Likewise, Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects Bradford to start for the Vikings this week.
“We’ve taken the approach that we could see either one of the quarterbacks,” McCarthy said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “My understanding is that it’s probably going to be Sam Bradford, but I have a lot of respect for Shaun Hill. He played very well against us when he was with the Detroit Lions. So we’ll prepare for both quarterbacks.”
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t say what he planned to do today, but his best player said he’s aware of the plan.
“Yeah, yeah,” running back Adrian Peterson said, “I know exactly who’s starting.”
Peterson didn’t share his knowledge, but it doesn’t take much imagination to gather that the time for Bradford has likely come. Hill was uninspiring in last week win over the Titans, failing to screw it all up but failing to make any plays either.
“The fact of the matter,” McCarthy said, “is it’s going to start with giving the ball to Adrian Peterson. Every time we play the Vikings, that’s the focal point of our defense.”
McCarthy admitted there were differences in preparing for Bradford vs. Hill, though the emphasis wouldn’t change the basic game plan. But the Vikings’ problem is, to be anything more than basic offensively, they likely have to make the change soon.