Rand: Gannon says Vikings quarterback situation in good hands

  • Updated: June 20, 2014 - 1:11 AM

The Vikings have carved an identity, post-Fran Tarkenton, of consistently having a quarterback situation that could most generously be described as “unsettled” and more bitingly referred to as “a mess.”

We can quibble about when this reached its peak, but for our money it was the late 1980s/early 1990s, when Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon and Sean Salisbury could be counted on to start. You just didn’t know which one from week to week (and neither did they sometimes).

This era was mentioned to Gannon on Thursday and described as “not exactly fleshed out” when it came to the quarterback situation. He listened to that description, then added “or ideal,” and laughed.

Gannon, as well as number of other Vikings alums, was at Winter Park for the Vikings’ final practice of minicamp Thursday. He and others watched a two-minute drill simulation that saw veteran Matt Cassel go first, rookie Teddy Bridgewater go second and somewhere-in-between QB Christian Ponder go last.

After practice, the final one until training camp starts in late July, head coach Mike Zimmer reiterated that he is in no rush to name a starting QB. When does he feel the need to do so?

“I probably have a date in my mind,” Zimmer said, “but I’m not going to tell anybody.”

Long-suffering Vikings fans, having lived through might take those words and fret over them. We don’t have to go back to the days of Gannon to find a mess. Just look back to last year, with the Ponder/Cassel/Josh Freeman experience, and you have plenty of fuel for a nightmare.

Are we headed for a repeat of that? Gannon shook his head.

“I think it’s a healthy situation,” he said. “Teddy Bridgewater comes into a great situation, having two veteran guys who have played and have experience. … I think Matt is a starting-caliber player in this league, I think Teddy is eventually going to be the guy, and it’s just a matter of how soon that is.”

And Ponder? “Even Ponder is going to try to be competitive and try to get in the mix,” Gannon said.

In other words, there is a clear No. 1 (for now), a clear No. 2 (who is primed to be a No. 1 in the future), and a clear No. 3 who will suffice in a pinch.

In the Gannon era with the Vikings, there was no clear-cut depth chart. There obviously was none last season, either, if Freeman could be signed off the street and find himself starting a game shortly thereafter.

This year? Zimmer might not have a starter named yet, but he at least goes into a month off with a plan.

Michael Rand

  • related content

  • Vikings quarterbacks Christian Ponder (7), Teddy Bridgewater (5) and Matt Cassel are competing for the top job.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - LP: J. Peavy 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: K. Herrera 7
San Diego 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Houston 90 FINAL
Orlando 89
Brooklyn 86 FINAL
Boston 100
Washington 100 FINAL
New York 103
Cleveland 92 FINAL
Memphis 96
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Milwaukee 91
Atlanta 117 FINAL
San Antonio 107
Portland 86 FINAL
LA Lakers 94
Phoenix 105 FINAL
LA Clippers 108
Toronto 0 Postponed
Ottawa 0
Philadelphia 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
Washington 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Buffalo 1 FINAL
Anaheim 4
Arkansas State 40 FINAL
Louisiana 55
Connecticut 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Chivas USA 0 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 2
Montreal 10/24/14 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 10/24/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who should get the Twins' managing job?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close