A final Friday edition of MINNESOTA HOSPITAL: The Less Than A Minute Version!
Letting the rookie quarterbacks play and keeping the starters on the sideline may have been the best decisions Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt made all night.
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Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has named veteran Matt Cassel as the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener against the St. Louis Rams. Zimmer made the announcement Monday, though it has long been known that Cassel has been the choice over rookie Teddy Bridgewater.
At first, the people chanted for quarterback Christian Ponder. They wanted him to replace Donovan McNabb as a rookie, but did he play too soon for his own good?
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has been bothered a sore right wrist, prompting coach Mike Zimmer to limit him in practice.
One of the iffiest positions on Minnesota’s roster is at strong safety. The question mark was big enough that the Vikings signed 12-year veteran Chris Crocker more than a week into training camp. Crocker has had to work his way back into game shape, but he wasn’t behind in the competition. That’s because he’s played in coach Mike Zimmer’s defense for several seasons with Cincinnati.
The Vikings are introducing fans to a lot of new things, including the coach, the quarterback and the stadium. A new temporary home makes for a semi-exciting pre-season opener. Friday night starts a new era in many ways.
It’s hard to blame football players and fans if they’re a little excited and hungry this week. After about two weeks of training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the Vikings will take the trip up Highway 169 back to the Twin Cities for their first preseason game Friday night.
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Xavier Rhodes showcased his skills in the passing scrimmage Saturday during Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minn. What he wants is simple: Be consistent, be good. Vikings Defensive End Brian Robison says Rhodes is a natural athlete.
When you share a backfield with a former MVP and an electric early-round draft pick being compared to Darren Sproles, it’s easy to fly under the radar. But Matt Asiata has never been one for the limelight anyway. “Just go out there and do your job and, you know, execute with the plays,” Asiata said. “I was just trying to get better every day.”
Whenever Mike Zimmer has felt uneasy about the safety situation on his defense, he’s called Chris Crocker to come in and stabilize things. So it’s no surprise with the safety position opposite standout Harrison Smith up for grabs, Zimmer is bringing back old reliable one more time.
Harrison Smith might get a tip from head coach Mike Zimmer, or defensive coordinator George Edwards will have something to say. Defensive backs coach Jerry Gray is always available to help.
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