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Zulgad: Who will start at QB for Vikings? Thankfully, that question soon won’t be necessary

By Judd Zulgad

There were two primary reasons why Vikings fans were optimistic the team had found a long term-solution at quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater.

The first was the hope that Bridgewater could develop into an elite quarterback who would give the Vikings the type of homegrown passer they had lacked for so many years. The second was the luxury of knowing who would be starting at quarterback on a weekly basis.

That was a comfort level the Vikings hadn’t had very often in the past decade. Other than Brett Favre’s marvelous 2009 season, Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier’s tenures were filled with questions about who would start at quarterback. Would it be Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Frerotte, Joe Webb, Donovan McNabb, Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder?

That’s a lot of names but few good options.

Bridgewater’s arrival as the 32nd pick in the 2014 draft seemed to put an end to that. He took over for an injured Cassel in the Vikings’ loss to New Orleans in Week 3 of the 2014 season and had missed only one start since then. The silly cat-and-mouse game of the head coach attempting to keep quiet who would start in the next game appeared to be over.

That luxury, however, went out the window in late August when Bridgewater collapsed to the ground at Winter Park after suffering a dislocated kneecap and an ACL tear in his left knee.

Four days later, the Vikings traded a first- and fourth-round pick to Philadelphia for Sam Bradford, but that hasn’t stopped Mike Zimmer from becoming the latest coach to attempt to put a lid on who would start at quarterback.

This is new territory for Zimmer, so perhaps he’s enjoying it.

Thankfully, it’s about to end.

After a week of sitting behind Shaun Hill, Bradford appears to be well-versed enough in the Vikings’ playbook to take over as the starter. Zimmer didn’t start Bradford in the Vikings’ opening-week win at Tennessee not because he thought Hill was the better choice but because Bradford wasn’t yet ready to run the offense.

Another week of preparation should have solved that issue and Bradford reportedly took all the snaps in Wednesday’s practice. So why is Zimmer keeping his decision quiet? Because NFL coaches are control freaks and this is their nature, no matter how large or small the issue might be.

Zimmer told reporters in Green Bay on Wednesday that he was “a little disappointed” that one day after he told his players Hill would start last week the news leaked. “We’ll just see how it goes,” Zimmer said when asked if he will inform his players. “I may talk to them. I don’t know. Maybe I will.”

Of course, Zimmer won’t need to tell his players. They already have figured out who will start by the division of snaps in practice.

The good news is that barring injury once Bradford starts his first game he shouldn’t relinquish the job to Hill. General manager Rick Spielman did not trade two of his prized draft picks so a quarterback controversy could ensue.

That means starting Sunday the question of who will start at quarterback should no longer be necessary. This should be welcome news for Vikings fans who long ago figured out that having options at quarterback caused them to wake up in a cold sweat.

The post Zulgad: Who will start at QB for Vikings? Thankfully, that question soon won’t be necessary appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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