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Titans have a guess who Vikings will start at QB; won’t change how they prepare

By Derek Wetmore

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Just like the rest of us, the Tennessee Titans don’t know exactly who will start at quarterback for the Vikings this week.

Unlike the rest of us, they don’t really seem to care.

Shaun Hill was the presumed starter as soon as Teddy Bridgewater tore up his knee in a non-contact drill during Tuesday’s practice. Then the Vikings swung a Saturday morning trade for Sam Bradford, and things got interesting.

Hill knows the offense, but Bradford might be the better long-term play. Can Bradford pick up enough of the concepts on a Vikings offense centered on Adrian Peterson that he can pull off a functional gameplan with only six days to prepare?

The Titans are counting on it.

“Well, it is a challenge,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday. “It’s not like it’s going to be where there’s two completely different styles. Really, their specialty is pocket passing – and they can get out of the pocket … but that’s not what they’re there for. They’re there to first hand it to 28, and second, off of action like that, try to hit some balls down the field.”

“It’s not an extreme difference for what we’re doing this week, to be honest with you.”

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is all about keeping the competitive advantage by not releasing trade secrets before the game, but even he said the Vikings will be splitting up snaps this week as Bradford’s works through his crash course of the playbook.

Mularkey, on the other hand, said Tennessee is not splitting reps with different scout quarterbacks, in an attempt to account for two different passers who could play Sunday.

Mularkey also said that he’s expecting Bradford to get the start, in part because “I think they wouldn’t give up a 1 and a 4 [draft picks] to have a guy sit [on the bench] very long,” Mularkey said.

Other things that have the Titans leaning toward Bradford getting the start: “I would think the number of starts, he’s a very, very intelligent quarterback, he’s faced this defense before,” Mularkey said.

“Nothing we can do about it. We have a plan. Either one that plays will fall under the plan of attack that we have for that offense…I would anticipate that [Bradford] will start, and if he doesn’t it’s not going to change how we prepare.”

The post Titans have a guess who Vikings will start at QB; won’t change how they prepare appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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