Hill leads Vikings to win, but Zimmer mum on week 2 starter

Published 9:52 am Monday, September 12, 2016

By Chris Tomasson

St. Paul Pioneer Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sought to keep the identity of his starting quarterback a secret last week. Perhaps that will be the case this week.

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Zimmer wouldn’t reveal last week whether he would start Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford in Sunday’s opener, but NFL.com reported Friday that a source said the choice would be Hill. After Hill helped lead the Vikings to a 25-16 win over Tennessee in the opener at Nissan Stadium, Zimmer continued to remain mum.

“We always huddle (with the assistant coaches) and decide what to do,’’ Zimmer said about who will start next Sunday night against Green Bay in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Replacing Teddy Bridgewater, who was lost for the season to a knee injury suffered Aug. 30 in practice, Hill completed 18 of 33 passes for 236 yards. Bradford was acquired Sept. 3 from Philadelphia, and many believe he eventually will win the job.

Bradford, 28, has been working hard since the deal learning Minnesota’s offense. For now, Zimmer has elected to go with Hill, 36, a 15-year veteran in his second season with the Vikings.

“You take care of the football, make the right plays and I thought (Hill) did good,’’ Zimmer said. “Sam has done a nice job getting ready as well. We will take it one week at a time and see where it takes us.’’

Hill declined to say whether he felt he did enough to hold on to the job for next week

“That’s all on their plate,’’ he said. “I can’t think about that. … I prepare every week as if I’m playing. I started that back when I was a third-stringer (with Minnesota as a rookie) in 2002.’’

Sunday marked just the 35th career start for Hill. He’s now 17-18 and has a chance to get to .500 if he starts against the Packers.