The Minnesota Vikings have no intention of announcing their decision on a starting quarterback until Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans, but Titans head coach Mike Mularkey has an idea who it will be.
After Teddy Bridgewater suffered a knee injury last week in practice that ended his season, the decision will come down to veteran backup Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford, who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday.
Eventually, the job will be Bradford’s, but if that happens this week will be a decision the coaching staff hopes to keep close to the vest. Still, Mularkey expects to see Bradford because “you don’t give up a one and a four (draft picks) to sit very long,” referencing the trade the Vikings made to acquire Bradford.
Zimmer said he won’t announce the decision publicly.
“I thought we’d run the single wing this week,” he joked.
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He will tell his players “when I decide, so you can get your moles out,” he told the media on Wednesday.
“We’ve got three more days of practice. I have to watch practice, I have to see what he’s comfortable with,” Zimmer said. “There’s a lot involved in this decision.”
Hill has been in the offense since he was signed to be Bridgewater’s backup in 2014 – he said he was “surprised” by the trade for Bradford – but if Bradford is the starter the Vikings would like have a pared-down menu of plays.
“We’re going to do what he can do, but that’s no different than any other position,” Zimmer said. “We’re going to do what guys can do.”
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That could take the week of practice to determine, but if Zimmer concludes that starting Bradford is best, he doesn’t see any harm in making that decision a week after he was acquired.
“We’re just trying to win the game,” he said. “We’re just going to try and figure out the best way to do it. If it’s Bradford, it’s Bradford. If it’s Shaun, it’s Shaun.”