If you watched the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, you know what I know: Sam Bradford is not right physically. From the opening snap, Bradford looked sluggish, hobbled, and dejected. By the end of the first quarter, I couldn’t help but wonder why Bradford was still on the field. He was finally pulled near the end of the second quarter, but it was obvious way before the plug was pulled that he was not healthy enough to play.
How did this happen? How was Bradford cleared to play? Why did it take Mike Zimmer almost a full half to pull him out of the game? It’s clear Bradford isn’t healthy. And if he isn’t healthy, he shouldn’t be playing. Because the Vikings have a top five backup QB in the league in Case Keenum.
Case Keenum is not a spectacular player, but he doesn’t need to be. The Vikings have a defense that can carry the team, as long as Keenum is serviceable, the Vikings have a chance to win games. Plus, Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur seems to call a great game for Keenum. Keenum is more mobile than Bradford, and with an offensive line that sometimes falters, that is a pretty big advantage.
Until Sam Bradford is 100% healthy, the Vikings are Case Keenum’s team. The Vikings have a chance to compete for a playoff spot with Keenum at the helm. There is no reason to rush Bradford, have faith in Case.