The subterfuge game is on again for Week 2.
The Minnesota Vikings got an efficient performance out of quarterback Shaun Hill in their season opener, but they won’t hold Sam Bradford out of the starting lineup for too much longer after they traded first- and fourth-round picks to acquire him from the Philadelphia Eagles four days after Teddy Bridgewater’s season ended with knee injury.
Hill completed 18 of 33 passes for 236 yards and avoided taking sacks or throwing any interceptions in a 24-16 win against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. But the Vikings offense also didn’t score any touchdowns.
“We want to score touchdowns. He was good with the football,” head coach Mike Zimmer said about one of the areas of offensive struggle with Hill taking over for Bridgewater. “He took care of the ball like we tried to do and offensively they did. No, we want to score touchdowns. That’s not going to change.”
The quarterback, however, very well could change this week.
Not starting Bradford after only eight days of practice with the Vikings made sense. But as the Vikings approach this week of practice in preparation for the division rival Green Bay Packers, Bradford has had enough experience in the offense to make checks and audibles, Zimmer said on Monday.
Zimmer didn’t want to announce a starter publicly last week, but part of that could have been exposing the plays that Bradford is comfortable with to the Packers to assist in their film study.
“I’ve had a lot of thought going into that, even last week going into that,” Zimmer said when asked if playing Green Bay and opening U.S. Bank Stadium factors into his thought process at quarterback. “I knew that we played Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium the next week. There was a lot of different things going into it.”
Still, this could be the week that Bradford emerges as the starter, but Zimmer doesn’t plan to announce it.
“I just figured it would be good sports talk radio,” he joked. “I don’t know. I just don’t think it’s good for – I think it’s good for my team to know if we continue to go forward. I mean, I haven’t decided yet so we’ll figure all that stuff out. Green Bay is an awful good team. Everybody is picking them to go to the Super Bowl. We’re just trying to be in the fight and try to keep my cards close to the vest.”