Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater is ready, but Case Keenum will start Sunday

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has confirmed something that has been known from the moment quarterback Teddy Bridgewater received clearance to practice three weeks ago: He’s ready to play.

Zimmer made the proclamation to reporters on Wednesday, the same day the Vikings moved Bridgewater to the active roster. However, Zimmer also said Case Keenum will start on Sunday. Bridgewater will dress and serve as the backup.

The next question becomes whether Bridgewater will supplant Keenum, and if so when. Keenum is 4-2 as a starter, but he picked up another win against the Bears after Sam Bradford exited late in the first half. However, the schedule is about to get a lot tougher for Minnesota.

Keenum has bested the likes of Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, Jameis Winston, and Joe Flacco. Coming up are games against Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton. At some point, the Vikings likely need Bridgewater, if they hope to hold off the Lions and win the NFC North.

Complicating matters is the fact that Bridgewater has never played for offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Instead, Bridgewater spend two years and the preparations for a third working with Norv Turner.

Currently, Vikings have a two-game lead over Detroit. But Detroit has beaten the Vikings in Minnesota; if the Lions can complete the sweep in 15 days, they’ll need to pick up only one more game to force a tie and, in turn, capture the crown.

39 responses to “Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater is ready, but Case Keenum will start Sunday

  1. “Keenum has bested the likes of Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, Jameis Winston, and Joe Flacco. Coming up are games against Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton.”

    I didn’t know Keenum played defense.

  2. Case Keenum has been playing very well for the Vikings. Not elite but he can move the ball down the field pretty well. Hey Mcfatty and Ted Thompson. You could learn from the Vikings about having solid backup quarterbacks or how to win games without a Hall of Fame quarterback.

  3. And the QB carousel keeps going round and round in Minny. Eagles, Rams, Cowboys, Saints, heck even the Falcons and my Lions have a better shot at getting to the big game from the NFC than Minny. Your QB situation is still and has always been a mess.

  4. Maybe I’m dumb but why would there even be a question of putting Teddy in at this point? Case is not flashy by any stretch but he hasn’t done anything to lose games. When your 6-2, atop the division standings and have a QB making minimal mistakes you shouldn’t do anything to disrupt that rhythm IMO.

  5. Hey Mcfatty and Ted Thompson. You could learn from the Vikings about having solid backup quarterbacks or how to win games without a Hall of Fame quarterback.
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    Win a playoff game this decade, then run your mouth. A Viking fan talking about learning how to win….ironic.

  6. “Keenum has bested the likes of Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, Jameis Winston, and Joe Flacco. Coming up are games against Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton.”

    I didn’t know Keenum played defense.
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    Yeah it drives me insane when people try to analyze the ultimate team sport as if it’s nothing but a tennis match between two quarterbacks. 92 active players per side, 11 man units on the field, head coaches, coordinators, assistant coaches, position coaches, but people always wanna talk about how a QB wins or loses a game on his own merits. Those are the ultimately dumbed down attempts at analysis.

  7. Norv Turner, besides being a quitter, baby and coward, had Teddy B doing 7 step drops and no shotgun behind a decimated O-line and also relied on AP to pick up blocks. TB was running for his life and still managed to win games. The dude’s got heart and the team loves him. Shurmur has a quick pass offense that relies on short to mid range accurate throws, that’s TB’s bread and butter. If Keenum keeps winning then the point is mute anyway. If not the Vikings need to see what Bridgewater can do to evaluate if they will try to resign him since they didn’t pick up the 5th yr option and have already stated he will be able to test the free agency waters if he desires. If the Vikings survive the brutal 2nd half schedule and somehow make the playoffs, Sammy B could be available to start. A healthy Bradford completely rested. That would be Zimmers ideal scenario I bet. The Vikings need to win out and home and need to beat Det on Thanksgiving.

  8. vikingsperenialloosers says:
    November 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    And the QB carousel keeps going round and round in Minny. Eagles, Rams, Cowboys, Saints, heck even the Falcons and my Lions have a better shot at getting to the big game from the NFC than Minny. Your QB situation is still and has always been a mess.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Enjoy it while you can, your Lions “ROAR” will soon revert to their typical “meow” again,
    It always does.

  9. If Teddy plays in even one game this year he should get the comeback player of the year award.
    This State (and surrounding areas), loves Teddy as much as it does Coach Zimm! SKOAL

  10. These evaluations confuse me some. Not enough emphasis placed on Minnesota’s excellent o-line and overall play of the defense. Has anyone looked at who the Redskins are starting on their offense line this Sunday?

    Keenum has benefited greatly from the Vikes depth and coaching. He’s directly responsible for keeping the team out of trouble and has been exceptional on third down conversions. He is healthy and seems to stay that way. Just best Washington and let everyone else worry and weigh in on who should start.

  11. I’m not sure either why the “start Teddy as soon as possible” narrative keeps getting pushed. It’s not like he was an elite QB before the injury. He only threw 14 TD passes in 16 games in 2015. Now you want to put him back in the lineup after a serious injury that caused him to miss a season and a half? With an offensive coordinator that he’s never played for? I could maybe understand that if the current QB starting was Brett Hundley for example. But Keenum has been more than capable in the role and the Vikings keep winning games. It makes zero sense to disrupt that right now.

  12. vikingsperenialloosers says:
    November 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    And the QB carousel keeps going round and round in Minny. Eagles, Rams, Cowboys, Saints, heck even the Falcons and my Lions have a better shot at getting to the big game from the NFC than Minny. Your QB situation is still and has always been a mess.
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    Yes, the Vikings really should follow the Detroit Lions blueprint in how to find a franchise quarterback:

    1. Go 50 years without being able to find a quarterback.
    2. Finish a season 0-16.
    3. Use the first overall pick to draft a franchise quarterback.
    4. Compile a 60-76 record over the next 9 years, make the playoffs as a wildcard 3 times, and never win a playoff game.
    5. Repeat.

  13. Maybe I’m dumb but why would there even be a question of putting Teddy in at this point? Case is not flashy by any stretch but he hasn’t done anything to lose games. When your 6-2, atop the division standings and have a QB making minimal mistakes you shouldn’t do anything to disrupt that rhythm IMO.
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    Speilman has to look beyond this season. The Vikings have no QB’s under contract for next year. We know what we have in Keenum. Keenum is a high-end Back-up QB. Both Keenum and Bridgewater are likely to demand significant contracts this Offseason and we don’t know what to do about Teddy until he plays. Do we pay him starter money? Do we let him walk? Should we Low ball him and watch him get signed by someone else? Franchise tag? Until he plays and shows what he can or can’t do, we have no idea how to properly address him this offseason.

    All I know is that I don’t want to see Teddy get signed by the Giants this offseason and turn into the QB he was projected to be. Meanwhile we’re sitting with Case Keenum who is considered a backup QB by 31 other teams in this league.

  14. I’m amazed and pleased Bridgewater has made it all the way back to the football field.
    I was definitely one of the doubter and he proved me wrong.
    Hopefully he’ll make the most of his 2nd opportunity.
    Some people aren’t so lucky.

  15. vikingsperenialloosers says:
    November 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    And the QB carousel keeps going round and round in Minny. Eagles, Rams, Cowboys, Saints, heck even the Falcons and my Lions have a better shot at getting to the big game from the NFC than Minny. Your QB situation is still and has always been a mess.
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    It amazes me that you think it’s a good thing to proclaim you are a lions fan while talking trash about another team.

    It really doesn’t get any better than that.

  16. I’m continually amazed at the arrogance of Vikings fans. Keep doubting the Lions, we’ve been through more hardships than you’ll ever know. Your QB situation is your Achilles heal, but rather than admit this, you simply chide other fan bases incessantly. I wish Teddy well – seems like a good guy. Too bad he plays for the hated Vikings.

  17. I really hope they switch to Teddy, that way we can finally shut people ip talking about how great he is. He was avg at best when he was healthy.

  18. halfcentaur says:
    November 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    “Keenum has bested the likes of Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, Jameis Winston, and Joe Flacco. Coming up are games against Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton.”
    I didn’t know Keenum played defense.
    ———
    Yeah it drives me insane when people try to analyze the ultimate team sport as if it’s nothing but a tennis match between two quarterbacks. 92 active players per side, 11 man units on the field, head coaches, coordinators, assistant coaches, position coaches, but people always wanna talk about how a QB wins or loses a game on his own merits. Those are the ultimately dumbed down attempts at analysis.
    ****************************************************************

    I honestly feel hockey is the ultimate team sport but hey call it what you want. I am sure Green Bay may agree with me on that one

  19. ez0682 says:

    November 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Regardless skins should be able to beat this average team, skins 34 Vikings 13, they have no qb or Wr’s
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    Dude, Washingtons best pass catcher is a freakin RB.

    Theilen is on pace for 1200 yards and Diggs is on pace for 1000.

    Do you even watch the games?

    Minnesota is a top 5 defense. There is no way Washington puts 30 points up on them..no way the steelers put 26 on them, otherwise no one has topped 20.

    But the Redskins are going to hang over 30 on them….what color is the sky in your world?

  20. The point is irrelevant. Neither of these QBs can win a championship–at least this season. Let’s see how Bridgewater develops. Doesn’t matter if you have the 85 Bears defense…it’s not happening this year

  21. ez0682 says:

    November 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Regardless skins should be able to beat this average team, skins 34 Vikings 13, they have no qb or Wr’s

    Thanks for the laugh. He must not know who diggs and thielen are.

  22. pkrlvr says:
    November 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    Hey Mcfatty and Ted Thompson. You could learn from the Vikings about having solid backup quarterbacks or how to win games without a Hall of Fame quarterback.

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    Easy to do Mr. Armchair GM when you have to pay that Hall of Fame Quarterback in a salary capped league.

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