MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings didn't trade a first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles so Sam Bradford could be their backup quarterback. That said, they made the smart play in starting Shaun Hill against the Tennessee Titans, going with the quarterback who possessed a full understanding of their system instead of the one who had been with the team for eight days.
And Hill played well enough Sunday that a coach interested in concealing his starting quarterback decision for another week -- say, before a nationally-televised home opener against the team his club dethroned in the NFC North last year -- could obtain sufficient cover to do so. It sounded Monday like Mike Zimmer will do just that.
Zimmer said Monday he plans to take his starting quarterback decision through the week again before Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. He said he hadn't decided whether Hill or Bradford will start Sunday night, but even if he had, he didn't sound inclined to reveal his decision any time soon.
"I try to keep my cards close to the vest," he said.
As we discussed this morning, the thinking around the Vikings was that Bradford would likely take over the job from Hill in the near future, and my sense is it's likely that Bradford will get the start against the Packers. Hill had a solid afternoon, completing 10 of his 17 passes that traveled at least 10 yards downfield, but Bradford has the stronger arm and might be more effective at making the Packers pay for loading up to stop Adrian Peterson. If he's got a strong enough command of the offense this week, he'll likely play Sunday night.
Before then, though, there likely won't be an official announcement from Zimmer.
"It makes for good sports talk radio," he said.