Keeping the starting quarterback a secret until game day worked for Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer the first time. Well, sort of — the Vikings won, anyway. Once again, the he will not divulge whether it will be Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford under center in Week 2 against the NFC North-rival Green Bay Packers.
Tom Pelissero for USA Today reports Zimmer hasn’t made up his mind about who the starter will be. According to Ben Goessling for ESPN.com however, the third-year head coach seemed to admit there’s some gamesmanship involved in saying he likes to keep his opponent guessing.
And why wouldn’t he? There’s no reason to tell any opponent what to expect, especially not a division rival, and while there’s some question as to whether Bradford is a significantly better quarterback than Hill, the two of them certainly present different skill sets.
After sending first- and fourth-round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford, the expectation is he will take over the job as soon as he’s ready. Hill didn’t do much to alter that line of thinking on Sunday. While he helped the Vikings pick up a 25-16 win over the Tennessee Titans, he failed to lead the offense on a single touchdown drive.
If Bradford is comfortable with the offense by Friday, chances are he’ll be in the game. So the Packers may not know exactly who to prepare for this week, but they can take an educated guess. Still, the Vikings will take any advantage they can get, no matter how minor.