Bollinger Stands Tall Facing Adversity

Brooks Bollinger didn't do his career any favors with his performance Saturday night in Seattle, but the veteran quarterback wasn't throwing around blame and wasn't hiding from his mistakes. See what Bollinger had to say as roster cuts approach and trade rumors swirled.

Brooks Bollinger was late getting rid of a pass Saturday night that turned into an interception returned for a touchdown, but the fifth-year quarterback wasn't hiding from his mistakes Monday.

"I just threw it a little late. I didn't double-clutch. I was just a little late with my footwork and, like I said, he made a good break on the football," Bollinger said late Monday morning before the Vikings traded a 2009 sixth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kelly Holcomb.

What Bollinger didn't say about that interception was that, while he shared some blame, his receiver, first-year pro Justin Surrency, didn't properly execute his end of the play either. That revelation came from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

"He's in the (shotgun) and there are certain steps he's supposed to take – he's supposed to take three steps in the gun. He ends up taking five. Automatically that makes him late on the throw. Then our receiver outside (Justin Surrency) has a route depth that he's supposed to get to, he ends up 4 yards short. So with a 4-yard-short route and a longer drop by the quarterback, you end up serving it up on a silver platter for (the cornerback) to stop and drive on the ball and take it back."

Bollinger admitted he was late with the throw, but he said overall he felt good during Saturday's game.

"I really felt pretty good the other night, but it really kind of turned on that one play. I felt like we did some alright things and moved the football and were right there in it, but they came down and scored a quick touchdown and then (we) obviously gave one to them," he said. "… I'm just trying to learn from what I can there and move forward."

The question is: Will Bollinger have time to learn from his mistake and move forward? With the trade for Holcomb, that could push Bollinger to the No. 3 quarterback or even off the roster.

"It's out of my control," Bollinger said about the potential for the Vikings trading for another quarterback just hours before the Holcomb deal was finalized. "I don't worry about it. All I can do today is show up and get myself better and get my offense better on Thursday night."

On Saturday, Bollinger finished the game completing 6 of 11 passes for 52 yards, but he had two interceptions and a 27.7 passer rating. This preseason, he has completed 12 of 21 passes for 102 yards, and he has been the only Vikings quarterback to throw any interceptions.

"Obviously I would have liked to have played better and would have liked to have won the football game, help our team win the football game," Bollinger said. "I'm not doing anything other than learning from the tape and moving forward."

The starters are expected to play only one series on Thursday night, and the Vikings on Monday released fourth-string quarterback Drew Henson. That should leave plenty of opportunities for Bollinger (if he is still part of the team) to improve his status against the Dallas Cowboys.

"Yeah, obviously I just want to go out there and play well and just try to prepare this week and put my best foot forward and obviously move the ball on offense," he said.

Said Bevell: "Am I still confident in Brooks? Absolutely. He's a very conscientious guy, a professional. He has taken care of the football. He knows what we're asking him to do and he usually does those things."


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