There has been plenty of speculation revolving around Minnesota’s quarterback situation since the Vikings acquired Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles. Many expect Bradford to be the guy leading the Vikings out of the tunnel in Tennessee this Sunday.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer might have other ideas, however. Veteran backup Shaun Hill was listed as the starter on Minnesota’s most recent depth chart. But Hill’s placement on the depth chart doesn’t mean too much either. That’s because Zimmer doesn’t seem to know who his starter will be to open the season.
“If it’s Bradford, it’s Bradford,” Zimmer said, according the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson. “If it’s Shaun, it’s Shaun. We’ve got three more days of practice.”
In other words, don’t expect a decision from Zimmer before Sunday’s showdown with Tennessee.
Bradford certainly possesses far more upside than Hill, but also lacks experience in Minnesota’s system. Hill has one season in Minnesota under his belt, but also doesn’t have a stellar track record as an emergency starter. Hill went 3-7 in 2010 in relief of injured Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and went 3-5 in eight starts with the St. Louis Rams after Bradford went down for the season in 2014.
Zimmer has a difficult decision on his hands. Whomever he chooses will be tasked with helping a team in a position to win now survive without starter Teddy Bridgewater.