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Mike Zimmer gives the best reason ever for not naming a starting QB early

By Derek Wetmore

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer has a sense of humor and a competitive edge. Those two things collided Monday and resulted in one of the best answers you’ll hear from an NFL coach about trade secrets on the job.

After Zimmer made it clear that he wasn’t ready to name his starting quarterback for next Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, a reporter asked him what his thought process is in keeping that a closely guarded secret.

“I just figured it’d be good sports talk radio,” Zimmer cracked.

And he’s right!

Last week Zimmer refused to answer who would start the game for the Vikings — with Shaun Hill in the fold and Sam Bradford recently acquired for a couple of high draft picks. Either one would be a scramble filling in for injured starter Teddy Bridgewater, who was lost for the season in a non-contact injury just six days before the season opener. Hill had much more familiarity with the offense, and he got the nod Sunday.

As for this week? Well, that’s still up in the air, Zimmer says.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Zimmer continued. “So, we’ll figure all that stuff out, but Green Bay is an awfully good team. Everybody is picking them to go to the Super Bowl. We’re just trying to be in the fight, and I’ll try to keep my cards close to the vest.”

That’s certainly Zimmer’s right, and he’s no dummy. He’s been around the league long enough to know that it’s the media’s job to hound him with the question until there’s some resolution.

One reporter asked him Monday if Zimmer was going to wait all week to name a starter again and the head coach didn’t even answer the question with words, just with a nod of his head indicating yes.

For what it’s worth, Zimmer said that Bradford is well enough acquainted with Minnesota’s offense that he can make checks and audibles at the line of scrimmage if necessary.

In all likelihood, this guessing game eventually will end when Bradford takes over for good — you don’t trade those draft picks for a backup QB. But in the interim, there’s drama and intrigue surrounding the Vikings’ decision at who will manage a game with one of the NFL’s best defenses and Adrian Peterson in the back field.

Even Mike Zimmer is having some fun with it.

For more discussion on the topic, check out the latest episode of the Purple Podcast on iTunes and PodcastOne.

The post Mike Zimmer gives the best reason ever for not naming a starting QB early appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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