CBSSports When the Vikings offense take the field Sunday, Sept. 7 in St. Louis, they’ll do so with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback. Players were informed Monday morning that Cassel won the job over rookie first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. Cassel, who began the 2013 season behind former first-round pick Christian Ponder, started nine games and completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Heading into training camp — and with Ponder’s future in Minnesota all but over — Cassel only had to beat out the inexperienced Bridgewater. A solid preseason from the veteran made the decision easy for first-year coach Mike Zimmer, but there’s no guarantee Bridgewater doesn’t play at some point this season. Injuries are an obvious reason, but the rookie has improved over the team’s first three preseason games, and the Vikings drafted him as the next face of the franchise.
This was the smart move for the Minnesota Vikings, but after Matt Cassel’s strong play in preseason, it was also the only move. There is no doubt that Teddy Bridgewater is the future in Minnesota, and he has also been impressive this preseason, but right now Matt Cassel gives the Vikings the best chance to win football games. Bridgewater will benefit with the extra repetitions in practice, but also from watching Matt Cassel prepare for an NFL game, and his time to shine will come soon.