On the floor, it appears unfair. Case Keenum has led Minnesota on a seven-recreation profitable streak and he is preventing for his job?
“I am week to week,” Zimmer stated. “The middle’s week to week.”
Keenum on Thursday turned the Vikings’ first NFC participant of month since Adrian Peterson in 2015 and first Minnesota quarterback since Brett Favre in 2009. In victories over Washington, Detroit and the Los Angeles Rams, he handed for a mixed 866 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions as Minnesota (9-2) opened a commanding, three-recreation lead within the NFC North.
[related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]There are awards handed out each week within the NFL, all of them inconsequential, however this one jumps out. Keenum, 29, will get higher each week. So do the Vikings, who’ve earned the uncommon alternative to spend the ultimate 5 common-season video games enhancing their playoff place.
So, yeah, the coach’s strategy with Keenum is working. Why mess with it?
“I am not trying to pull the man, however I do not assume there’s any profit in me saying, ‘Oh, he is the starter for the season,’ ” Zimmer stated. “He might get harm the subsequent play. Something can occur, so …”
Minnesota’s previous two beginning quarterbacks, tacit or in any other case, have been knocked out for the season by knee accidents, Teddy Bridgewater in August 2016, Sam Bradford this season for the third time in his profession. That uncertainty is what pulled Keenum, an on-and-off starter in 5-plus seasons.
That could be cause sufficient to not anoint Keenum the everlasting starter. The Vikings have two franchise quarterbacks on the roster and neither is the man main the staff to its greatest season in years. Bridgewater, for whom the Vikings traded up within the 2014 NFL Draft, is now a backup who hasn’t performed in something however an exhibition since a memorably chilly afternoon in January 2016.
Minnesota controls its personal destiny within the division and holds playoff tiebreakers on the Rams (eight-three) and New Orleans Saints (eight-three). Heavy lifting stays, however victories over the Falcons (7-four) and Carolina Panthers (eight-three) the subsequent two weeks would set the stage for a remaining boss assembly within the playoffs with the Philadelphia Eagles, 10-1 and winners of 9 straight.
With a path to the NFC Championship recreation and little room for error, Zimmer’s hesitance to move his quarterback a valentine in public appears prudent. Frankly, Zimmer in all probability ought to nonetheless be consuming the identical factor for breakfast that he had Oct. 9 in Chicago, the day…