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Randball: Picking Cassel to start was a smart, and boring, move for Zimmer

  • August 25, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Based on three preseason games, the Vikings weren’t going to embarrass themselves regardless of which quarterback they chose as their starter going into the season. Both Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater have played pretty well in the tuneups, meaning the decision for new coach Mike Zimmer ultimately could come down to which was the smarter play.

If you start with Bridgewater, you could be a genius. But if he fails early, it’s much harder to go from the rookie to the veteran than vice-versa. A rookie coach doesn’t want to start 0-5 or 1-4 with a rookie quarterback. Then nobody looks good.

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