With Teddy Bridgewater out for the season, the Minnesota Vikings, a team with Super Bowl aspirations, must move forward. While Shaun Hill will assume the starter’s job in the interim, the Vikings would be wise to find someone else to take the reins of the offense.
The fans, for whatever it’s worth, are voicing their opinion on the matter.
“We did a poll and I’m pretty sure the answer was Mike Glennon in Tampa Bay,” Minnesota Star Tribune Vikings reporter Matt Vensel said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “And honestly, that one makes the most sense to me. I don’t know if the Buccaneers are willing to trade him, but he is a free agent for the season. He hasn’t played since 2014 since they have Jameis Winston. But they’re one of 32 teams or 30 teams realistically that probably think they have a chance of winning the Super Bowl or at least going to the playoffs. So we’ll see if they’re willing to part ways with him, if that’s a guy the Vikings would be interested in. He’s 6-6, has a strong arm, he’s the kind of pocket passer who can fit what they want to do. So I agree with the Vikings fans on this one. That seems to make a ton of sense.”
Vensel said that Brian Hoyer or Colin Kaepernick are also possibilities but that neither makes a ton of sense for Minnesota. Mark Sanchez, if he were to get cut in Denver, is also a possibility, but he also just lost a quarterback competition to a guy who has never thrown a pass in the NFL. Regardless of who the Vikings acquire, he will need time to learn the system, which means Hill will almost assuredly start Week 1 at Tennessee.
A 36-year-old journeyman quarterback is not ideal, but then again, he won’t be asked to carry the offense.
“This is a young team that continues to ascend,” Vensel said. “You figure this team has staying power. This isn’t just a one- or two-year deal for them to compete. But I think they realize what’s in front of them, what could have been this year. We’ll never know what could have been with Bridgewater, but they still have a chance to do something with this team. If the defense takes another step forward and becomes a top-five unit, that’s obviously huge. I don’t know if they’re going to be the Broncos of last year, but they should be pretty good. They have Adrian Peterson, who is still going strong at 31. He led the league in rushing last year. So they still have some things they can work with.”