The Minnesota Vikings should be in panic mode after starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater destroyed his knee, sidelining him for the entire 2016 season.
Instead, with limited options, coach Mike Zimmer is placing his faith in journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill, who has played for five NFL teams, twice with the Vikings.
“I have confidence in him,”Zimmer said, according to Fox Sports. “I have confidence in this football team.”
Hill may be a 15-year veteran, but there’s a reason he’s been a career also-ran. Hill’s most productive year came in 2010, when he started 11 (10 starts) games for the Lions, passing for 2,686 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
As a second option in St. Louis, Hill completed 63 percent of his passes but threw nearly as many interceptions (seven) and touchdowns (eight) in 14 games.
As much “confidence” as Zimmer has in Hill, he’s still reliant on the rest of the team to pick up the pieces, whether he likes it or not.
“We have a good defensive team. Our offensive line is much better. We have good receivers. We have maybe the best running back in the NFL,” Zimmer said. “So this is about a team.”
Bridgewater didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard in 2015, throwing for just 14 touchdowns. Maybe the Vikings will be alright without him. Just don’t expect Hill to make fans feel inspired by his play.
[h/t Fox Sports]