Mike Zimmer: Sam Bradford ‘earned the right to be the starting QB’

The Minnesota Vikings hits some bumps in the road this season and finished third in the NFC North. However, quarterback Sam Bradford performed at a high enough level that head coach Mike Zimmer believes Bradford has earned the right to start next year.

“I think Sam has played great. I think he’s earned the right to be the starting QB,” per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Zimmer is correct. Despite the offense overall ranking 28th in the league, Bradford put up some pretty impressive stats. He completed a career-high 71.6 percent of his passes (new NFL record) for a total of 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Based on his performance this year, the Vikings definitely chose wisely when they traded for Bradford after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury prior to the start of the season. More impressively, he did all that without the benefit of a running game or protection from his offensive line.

We are not sure at this time on Bridgewater’s timetable for return. The head coach said he wouldn’t bet against him coming back. But, based on the vote of confidence from Zimmer at this point, Bradford is the team’s choice for the foreseeable future.