the quarterback is just another position. they play as One Team.

    and besides, it doesn’t matter who lines up Sunday night. We’re going to kick your ass green bay!

  51. vikingfan23 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:17 PM

    wafflestomp says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:06 PM
    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:41 PM
    Defense yardage is misleading
    It comes down to points allowed
    Points win or lose games, not yardage

    MN gave up the 5th lowest amount of points!
    5th!
    ————————–
    Great. The Packers defense allowed just 21 more points over a 16 game season than the Barneys.
    That equates to a 1.3 point difference per game.
    Thanks for clearing that up for us.

    With our defenses being almost equal and Minnesota’s aversion to the endzone, this should make for quite an opening night for your brand new McStadium.
    ——————–

    And the Packers scored only 3 more points than the Vikings did all of last season.

    So, if the Vikings have an aversion to the end zone, so do the Packers.

    (And for stellar, the Vikings had a higher point per drive ratio – 1.9 vs 1.83)

  52. h0metownzero says: Sep 13, 2016 4:36 PM

    Regardless of who wins, I hope neither team gets hit by any stadium roofers.

  53. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 13, 2016 5:59 PM

    2coolguysmrtundra says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    I’d take the Packers’ QB situation everyday and twice on Sundays over the vikings’ QB situation. Our third string QB, Callahan, is better than either Hill or Bradford. If Rodgers goes down to injury I have all the confidence in the world in Hundley, as well. Naysayers have never watched him play.
    ———————-
    Lol. I don’t know how PFT allows such asinine comments. . . Be careful what you wish for Cheesehead. You could very well see Hundley or Callahan on the field against the Vikings as we have proved that no QB is infallible. And I can assure you every Vikings fan would rejoice if that would happen, as would our defense, because your so-called back- up QBs are nothing more than scrubs.

  54. whatjusthapped says: Sep 14, 2016 8:12 AM

    When you ask your QB to hand off the ball on two thirds of the offensive plays, it doesn’t make much of a difference who is doing it. Hell, I’m capable of that and I haven’t played football since high school.

    The Viking trolls are sounding pretty confident going into Sunday night. Let’s see who emerges before we making any bold statements about the season and the fortunes of these two clubs. The NFL has proven to be unpredictable from season to season as personnel changes make a big difference but to the Viking fan, a win last year translates into sustained success and a Superbowl. Its laughable.

  55. fmc651 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:33 PM

    minnesotanskeepitinthefamily says:
    Sep 12, 2016 11:06 PM

    The same top 5 defense that blew a 9 point 4th quarter lead? at home? in the playoffs?

    ))))))))))))))))))

    No is the answer to your silly question.It is a new year I expect Barr and Kendricks to improve.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!