Vikings will keep going a week at a time with Case Keenum

AP

According to the old saying, one shouldn’t fix what hasn’t been broken and that appears to be Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s take on handling quarterback Case Keenum.

Zimmer has resisted naming Keenum the starting quarterback for more than a week at a time all year and isn’t changing that approach in the wake of Keenum’s terrific performance against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Keenum threw two touchdowns and ran for another to continue both his run of great play and the Vikings’ winning streak, but Zimmer said Monday that the starting job will still be decided on a weekly basis.

“I’m not looking to pull him, but every week’s a different week in this league,” Zimmer said, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph told us on PFT Live that Zimmer “truly believes that we play better as a team when we have that chip on our shoulder in response to a question about Zimmer’s handling of Keenum this season. Based on the results, there’s no reason to try something different.

61 responses to “Vikings will keep going a week at a time with Case Keenum

  1. Even if he struggles he shouldn’t be pulled. He has played very well this season. Think if Brady, Brees, or Rivers struggled a game or two they would be pulled? No. Keep him in there.

  2. Other than Goodell being up for a contract extension, this has to be the dumbest and most confusing story in the NFL.

    Hey Zim, you don’t have Tom Brady waiting in the wings, you have Theodore Bridgewater.

  3. @ ARod(in his collarbone)
    You are 100% correct, but the Vikings will find a way to mess this up and Keenum will probably end up being “Flutied” for Bridgewater

  4. I don’t even know what the fuss is about….CK has played better than Teddy ever did. Whats with all the hand wringing?

  5. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    November 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Even if he struggles he shouldn’t be pulled. He has played very well this season. Think if Brady, Brees, or Rivers struggled a game or two they would be pulled? No. Keep him in there.

    Did you just compare Keenum to Brady, Brees Rivers? lol

    But I wouldn’t pull him especially if he loses one of the next 2 games which is a likely scenario.

  6. What is it with all the neurotic QB decision-making this year?

    It’s simple. Keep Tyrod, keep Alex Smith, keep Keenum, keep Manning. They’re your starters for the year. Done. Make changes later if you like, but not now.

    I don’t get all the overthinking and waffling. Changing horses mid-stream almost never works, and undermining confidence in a QB almost always has negative effects.

    Look at the most successful teams in recent years. All have sustained support for their starters, even when the team has stretches of struggling. It’s the mediocre also-rans who are always hitting the panic button.

  7. I think everyone knows he is gonna be the starter to the end, unless he gets hurt then it will be Teddy time.

  8. Vikings will keep going a week at a time with Case Keenum
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    Seems only the media is making a fuss about this. Not the Vikings, not Zim, not Case, not the fans…just the media on a slow day.

  9. “If it’s not broke dont fix it”….is a senseless comment. And continuing to suggest Keenum plays better than TB ever did is senseless as well. I respect what Keenum is doing…dilly dilly…..however, If you see an opportunity to make something good BETTER…..then you do it. T Bridgewater took a team with a TERRIBLE offensive line and NO wide receiver talent to an 11-5 record. Coaches are obviously seeing something in practice that leads to their desire to see Teddy play with THIS talented team. I for one hope to see it as well. Let’s relax on the “i know everything comments” on this site…and trust the coaches that see it every day.

  10. Leave it to the Vikings to screw up a winning formula. Do they really believe that Teddy Bridgewater is going to beat the Patriots or Steelers in a SB? Really?

  11. What does he stand to lose naming him the ongoing starter the rest of the year? It’s not as if they have a HOF QB waiting behind him. It’s Bridgewater who’s been serviceable. At this point, it would be a step down in performance.

    Bridgewater probably has a higher ceiling long-term, but the guy hasn’t played in 2 years.

    What’s not to get?

  12. As long as Case Keenum doesn’t start drinking the kool-aid that all the Vikings fans are drinking, the team should be fine. He should realize he’s not an exceptional talent, and he has to know he isn’t going to throw his team to victory. Hitting the open WR has worked well for him, and staying in the gameplan will continue to work for this team.

    If he tries to do too much, WATCH OUT! Eventually the poor ball protection in the pocket and lame duck throws will turn into catastrophic turnovers. The horse shoe is real, just hope Case knows it, too.

  13. The same Vikings fans who said the Vikings had no chance when Teddy went down last year…

    The same Vikings fans who said the Vikings had no chance when Bradford went down this year….

    Are the same Vikings fans who believe Case Keenum is the savior…

  14. SeeYouNextTuesday says:

    The same Vikings fans who said the Vikings had no chance when Teddy went down last year…

    The same Vikings fans who said the Vikings had no chance when Bradford went down this year….

    Are the same Vikings fans who believe Case Keenum is the savior…
    ##################

    And there aren’t many of them that felt that the Vikings had no chance. Viking fans aren’t like Packer fans.

  15. “That’s my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Mike, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired“

    C Keenum

  16. SeeYouNextTuesday says:
    November 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    The same Vikings fans who said the Vikings had no chance when Teddy went down last year…

    The same Vikings fans who said the Vikings had no chance when Bradford went down this year….

    Are the same Vikings fans who believe Case Keenum is the savior…

    —————————————————————-

    I do not know a single Vikes fan who said or thinks those three things. Unless we are talking about what opposing fans think Viking fans are thinking/saying; then certainly, there are always hypothetical Viking fans that think and say all sorts of crazy stuff. However; those fans don’t really exist.

  17. The big question is who starts in 2018.

    Rather, it is who gets paid starter money from the Vikes in 2018.

  18. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    November 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Even if he struggles he shouldn’t be pulled. He has played very well this season. Think if Brady, Brees, or Rivers struggled a game or two they would be pulled? No. Keep him in there.
    ——————————-

    But Eli on the other hand…

  19. Do they really believe that Teddy Bridgewater is going to beat the Patriots or Steelers in a SB?
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    Well considering Brett Hundley just took the Steelers to the last play of the game, yeah, I’d say it’s a possibility.

  20. And there aren’t many of them that felt that the Vikings had no chance. Viking fans aren’t like Packer fans.
    ——
    See, that’s where you’re wrong. We have always thought there was a chance but quit posting about it on Pft because you and all of your insecure cohorts just swarm in to take a giant dump on anything optimistic we may post…so now we juat talk about it on other forums that don’t have the incessant trolling.

  21. Bradford was a godsend that fell in their lap. Keenum is a real “catch” as well, under the circumstances. But this promises to not end well. Keenum will surely lose respect for his coach.

    When you have a great catch on the line you reel it in or cut it loose, but you don’t drag it behind the boat for a few hours.

    You’d think somebody amongst the “hey der, hi der, ho der” crowd would’ve taught that to Zimmer by now.

  22. I think Zimmer’s method of motivation is counter intuitive. CK is playing lights out….let him know how much he’s appreciated and stop this week to week crap. It’s insulting.

  23. Keenum is playing out of his mind right now. His completion % is 5 pts higher than his career average. Whatever the current situation is, it’s working, so I’d be very hesitant to change a thing. Who is to say once you name Keenum the starter permanently, he doesn’t regress back to his career averages? That having Teddy breathing down his neck is giving him that extra bit of motivation he needs to play at a higher level than he’s ever played? Hard to say. Best to just maintain the status quo and see how long you can milk it. I certainly don’t want to re-sign him to starter money next year and be the next Derek Anderson or Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  24. Here are Keenums 2017 stats, would you want these for your teams QB?
    They look pretty good to me.

    CMP ATT YDS CMP% AVG TD INT FUM
    218 330 2,476 66.1 7.50 14 5 0

  25. The guy’s earned the starting spot. It’s gotta add extra, unnecessary stress knowing that if he has just one bad game, he might lose that starting job. He’s done more than Bridgewater ever has for the Vikings and it’d be a huge mistake to pull Keenum at any point this year.

  26. Teddy Bridgewater will probably be a starting QB for another team next year. Keenum is just a better QB. Sam Bradford is an elite QB. He’s the best of the bunch, but he can’t stay healthy. Bradford is the perfect backup. This year isn’t over yet. Minnesota is looking like a super bowl team. If that happens, these decisions are going to be much easier.

  27. How can anyone say with certainty that Keenum would be better if he was named the ‘starter for the rest of the season’?

    Logic would say that what Zimmer is doing is bringing out the best in Keenum.

    When did Keenum start lighting it up? Oh yeah, as soon as Bridgewater was off the PUP, and Zimmer was planning on giving him ‘game action’.

    And what happens if this ‘too good to be true’ story goes the way statistics show it should (Keenum crapping the bed)? Well, since Zimmer hasn’t closed or opened any doors, it can go any way he wants…

    Zimmer is handling this thing perfectly. Shut up and enjoy the show.

  28. @CharlieCharger

    In what bizarro world has Sam Bradford ever been considered elite?? Dude has a handful of really good games every year, even more mediocre ones, and then gets hurt. That’s not elite. It’s above average and injury prone.

  29. Teddy is a great young guy, he wins but ugly and he didn’t really beat top tier teams. That being said, He never had much of an O line or surrounding cast. At one time he was the Golden Boy, projected to go #1 in the draft.
    I don’t know if it is skill set or surrounding team BUT, Teddy never ever mad a throw like Keenum did to Kyle in the Lions game.
    I bet they are close in skills. Teddy never lit it up, look back at paragraph 1, There are times when timing and arm strength match up very well, Montana to Rice, Culpepper to Moss, Keenum to Thielen (and Diggs). It is a match that just cannot be reasoned out. Teddy either just didn’t have the chance OR time per play. My nod goes to Keenum right now. I say sign them both to 1 year deals, have them get equal snaps in training camp, and Pre-Season and may the best Man win! period.
    VERY VERY nice problem to have. SKOL my Brothers and Sisters

  30. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    November 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Even if he struggles he shouldn’t be pulled. He has played very well this season. Think if Brady, Brees, or Rivers struggled a game or two they would be pulled? No. Keep him in there.
    ——————–
    His track record is vastly different than those guys.

  31. kingthielenscourt says:
    November 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I don’t know if it is skill set or surrounding team BUT, Teddy never ever mad a throw like Keenum did to Kyle in the Lions game.
    ________

    How quickly we forget. I’m thinking of a throw to Diggs in the back of the end zone against the Bears that was dropped perfectly over his shoulder while he was well covered.

    Teddy was a better quarterback than Case before his injury and there isn’t any reason to think he would be at least as successful in this offense as Case is.

  32. Why does the negative local press continue to ask Zimmer QB questions? Why does Zimmer have to tell these chuckleheads every week who the starter is? He already said weeks ago Case is the starter. I believe because asking this stupid question writes a story for them. Sportswriters are some of the laziest humans walking the earth.

  33. i just don’t get the absolute love for Keenum, like he has been an unstoppable force this year. Comparisons to HOF QBs being dropped left and right. If it’s don’t broke don’t fix it. If that is your life’s mantra, you are destined for failure. How about taking something that is running good, with the possibility of making it better? Do you want a one and done in the playoffs or do you want a championship? If Bridgewater has the potential to make this already good team better, then pull the trigger. The coaches know more then any of us here, if they decide to make the change, i will trust they are doing the right thing. If they are willing to put their necks out on the line for the chance at a championship, i will stand behind whatever that decision is.

  34. Uh…by Kyle Rudolph saying that Zim thinks that the team plays better with a “chip on their shoulder”, wont that break the illusion and everyone will lose the “chip” on their shoulder?

  35. In Teddy We Trust says:
    November 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    Teddy was a better quarterback than Case before his injury and there isn’t any reason to think he would be at least as successful in this offense as Case is.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    I think you’re missing your own point……..”before his injury.” Many of you expressed certainty “Rodgers will never be the same,” but somehow Bridgewater is going to be better than he was previously?

    How does that work?

  36. Team Purple is so “one and done” — what a laff! So they beat Tampa Bay and Chicago, and a Rodgers-less Green Bay lol

    No chance against Hot-lanta or “The Caped Crusader”/Cam-rolina Panthers lol

  37. Keenum is playing well like a good backup on a good offense should. That’s all, nothing more. Bridgewater is a better QB and I trust the people who built this team will make the right decisions like they have been. The Keenumaniacs might not like it but so what.

  38. Contemplating making a change to TB. At this point in the season you don’t have the luxury off letting TB knock some rust off. He hasn’t played in a regular season game in quite a while. You can’t afford to stumble trying to secure home field advantage.

  39. I like Coach Zim, but I find this week-to-week stuff disrespectful to Keenum. I’ll admit, when Bradford was ruled out and Keenum was thrown in there and lost to the Steelers, I thought the season was lost as well. I look at Case as the season’s savior. Look what happened to the Packers when Rodgers went out… that scenario is much more common in the NFL than a backup coming in and winning 8 games and keeping you in it, much less thriving. Give him the respect he deserves and name him as your starter, period. You can still put Teddy in there to assess his abilities at some point, when a game is well in hand, or when home field advantage is already wrapped up.

  40. I’ll admit to not knowing if naming Keenum ‘the starter’ would affect his play or not. I do not see CK as a complacent player, but rather a driven, hard working leader. He succeeded at every level, and now he’s doing it in the pros. Most Vikings fans will agree he has lots of help, but it has been a LONG time since the Vikings have had a QB with Keenum’s gunslinger confidence.

    Those same fans know Mike Zimmer (in his fourth season) has never won a playoff game. That’s something even Mike Tice accomplished. I say worry about 2018 in 2018 and keep the week-to-week focus. The chemistry is excellent and the whole squad is contributing.

    And to address an earlier comment no; Teddy Bridgewater has never thrown a TD pass like the one Case threw to Rudolph for the touchdown. At least, while wearing a Viking uniform. Keenum’s vision, release and playmaking is better than anything Bradford’s done as well. That’s fact.

    The Falcons are a real challenge. SKOL Vikes!

  41. Huh? Is Zimmer trying to one-up the Giants in the “stupid way to treat a QB” contest? The guy has won 8 straight, has a cannon and a brain and is better than Bridgewater or Bradford. Is Zimmer trying to protect the feelings of the two fragile non-starters? Sheesh.

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