Vikings Face Crossroads Offseason Due To QB Dilemma

case keenum and teddy bridgewater minnesotaThe Minnesota Vikings will have a busy offseason, not only because the New York Giants hired their defensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as head coach, but also because they must decide on who will become their starting quarterback in 2018.

With Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford on the roster they currently have three quarterbacks capable of handling that role and now the staff must choose one of them.

This decision is important, not only for the Vikings but for other teams as well, because they most likely won’t be able to keep them all as other teams badly in need of a starting QB may go after whoever is left out.

Although some sources claim that Keenum is starting as the front-runner based on his season’s accomplishments, head coach Mike Zimmer declined to confirm that during the season-ending press conference and just answered that they will go thru the process of evaluating everybody as they always do before deciding.

Regardless of who they end up choosing the Vikings are at a crossroads and must make an intriguing decision this offseason after they drafted Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, in 2016 they traded a 2017 first-round pick for Sam Bradford, and this season Keenum just led the team to the NFC Championship game after a dramatic walk-off win against the New Orleans Saint in the divisional round.

They might be able to keep two of those QBs, but whoever stays to become the bench warmer will probably not be happy about the situation.

Keenum’s defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles proved that he needs a lot of different components around him to be successful like he was this season. On a positive note, Keenum proved that the team responded to his leadership, as they usually rallied around him and he never crumbled under pressure as most people expected him to after he was handed the starting job.

On the other hand, Keenum has yet to prove that he can be solid enough to not make key mistakes in pivotal situations, but fortunately for him, the other QBs on the roster are even less battle-tested.

Regardless Minnesota will have to choose between Bradford’s talent, Keenum’s health and experience and Bridgewater’s youth and potential. It’s the turn of coach Zimmer and the Vikings’ front office to make a move.

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