Vikings have no specific timetable for naming a starter

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As the Browns prepare to play their first preseason game with coach Mike Pettine publicly acknowledging that he hopes to name a starting quarterback before the third one, the Vikings have no similar timetable.

More accurately, there’s no timetable at all — at least not one that is known outside the coaching staff.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph recently told PFT Live that the players would like to know the identity of the starter as soon as possible, so that tehy can begin working with him more closely.  But the players and everyone else will have to continue to be patient as the Vikings study what went right and what went wrong for Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason opener.

Cassel has emerged from that game with the apparent edge, but it’s possible that Cassel will need to establish a clear edge before he’ll get the starting job.

The safest guess would be that the Week One starter will be named not long after the third preseason game.  If it’s Cassel, look for him to be on a shorter leash once the real games begin.  If it’s Bridgewater, the Vikings are less likely to sit him down if he struggles.

32 responses to “Vikings have no specific timetable for naming a starter

  1. There is no rush. All three should be getting equal snaps and a fair evaluation. The starter for the last 2 seasons deserves a chance to prove he should keep the job.

    I’m sure we will hear from the locals how great QB by committee works for them. It really is simple to have a 1st down QB, a 2nd down QB, and a 3rd down QB.

    The QB spot is important so taking part of the season to decide is no problem.

  2. Being put into a situation where he can build his confidence as a QB is what is best for Bridgewater, as well as other rookie QBs. For guys like Manziell and Bridgewater, they can both probably start Week 1 and play reasonably well, but to put them in the best position to succeed may involve sitting them for the first couple games in favor of the veteran QB options. Bridgewater should watch and learn the different nuances of how games in the NFL transpire, and what is expected of the QB position in terms of leading the team to success.

    Some rookie QBs fare quite well when thrown immediately into the fire, but most of them should be given an opportunity to watch how an NFL game unfolds from the outside, that way they have a better understanding of what they should do when given their chance to play. *Starting QBs in the past have stated that during a time when they were injured and viewing the game “from the outside” so to speak, they got to see the game from a different perspective, and it helped them when they returned to the field.

  3. Kyle needs to run his routes and do his blocking. Earn your cash homey. Coaches will coach.

  4. Enough already! Just because they played a little preseason football is not reason enough to write the same story with the same old Rudolph quote for the new tenth time since training camp started. “Nothing has changed” is not news.

  5. I love how the regular purple trolls are in hiding already. I am sure they were hoping Bridgewater would overtake a journeyman qb but that doesn’t appear to be the case because he isn’t smart enough to pick up the offense yet. Seems to be most of the posters cant dislodge that size 12 from their mouth.

  6. Are any of you watching the Packers first preseason game?

    They marched down the field against the starters for Tennessee–without Rodgers, Nelson, or Lacy.

    Why is this important? Because the Vikings defense is nowhere near as good as the Titans defense.

    The Packers may beat the Vikings by 80.

    Then again, they’ll take the starters out in the first quarter when they’re up by 45.

  7. How about fan voting? If the Vikings want to be innovative, they should allow season ticket holders to decide who the starter should be. Take the “fans” on this site for example….they are experts. They know. They are intuitive. They are prophetic. They have all the answers. Let them decide.

  8. I used to enjoy this site, but lately any article written about the Vikings has a negative tone and on top of it, most of the posts are from idiot packer fans who apparently have nothing to do with their lives but be the first to respond to Viking articles in a negative way.


  9. If this were a true competition, Bridgewater would start the second game and whoever is going to start the season would start the third game. I think the coaches know that it’s better for a rookie to spend some time watching before being thrown into the fire, which is why I expect Cassel to start Game 2 and Game 3.

  10. rehash of research:
    “In his first NFL game, Rodgers completed two out of seven passes and was sacked twice. He continued to struggle through the preseason, before ending the preseason by converting two third downs and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Ben Steele against the Tennessee Titans.”

  11. I would rather have Teddy sit out this whole season and learn with a clipboard and headset on. I think with the way he performed in the preseason opener showed that he was getting a lot of criticism already which can hurt his confidence. Let Matt Cassell do his best this year and next season I believe Teddy will be up to par!

  12. The best thing for this year’s squad is we don’t have something called Alan Williams as a “defensive coordinator”. That guy was in way over his head.

  13. We’re going to need the defense to win games this year, but we should be alright at qb. tcf bank is beautiful by the way.

  14. Why would you have to name a starting QB when in fact it appears all 3 QB’s are obvious Hall of Fame quality. I couldn’t see how any team in the NFL could defeat the Vikings this year. Perhaps this could be the team of the century. They’re so good it would be unfair to rest of the NFL teams to allow them draft picks next year. They could be a dynasty for 20 years or more.

  15. Before judging the Vikes, remember that AP did not play. Lord knows that the Vikes were missing something!

  16. It’s good to be patient and give Bridgewater plenty of time in preseason games to show where he’s at.

    Important to keep in mind that Cassel is at his ceiling, and Bridgewater is at his floor, in terms of performance capacity.

    Giving Bridgewater more time with the first team makes a lot of sense, even if Cassel ends up starting week 1, because it’s unlikely Cassel will be the starter for very long.

  17. GenXJay says:
    Aug 10, 2014 6:21 AM
    rehash of research:
    “In his first NFL game, Rodgers completed two out of seven passes and was sacked twice. He continued to struggle through the preseason, before ending the preseason by converting two third downs and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Ben Steele against the Tennessee Titans.”

    And Rodgers ended up throwing for more than 4K yards and 28 TD’s… are you saying Bridgewater will beat those numbers his first year starting???
    Put your name on it so I can ridicule you by mid season.

  18. This is dumb, even by Viking standards. Does it truly make a difference when they name their starter? Its like arguing about what color to paint your mailbox while your house is burning down.

  19. Oh, I just can’t wait for Chris Berman…..

    “Teddy BridgeOverTroubledWater” wins the Vikings’ first Super Bowl.

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