Mike Zimmer: Sam Bradford earned right to be starter

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said before the final game of the regular season that he thought quarterback Sam Bradford did an “amazing” job after being traded to Minnesota just before the start of the regular season.

Bradford took advantage of a scheme that called for him to throw the ball short most of the time by setting a new league record for completion percentage over the course of a season. The oft-injured Bradford also remained healthy all year despite playing behind a patchwork offensive line, which may help explain why Zimmer said on Tuesday that Bradford has earned the starting job as 2017 gets underway.

“I think Sam has played great,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I think he’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback.”

Two other factors likely play a role in Zimmer’s declaration. One is the price — first- and fourth-round picks — that the Vikings paid to get him from the Eagles and the other is the ongoing uncertainty about Teddy Bridgewater’s future. While Bridgewater says he’s stronger spiritually and mentally, Zimmer says he remains without a timetable for his physical recovery and that leaves the Vikings little choice other than moving forward with Bradford.

112 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Sam Bradford earned right to be starter

  1. Or Teddy almost lost his leg due to injury that almost required Amputation? If that’s the case, Matt Cassell “earned” the starting job when Tommy blew his ACL

  2. Good job Herschel, you’ve earned the faith your coach has in you. No one’s better at dinks and dunks than you and the statistics prove it. Now go hang that record ribbon in our trophy case so there’s something in it.

  3. Listen, before we all pile on the Vikings on this post, let’s remember that no team before this year has ever had anyone hurt for any significant amount of time.

    The Vikings alone have had to bear this burden.

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  4. Short throws or not, 71.6% is impressive…and didn’t he have like 20 TDs to 5 INTs and 3800 yards? Yeah Bradford played well. Especially behind that line.

  5. He had to learn a new system.
    Was running for his life the majority of the time due to the below average O-line.
    No running game to really speak of
    and yet he survived the season relatively healthy.

    I’m no fan of Bradford but what more could expect under tough circumstances.

  6. Looks like Bridgewater may not ever get a chance to fully develop. It does not help the league in any way to have these good, young players go down and lose their chance to play.

  7. Navyvandal and aypeeswhippingstick – spoken like two people who didn’t watch the games. Dinking and dunking was necessary as an extension of running game due to OL issues all year. But on the deep passes he did throw, they were on time and dropped in, not just to a wide open receiver.

    Brees did a lot of the same thing in NO with short, quick passes being extensions of the running game.

  8. That’s just fine and dandy that Zim has faith in Sam as the starter. But Does he or any of us fans have faith in Spielman? #SpielmanNeedsToGo

  9. Sam Bradford had a career year behind one of the worst offensive lines in NFL history and the lowest ranked rushing game in the league. He earned that record the hard way and deserves it.

  10. There’s no question that Bradford’s stats has earned him a starting role.

    (FYI……Tiny hands Aaron is 14th @ 7.26 yards per pass. Bradford is 19th @ 7.02 yards per pass.)

    The biggest problem is his ability to throw TD passes.

    There was never any question about Bradford leaving Minnesota in 2017. NEVER.

  11. I’m glad Zimmer is staying, I think he is a great coach. The Vikings need to get rid of the terror that is APs insane contract that has been hurting the team for years. You can not spend that much on the rb position no matter how good that player is. Pittsburg is going to make the same mistake this off-season. The problems the Vikings have are all on the gm. They need a new one. Also Bradford was great. Give him an oline and. Think he can be really good. Maybe n9t superb owl good.

  12. Where are all the SKOL’s now? There sure was a lot of that going on during the 5-0 start when Bradford “finally had a real team”. Now that you’ve experienced the cross-eyed wonder of Sammy Sleeves you can rejoin reality.

    Throwing a 6 yard checkdown to your RB/TE on 3rd and 7 doesn’t win games.

    But hey, thanks for the 1st round pick, I’m sure Philly will use it on another WR bust.

  13. you cheesers should be a little more thankful, all these injuries made your wk 17 finale worth something. your season will be over in a week or two thanks to that secondary though. better luck next year, I guess.

    Bradford was average at best, but was decent considering the o-line, no running game and a former undrafted rookie from Mankato was his best option at WR.

    still though, average at best.

  14. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:02 PM

    The biggest problem is his ability to throw TD passes.

    Considering that’s the whole point of playing QB in the NFL, that’s a problem.

    “The biggest problem with the Titanic is it doesn’t float” but hey – it’s an amazing boat.

  15. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:17 PM
    you cheesers should be a little more thankful, all these injuries made your wk 17 finale worth something. your season will be over in a week or two thanks to that secondary though. better luck next year, I guess.
    ———————
    Oh my, injuries? You sure you don’t want to blame the refs too? Also: one and done is better than just DONE.

  16. What a strange thing to come out and say at this point in time. Sam played very well, all things considered. Bridgewater is currently unable to play and nobody knows if or when his status will change. At least the Vikings won’t have to worry about a QB for a very, very long time.

  17. NFL fans are so annoying. A first round and a fourth is not a king’s ransom for a QB of Bradford’s ability. Spielman will probably find a way to get back into the first round like he always does.

    Bradford was great this year. I can’t even count how many times they threw a pass short of the 1st down line on 3rd down. You could blame that on Bradford I guess, but as someone who watched every snap (up until I killed myself in week 14) I don’t put it entirely on him. Offensive line and play calling had just as much if not more to do with the 3rd down failures.

  18. I always like to pull for guys that get hung with a “bust” label that may not be warranted and Bradford is no exception. Before going to Minnesota, that poor guy was stuck in some of the worst possible situations for a starting quarterback; and of course the injuries sustained while in those poor situations didn’t help him any.

    I was actually happy to see him playing well in what appeared to be a better situation… until those other godforsaken mutts quit on Zimmy The Chimp. Bradford seemed not to have quit, even when just about everyone around him did. There’s got to be something said for that.

  19. Bradford is a classic case that you can make anything you want out of meaningless statistics, except make the playoffs.

    Bradford’s completion percentage was a direct function of the dink and dunk and you could make a strong argument that the dink and dunk is strongly correlated with a 3-8 record over the last 11 games.

    Where does it all get you? A seat on the couch for the playoffs, not an unfamiliar place for the Vikings and their fans alike.

  20. teal379 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:27 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:02 PM

    The biggest problem is his ability to throw TD passes.

    Considering that’s the whole point of playing QB in the NFL, that’s a problem.

    “The biggest problem with the Titanic is it doesn’t float” but hey – it’s an amazing boat.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Creepin’ Jebus! We’re only 3 days in, and we may already have “post of the year.” Well played, sir; very well played.

  21. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:49 PM
    Short throws or not, 71.6% is impressive…and didn’t he have like 20 TDs to 5 INTs and 3800 yards? Yeah Bradford played well. Especially behind that line.

    Agreed, the % is impressive but I’m sorry, if you want to be a top 1/2 QB today – you need to do more than 1.25 TD’s a game when you played the whole season.

    Especially with how lopsided the rules are to the offense these days.

  22. Here’s the only message to the Vikes that needs to get through…get a damn Offensive Line. If that means dropping Adrian’s contract for the money, then do it. He can’t even run with the sack of garbage OL they have. As far as QB goes it doesn’t matter unless the OL gets fixed. Bradford can make quicker decisions than Teddy, so he makes sense with an inferior line. But pay up for a Line…ASAP.

  23. He didnt start the year throwing short passes. After getting his ass kicked by defenders running through the 3rd O-line of the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs. I think Bradford deserves more credit than given. He took some HARD HARD hits this season and kept getting up.

  24. Bradford did very well this season. Sure, he could’ve waited for longer patterns to develop, but then he’d have been sacked 10x/game and been injured within the first few games. From what I saw, when he had the time he threw the longer patterns very well. The Vikings offense was better with him at QB than if Teddy was never injured.

    Sure he threw a lot of passes short of the first down marker. One thing I don’t ever see mentioned is that MN toots that stupid horn after every first down they get, so maybe subconsciously he avoids throwing for those.

  25. If Sam Bradford is your starting QB in 2017-2018, you won’t be winning anything in 2017-2018, bottom line

    I’ll give him credit for cutting down the turnovers. 5 in 15 games is impressive. However, lets not go crazy. He worked with these coaches before, it’s not like he had to learn a new system from scratch. Plus, once AP went down, they were a passing team (#12 in passing attempts, #25 in rushing attempts). You would think, a team with a QB completing 71.6% of his passes, they’d be ranked higher in yards, than they would in attempts. However, they are #18 in yards. That being said, he gets paid an awful lot of money if he’s not your starter

    They asked him to do what he’s good at (dink and dunk), and he did it well. I’ll give him credit for that. But that offense was anemic, all year. A lot of that is because defenses will allow you to complete a pass at the LOS, as long as they can keep them to 3 yards or less, who cares? Bradford not wanting to go downfield is a large part of that. I just don’t see how you can be a head coach of a team with an offense that bad, and 48 hours after your season is over (in large part because of the anemic offense), you are already saying he has that job

  26. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:46 PM

    Listen, before we all pile on the Vikings on this post, let’s remember that no team before this year has ever had anyone hurt for any significant amount of time.

    The Vikings alone have had to bear this burden

    *****
    What would Green Bay’s record be if Rodgers had done down before week one?

  27. Name one team in the NFL that could make the playoffs without starting qb, rb, 4 starting oline man and o coordinator.

    Vikings had worst rushing in the league and worst oline. Bradford was a bright spot for them this year.

    All things considered they did better then I thought after Peterson went down. I’d expect them to return to the playoffs next year.

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:36 PM

    teal379 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:27 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:02 PM

    The biggest problem is his ability to throw TD passes.

    Considering that’s the whole point of playing QB in the NFL, that’s a problem.

    “The biggest problem with the Titanic is it doesn’t float” but hey – it’s an amazing boat.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Creepin’ Jebus! We’re only 3 days in, and we may already have “post of the year.” Well played, sir; very well played.
    ——————————————————-
    Please note that I NEVER said Bradford was a great QB. Just said he had good STATS and enough to warrent him the starter for 2017.

    The point of playing QB is to WIN GAMES. And Bradford didn’t win enough.

    I am on record as saying that if Bradford doesn’t take the Vikes to the NFC championship game, that it would be a bad trade.

  29. I am not sure how many draft picks you can reasonably spend and get a good O-line together. I seriously think that the coaching there is lacking. We have not developed an all pro in a long time if you don’t count Kahlil’s rookie season. Many players have regressed. We don’t just need players, we need O-line coaching or it doesn’t matter who the QB is.

  30. teal379 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:27 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:02 PM

    The biggest problem is his ability to throw TD passes.

    Considering that’s the whole point of playing QB in the NFL, that’s a problem.

    “The biggest problem with the Titanic is it doesn’t float” but hey – it’s an amazing boat.
    ———————————
    This is why your point, while funny to packer fans, has no merit.

    Sam Bradford 20 TD passes. No playoffs

    Russell Wilson has 21 TD passes. Playoffs
    Brock Osweiler has 15 TD pasess. Playoffs.
    Aaron Rodgers 40 TD passes. Playoffs, barely.

    Its WINS that matter.

  31. “Name one team in the NFL that could make the playoffs without starting qb, rb, 4 starting oline man and o coordinator.”

    The Vikes got significantly better at QB with Bradford.
    It will hurt to lose the draft picks, but during the 2016 season they were better with him as their QB.

    As for the other injuries, sure, a lot of teams had injuries to key players. For example, Green Bay lost all of their RBs and cornerbacks as many as 4 deep, along with their starting TE and ILBs for big chunks of the season.

    “What would Green Bay’s record be if Rodgers had done down before week one?”

    Now that’s funny. Rodgers is probably the best player in the NFL at the most important position. Teddy was one of the lesser QBs, and the position was improved by acquiring a mediocre QB.

  32. He’s a check down Charlie and looks like he needs an ambulance after every hit. He will never take this team anywhere. And I’m a Vikings fan.

  33. Wow! Those classy Pack fans like to pile on, even when it isn’t warranted. You all like to post about all of the Vikings fans going crazy when the team was 5-0. I am sure there were a handful that were doing that.

    But, any true, hardy Minnesota sports fan knows the other shoe will drop and we tend to be cautiously optimistic at best. Many of us are optimistically pessimistic (pretty confident that things will go wrong). When the Vikings stab you in your soul so many times and we have the Twins and Wolves to constantly underperform, we expect that our teams will shat upon us. But, that’s fine, shat away. Fans of 11 of the 12 remaining teams will end up with the same or more disappointment before this is all done.

  34. I am not sure how many draft picks you can reasonably spend and get a good O-line together.

    Green Bay has managed to do it. And only Bulaga was a first round pick. Bakhtiari and Lang were fourth rounders. Linsley was a 5th. Taylor was a UFA.

    Let’s face it, Ted Thompson is a very good GM. Spielman? Not so much.

  35. all ’17 draft picks…all offense. O line, RB, WR. Guess Forbath can stay at kicker, made all 15 att’s, tho missed 3 xp. A 2nd – 2 3rds, 2 4ths, plus 5 6 and 7.

  36. djvh2 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:26 PM

    “What would Green Bay’s record be if Rodgers had gone down before week one?”

    Now that’s funny. Rodgers is probably the best player in the NFL at the most important position. Teddy was one of the lesser QBs, and the position was improved by acquiring a mediocre QB.

    *******
    You didn’t answer the question. You have no way of knowing how Bridgewater would have played this year, as he didn’t get a chance to. Did Rodgers play the same in his 3rd season as he did in season 1 or 2? As you say, the QB is probably the most important position, not just because of production, but because of leadership for the offense. Without Rodgers, you have a losing squad. Without your ever-holding seldom penalized offensive line, Rodgers would be an average QB. Give any QB 10 seconds to throw the ball and they’ll be an all star.

  37. “How can Bradford have the starting job if he’s still rehabilitating that season-ending injury everybody, and I mean everybody, said he would inevitably have?”

    Teddy’s back…. We have missed you buddy…. little depressed after that whoopin you guys got on Xmas eve. needed a little alone time in your safe place??? Glad you are back for the 58th annual off season super bowl run for your queens.

  38. You didn’t answer the question. You have no way of knowing how Bridgewater would have played this year, as he didn’t get a chance to. Did Rodgers play the same in his 3rd season as he did in season 1 or 2? As you say, the QB is probably the most important position, not just because of production, but because of leadership for the offense. Without Rodgers, you have a losing squad. Without your ever-holding seldom penalized offensive line, Rodgers would be an average QB. Give any QB 10 seconds to throw the ball and they’ll be an all star.

    Well I do know that we would at least tie the queens with a QB signed off the street just a week prior… cuz we did that.

  39. fartweasel says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:05 PM
    What would Green Bay’s record be if Rodgers had done down before week one?
    ////////////////////////////////////

    I can’t imagine it being worse than 8-8. Anybody could’ve have done as poorly as Rodgers played, in at least five games this year. Those games were equalizers for any team hoping to catch the Packers. None did.

  40. I will admit that Sam had a solid season considering the circumstances. I won’t deny that. But here is what is often overlooked with Sam … He is PUTRID in the red zone.

    I’m at work and don’t have any numbers handy, but he just doesn’t put up TD’s in the red zone frequently enough. He seems to do just fine and can make most of the throws between the 20’s, but get him inside the 20 and he just can’t seem to make the big throws. He is often too high and wild with his throws down there.

    That’s a big problem obviously and a reason why I don’t think he will get the Vikes to where they want to go.

  41. I didn’t know the Minny had made the playoffs. Or is he really talking about 9 months from now? In 9 months Bradford may not be on his team!

  42. Listen, before we all pile on the Vikings on this post, let’s remember that no team before this year has ever had anyone hurt for any significant amount of time.

    The Vikings alone have had to bear this burden.
    _________________________________________

    Seriously?

  43. It’s pretty easy to read between the lines here – Bridgewater’s injury was catastrophic, and it is not at all clear that he will never play again. If that’s the case, then the price for Bradford was pretty reasonable. Say what you like about the guy, but accurate, experienced NFL QBs are tough to find. For instance, what do you think the Raiders or Texans would give to have Bradford playing for them this coming weekend instead of what they have?

  44. whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:09 PM

    If any Viking fan thinks Bradford is the answer, the only thing I can say is the Question cannot be; “Is this what a Superbowl winning QB looks like?”
    ———————————————
    NOBODY has said Bradford is the answer.

    But Bradford IS the likely starter for 2017.
    That’s it. No more. No less.

    Packer fans sure are in hyperbole about Bradford.
    He is no Aaron Rodgers. NOBODY has even come close to making that comparison.

    But i suspect that Aaron Rodgers and the packers will once again choke from the preseason superbowl predictions hoisted upon them like every year for that last two decades.

    EPIC FAIL for the packers if they don’t win the superbowl.

  45. djvh2 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:26 PM

    “Name one team in the NFL that could make the playoffs without starting qb, rb, 4 starting oline man and o coordinator.”

    The Vikes got significantly better at QB with Bradford.
    It will hurt to lose the draft picks, but during the 2016 season they were better with him as their QB.

    As for the other injuries, sure, a lot of teams had injuries to key players. For example, Green Bay lost all of their RBs and cornerbacks as many as 4 deep, along with their starting TE and ILBs for big chunks of the season.

    green bay lost zero defensive players in 16

  46. Bradford just broke the NFL record for completion percentage on a team with no O-Line, and a terrible receiving corps. He does have a decent TE. He’s always been a great QB when healthy. Nobody’s saying he beat out Tom Brady. The coach is saying he’s earned the right to start ahead of Teddy Bridgewater. Ya think?

  47. “heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north”

    Good ol Leather…. of all the “ifs” to talk about he wants a do over on a FG and Xtra point this year. Just think about all the “ifs” that kept a trophy from your empty case. That will blow your mind. Oh wait, I’ve read your posts… now I get it.

  48. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:49 PM
    Short throws or not, 71.6% is impressive…and didn’t he have like 20 TDs to 5 INTs and 3800 yards? Yeah Bradford played well. Especially behind that line.
    ————–
    In 15 games…

  49. Skolololol says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    The Vikings are one big dumpster fire.
    ——————–
    How so? There are 15 other teams that did worse. Those teams had their QB, RB, and O-lines. It’s quite easy to see the Vikings returning to 11-5 if their O-line situation is figured out quickly.

  50. “Bradford just broke the NFL record for completion percentage on a team with no O-Line, and a terrible receiving corps.”

    wait… what…. I’ve been led to believe by all these Heidis that Minnie had a phenomenal receiving corp… something like Jordy is washed up and could not be a number 4 on the purple squad… I wonder if rookie Geronimo Allison would make the practice squad… by the way hows Treadwell doing???

  51. stellarperformance says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:13 PM

    fartweasel says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:05 PM
    What would Green Bay’s record be if Rodgers had done down before week one?
    ////////////////////////////////////

    I can’t imagine it being worse than 8-8. Anybody could’ve have done as poorly as Rodgers played, in at least five games this year. Those games were equalizers for any team hoping to catch the Packers. None did.
    —————
    Holy cows!! So, what you’re saying is, having Rodgers for the entire season is worth 2 victories over having your backup QB for the entire season? A backup whose name I can’t even remember?!

  52. whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:09 PM

    If any Viking fan thinks Bradford is the answer, the only thing I can say is the Question cannot be; “Is this what a Superbowl winning QB looks like?”
    ——————-
    Must we play the game where we name Dilfer, Brad Johnson, etc., etc., etc.???

    It’s still a team game. We only have to look back to 2016 to notice that.

  53. heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north

    Wrong, Green Bay had a 5-1 division record, and if we are going to play the “IF” game, if Sanu doesn’t catch that TD with 30 seconds left in the game Green Bay is 11-5, and IF Minnesota got rid of Walsh a lot earlier than they did, I’m sure you can figure that out

  54. “Packer fans sure are in hyperbole about Bradford.
    He is no Aaron Rodgers. NOBODY has even come close to making that comparison.”

    Not directly, but Bradford is better than Teddy, and fartweasel compared losing Teddy to losing Aaron, so by the transitive property, fartweasel compared Bradford to Rodgers.

  55. we have 9 months to debate this, lets just enjoy the playoffs and another packer embarrassment that’ll keep mccarthy around another year (and hopefully capers!) and wait til after the draft and minicamps when the progress is known on teddy to make judgements.

  56. As a Lions fan, I have to admit Zimmer, Bradford and that defense are scary. Nobody is going to survive losing 3 starting offensive tackles, a starting guard, and Adrian Peterson.

  57. sumkat says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:59 PM
    I just don’t see how you can be a head coach of a team with an offense that bad, and 48 hours after your season is over (in large part because of the anemic offense), you are already saying he has that job
    ——————
    I’m just going to have to assume you didn’t actually watch the Vikings games. Besides the fact that your post was all over the place, you simply cannot know that the O-line was so bad, that without the “dink and dunk”, Bradford might be dead. Literally. His left tackle, Clemmings, ranked about 65th in the NFL for left tackles. 65th, out of 32 teams!!

  58. Any time your team collapses to 8-8 after a 5-0 start, I’m pretty sure that easily qualifies as raging dumpster fire status.

    Players openly disregarding play calls? More fuel for the already raging dumpster fire.

    And then normally you’d have a shot a putting out the dumpster fire with your first round draft pick. Whoopsie.

  59. “leatherface2012
    green bay lost zero defensive players in 16”

    Sam Shields was lost for the year in the 1st game. He is an all-pro CB. Every one of their top 5 corners has missed time this year. Randall is their 2nd best and missed about half of the playing time. Rollins is 3rd and has missed multiple games.

    At ILB, Ryan and Martinez – both starters – have missed multiple games. Clay Matthews has been injured most of the year, and has missed multiple games.

    But you already knew that and are just trying to get a rise out of us.

  60. nfldoc says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:51 PM

    Here’s the only message to the Vikes that needs to get through…get a damn Offensive Line. If that means dropping Adrian’s contract for the money, then do it. He can’t even run with the sack of garbage OL they have. As far as QB goes it doesn’t matter unless the OL gets fixed. Bradford can make quicker decisions than Teddy, so he makes sense with an inferior line. But pay up for a Line…ASAP.
    —————————-
    How on Earth does this comment get 3 thumbs down? It should easily be something that everybody can agree with.

  61. sumkat says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:59 PM

    I’ll give him credit for cutting down the turnovers. 5 in 15 games is impressive. However, lets not go crazy. He worked with these coaches before, it’s not like he had to learn a new system from scratch.

    ——————————–

    Yes he did have to learn a totally new offense. He had never played in Norv’s scheme. It was an entirely new system to him language and all. He learned enough in 2 weeks, to be able to come in, start and beat the Packers.

  62. “leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM

    heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north”

    If IF’s and BUTs were candies and nuts then Minnesota still would find a way to miss the playoffs. lol

  63. mandings36 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:53 PM

    let me fix this:

    Mike Zimmer: Sam Bradford will the be starter (because we gave away the farm to get him)
    *********
    A 1st and conditional 4th is giving up the farm for a young NFL starting QB?? Bridgewater may never play again. What first round QB in this draft has proven they’ll be better, and please provide a timeline for when they’ll be starting.

  64. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM

    heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north
    ——————————————-
    Take the word “if” out of Vikings fans vocabulary and about 80% of the posts wouldn’t exist.
    If we could make a field goal…
    If AP anything….
    If the Packers would just…
    If we didn’t lose to the Bears.
    If we could only get out of third place.

  65. Pop gun offense…….with Sammy Sleeves or Noodle Arm Teddy. Never. Winning. Anything. With. Either. Guy.

  66. The Packers eliminated the Vikings on Christmas Eve – ruining the holiday season for the entire state of MN.

    Wounds are still fresh. Egos still fragile. Self esteem at an all time low.

    And it only gets worse with each Packer win.

  67. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:02 PM
    (FYI……Tiny hands Aaron is 14th @ 7.26 yards per pass. Bradford is 19th @ 7.02 yards per pass.)
    ===================================
    And your point is? Average Yards per Attempt as a stat on it’s own is completely useless.

    First, there is no contest between the two- Rodgers is miles ahead of Bradford.

    Second, Tom Brady had bigger line problems last year and took his team to the AFC Championship and threw 35 TD passes. There are other teams that had line issues just as bad as the Vikings, and their QB’s played just as well, if not better.

  68. Hey Vikings, I forgot to ask if your “New” stadium is still falling apart ? When the pieces of walls fall off just hang a “Banner” over it !

  69. I don’t understand why some think QB is the end all be all. If your line sucks, then you would be stupid to have your QB hang onto the ball and throw it down the field. With a bad line you have to get the ball out super quick. Bradford is a solid starting QB and he had a nice year. I see no reason to bash him. Also giving a QB a W/L record is stupid. There are 10 other guys on offense and 11 guys on defense and special teams that contribute to the W/L. It isn’t all on the QB.

  70. Of course he is the starter. Bridgewater never resembled what Bradford did. Viking fans will say he was going to develop but that is just a promise and hope. TBW getting hurt, like it or not, was the best thing to happen to the Vikings as it allowed them to move on from another lousy QB choice from Spielman.

  71. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM

    heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “If this, if that, wait ’til next year, blah, blah, blah,” on and on and on. Come on, now. Surely, as The Purple Head, you can do better than that tripe.

    How about you bust out that tired old line about the 70’s and 80’s? You know the one… it’s the one where you say “Oh yeah? Well, for 25 years the Packers were as hapless as my Vikings have been for their entire existence!” That one’s always fun.

    No? Okay, give us the one about 20 years of HOF quarterbacks. You know… the one where you cry about how “The Packers can develop quarterbacks and my Vikings can’t! It’s not fair! It’s just not fair!” That one brings a smile to everyone’s face. Well everyone that isn’t a purple.

    What, not that one either? Okay, one last try. Tell us about how the Giants are going to destroy the Packers next weekend. You know… that classic old favorite where you say, just like a sniveling little brat, “Oh yeah? Well I’m going to tell my big brother and he’s gong to beat you up!” Yes, yes, yes. That one perfectly sums up everything about you that makes you The Purple Head.

  72. You have to give the Vikings credit. They got more out of Bradford than any other team he’s been on. He’s clearly the starter now and if Bridgewater ever comes back ( and there’s a real possibility that he may not) he’s going to have to earn the starting job.

  73. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    But i suspect that Aaron Rodgers and the packers will once again choke from the preseason superbowl predictions hoisted upon them like every year for that last two decades.
    EPIC FAIL for the packers if they don’t win the superbowl.
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    That’s cute what you’re doing there, raising the bar for the Packers over anyone else.

    Problem is, the Packers weren’t the Super Bowl favorite this year, as they have many questions. It would only be an epic fail if a team were overwhelmingly favored to win the Super Bowl and had an amazing season- such as when the Patriots failed in their nearly undefeated season years ago, of if the Bears had lost the SB after the ’85 season.

    Judging from where Green Bay was a few weeks ago, and with their defense, winning the division was a big accomplishment, and if they can get to the Super Bowl, it will be quite an accomplishment.

    I think a superb example of failure, however still not epic, would be that of a team that wins its division the previous year, starts out the season 5-0, goes 3-8 for the rest of the year (with 2 of those 3 wins going against two 3-13 teams) and misses the playoffs.

  74. If the offensive line can stay healthy during the upcoming season, Sam will have a phenomenal year! When he has time to do what he wants, he can pick defenses apart! Here’s hoping for a better 2017!

  75. fartweasel says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:45 PM
    djvh2 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:26 PM

    “What would Green Bay’s record be if Rodgers had gone down before week one?”

    Now that’s funny. Rodgers is probably the best player in the NFL at the most important position. Teddy was one of the lesser QBs, and the position was improved by acquiring a mediocre QB.

    *******
    You didn’t answer the question. You have no way of knowing how Bridgewater would have played this year, as he didn’t get a chance to. Did Rodgers play the same in his 3rd season as he did in season 1 or 2? As you say, the QB is probably the most important position, not just because of production, but because of leadership for the offense. Without Rodgers, you have a losing squad. Without your ever-holding seldom penalized offensive line, Rodgers would be an average QB. Give any QB 10 seconds to throw the ball and they’ll be an all star.
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    Good point.
    The Packers lost Eddie Lacy early this season after a very good start.
    And I just know in my heart of hearts he was going to break through for 2,000 yards and 15 TDs.
    Can you imagine how great our offense would be right now?
    Who could stop us?
    After all, you have no way of knowing.
    Oh, and let me get one last chance to whine about the refs, because we’re all 12 years old.

    You Barneys are truly pathetic, shouldn’t you be doing something more constructive like planning the parade for your umpteenth offseason championship?

  76. kvnhlstd says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:55 PM

    “How can Bradford have the starting job if he’s still rehabilitating that season-ending injury everybody, and I mean everybody, said he would inevitably have?”

    Teddy’s back…. We have missed you buddy…. little depressed after that whoopin you guys got on Xmas eve. needed a little alone time in your safe place??? Glad you are back for the 58th annual off season super bowl run for your queens.
    _______

    Glad to see you’re keeping such close tabs on me, although it is a little weird. I like to take time off around the holidays to spend more time with my family. Sorry my Christmas plans didn’t include you.

  77. wafflestomp says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:11 PM

    Oh, and let me get one last chance to whine about the refs, because we’re all 12 years old.

    You Barneys are truly pathetic, shouldn’t you be doing something more constructive like planning the parade for your umpteenth offseason championship?

    ——————————

    No, we’re not all 12 years old, but I would guess the only one that is 12 years old, is the one that resorts to name calling and belittling.

  78. Hear the Giant WRs were celebrating with Beiber the other night, who can blame them? I’d be celebrating getting to torch the Packer secondary this Sunday as well. Eli might set some records this weekend and once again the Pack will embarrass the NFC North in the playoffs.

  79. allight59 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:19 PM

    Hear the Giant WRs were celebrating with Beiber the other night, who can blame them? I’d be celebrating getting to torch the Packer secondary this Sunday as well. Eli might set some records this weekend and once again the Pack will embarrass the NFC North in the playoffs.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    THANK YOU!!!! Check out what’s below. It comes from my post not too far above this one where I predicted The Purple Head would snivel that exact nonsense. You purples are so lame and predictable, it’s not even funny.

    Tell us about how the Giants are going to destroy the Packers next weekend. You know… that classic old favorite where you say, just like a sniveling little brat, “Oh yeah? Well I’m going to tell my big brother and he’s gong to beat you up!”

  80. 440Barracuda says:
    Jan 3, 2017 7:56 PM
    wafflestomp says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:11 PM

    Oh, and let me get one last chance to whine about the refs, because we’re all 12 years old.

    You Barneys are truly pathetic, shouldn’t you be doing something more constructive like planning the parade for your umpteenth offseason championship?

    ——————————

    No, we’re not all 12 years old, but I would guess the only one that is 12 years old, is the one that resorts to name calling and belittling.
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    Barracuda, please forgive me for hurting your delicate sensibilities.
    When I refer to Viking fans as Barneys, it is absolutely no different than when other fans call us cheeseheads or cheesers. It’s a jibe and not meant to inflict emotional pain.
    At least I don’t rip on your fan base for being too fat, like a few of your brethren obsessively do.
    As for belittling your fellow fans, c’mon, you all kind of invite it on yourselves. You know, a little bit.

    And allight59, you guys make these predictions about QB passing records and Packer losses every single week.
    Yes, sooner or later you’ll probably end up being right, but you’ve been making yourselves look stupid the last 6 weeks.
    But, by all means, let’s make it 7.
    skoLOL!

  81. Vikings Fan here:

    Excuses for not making the Playoffs this year: NONE

    REASONS for not making the Playoffs this year: MANY

    All of the key injuries, all of the coaching quagmire, more key injuries. Did I mention the injuries???

    I am glad Bradford will be back as our starter.

    SKOL Vikes.

  82. of course Bradford’s numbers were impressive, he got to play Green Bay’s terrible defense twice. if he stays in the North he’ll be a HOFer by the time he’s done playing Green Bay…………..

  83. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM

    heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north

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    Methinks that’s what drives VIKINGS fans nuts, not Packer fans.

  84. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 3:25 PM
    heres what drives packer fans nuts..if walsh hits a fg and 1 xtra point, the Vikings finish 10-6 and win the north
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    Why in the world would that bother Packer fans? It sounds like you’re describing the current version of Wide Left. That makes you proud or something?

  85. Will the Vikings draft and develop a Franchise worthy QB before 2025?

    They have used Favre, McNabb, Ponder, Bridgewater seems to have questions about him, Moon Cunningham, and now Bradford.

    The closest thing they have had in the last 30 years was Culpepper, but I think JaMarcus Russell could have looked like an MVP with 2 HOF WRs, put the ball anywhere near close to Carter or Moss and watch them pull it in.

  86. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 4, 2017 4:42 PM
    Will the Vikings draft and develop a Franchise worthy QB before 2025?

    They have used Favre, McNabb, Ponder, Bridgewater seems to have questions about him, Moon Cunningham, and now Bradford.

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    …Bradford is a franchise worthy qb. Unless, y’know, setting passing records behind a lego wall for an O-line is not good.

  87. I haven’t posted here forever but after all the Cheddarhead comments I have this to say: The Vikes will be back healthy next year, the Pack suck and GO DETROIT.

    SKOLOLOL

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