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Hey Vikes, What the Hell?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Article by Austin James

The Minnesota Vikings have announced that they will be starting QB Shaun Hill, not Sam Bradford, week one. The Vikings traded for Bradford last weekend; they gave up first and fourth round draft picks for the former Heisman winner. The team needed to fill the starting QB spot after Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season ending injury in practice just 10 days before the start of the 2016 season.

Let's start with the absolute lunacy behind this trade. That first round draft pick is not worth a bad QB even if you're alternatives are worse. This team is getting better; this isn't their year, but they are getting better. They could have used that first round pick to add another piece to the puzzle. Instead, you have now given that up in order to bring in a bad QB in hopes that he can lead you to a mediocre season. Hey guys, Bradford isn't gonna lead you to a Super Bowl. You have the best running back in the NFL; let him go to work. And the running attack is deeper than AP too: they have Jerrick McKinnon on the bench who has shown he can play in Peterson's absence. You also have one of the best TE's in the league in Kyle Rudolf and a rookie WR with limitless potential in Laquon Treadwell. Run a ground offense, give Treadwell a few balls and firm up your defense. The negatives outweigh the positive here Vikings.

Well, the Minnesota front office disagreed and Bradford is now a Viking, and he would be their obvious starter for week 1, right? Wrong, let's start the back-up, Shaun Hill, that we made a monster trade to keep on the bench... What the hell?!?

What possible reason can you have for not starting Bradford. It is not secret what the game plan is week one. AP is going to run the ball a 500 times, end of story. The less the QB throws, the better your chances are of winning. The guy has been on the team for three days and he has five more before the first game. He has to learn a minimal amount of the passing playbook in order for them to be successful. By not starting Bradford, and especially by saying that the starting job is still a competition, they slapped the entire Viking organization in the face. 

However, either way the 2016 season doesn't look good for the Vikings. Against the NFC North Hill is 1-4 with 7 TDs and 8 INTs, Bradford 0-6 with 5 TDs and 7 INTs. Also, both have QBRs below 40 against the division. Once again, solid trade right? 

Sincerely from someone who doesn't want to see the organization go to hell, get well Teddy.