LANDOVER, Md. — The alternative was there for Mike Zimmer to “guide the narrative,” if you’ll, for the approaching week.
Case Keenum had simply performed among the best video games of his profession, serving to the Minnesota Vikings earn a essential NFC win over the Washington Redskins during which he threw a career-high 4 touchdowns and put the offense in place to attain a season-high 38 factors.
Keenum did most issues proper, largely, which is amongst a number of causes the Vikings have achieved a 7-2 document with out a starting-caliber quarterback and different elements of the offense.
For as magnificent a efficiency as Keenum turned in early Sunday, the quarterback threatened to undo all of it when he threw two interceptions on back-to-back drives within the second half.
He did sufficient to safe a troublesome street victory. It simply wasn’t sufficient to safe his job outright for the following recreation towards his most up-to-date former workforce, the Los Angeles Rams.
To be truthful, Keenum has not gone into per week because the introduced starter after any of his wins. The earliest he says he discovered that he was beginning was final Wednesday, when Teddy Bridgewater was activated and named the backup towards Washington.
Zimmer has stated the Vikings will consider who will begin every recreation, between Keenum and Bridgewater, on a “day-to-day” foundation. After the sport Sunday, Zimmer revealed that he nonetheless is not able to element a lot of his technique, however he might need given an vital clue about the place it is headed.
“I’ve got a plan, and we’ll just see how it goes,” Zimmer stated. “Sometimes plans change. We’ll see how it goes, and we’ll sit down this week, and we’ll visit about it and go from there.”
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Keenum’s two interceptions weren’t game-changing, however when and the way they occurred, with the primary coming from a lofted cross thrown off his again shoulder into triple protection, gave some pause.
“Interceptions are going to happen,” Zimmer stated. “We kind of had the game pretty much in hand at that point, and with those two interceptions, that’s how you let teams back in the ball game. We haven’t played with a big lead before, and we need to learn how to do that as well.”
If Keenum hadn’t thrown these two picks, would we be discussing why he ought to or should not stay the starter?
But we’re. With Bridgewater lively for the primary time in 672 days and, by all accounts, able to play at any time when wanted, the main target from right here on out will probably be when the Pro Bowler will probably be put in place to get his job again.
Although the quarterback scenario is as murky because it has been all season, one factor is not a thriller: The Vikings should play Bridgewater this season. It’s not solely vital for him but additionally obligatory for the Vikings to determine whether or not they need to signal Bridgewater when he is a free agent in 2018. Remember, the one Minnesota quarterback below contract previous this season is Kyle Sloter.
Is that the explanation Zimmer hasn’t been fast to call Keenum the starter so long as the workforce retains successful video games? Or did the plan doubtlessly change after he noticed Keenum flirt with catastrophe whereas realizing Bridgewater is prepared within the wings?
From right here on out, each errant throw, miscue and unhealthy determination will probably be magnified tenfold. There’s an opportunity that Bridgewater might expertise a number of the identical blunders if he performs, too.
But the leash is shorter for Keenum, particularly when Bridgewater’s window to point out what he’s able to hasn’t opened.
That’s all most likely a part of Zimmer’s considering for managing the place going ahead, however he is not able to let his plan simply but.