After his team’s less-than-impressive performance in a 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon, you would expect that Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer would be a little salty in his post-game press conference, and he was. However, when he was asked. . .numerous times. . .about the status of quarterback Sam Bradford, he said something that really didn’t make a whole lot of sense.
"Sam is fine. He might play one game from now, he might play six weeks from now. Either way, he's fine." -Mike Zimmer on Bradford's status— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 17, 2017
Now, I’m not sure how Zimmer and the Vikings are defining “fine” in this scenario, but if he doesn’t play for another six weeks, I’m not sure how that falls under the heading of “fine.” That actually seems as though it would be the exact opposite of “fine.”
The Vikings’ offense struggled mightily under the leadership of Case Keenum on Sunday afternoon, and if Bradford doesn’t find his way back onto the field in short order, not only will he not be “fine,” but the Vikings’ 2017 season will almost certainly not be “fine” either.
I know that we all like Mike Zimmer and his no-BS style of coaching, but I’m not sure what the logic behind all of this is. Obviously, something isn’t right with Sam Bradford, whether Mike Zimmer wants to tell us that everything is fine or not. It does, however, add an entirely new level of intrigue to the Vikings’ preparations for their game against the 1-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.