Mike Zimmer addresses Vikings’ uncertain situation at quarterback
Mike Zimmer on Tuesday conducted his end-of-the-season press conference. Among the issues addressed not surprisingly revolved around a troublesome uncertainty at the quarterback position.
All three Vikings starting quarterbacks — Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater — will become free agents in March. Both Bradford and Bridgewater are coming off knee injuries — in Bridgewater’s case, a catastrophic one that was believed to be potentially career-threatening — and Keenum of course defied expectations while playing in Bradford’s stead.
So, what is the Vikings’ plan when it comes to their quarterback situation? Zimmer indicated he was not ready to comment on it on Tuesday, but explained the process.
Have I thought about it? Yeah,” Zimmer said, via ESPN. “But quite honestly up until about 3 a.m. yesterday or whatever time it was the game got over the other night, my whole focus has been on the now, not so much the future and (general manager) Rick Spielman and I had talked about that earlier. We said let’s just go through the season, let’s figure it out after the season, we’ll go through that process and go from there and see how that goes. We’re just going to work through it.”
Zimmer added that Bradford appears much better — the veteran signal-caller was active as Keenum’s backup in Minnesota’s 38-7 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Zimmer glowingly spoke of the recovery process for Bridgewater, who has always been a Zimmer favorite.
“There was 24 of these similar types of injuries through all sports,” Zimmer said. “Half of them never came back and I think the earliest one that anybody ever came back was 24 months. So, for him to even get to that point where he was and be able to come out and practice and compete in a game was a true credit to him.”
It obviously remains to be seen how the Vikings approach such uncertainty at quarterback, a strange situation, indeed, for a team that just competed for a berth in the Super Bowl. That said, expect the Vikings to be methodical and thorough during the process.