Mike Zimmer says he’s ‘got a plan’ for QB situation, won’t reveal it
The Minnesota Vikings are riding high amid a five-game winning streak capped by Sunday’s 38-30 road win over the Washington Redskins. The victory was in large part owed to perhaps Case Keenum’s finest game in his NFL career.
The game, however, also saw the emotional return of Teddy Bridgewater to the sidelines as an activated player following a remarkable comeback approximately 14 months after suffering a potentially career-ending knee injury.
Amid the uncertainty and speculation concerning if and when Bridgewater reclaims the team’s starting quarterback spot, Vikings head coach indicated he’s “got a plan” for the dicey situation, but not surprisingly wasn’t about to divulge it.
“I’ve got a plan, and we’ll just see how it goes,” Zimmer said, via ESPN. “Sometimes plans change. We’ll see how it goes, and we’ll sit down this week, and we’ll visit about it and go from there.”
As noted, Keenum played brilliantly for the most part in the huge victory. The career backup, who has played all but six quarters in the Vikings’ 7-2 season, had a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating early on on the third quarter with four touchdown passes while staking the team to a commanding 35-17 lead.
Things abruptly went off the rails, though, when Keenum threw interceptions on consecutive passes, with both being hauled in by Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger. While the Vikings were able to overcome the costly turnovers on what without question were ill-advised passes, they were the kind of plays a quarterback cannot make in those situations.
With all that in mind, along with the fact that Zimmer has indicated Bridgewater will play at some point this season, it’s anyone’s guess at this point when Keenum will be back in his role of backup.
While Keenum arguably has earned the right to make some mistakes along the way given how well he’s played. But with Bridgewater, a Zimmer favorite, waiting in the wings, it’s only a matter of time before Keenum returns to the bench. It may be unfair — and it may not be the best choice by the Vikings — but it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when.