The Vikings have struggled terribly at QB during Adrian Peterson’s run with the team. The team will enter the 2014 training camp with a rare 3-way QB competition to determine who will lead the team in Peterson’s last season before he turns the dreaded “30.”
Mike Zimmer, after spending decades as a coordinator, finally gets his shot as a head coach for the Vikings. The defensive mastermind behind many Top 5 defenses for the Cowboys and Bengals takes over a unit that was dead last in points allowed (30 per game) and 31st in total yards and passing yards allowed.
The Vikings have had 5 different QBs lead the team in passing since Adrian Peterson was drafted in 2007. The team was fortunate enough to make the playoffs in two of those seasons in large part because of Peterson’s ability to take over a game.
The 3-way QB battle will be between former 1st round pick Christian Ponder – who led the Vikings to playoffs in 2012, Matt Cassel – a veteran who made the Pro Bowl in 2010, and rookie 1st round pick Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville. There is no clear cut favorite at this time, and few people are expecting the eventual winner to even start all 16 games.
The offense also features standout WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson and veterans Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson.
The defense is a huge question mark after letting sack leader Jared Allen leave in free agency.
The Vikings will report to training camp in Mankato, Minnesota on July 24.