Case Keenum has played well against his possible next team

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For anyone who pays at least passing attention to the NFL, it doesn’t take an information robot to point out the possibility that: (1) Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur could become a head coach of a new team; and (2) Shurmur could then recruit Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to join that team.

And if, as reported, Shurmur has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Bruce Arians in Arizona, it makes sense that the Cardinals could target Keenum. Especially since the Cardinals currently don’t have a quarterback under contract for 2018.

It also would make sense for Keenum to get serious consideration from the Cardinals, regardless of the Shurmur connection. In the five years of the Arians era, the Cardinals faced Keenum twice. In 2013, the then-Texans quarterback completed 22-43 passes for 201 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 27-24 Arizona win. Last season, Keenum completed 18 of 30 passes for 266 yards (8.9 yards per pass), two touchdowns, no picks, and a passer rating of 111.3 in a 17-13 Arizona loss to the Rams.

Then there are the things Keenum has accomplished this year, during which he has become one of the most unlikely late-20s success stories since Kurt Warner. Unlike Warner, however, Keenum had plenty of solid performances in the past. With the Vikings, Keenum has become far more consistent.

And here’s the key: If the Cardinals are sold on Keenum, the Vikings may be even more sold on him, choosing to do whatever needs to be done to keep him around, up to and including application of the franchise tag. PFT has heard time and again that the Vikings won’t decide on a quarterback plan for 2018 until the 2017 season ends.

How it ends undoubtedly will be a major factor in whether the Vikings take any and all steps to keep Keenum off the open market.

98 responses to “Case Keenum has played well against his possible next team

  1. The league just isn’t as fun anymore when the first thing that happens to a successful team is that it immediately flies apart, with pieces landing all over the league.

    I don’t fault players and coaches for pursuing what’s best for them, as everyone seems to treat one another as more disposable these days.

    But as a fan of football, this is a key part of the overall “parity” movement that leaves fans with relatively little to root for.

  2. Vikings sealed their fate when they stuck with this bum over Bridgewater or an off the street vet. If the saints can mount a decent pass rush he will fold just like he did against Carolina. In the 4th quarter when the pass rush was coming everytime how did keenum do? – 5 sacks, 1 Int, 1 Fumble lost.

  3. If Shurmur leaves, the Vikings should apply the non-exclusive Franchise Tag to Keenum. One of the following would happen:
    A) He’s plays 2018 at a Franchise Tag rate and you get more evidence to determine his real value in a long term deal
    B) You negotiate a long term deal with him
    C) Someone else negotiates a deal with him and the Vikes get Compensated with Picks
    D) If the Vikes settled on a different QB, simply revoke the Tag later in the Offseason (Carolina/Josh Norman style)

  4. Bite the bullet and franchise him.let Bradford and Bridgewater go via free agency and take compensenatory picks for it… can’t trade free agents because no team will give up picks, when they can be bought outright.

  5. I must have missed something, but I haven’t read anything that says the Vikings aren’t interested in going forward with Keenum as their number one QB next year. Their season hasn’t ended, and I guess the further it goes, the better the chances as having Keenum back next year. I don’t see a scenario where Keenum leads them to the super bowl, then gets dumped in favor of a young unproven guy, or a proven veteran who can’t stay on the field.

  6. Not sure that case keenum is really “good”, I think this year is just an anomaly, like when ryan fitzpatrick looked elite playing for the jets.

  7. If it ends up being Keenum’s decision, I wonder how much the weather difference will play into his decision making?

  8. I think it’s kind of weird how lukewarm Zimmer has been in his public comments about Keenum. I’m hoping that’s just tomfoolerly and skullduggery and behind the scenes he is showing Keenum the respect he deserves. He largely saved the Vikings season and put them in perfect position for an historic Super Bowl win in their home stadium.

  9. With Teddy coming back and still needing to get back into the swing of things and with Bradford being Bradford (flashes of brilliance between injuries and inconsistency), idk how the vikes could let him walk this offseason. but keeping him with the franchise tag seems a little extreme.

  10. Tag him and all of this becomes a moot point. Keenum could help ease the new OC in while running this offense. The Vikes would want to keep it going, and what better way than to have the QB that was successful at running the offense?

  11. What does joining a team have to do with prior success while facing that team? If your gonna sign a guy your telling me that one of the deciding factor is how well he did against your team. Come on

  12. What’s Zimmer supposed to say. It’s about time a backup professional quarterback came in and did his job instead of stinking it up all year. Guys just doing what he’s paid to do.

  13. Good luck with Shurmur as H.C. (he was almost as bad as Hue with the Browns when he was with the Browns)!!!

  14. whodatalien says:

    January 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Vikings sealed their fate when they stuck with this bum over Bridgewater or an off the street vet. If the saints can mount a decent pass rush he will fold just like he did against Carolina. In the 4th quarter when the pass rush was coming everytime how did keenum do? – 5 sacks, 1 Int, 1 Fumble lost.

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    Oh look, A Saints fan leaving a negative comment about Case and probably didn’t watch a single game of the Vikings this year.

    How is Case a bum? He had the 2nd best total QBR rating? He has done everything asked of him. The Vikings were one of the most efficient offenses of the season. His stats are not much further behind Drew Brees. He can throw deep, he can throw short, and he can make plays on his legs.

    Sure he’s not a “Name Brand” Qb, but you have to start somewhere? Also, I hope the Saints Blitz. Case has been one of the best QB’s against the Blitz and the Vikings Offensive Line has been great this year.

    I think it’s Sad how this guy gets negative remarks for no reason. I’m not saying the Vikings will win, but there is nothing negative to say about this guy. He has given zero reason to doubt him.

  15. whodatalien says:

    January 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Vikings sealed their fate when they stuck with this bum over Bridgewater or an off the street vet. If the saints can mount a decent pass rush he will fold just like he did against Carolina. In the 4th quarter when the pass rush was coming everytime how did keenum do? – 5 sacks, 1 Int, 1 Fumble lost.

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    Also – the Vikings Offensive Line lost key people in that game. The Offensive Line is completely healthy right now. When the line is healthy they allowed the fewest sacks. You should really know the facts before you actually dissect the game.

  16. Keenum is the real deal. Keep him. Keep Teddy. Keenum has developed a rapport with his receivers and the O-Line that would be tough to duplicate in Arizona. I’m sure Shurmur will get a head coaching job if he wants it next year. He has also proven himself. Good for him. I’d like to keep him, though. Let’s just have some fun riding this Vikings machine for the next few weeks!

  17. Not sure with the injury history of Bradford and Bridgewater that you could expect receiving to much in trade value. Might as well decide on one to keep as insurance and try to move the other qb.

  18. whodatalien says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Vikings sealed their fate when they stuck with this bum over Bridgewater or an off the street vet. If the saints can mount a decent pass rush he will fold just like he did against Carolina. In the 4th quarter when the pass rush was coming everytime how did keenum do? – 5 sacks, 1 Int, 1 Fumble lost.

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    Saints were .500 team the last 6 games of the year, they haven’t won a road game in 2 months, QB is 1-4 in road playoff games and never won a divisional game on the road. I can only hope that the fans are a reflection of the team and the Saints are arrogant and not taking the Vikings seriously.

  19. You guys talking about franchise tagging Keenum do know that the tag on QB’s is expected to be >$23.5M, right? Right now you’re paying him less than $2M. I hope your front office is as clueless as you are and they reach that deep into their pocketbook to pay him tag money.

    How desperate are you to get to the promised land at least one time?

  20. The defense is top notch, and they will be again next year. Keenum can be the guy for several years. Draft a QB in round 2-3, and develop him behind Keenum. Oh ya, and TB and Bradford and their two legs need to shop the open market and hope for the best deal. The Vikings will be waiting if TB wants to come back as a backup under a small contract.

  21. whodatalien says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Vikings sealed their fate when they stuck with this bum over Bridgewater or an off the street vet. If the saints can mount a decent pass rush he will fold just like he did against Carolina. In the 4th quarter when the pass rush was coming everytime how did keenum do? – 5 sacks, 1 Int, 1 Fumble lost.

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    I ask the same question I often ask of Packer fans who denigrate the Vikings: How DID they win 13 games this year?

  22. gonakgod says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:14 am

    …like when ryan fitzpatrick looked elite playing for the jets.
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    When was that? When he fitzpatricked them out of the playoffs?

  23. magnumpimustache says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Vikings have the best depth at QB in the NFL.

    Can’t wait to see how they mess this up.

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    The Vikings have one legitimate starter who can stay on the field, a backup who has had a nice season and a decent guy who is a marginal backup at best

  24. Sure is funny to see all this hoopla from Viking fans about their self proclaimed “third-string” QB.

    If he gets franchised will the Purples come out and say what everybody else knew all along –
    that Keenum is the starter of the Minnesota Vikings?

  25. The worst thing you can tell someone is “good job.” Zimmer is holding off his public atta boys for his QB until after the super bowl. Keenum is not going to Arizona…good midweek fake news though.

  26. with the chiefs out I am rooting for a back up quarterback to win the superbowl. I know Keenum isn’t really a back up but I consider him a back up. and nick foles. so just hoping it’s not big ben, or brady.

  27. If it were me, I’d take all the money I can knowing my time in this league is limited. That being said, his leash will be short on a new team with a different supporting cast with a fan base that will be less forgiving. He could very well go from loved to disregarded in the span of a couple of weeks Mike Glennon style. Then he could get released after 1-2 years and be a backup for maybe a couple more years after that. If he wins the Superbowl and the Vikes are interested in having him start, I’d stay.

  28. I think the Vikings will have no trouble retaining both Keenum and Bridgewater, but if Keenum’s price gets too high, they could probably just keep Bridgewater and Bradford on short-term deals. Their injuries will make them relatively cheap and you could do a lot worse than having those two battle it out to be the starter. Compensatory picks will be coming for whoever they don’t keep. The Vikings are in a lot better shape with their quarterbacks than people think. How Case plays this week will go a long way towards determining how much the Vikings will be willing to pay him.

  29. It seems like Case is under appreciated in Minnesota and Zimmer is waiting for him to screw up so that he has a reason to replace him with Bridgewater. For some reason the Vikings are head over heels in love with Bridgewater and really want him as their starter. If I were Case I’d leave and go to a team that wants him then the Vikings can start their golden child.

  30. omeimontis says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:49 am

    If Keenam cannot win the next game against New Orleans, the Vikings may not try too hard to re-sign him.

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    ONLY if Keenum was a huge factor in the reason they lost. You can lose a game in so many ways outside the QB position. This is a moot point anyway because the Vikings will win.

  31. If he has a choice between a relatively young playoff team and an aging non-playoff team in the Cardinals, do you really think his choice will be a tough one?

    However, I am self-aware enough to realize all these years of Viking fandom have left me looking over my shoulder for the sledge hammer about to hit me in the gut, which means I still keep waiting for this Keenum bubble to burst. If it bursts after a strong playoff run this year, that’s fine with me.

  32. Minnesota loves Case Keenum. Who cares if other fan bases disrespect him. He has given us no reason to doubt us and Case will not need to win this game all by himself. Strength in numbers.

    Good luck to the Saints! Hope for a good clean game win or lose.

  33. Maybe it is just wishful thinking but this game seems to me to be shaping up a lot like the Divisional round game in ’09 against the Cowboys. The Cowboys were coming in with a lot of hype on offense and were throttled. Trent Dilfer even predicted a Cowboys winning 41-3 the day of the game.

  34. The salary cap and free agency is how parity is achieved. The Super Bowl window of opportunity opens and closes fast for about 28 out of the 32 teams. The window is open for the Vikings now.

  35. hosmachine says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:33 am
    What does joining a team have to do with prior success while facing that team? If your gonna sign a guy your telling me that one of the deciding factor is how well he did against your team. Come on

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    that was actually a deciding factor for the patriots bringing in both welker and hogan. they were killing us we had a hard time defending them so bill said wow they must be good. lets bring them in. because seeing someone play live against your team is the best way to judge how good they really are. certainly better that watching film.

  36. The Vikings can control Keenum through next year. As Florio mentioned the franchise tag can be used if a long term deal isn’t worked out (which I am confident it will be).

    Nothing to fret Vikings fans.

  37. Let’s face it Keenum is no Rodgers, Brady, Brees. With the Vikings defense and solid running game you can put an average QB there and they will win 10 to 12 games. Keep Teddy as back up and get Alex Smith if Keenum leaves.

  38. I have to say I’m disappointed in many of my fellow Viking fans because of the way they’ve turned on Teddy Bridgewater. Can’t we acknowledge that Case Keenum has had a nice season without denigrating Teddy? If Teddy had been healthy this year and had been the backup instead of Case, I have little doubt that the Vikings would be in the same place they find themselves right now. The reason I think that is because Teddy was considered a much better quarterback than Case before this season. You think the light bulb just went on for Case this year and he suddenly became more talented than he ever was before? He was put in a great situation that allowed him to excel with the tools he has. He deserves a lot of credit for doing a good job with it but there’s no reason to think Teddy wouldn’t have had similar success. So these comments about “Teddy was never any good” are ridiculous because you would have said the same thing about Case before this year.

    Keep in mind that Case is one of the worst QBs in the NFL on third and long. When Teddy last played, he was one of the best in the NFL on third and long. The 2015 Vikings offense wasn’t much different from the 2016 Rams offense. Give Teddy a good offensive line, a good scheme, and some receivers and he’ll do well too.

    Of course, the great unknown is how Teddy will be able to come back from his injury, so you have to make a run at bringing Case back. Just don’t act like you never liked Teddy.

  39. t was actually a deciding factor for the patriots bringing in both welker and hogan. they were killing us we had a hard time defending them so bill said wow they must be good. lets bring them in. because seeing someone play live against your team is the best way to judge how good they really are. certainly better that watching film.

    I agree with the sentiment that teams do factor in on some level how the player played against them but to use hogan as an example is terrible. He was not killing NE. Welker May have been, I’m not sure but I can assure you that Hogan was not killing the Pats. He’s a good wr who looks far superior on that team because of the qb and offensive system in place: I’m not saying he’s be crap elsewhere but he is far superior in NE then he would be anywhere else

  40. @hbudgess in order to get Comp Picks to Bridgewater and Bradford they would have to tag them. You can’t tag all three. Those two didn’t do enough to earn compensatory picks.

  41. Good grief, can we at least let him play the next game before we lose him? All you so called experts act as if its Keenums decision or Shurmurs decision if he leaves. It’s not. It’s the Vikings decision. If he does well in the playoffs they will just place the franchise tag on him and it doesn’t matter what anyone else wants, he’ll stay a Viking.

  42. I could see Arizona signing Case Keenum. Their is no way the Vikings will pay him 25-28M on the franchise tag nor will any team pay Case Keenum that kinda of money. Zimmer absolutely loves Teddy, with Bridgewater healthy I think Zimmer will push to sign Teddy long term, Keenum will go elsewhere. Arizona will most definitely sign either Case keenum or trade a 2nd round pick to KC for top 10 QB Alex Smith, either QB will make Arizona an instant playoff contender as they already have a championship defense in place that is absolutely loaded & offensively Arizona has a lot of very nice pieces in place including the best RB/WR in the game in David Johnson, including 11 draft picks along with roughly 60$M in cap space (once they release a couple more expensive aged veteran players w/ cap going up again) to build up the offense with even more talent.

  43. Keenum should already be signed. Bridgewater is a question mark. Bradford is a question mark. They are looking a gift horse in the mouth, and it’s going to bite them.

  44. there’s no reason to think Teddy wouldn’t have had similar success.
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    The shredded knee coupled with his sub-par arm strength is one reason.

  45. So many factors go into who the Vikings have starting at QB next season. I do believe it will be either Case or Teddy, and either one I’m happy with. The Vikings are a true team, their starting QB isn’t as important as it would be to other NFL teams. They’ll continue to be successful with either. Now finish what you started this season Vikes!

  46. Rodgers walks into A Barr says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    I’m sure Keenum is chomping at the bit to play on a sub-.500 team with a 34-year old WR and 33-year old RB.
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    Arizona has the best RB in the game in Elite All-Pro David Johnson, who doubles as an elite #2WR and is just 25yrs old not 33, Johnson also makes any QB look a lot better than they are. Try again smart guy, Adrian Peterson will be let go an AZ will save his 4M dollar salary toward the cap. Arizona also has excellent young RB/WR TJ Logan possesing 4.3 speed they are extremely high on. That 33yr old WR Larry Fitzgerald you are talking down on has 3 back to back 1000+YD/100+ catch Pro Bowl seasons, is still playing at an Elite level and has shown zero signs of slowing. Arizona also has #2/#3 WR Jaron Brown, two excellent deep threats In WR John Brown (4.31 40) who will be 100% healthy next season and JJ Nelson (4.27 40), along with two very good receiving TE’s which Shurmur’s offense highlights (BA”s didnt) in 6″5 TE Jermaine Gresham and extremely talented young 22yr old TE Ricky Jones-Seals who is going to be one of the top receiving TE’s in the league, he is on the come up. Arizona has a ton of talent offensively, and they will have about 60M$ in cap space once a couple aged expensive veterans are let go with the cap going up again along with 11 draft picks with two picks in rounds 3/4/5/7, along with an elite young defense AZ just retooled last year. So yea I think any QB would love going there, with Arizona bringing in a good veteran QB along with drafting one high this year Arizona will be an instant playoff contender again in the west.

  47. Teddy is a very likable guy no doubt. My worry is with his durability. If his knee can blow-up by planting his leg for a pass- no saying what could happen on the field. Mobility was a big part of Teddy’s play and I’d think he’d be quite hesitant to do that now and he should be. Teddy also has a very light frame. Bradford is the best passer of them all- but his knee problems keep coming back to haunt him. Case is the hot hand right now and has the mobility that Bradford never had- seems to be tough too.

  48. im sick of vikings fans crying for bridgewater. keenum extends plays and always seems to make the scrappy play at just the right time. on occasion to me when 5 played he looked like he was just going through the motions and trying to not screw up. case has brought the offense to a new level after losing cook to boot. are you a teddy bridgewater fan or a minnesota vikings fan? i mean, i loved bledsoe too, but brady was better. the same applies in this instance.

  49. edenprairieballer says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    at this point in their careers Case Keenum is a better Quarterback than Drew Brees. Don’t believe me? look at this years’ stats.
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    I don’t believe you. I don’t need to look at the stats, but I will anyway. Drew Brees set an NFL record for completion percentage this year while also averaging 8.1 yards per attempt.

  50. Saints were .500 team the last 6 games of the year, they haven’t won a road game in 2 months, QB is 1-4 in road playoff games
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    Wrong Brees is 2-4 in road playoff games which is still no that great. But if you’re going to dog a first ballot HOFer you might want to get your facts straight

  51. The ability of Pat Shurmur to recruit anybody is over-rated. He’s a great OC, but that’s not enough to recruit a guy to a team just beginning what could be a long rebuild in a division where all the teams, including the 49ers now, look much better than the Cards.

    I’m guessing Case will prefer to stick with a Super Bowl team whose window is just opening, with a top defense to back him up, top weapons Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, etc., etc., and a still improving OL.

  52. dadindebt6 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 10:17am

    If it ends up being Keenum’s decision, I wonder how much the weather difference will play into his decision making?
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    If by “weather” you mean MONEY… it will make a difference where he ends up.

  53. The playoffs are where the wheat gets separated from the chaff and truthfully, no one knows how Case Keenum is going to perform. I realize the Purple Kook Aid Drinkers are buying Superbowl tickets before the first playoff game but the Vikings have a very rich history in finding ways to blow playoff games ranging from Drew Pearson pushing off, to 12 men in the huddle, to kickers missing their first kick all season to missing a kick from 27 yards out, the Vikings have show great creativity in that dept.

    So I eagerly await this year’s performance and more specifically, Case Keenum’s role in the game. Something unusual is about to happen, I doubt it will similar to the Vikings 41-0 playoff loss to the Giants but then again, it could be worse.

  54. at this point in their careers Case Keenum is a better Quarterback than Drew Brees. Don’t believe me? look at this years’ stats.
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    I didn’t know Brees had 3 games with NO TD’S, 4 Games with ONE TD and only one game with 4 TD’s this year. I’m not a saints fan but to even mention Keenum in the same Breath as Drew Brees is a joke.

  55. Well, it may not be Keenum. Bridgewater, Keenum, and Bradford are ALL free agents after this season.

    So the Vikings are going to have to make a decision of their own. Which 1 or 2 do they keep, if any? They too may want to dip into free agency or the draft.

    One thing Keenum has going for him regarding the Cardinals and Shurmur is that Keenum took to the Vikings VR program really well, and the Cardinals have been using that for 2-3 years now. It’s also possible the other two might have done well with it as well.

    So, IF the Cardinals get Shurmur they likely will have an opportunity to sign at least one of the Vikings QB’s. If any of them have the same coach and same VR setup, it would help ease the transition to a new team.

  56. This STILL doesn’t change the fact that in 57 years of being a franchise, the Minnesota Vikings have never won a championship!! ZERO!!!

    Purple is for little girls with long blonde hair!!! You bring shame to the name Viking!!!! SKOLOLOL!!!!!!

  57. We get Delvin Cook back next year. Plus Diggs plus Thielen plus Rudolph. Case isn’t going anywhere.

  58. Like Philly, Team Purple (Vikings) are “one and done.”

    Drew “DaBreeze” Brees is a Top 5 quarterback. No amount of defense is going to keep DaBreeze from scoring. Who wants to bet that Jimmy Graham returns to Gnawlins next season?

    Saints 27
    Team Purple 19

  59. wallabear says:
    January 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Like Philly, Team Purple (Vikings) are “one and done.”
    Drew “DaBreeze” Brees is a Top 5 quarterback. No amount of defense is going to keep DaBreeze from scoring. Who wants to bet that Jimmy Graham returns to Gnawlins next season?
    Saints 27
    Team Purple 19
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    Brees is 3-3 over his last six so not so certain he “can’t be stopped”

  60. usdcoyotesfan says:
    January 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm
    This STILL doesn’t change the fact that in 57 years of being a franchise, the Minnesota Vikings have never won a championship!! ZERO!!!

    Purple is for little girls with long blonde hair!!! You bring shame to the name Viking!!!! SKOLOLOL!!!!!!
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    Vikings have 1 NFL championship.

    Its in the NFL record book.

    You have more than enough time to look it up during the Packers postseason

  61. Carolina played a better game against the Saints than when they beat the Vikings. I think the Saints will be ramped up to an even higher intensity level against the Vikings. They want to beat Atlanta again in the Super Dome next week and I think they’ll reach that goal… before Drew gets another Super Bowl win.

  62. sb44champs says:
    January 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Saints were .500 team the last 6 games of the year, they haven’t won a road game in 2 months, QB is 1-4 in road playoff games
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    Wrong Brees is 2-4 in road playoff games which is still no that great. But if you’re going to dog a first ballot HOFer you might want to get your facts straight
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    Actually, Brees is 1-4 in road playoff games. The Super Bowl doesn’t count as a road game. If you’re going to defend a first ballot HOTer you might want to get your facts straight.

  63. I have watched football for a long time. I have seen quarterbacks have one massively successful year, only to flounder thereafter. It’s not a short list either. Seen many get paid big money only to flop. Keenum hasn’t proven anything yet. Too bad the Vikings don’t have him under contract for next season so they can see if this season is a fluke. Would be funny if they hit him with a huge contract only to have him revert back to his old self next year. Especially if Bradford and Bridgewater went elsewhere.

  64. edenprairieballer says:
    January 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    at this point in their careers Case Keenum is a better Quarterback than Drew Brees. Don’t believe me? look at this years’ stats.

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    Put down the pipe

  65. Wow, I usually don’t like to comment on vike stories, but I gotta say, I’m a little surprised at how you are all ripping Teddy. The guy came back from a horrific injury. How about giving him some props for that. Besides, you might be seeing him back in action sooner than you think.

  66. If Shurmur leaves, the Vikings should apply the non-exclusive Franchise Tag to Keenum. One of the following would happen:
    A) He’s plays 2018 at a Franchise Tag rate and you get more evidence to determine his real value in a long term deal
    B) You negotiate a long term deal with him
    C) Someone else negotiates a deal with him and the Vikes get Compensated with Picks
    D) If the Vikes settled on a different QB, simply revoke the Tag later in the Offseason (Carolina/Josh Norman style)
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    I would like to comment on a) of your list. That’s exactly what the Redskins did with Cousins and most people thought at the time it was a good idea. Now everybody says “they should of signed him to a long term deal”. People talk out of both sides of their neck.

  67. Personally I believe the key to who wins this game will come down to which O-Line holds up the best. Both QB’s can burn you with 4-5 secs or more of protection. And both passing games can be compromised by a strong rush. I think these are 2 evenly matched teams, very similar styles of offense. I’m taking N.O. in a squeaker. 24-20
    I like Brees experience and Kamara is a game changer when he slants or gets a screen pass.

  68. If Keenum leaves so what. Bridgewater will do as good if not better. If Keenum thinks he’s going to get 20 million from the Vikings he’s high. This team is built bottom to top. That’s what has made Case Keenum successful and he knows it.

  69. Keenum will not regress. If given better protection he’ll be even better.
    Keenum and Bridgewater were both paid about 2 mil so a maybe 6th red comp pick is not in the equation. Bradford on the other hand would likely yield a 3rd. You try to keep case for @15 mil and teddy for 10 with incentives.

  70. I could see the Vikings getting Sam signed cheap. Resigning Case at a moderate cost and letting Teddy go. I hear plenty of comments here about people being suspect about Keenum’s ability. Teddy has never has played that well for the Vikings. It is a shame because Teddy did look like he was improving. But the Bengals game this year was brutal. The Bengals had already quit and he looked bad.

  71. silentcount says:
    January 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Carolina played a better game against the Saints than when they beat the Vikings.
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    The Vikings were on the last of 3 consecutive road games and played poorly. The Panthers beat the Vikings by 7. As far as the Panthers playing the Saints tough. They sat in a zone and let Brees throw over the middle all day. They made zero adjustments. Kuechley looked terrible that Saints game as well. I am not so sure about that.

  72. cem53 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:25 am

    It seems like Case is under appreciated in Minnesota and Zimmer is waiting for him to screw up so that he has a reason to replace him with Bridgewater.
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    Based on what? Because Zimmer won’t play along with the local negative media in the TC? Nonsense you aren’t giving Zimmer the credit he deserves.

  73. If Keenum continues to play well in the playoffs, there is no way the Vikings let him walk in Free Agency. Keenum is playing the position better than any Viking QB under the age of 35 since Culpepper in 2004, and thus far, he had not shown Culpepper’s tendency to play like an All-Pro one week and a flunkie the next. Hopefully the Vikings can keep Bridgewater for at least one more year, but unless Keenum plays his way out of the starter role, he’ll be their QB for the foreseeable future.

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