Case Keenum is making it hard for the Minnesota Vikings to go back to Teddy Bridgewater. That’s not conjecture, either. That’s the line of thinking from head coach Mike Zimmer, who discussed that issue after the team’s victory on Sunday.
“It’s going to be hard to yank him out of there right now,” Zimmer said of Keenum, via Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s playing good.
“I still have really high hopes for Teddy, and a lot of things happen throughout the course of the season, so we’ll just see how it goes.”
This is far less about Bridgewater than it is about the Vikings winning games at the moment. After beating a good Los Angeles Rams team on Sunday, with Case Keenum playing well enough, you would be hard pressed to find any coach in the NFL willing to bench the hot hand.
Mike Zimmer, it is also worth noting, has been dealing with a quarterback carousel for some time anyway. He’s gone from Bridgewater to Bradford to Keenum. At this point, he unlikely cares deeply who is playing behind center as long as that gunslinger can stand upright.
Keenum isn’t the long-term answer for Minnesota. There’s nothing in the QB’s history to say that is so. It makes Bridgewater the (still) QB of the future for the Vikings. All of that being said, Keenum is the quarterback for the right now.
And for Zimmer and company, right now is the only that matters. The coach will deal with the fallout later.