Vikings won’t commit to Case Keenum beyond next week

By Vincent Frank

Case Keenum has led the Minnesota Vikings to a 7-2 record in nine starts since taking over for the injured Sam Bradford under center early this season.

He’s coming off a four-game span that has seen the veteran journeyman average north of 280 passing yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Minnesota is in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, averaging north of 27 points in the process.

Despite this, head coach Mike Zimmer is unwilling to commit to Keenum as the team’s starter for the remainder of the season.

“He’ll (Keenum) be the starter next week,” Zimmer said Friday in stopping short of naming Keenum the starter beyond Week 13, via the Star Tribune.

The head coach also took time to criticize his quarterback following a 30-23 win over Detroit on Thanksgiving.

“I thought Case played pretty well,” Zimmer said. “He made some big plays not only with his feet but with some of the throws he made. We protected well. The couple of sacks, kind of held the ball too long.”

We are now openly wondering what Keenum has to do in order to gain the trust of his head coach. Thursday’s win over the Lions pretty much put the NFC North to rest. Minnesota boasts a three-game lead in the division with five games remaining.

Keenum is also playing football at the highest level of his career. Heck, an argument could be made that he’s been a top-five quarterback during the Vikings’ winning streak.

Teddy Bridgewater’s return from injury warms the heart. But at some point the Vikings need to acknowledge that Keenum is the team’s starter moving forward. It shouldn’t be a week-to-week thing. He’s proven himself capable and has earned the trust of this team. Period.