When I say Ron couldn’t have timed his latest post better.
In case you haven’t heard the news, the Minnesota Vikings have traded for Eagles incumbent starter Sam Bradford. They didn’t just trade for Sam Bradford, oh no, nope, they gave up a 1st and 4th (2018) rounder for him. Mr. Potential. Mr. One Day He’ll Put It Together, Mr. Just As Liable To Let Shaun Hill Back Under Center.
Look, I get it. Minnesota panicked. Teddy went down with a gruesome injury and the Vikings flipped out, but instead of taking a more calculated risk, they mortgaged their future for a marginal starter. One who really isn’t that much of an upgrade from Shaun Hill.
Keep in mind here that Bradford played in a more pass-happy era in the 2010s where as Hill has been largely dormant for the last 6 years. Is Hill great? No. Were there better options out there? Maybe. Was Bradford one of them? No. Not at all.
I know the list of free agent QBs aren’t impressive and the Browns are asking way too much for Josh McCown. But I’m inclined to believe that a career backup like McCown could do some damage with a Minnesota offense that features Adrian Peterson especially since he didn’t have a running back last year when he lit it up for a few games in Cleveland. If you’re not scared of the media attention, why not call San Francisco about Kaepernick? AJ McCaron and Mike Glennon are both young promising QBs who could takeover for extended time in case Bridgewater doesn’t come back.
Who else do you get? Free Agency doesn’t give you too many better options. You can’t really bring back Tarvaris Jackson, he wouldn’t really get a warm welcome in Minnesota and hasn’t improved as a QB, but would have a largely improved offensive cast around them. Michael Vick isn’t much younger than Shaun Hill, but could at least give your fans marginal excitement, and Mark Sanchez is fine in spot duty.
From a realistic standpoint there aren’t many better starting options available for Minnesota than Shaun Hill, so it wasn’t worth giving up draft picks for someone who might not be better than him. Sign a backup that could do just as well if Hill fails and let it go from there. For what it’s worth I hope Shaun Hill drops 400 yards on the Titans Week 1. He’s been nothing but patient and team oriented while helping Bridgewater’s development just to be shoved to the side because Zimmer and company panicked, which is largely unlike them.