Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) throws the ball against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Who Will Be The Vikings 2014 Starting Quarterback?


Quarterback is the most popular position in the NFL.  Not only does the quarterback touch the ball on every offensive play, but he also helps control the tempo, make adjustments, and execute every play.

This brings up a strange situation in Minnesota.  The Vikings paid fairly handsomely to bring back veteran quarterback Matt Cassel.  They still have former first round pick Christian Ponder on the roster.  And they just used a first round selection on a rookie passer named Teddy Bridgewater.

While many teams are already willing to redshirt their rookie quarterbacks, the Vikings have already declared that it will be an open competition in camp to name the starter for the year.  That brings up a great question: Who will be the Vikings 2014 starting quarterback?

I’ll break down the options as if they were horses at the Kentucky Derby:

Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) passes the game in the first quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

The Safe Bet:  Matt Cassel

Minnesota should know what to expect from Cassel.  He’s a former starter who has had some success as a starting quarterback in the past.  He is familiar with the current players, including the wide receivers, tight ends, running back, and offensive line.  Cassel fits what offensive coordinator Norv Turner seems to like in quarterbacks: a strong arm and good accuracy.

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) calls a play during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Long Shot:  Christian Ponder

I have to admit that I would be pretty surprised to see Christian Ponder win the starting job this year.  Although he has shown a couple flashes of brilliance during his time as a starter with the Vikings, he has given many more moments that left us scratching our heads confused.  However, with an amazing performance this preseason, he could get the nod.

May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is interviewed by the media at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Young Upstart:  Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater is a great unknown coming into the season.  The rookie has no NFL experience and will be there for the coaching staff to develop into a great quarterback.  With no idea of how long it will take Bridgewater to acclimate to the NFL level, Bridgewater remains the trendy and fun pick as Minnesota’s starter.

The Field:  Anyone Else

This is definitely the worst bet to take right now.  I don’t see the Vikings trading for any other quarterback to become the starter and it is hard to imaging one of the training camp quarterbacks beating out Cassel, Ponder, or Bridgewater.  While it’s always a possiblity, it’s not one that I’d want to risk any money on.

Who would you bet on as the Vikings starting quarterback for week 1 of the 2014 NFL season?  Let me know in the comments!

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  • trinity

    I’m betting teddy beats out Matt in camp, and starts week 1

    • Wilson

      No chance. He will carry the clip board. You nothing about Zimmer and Turner on how they work. Not like the flunkies we got rid-of who threw Freeman out there after one week.

      • trinity

        Maybe you haven’t been paying attention, but Zimmer said there would be a QB battle, and he’s hoping teddy wins the job sooner rather than later.Matt cassel sucks, so I am predicting teddy beats him out in camp. Simple as that.

        • Wilson

          Enjoy your dream. Where did and when did Zimmer say what you trying to quote? The Vikes are rebuilding, sorry we no longer have Frazier trying to rebuild and save his job at the same time. He lost his job and we were not rebuilt. Sit back grasshopper enjoy the show but don’t expect more than 3 wins this year.

          • trinity

            Grasshopper? Lol you’re embarrassing yourself, and it’s really funny :). As for the zimmer saying that, simply Google it. If you knew anything about your damn team, you would have already seen what he said. Idiot.

          • Wilson

            We will see in in December.

          • trinity

            Yep Willie, we will see.

    • Wilson

      I’ll take that bet. Put your money up.

  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Vikings start either 2-2 or 1-3 and bench Cassel. That way, they start Teddy on Monday Night Football in the primetime against the Packers.

    • David Mallow

      that would be great, except we don’t have any primetime games this year. we have a Thursday night game against them though…

      • Ryan Johnson

        lol thursday night is primetime because you would be the only game on TV, which means everyone is watching your game….primetime

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        My bad. I typed Monday outta habit. Thursday night. Week 5 is right though.

    • Dylan Throldahl

      Not sure his first game you want to put him on prime time against a top division rival for the past couple years…. He does well when pressure calls for it but still.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        We shoved Ponder in against the Packers, and he did pretty alright. Bridgewater starting a Thursday would be fresh blood on a short week. Plus, we’d see 50 carries by Peterson. What’s not to like?

    • Wilson

      What and be embarrassed like we were starting Freeman. Did you bump your head?

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        Different situation altogether. Mid-season free agent vs rookie qb in training camp.

        Personally, I’d start him against the Rams. I have no idea how he’d be unsuccessful with the potent offense we have. Ideal o-line, #1 RB, and weapons at receiver. Let him play at a high level before AP’s window closes.

        • Wilson

          As far as on a national TV game, no. Starting no. Only if we are winning late in the 4th quarter.Must remember we are rebuilding not trying to win our division.

  • Turdd Ferguson

    It’s very tough to say without seeing any play in the new offensive scheme. I’ll agree, Matt is the safe bet. It’d be interesting if Norv could turn Ponder around so he played like he did the last 4 games in 2012. I’m not a once out, always out fan. If we can get some production out of our former first round draft pick, that’d be great.

  • MikeH123

    Since the vertical (Norv Turner) offense requires a sturdy pocket quarterback with a strong arm (especially important when moving outdoors into the cold and wind), the Vikings should add another QB like a Brett Favre. However, since Bridgewater was most pro ready QB in the draft so he must start or there will be concerns about the pick.

  • mike

    Bridgewater was not drafted to be the back up. He was drafted to be the starter so start him and let the cards fall as they may.

    • Dylan Throldahl

      Yeah because it always works out to just throw the guy into action right away instead of giving him some extra time to get all adjusted to team the NFL the Scheme. Great plan. Be different if he showed he had all that down and does well with the team on practice and the preseason. I dont care where he was drafted what round what pick, you have to make sure the player is ready to go out and play at this level

    • Wilson

      He was not drafted to be the starter he was draft to be part of a rebuilding era.

  • jakelachelt

    Matt Cassel. The goal is to win games, not trash an entire season letting the rookie get his feet wet. Cassel is quick, decisive, accurate, and now he doesn’t have a crap coordinator or a crap defense that always leaves him playing catch-up.

    • Cool Jack

      I agree.While it is always fun to watch a rookie excell….Cassel is a proven Vet. that I believe will get even better under Norv Turner,Ponder also.You don;t need to sacrifice games or get the rookie hurt just to prove a point.He needs a lot of work and learning a pro system.Good comment jakelachelt……

    • trinity

      Huh? I don’t know what games you’ve been watching dude, but cassel is a terrible quarterback. Zimmer doesn’t want him in there. He said that there would be an open competion and “he’s hoping bridgewater wins the job sooner rather than later”. He wants to move on from cassel, and I don’t blame him. Sure, cassel may be a more attractive piece of trash than Christian ponder lol, but he’s still trash nevertheless. I’m guessing bridgewater beats him out in camp.

  • David Mallow

    TEDDY BRIDGEWATER IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE BEST QB ON OUR ROSTER AND WILL BE OUR QB FOR YEARS TO COME… HE HAS WHAT IT TAKES PHYSICALLY,BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY MENTALLY TO SUCCEED AND THAT IS EXTREMELY RARE…DON’T SLEEP ON TEDDY…

    • Thomas

      ITS HARD TO SLEEP ON ANYTHING WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE YELLING AT YOU IN ALL CAPS!

  • Timothy McGinness

    The problem is , I believe, carrying three(3) “qbs” on the active.

  • Wilson

    Cassel, will start, we signed him to play the next two years playing outdoors. One reason for the new coaching staff is because of the great puck up the last staff made putting Freeman in after one week. Zimmer and Turner are too smart for that, and you be stupid to think otherwise. Face it the next two years are dedicated to rebuilding, not winning and not expecting to advance to the playoffs. AP is on the block, his age, his injuries, his surgeries, and the fact his best days are behind him we need to trade him now not punish him playing on the frozen tundra of TCF field. Rebuilding takes time we will be ready when we move into our new stadium and not before that. Sit back and enjoy the show but don’t expect miracles.

    • Cool Jack

      Another wise comment that makes alot of sense,!

  • brian199511

    Cassel starts the beginning of the year and Bridgewater takes over in week 8 for the Tampa Bay game. The weather in Tampa Bay won’t be an issue and give Teddy a chance to concentrate on his game. He does get a few reps early in the season at the end of games to prepare. Alternatively, he starts after the bye week but that game is in Chicago so weather will be an issue.

    • Thomas

      So…you are resigning the first half of the season? If that’s the case, why not let Teddy get all the reps?

  • Tony Vicka VanHall

    I usually don’t post comments, but I believe it will be truly hard for Zimmer to keep Teddy on the bench if he performs even on the same level as Cassel or Ponder in August. Which btw I don’t believe Ponder even has a chance unless there’s an injury, (knock on wood).

    There are multiple reasons here, but let’s start with weather… As the season goes along, the weather is going to get much colder in MN. Starting him earlier will help Teddy get used to the speed of the NFL, along with develop relationships with his receiving unit.

    Then you can make a strong debate based on his numbers under pressure. They rank up there with some of the best to ever play a pro style offense in college football. Now, I know numbers and playing style doesn’t always translate, but I’d love to actually have a winning season this year. If Teddy gives us the best chance, which I believe he will personally, then put him in and watch the magic happen!!