Mike Zimmer waiting to name Vikings starting QB for Rams game

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer knows who will be starting at quarterback against the Rams in Week 11, but he won’t be sharing the information with anyone until Wednesday.

Zimmer said on Monday, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that he has not yet spoken to everyone he needs to talk to about his choice between Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater by way of explaining why he’ll be waiting to go public with his call.

Keenum was 21-of-29 for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while piloting Minnesota to a 38-30 win over Washington on Sunday, which Zimmer called a great game while also noting that there are times when Keenum needs to just throw the ball away.

Both would seem to point to Keenum getting another spin in the starting lineup and his overall play this season has been strong enough that you’d expect a coach to wait for a clear reason to make a change rather than rocking a boat that’s been sailing smoothly. We’ll see if that’s how Zimmer sees things a little later in the week.

65 responses to “Mike Zimmer waiting to name Vikings starting QB for Rams game

  1. How do you even cobsider this? Tell Teddy to get back into the groove as a backup this year with the promise of a competition in the off-season and training camp. Keenum has more than earned it.

  2. You need to start Case until further notice. He is the reason the Vikings won 5 of the 6 games. He singled handed saved the awful Chicago game. Please don’t make a change to just make a change. 7-2 and leading the North, Case earned his starting job.

  3. Case gives the Vikings the best shot against the Rams (which are no joke). Bringing back Teddy against that defense may not be the best way to ease him back into things. Case also knows the Rams better than anyone else on the Vikings.

  4. This is just gamesmanship on Zimmer’s part. He’d be crazy to take Keenum out considering how well he’s playing right now.

  5. It will be Teddy. There are only so many weeks left for Teddy to knock off the rust and re-establish himself as the franchise QB.

    Case has played well at times but also shown why he’s been a career backup with some poor decisions. Worst case scenario, Case returns in a few weeks.

  6. There’s no reason for Zimmer to make a change at this point. The last thing Bridgewater needs to is to replace someone with a hot-hand and under-perform, which wouldn’t be shocking considering the fact that Bridgewater hasn’t played in football game in 15 months.

  7. At this point DO NOT START TEDDY!!! Yes Keenum made two bad plays in a row but other than those two he completely torched Washington on Sunday. I believe it was mentioned somewhere he was the first QB to throw for 300+ against them all season. I am sure Keenum would also love to stick it to the Rams this weekend as well considering what transpired last year eventhough I know it is a different coaching system.

  8. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. But it still wont stop reporters from asking the question every.single. press conference. Zimmer can say he will tell us on Wednesday, and reporters will ask about it on Tuesday.

  9. I like Teddy. And he’s a nice story. But Teddy has yet to play as well as Keenum is playing right now. Why would Zimmer upset the apple cart in the middle of a 7-2 season in the hopes that Teddy might play as well as the guy who currently has the job?? Makes no sense.

  10. I love Zim, but this “mystery starting QB game” every week is getting old. If what he’s seeing from Teddy in practice is noticably better than what Keenum is doing, then just name Teddy the starter already and roll with it. If not, stick with Keenum until he gives you reason to bench him, which to date, he hasn’t.

  11. The negative TC media will try to make some kind of QB controversy. Why do people ask? Case is the starter,he just won on the road to a team most said would beat the Vikings. (But that is another story) Why would the Vikings make a change this week? I don’t think they will.

  12. Keenum . . . no brainer. If he falters, you bring Teddy in. No problem. If Bridgewater were to falter, then you would have to bring in the guy who was dissed in the first place. Plus, Keenum, despite a couple poor throws, is playing well. It’s really his job to lose. He’ll eventually lose it, but why rush it?

  13. As a Lions fan I’d love nothing more than to see the Vikings start tinkering with their QB position. Keenum has played so well. The fact that they are even thinking about it is great news.

  14. Dude, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and I’m a Packers fan. If they switch and season tanks the one who made this call should be fired.

  15. Does he really think he is fooling people.

    And more to the point if he starts Bridgewater after that long injury over Keenum who flew for over 300 yds this past weekend, well then Zimmy’s only zooming himself!

  16. I wonder how it feels to be CK, and think that the first time you slip up, the hook is coming. I think you want to commit to someone and stick with it. A quarterback without confidence is a dangerous thing on your team. Let’s not shake keenum’s confidence

  17. Just Zim being Zim. He loves to gain an imagined competitive advantage by waiting to name his starter; why should he stop now? I think he kind of likes to get the media going, too. Obviously, Case will start this week and probably the next week unless he implodes against the Rams. It makes sense to ease Teddy back into the lineup, not force him in when he isn’t needed yet. I’m guessing the most likely scenario at this point is that the Vikings will struggle offensively one of these weeks and Zimmer brings Teddy in after halftime to try to provide a spark. Thanksgiving would be a possibility for that to play out because it’s a key game and Keenum had trouble against the Lions last time.

  18. I think we need to have an honest discussion on Case Keenum. He’s had 3 games where he threw 0 td passes and didn’t top 219 yards. He has 11 tds in 7.5 games. His TD/Int ratio is 11/5. Solid but not great. If Zimmer believes Teddy gives us a better chance he should start. He knows Teddy and has seen Teddy practicing. Case has done the job of a backup QB. He’s played mediocre football except for 2 games. He’s not the reason the Vikes have won or lost.

  19. Zimmer is an idiot. Why rock the boat when it is not necessary. He obviously is planning to play Teddy or he would not be saying anything. Watch the team begin to lose now.

  20. Zim just loves hiding the ball — I hope he doesn’t hide the Easter eggs for his grandkids. Anyone that gets all worked up about this obviously hasn’t paid much attention to Zim’s past practice.

    And I’d be very, very surprised if Teddy starts Sunday with Aaron Donald lined up on the other side of the line.

  21. Keenum > Hundley. Play Keenum to get his value up and trade him to the packerheads for a load of draft picks.
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    You must be a football genius to know this after three starts. Who’s even talking about Hundley?

  22. “We’ll see if that’s how Zimmer sees things a little later in the week.”

    I see what you did there

  23. Has TB ever had a four touchdown game? Not trolling, being serious….because I don’t ever remember TB playing as well as CK is right now. Guys on a roll….dumb int’s aside.

  24. He’s not “gaming” the Rams coaching staff or anyone else. Aside form the fact that it would be stupid to make a switch when things are going so well…there’s no way he’d pick the Rams defense as the one he wants to reinsert a recovering and rusty Bridgewater against.

  25. Zimmer can’t be serious.
    How can you even consider a QB change at this point in the season.
    I’m sure this is all an ill conceived smokescreen. Pointless.
    If it’s not, this coach is far more clueless than even I’ve given him credit for.

    Keenum is playing as well, if not better than Bridgewater ever has.
    The Barney’s are riding a wave of winning football, regardless of how they got there.
    The last thing you want to do is manufacture a QB controversy when there’s no reason for it.
    Especially if you give the locker room a reason and the opportunity to chose sides.
    It’s a dangerous game.

  26. 4L straight for Team Purple coming up: Rams; Lions; Falcons; Panthers (7-6 record).
    The final three (3) games will be Bengals, Packers, Bears (9-7 overall season record).

  27. This decision will ultimately decide what happens in the 7 games of the season. If you stick with Keenum, you stick with consistancy and have potential to win half of the football games. I do think the Vikings lose a few coming up, especially with 3 road games in a row).

    If you stick in Bridgewater, it’s a high-risk move because of how rusty Bridgewater may be in real NFL action and how prone he may be from a low tackle to the knees.

    This is a precarious position that must be thought about carefully if you want to beat the Lions in 2 weeks.

  28. I think in all reality, chances are Case gets hurt at some point this season. And then we will see Teddy. Now, depending on how Teddy does then is if he keeps the starting job when Case is no longer hurt.

  29. If Keenum can get out to a fast lead and the defense can shut down the Rams offense and the score is 35-10 going into the 4th quarter, then bring Teddy in to finish the game.

  30. pkrlvr says:
    November 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Has TB ever had a four touchdown game? Not trolling, being serious….because I don’t ever remember TB playing as well as CK is right now. Guys on a roll….dumb int’s aside.
    _______

    Good question. In 2015 against Chicago, Teddy completed 17 of 20 passes for 231 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, and had a rushing touchdown. They must have locked Norv in the storage closet during that game.

  31. People have been wondering how much rust Teddy might have after sitting out 15 months. Here’s a somewhat similar situation that Viking fans can identify with. When Favre joined the Vikings in 2009, it was after training camp was over and after sitting and not doing much during the offseason. He played two preseason games and didn’t really look too good. The first two regular season games he played, he did very little, throwing 48 passes for 265 yards cumulatively. It wasn’t until the third game that turned things on and was lights out for the rest of the season. Teddy is likely to struggle for at least the first couple games he’s in there, but then will probably be better than ever. If he’s going to be put in, you have to be prepared for him to not be great right away, and that means you’d probably better have a pretty solid lead in the division. Starting him may depend on beating Detroit.

  32. straightcash84 says:
    November 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    I think we need to have an honest discussion on Case Keenum. He’s had 3 games where he threw 0 td passes and didn’t top 219 yards. He has 11 tds in 7.5 games. His TD/Int ratio is 11/5. Solid but not great. If Zimmer believes Teddy gives us a better chance he should start. He knows Teddy and has seen Teddy practicing. Case has done the job of a backup QB. He’s played mediocre football except for 2 games. He’s not the reason the Vikes have won or lost.
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    The last time Teddy was the starter in 2015, he threw 14 TDs in 16 games and his TD/Int ratio was 14/9. He also didn’t top 219 yards in 8 of those 16 games. In other words, your arguments hold no water.

  33. Here’s another thing to consider about Keenum’s performance yesterday. If he throws one interception like the two he had yesterday in a playoff game, it loses the game. I hope he learned not to do anything like that again.

  34. Teddy has to play at some point and he will. Will that be this week? Probably not. The Vikings have to look long term and decide the investment they want to make in TB. He worked his butt off and the team invested a lot of time helping him get back. Teddy and Vikings both need to see what is what before the offseason. That’s not fair to Keenum but it’s reality.

  35. One thing that needs to be factored in – but hasn’t been after reading through all this….

    The Vikings are a totally different team today than they were 2 years ago.

    Stefon Diggs was a rookie. Thielen played mostly special teams. Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson were the other main WR’s that saw the most playing time.

    The offense was centered around AP – who ran for nearly 1500 yards and 11 TD’s – so the focus was on the running game.

    The defense is much better – which gives the offense more possessions to put up stats and points.

    The oline was not nearly as good as it is today.

    I’m not trying to claim that Teddy would have 19 TD’s this season like Tom Brady or Russell Wilson, but I think he’d be in the teen’s.

    Last year with the Rams – in 10 games Keenum had 9 TD’s and 11 INT’s with a QB rating of 76.4. This year with the Vikings – in only 8 games – he’s had 11 TD’s and 5 INT’s with a QB rating of 92.6.

    I think it’s fair to say that Teddy – all other things being equal – would have better numbers with the current Vikings team than he had in 2015.

    All that said – I don’t expect to see Teddy start this week – and most likely not against the Lions on a short week on Thanksgiving. Unless… Keenum gets hurt or has a seriously terrible performance.

  36. Keenum knows the Rams, but the Rams also know him.

    I don’t think it matters who starts, the Rams D will be out for some hide.

    Go Rams!

  37. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    It doesn’t matter! Stafford is better than Keenum & Bridgewater COMBINED!

    This is the Lions year, period.

    FEEL THE ROAR!!!

    __________

    Yeah, I remember when I had my first beer.

  38. rlvr says:

    November 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Has TB ever had a four touchdown game? Not trolling, being serious….because I don’t ever remember TB playing as well as CK is right now. Guys on a roll….dumb int’s aside.

    ————

    He had 5 touchdowns (4 throwing 1 rushing) in the home game against the Bear in 2015.

    I remember, I was at the game. 🙂

  39. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    It doesn’t matter! Stafford is better than Keenum & Bridgewater COMBINED!

    This is the Lions year, period.

    FEEL THE ROAR!!!

    ————

    It’s a good thing the rest of the roster is better than the Lions than.

    1. Better Defense
    2. Better Tight End
    3. Better Receivers (I’d take AdamT and Diggs over anyone you have),
    4. Our backup running backs are better than your running back
    5. Better offensive line

    Lions:
    1.Better QB
    2.Better Kicker.

  40. stellarperformance says:

    November 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    So, it’s not broken, and they want to fix it?

    That always works.
    =======================================

    No Stellar, that is Aaron Rodgers collarbone that is broken.

    So sorry we broke your quarterback(whole team)

  41. The whole team is conditioned to prepare themselves, the standard answer when asked about the quarterback position. At this point the only thing Zimmer can do his bench the back up and play his starter. If there’s a question, answer it. Play Bridgewater, bench Keenum. If he plays Keenum, then he’s a coward.

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