Case Keenum feels there’s “unfinished business” in Minnesota

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The Vikings aren’t playing in Super Bowl LII at their stadium this Sunday because a successful season came crashing to an end when the Eagles beat them 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game.

Falling short of the biggest game of the year is something that “still really stings” quarterback Case Keenum almost two weeks later. That’s left the impending free agent with the desire to take that next step with the Vikings in the future.

“We love Minnesota, we love it here, we love the season we had, we definitely feel like there’s some unfinished business with how things ended,” Keenum said on 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis. “At the same time, we understand tough decisions have to be made and so we’ll see what happens.”

Sam Bradford will also be a free agent and Teddy Bridgewater could join them on the open market if he avoids having his contract tolled after spending six weeks on the physically unable to perform list this season. The Vikings’ decision about who they will choose to help finish the job in 2018 will be one of the biggest storylines in the league once the Super Bowl is over.

88 responses to “Case Keenum feels there’s “unfinished business” in Minnesota

  1. Unfortunately for Case, the way the Eagles completely dominated his offense – and his entire team – puts a sizable ding in the “all of a sudden he’s a franchise QB” narrative. Keenum was definitely part of the problem as opposed to the solution.

  2. Rodgers is unhappy with McCarthy and company. So send him to San Fran where initially wanted to play (McCarthy screwed that up for him too). Seems like Garropolo loves the big city, so ship Garropolo to Minnesota, and Minnesota sends two of the three to Green Bay. Everyone’s happy, except for some of the fans.

  3. Keeneum didn’t look any worse against Philly than, say, Peyton Manning did in his first SB with Denver.

    Everyone panics over a bad game and forgets a great season. He’s better and more durable than the other two QBs they had this year. I think Bradford’s the best of the bunch, but would come at a higher price and more risk.

  4. If by unfinished business you mean a trade, well then, yeah… there’s some unfinished business in Minnesota.

    Vikings are back to mediocre next year. The stars aligned for them and all that – this was their window of opportunity – and Philly slammed it on their fingers. (Or they slammed it on their own fingers. Fingers smashed either way.)

  5. Its true, there is unfinished business in Minnesota. What he fails to point out is the obvious, there has been unfinished business for 57 straight years now and with only one game to win to play for the Lombardi Trophy on their home turf, when the Vikings were favored and playing a 2nd string QB, they allowed the Eagles to completely dismantled them and beat them by 31 points.

    Now the unfinished business for 31 teams after Sunday and the Vikings are tasked with re-signing the right QB and figuring out why the Vikings always lose in the playoffs. The two might be related.

  6. I think the Vikings could make a strong “Case” for bringing Keenum back next year. (See what I did there?)

  7. The got shellacked by the Eagles, but shouldn’t have even made it that far if not for a gift by the NO secondary.

    In other words, they aren’t that close to the top of the conference.

  8. tokyosandblaster says:
    February 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    Hahaha.

    Yes there is. And it will be “unfinished” for another 50+ years.
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    Dear Mr Chokyosandblaster, Perhaps yes, perhaps no, but for sure, the Vikings will be the team that causes the end of the Packers hopes every year, just like in the 70’s!!!
    Have a nice day, please play again.

  9. tokyosandblaster says:
    February 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    Hahaha.

    Yes there is. And it will be “unfinished” for another 50+ years.

    Lol
    ****************

    And yet, the one thing the Vikings did finish this year was the Packers. Beat em not once, but twice. So there’s that. See ya next year.

  10. The cuckoo clock struck 12 for Keenum in Philadelphia. The Vikings now have a glass slipper, and they are out looking for a quarterback who can fit it. Will it be Keenum, Bridgewater, Bradford or Kirk Cousins? Problem for Keenum is that his prince charming has left and gone to New York. Stay tuned.

  11. Yeah, the Packers sucked this year. Next year, they won’t be very good either. Old and slow, and really not very talented. And their QB is broken. 13 screws in the throwing shoulder. Ouch. Don’t tell me he will be the same. No way, not at his age.

  12. walker1191 says:

    February 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    The got shellacked by the Eagles, but shouldn’t have even made it that far if not for a gift by the NO secondary.

    In other words, they aren’t that close to the top of the conference.

    ———————

    NFC Playoff Teams (excluding the Vikings):
    Eagles, Rams, Saints, Panthers, and Falcons

    Vikings played a total of six games against these teams and went 4-2 (ahem – with a third string QB and having their starting running back out). Along with that, one of the losses occurred on the third game of arguably the toughest three game road stretch for any team in league. How do you consider them not close to the top of the conference? I’m open for discussion but I feel like you lost this one, bud.

  13. leroysbutler says:
    February 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    The window has closed. Purples looking to win the off-season again.
    —-
    Packer fans locked up the off-season championship by week 9 of the regular season.

  14. tons of FAs want to join the Vikings so they can play with a winner…can’t blame them…gonna be an exciting offseason for the purple and gold…meanwhile the Pack hoping they can add a little defense and maybe break 500 and get out of third place….

  15. Keeneum didn’t look any worse against Philly than, say, Peyton Manning did in his first SB with Denver

    Manning had an illustrious resume that allowed him a bad game here and there. That’s the difference.

  16. How do you consider them not close to the top of the conference?

    They didn’t belong in that game, and they proved it.

  17. As a long time Vikes fan I say keep Keenum. Something tells me he’ll take a contract well under the franchise tag # and feels at home in the twin cities. For the first time in a long time (since Brad Johnson or Rich Gannon) we have a QB that has grown organically to take over the position. He wasn’t anointed savior i.e. Culpepper, Ponder, Moon, George, Jackson. He earned it, it’s something unique to the Vikings and feels good to watch. He’s had to prove himself since college and I think he’ll keep that work ethic/chip on his shoulder as long as he’s in the NFL. Keep this guy around Vikings, he’s a winner.

  18. The Vikings still have a tough defense, something the Packers do not have. All they need is is a good QB, instead of a hall of famer like Rodgers, Brady or Brees, and they should be favorites to win the division again next season.

  19. Hard to understand why the purples have any disdain for the guy. Best QB they’ve had on that team in years. They’ll miss him when he’s gone.

  20. Yep there is — same old, same old. The Vikes blew a pretty dang good opportunity no doubt, and there is no certainty they’ll be back in the NFC Championship game or make a deep playoff run. But the core is young, there were a bunch of all-pros/pro bowlers and a solid draft, and they made it that far with a back-up QB, so the future isn’t bleak. It’s not like we have a 34 year old QB, aging WRs, new defensive and offensive staffs, new GM and pro-bowl/all pro players you can count on less than one hand.

  21. Sorry Case. You had your chance and you blew it on the biggest stage yet. After the showing in the NFC championship you should take any offers from any team you can, or you can sign the low ball offer to be Teddy’s backup.

  22. fartweasel says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:
    February 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    Hahaha.

    Yes there is. And it will be “unfinished” for another 50+ years.

    Lol
    ****************

    And yet, the one thing the Vikings did finish this year was the Packers. Beat em not once, but twice. So there’s that. See ya next year.
    ___________________________________

    You see, you guys actually did win your Super Bowl this season.
    Two of them, in fact.
    This award will look just fabulous in your new McStadium’s trophy case.
    You can put it right next to the one received for the Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle.

  23. richardmswartz says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Minnesota has a brutal schedule next season.
    ———————-
    If the Vikings have a brutal schedule, then the entire NFC north has a brutal schedule because it’s the same schedule with the exception of two games.

  24. funny. locally here the way rodgers said they should have consulted with him, letting van pelt go, and he said he wants to play into his 40s, like brady, and he said “if i finish my career somewhere other than green bay, so be it”. he doesn’t sound all that enamored with green bay. just like when favre left. omg the packer fans turned on him like a pack of hungry wolves. and when he went to the vikings, the packer “faithful” lost their collective minds. same thing will happen to prince rodgers. let say he ends up at chicago, or god forbid, the death star new england when brady is done, the pack fans will hate his guts. i’ll get my popcorn ready for that one. as far as keenum. i hope he stays with minny. he did a helluva job this season!

  25. purpleguy says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    Yep there is — same old, same old. The Vikes blew a pretty dang good opportunity no doubt, and there is no certainty they’ll be back in the NFC Championship game or make a deep playoff run. But the core is young, there were a bunch of all-pros/pro bowlers and a solid draft, and they made it that far with a back-up QB, so the future isn’t bleak. It’s not like we have a 34 year old QB, aging WRs, new defensive and offensive staffs, new GM and pro-bowl/all pro players you can count on less than one hand.
    ====================
    The Packers are changing, and most folks outside of Minny see these changes for the better. As soon as Minny has to resign it’s stars, and actually pay for a QB, that nice cap space will be gone and/or your stars will leave for more money. Wash, rinse, repeat.

  26. Viking fans love Case but we’re smart enough to know that signing him to a big-money contract would be very risky. History shows that undrafted backup quarterbacks don’t all of a sudden turn into stars very often. If he wants to stay in Minnesota, he’ll probably have to take less money than he could make elsewhere, maybe a lot less. It’s a good situation here but he has to decide if he wants to follow the money or stick with what works. I would love to see Case and Teddy back and competing for the starting job, but I doubt that would work out.

  27. richardmswartz says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Minnesota has a brutal schedule next season.

    —————————-

    Strength of schedule is overrated. Looks at the NFC playoff field this year, 5 of 6 teams didn’t make the playoffs the previous season.

  28. wafflestomp says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    fartweasel says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:
    February 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    Hahaha.

    Yes there is. And it will be “unfinished” for another 50+ years.

    Lol
    ****************

    And yet, the one thing the Vikings did finish this year was the Packers. Beat em not once, but twice. So there’s that. See ya next year.
    ___________________________________

    You see, you guys actually did win your Super Bowl this season.
    Two of them, in fact.
    This award will look just fabulous in your new McStadium’s trophy case.
    You can put it right next to the one received for the Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle

    ////////////////

    Everyone knows that the Vikings sweeping the pack eats you up. Get ready, going to happen next year too.

  29. allight59 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    tons of FAs want to join the Vikings so they can play with a winner…can’t blame them…gonna be an exciting offseason for the purple and gold…meanwhile the Pack hoping they can add a little defense and maybe break 500 and get out of third place….
    ________________________

    Looking to break .500?
    The Packers have had just 3 losing seasons in the last 26 years and the Barneys have just been perineal winning stalwarts. skoLOL!

    Thanks, I haven’t laughed this much since a couple of Sundays ago.

  30. Case Keenum feels there’s “unfinished business” in Minnesota…..

    Don’t worry Case….the Eagles are here to finish it for you. And they brought that “scrub” Foles with them. Seems like yesterday when everyone in purple were saying “1 and done Eagles” and “The easiest path to the super bowl is thru philly”…Keenum is a backup QB…NOTHING MORE.

  31. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    Viking fans love Case but we’re smart enough to know
    _______________________________________

    Sorry, couldn’t even get through the first line of your post.

  32. The Vikings don’t have an OC. They don’t have a QB. They have a questionable RB. They have CB issues. They have several me-first contract extension issues. They have a lot to deal with, as much or more than the Packers. They have their work cut out for them if they plan to finish higher than the Packers in the North Division.

    The preseason prognosticators (not me,) that make their living studying things of this nature (not me,) will have the Packers ranked higher than the Vikings next year.

    Watch and see.

  33. wafflestomp says:
    February 2, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    Viking fans love Case but we’re smart enough to know
    _______________________________________

    Sorry, couldn’t even get through the first line of your post.

    ————————–

    Too many big words for the Waffle to comprehend there?

  34. In Teddy We Trust says:

    Viking fans love Case but we’re smart enough to know that signing him to a big-money contract would be very risky…

    **********************

    Is it more risky than 20-25 mil a year for Cousins? Factor in the other scenario about keeping both Teddy and Case -for less than Cousins- and the risk is cut in half. I’ve flushed all the worry and emotion about Case (you’re right, we do love that guy) because Rick Spielman has repeatedly said over spending for one player would limit their ability to keep the core players signed. Not just *these* core players, but all of the ones to follow. My guess is Vikes resign Keenum, almost because they have to. Next would be Teddy, who is less of a risk than Bradford (IMO). Would anyone be shocked if they kept Sam and let everyone else go? I wouldn’t.

    Packer fans are tolerated because of GB’s history and their great QB. Eagles have neither.

  35. birdsin2018 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 7:11 pm
    Case Keenum feels there’s “unfinished business” in Minnesota…..

    Don’t worry Case….the Eagles are here to finish it for you. And they brought that “scrub” Foles with them. Seems like yesterday when everyone in purple were saying “1 and done Eagles” and “The easiest path to the super bowl is thru philly”…Keenum is a backup QB…NOTHING MORE.

    —————————

    Get out in streets a.s.a.p. all the Philly guys are lubing up their poles for when the Eagles fans climb on.

  36. Vikings record in 2016:
    8-8

    Vikings record in 2017:
    13-3

    Improving.

    You don’t change an offensive line overnight. They got better this year. Spend the offseason getting better again. Case is good enough to help make another run. Bradford if too, IF he could stay healthy. He was actually better than Case, but he got hurt way too much.

  37. richardmswartz says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Minnesota has a brutal schedule next season.

    then so does chicago, detroit, and the team with the refs in their hip pockets

  38. Case came up empty in the big game. That’s been a tradition with the Vikings. And we Packers fans love it!!
    The best part is, the Super Bowl is being held at their house and they’re not in it!!!!

  39. why are packer fans posting on viking stories? theyve beaten you 4 out of the last 5. won the division 2 out of the last 3. how many points did your team score last time you played them at your home field of lamblow? you and your team are irrelevant. but it is kinda nice seeing back out from under your rock since week 5 so everyone can rip on you.

  40. packrh8tr says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    why are packer fans posting on viking stories?
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Why are you?

  41. Yes, Packers have won the Superbowl. But let’s talk about things that have happened since the invention of Siri.

    Vikings are on the way up, or at a minimum, in a “window”. Packers are on their way down. Rodgers turns 35 during the next football season. No spring chicken.

    Clay Matthews hasn’t played a full season in 3 years. Jordy Nelson turns 33 this spring, and hamstring and ACL injuries are catching up with him.

  42. leatherface2012 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Minnesota has a brutal schedule next season.

    then so does chicago, detroit, and the team with the refs in their hip pockets
    _________________________________________________________

    Except of course for those 2 schedule based games that will have the Vikes playing 1st place teams. Why is it not surprising a purple wouldn’t know that?

  43. Funny how Packers fans are still talking about last year and the “What ifs”. While most Vikings fans are looking forward to 2018.Packers days are numbered,bad drafting,mismanagement of the secondary, lack of depth on the O line

  44. Funny how Packers fans are still talking about last year and the “What ifs”. While most Vikings fans are looking forward to 2018.Packers days are numbered,bad drafting,mismanagement of the secondary, lack of depth on the O line

  45. Funny how Packers fans are still talking about last year and the “What ifs”. While most Vikings fans are looking forward to 2018.Packers days are numbered,bad drafting,mismanagement of the secondary, lack of depth on the O line,an average HC. There was a reason Minny and Philly met in the NFCCG with back up QBs. Its called good coaching.Something the Packers lack.

  46. stellarperformance says:
    February 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    The Vikings don’t have an OC. They don’t have a QB. They have a questionable RB. They have CB issues. They have several me-first contract extension issues. They have a lot to deal with, as much or more than the Packers. They have their work cut out for them if they plan to finish higher than the Packers in the North Division.

    The preseason prognosticators (not me,) that make their living studying things of this nature (not me,) will have the Packers ranked higher than the Vikings next year.

    Watch and see.
    ———————–
    Since when does the preseason ranking mean anything?
    Why are you focused on preseason rankings?

  47. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:39 pm
    leatherface2012 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Minnesota has a brutal schedule next season.

    then so does chicago, detroit, and the team with the refs in their hip pockets
    _________________________________________________________

    Except of course for those 2 schedule based games that will have the Vikes playing 1st place teams. Why is it not surprising a purple wouldn’t know that?
    ———————-
    The strength of schedule argument is foolish. Vikings will play the Saints. The packers will play Atlanta. How does this separate a killer schedule from a non killer schedule?

  48. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    Since when does the preseason ranking mean anything?
    Why are you focused on preseason rankings?
    ///////////////////////////////

    Personally, I couldn’t care less about preseason rankings. I’m just pointing out the fact……….the Vikings don’t have anything on the Packers, and nobody else thinks so either.

  49. Keenum had a great season and hopefully he turns down more lucrative deals elsewhere and accepts a reasonable contract to stay and be a back up to Bridgewater or Bradford or both. Unfortunately if all 3 are healthy Keenum is probably a third string QB, but with injuries you never know, look at this year.

  50. Packers should consider signing him, as Rodgers will demand a trade this offseason or next offseason. You know that trade request is coming, packer fans. Rodgers has been passively criticizing the packers president and coach for several years. He wants out.

  51. Vikings flopped so bad their last game I only went to it to check the score.

    Still it seems like bad football karma not to make a 1-2 year commitment to him and keep building, not sure who they imagine they can get that would be better, Sam Glassman Bradford for 2 games?

    If bums like Mike glennon and Brock osweiler get paid keenum should.

    Something tells me they will lowball him and tell Bridgewater he’s not a FA

  52. TheWizard says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    How do you consider them not close to the top of the conference?

    They didn’t belong in that game, and they proved it.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    The Vikings first 25 plays against the Eagles was scripted, and they scored on a long drive,
    After that, it was easy to see the mind of the Vikings OC wasn’t even in the same state! It was in NY thinking of the Giants!

  53. TheWizard says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    Keeneum didn’t look any worse against Philly than, say, Peyton Manning did in his first SB with Denver

    Manning had an illustrious resume that allowed him a bad game here and there. That’s the difference.

    =======================

    You’re missing my meaning. I’m talking about the illusion of having hit a wall or “being exposed”, as some have described Keenum’s performance against Philly. Could any QB have looked more at a loss and out of answers as Manning did against Seattle? It was horrible. Dreadful. He looked washed up. Then he won the SB two years later.

    The message isn’t that Keenum is the same as Manning. It’s to not judge potential on one game.

  54. nyneal says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    Case came up empty in the big game. That’s been a tradition with the Vikings. And we Packers fans love it!!
    The best part is, the Super Bowl is being held at their house and they’re not in it!!!!
    *****
    Meanwhile the Packers will NEVER play a Super Bowl in their house. Their teeny, tiny town doesn’t have enough hotel rooms (or double-wide trailers) for visitors and their teeny, time airport can’t handle more than one big jet plane at a time. And instead of the Mall of America, the best Green Bay could do is have hold activities at the local Shopko or Fleet Farm.

  55. Case had a wonderful season and there’s no denying that but I’m not sure that can continue. Lots of times he was making unbelievable throws off of his back foot, usually those are interceptions.
    I personally would go after cousins being the vikings front office. However if they wanted to keep one of those three i think it should be teddy. I think profootball had an article last week where one of the starting defensive players for the vikings said teddy was throwing dimes on them every practice. Sounds like he has control and respect from the locker room.

  56. Move along Case, your play towards the end of the season dropped off and yet you held the team hostage from making a switch at QB by playing just well enough. We know you can’t get us over the hump, so let the Vikes try someone else.

  57. Its funny how you Vikings fan keep talking smack, didn’t you learn anything from the Championship game, I never seen a fan base talk so much smack and not be able to back it up. You guys talked smack all week and then had your butts handed to you. Keep yacking it up its all you have. SKOLOL

  58. nyneal says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    Case came up empty in the big game. That’s been a tradition with the Vikings. And we Packers fans love it!!

    //////////////////

    Kinda like us watching you getting bounced out of the playoffs 6 years in a row, then not making the playoffs. The packers new tradition!!!!!!!!

  59. Shurmur was already out the door the NY and really didn’t focus on the game. That was obvious. Zimmer was exposed because he played the same defense that he did against the Saints that the Saints carved up at the end of the game. Zim did nothing to change it. Philly prepared for it and beat the Vikings into a bloody pulp. Case had caught lighting in a bottle. I don’t think it will repeat though. What do I know. I’m a babbling fat bald fool who is so used to the Vikings eventual collapse that I would have no idea how to handle them actually not falling to pieces.

  60. There def was unfinished business in Minnesota….. by the Saints.
    It was a fluke win and they showed that they didn’t deserve to be in the game with that terrible performance in Philly.

  61. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    February 2, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Minnesota has a brutal schedule next season.

    then so does chicago, detroit, and the team with the refs in their hip pockets
    _________________________________________________________

    Except of course for those 2 schedule based games that will have the Vikes playing 1st place teams. Why is it not surprising a purple wouldn’t know that?
    ———————-
    The strength of schedule argument is foolish. Vikings will play the Saints. The packers will play Atlanta. How does this separate a killer schedule from a non killer schedule?
    ———————————————–

    Are you making the argument that facing the Saints at home and going to Philly is the same as: the Bears hosting TB & going to NY, the Lions hosting Car & going to Dallas and GB hosting Atl & going to Wash? I’m a Pats fan and I know I’d rather they have any of the other 3 teams in the AFCN’s 2 games than MN’s. The Bears matchups look particularly non-threatening

  62. How many BACKUP QBs have ONE really good season and then they sign a big contract and fail…Ask Brock Osweiler, Jeff Hostetler, A.J. Feeley, Matt Cassel, Mark Rypien. I can only think of a very few Mark Brunell’s out there. Case had a better team in Houston and failed. All for him cashing in..why not? But let’s not fool ourselves. He got exposed.

  63. Both the Eagles and the Pats are better than the Vikings this year. They are going to have to improve that roster to go up against teams like that.

  64. pushn50 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:24 pm
    The Packers are changing,
    ))))))))))))))))))

    Are you talking about the possibility that Rodgers does what SAS was talking about demanding a trade? Goes to Az and plays for the Cards where his girl lives?

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