Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer informed his players this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Rams, according to a FOX Sports report.
Cassel had been battling first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater for the chance to start. But despite impressive preseason numbers from Bridgewater, which included four touchdown passes and no interceptions, it was clear throughout the summer that Cassel was firmly entrenched as the starter.
Cassel got the majority of the first-team reps during training camp and started every preseason game for the Vikings. He played nearly three quarters of Saturday night’s 30-12 win over the Chiefs.
Bridgewater, meanwhile, only received reps with the first-team offense in the preseason opener.
Since drafting Bridgewater in May, Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman have said that they do not want to rush Bridgewater onto the field before he is ready. And they re-signed Cassel before even picking a quarterback to be the bridge to whoever their next quarter of the future would be.
Zimmer is expected to formally announce his decision at a press conference later this morning.
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Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— What have we learned about the Vikings during their 3-0 preseason start?
— RT Phil Loadholt is going to be OK after injuring his ankle the other night.
— The Vikings won’t be facing Rams QB Sam Bradford in the season opener.
— Head coach Mike Zimmer has yet to name his starting quarterback.
— Zimmer’s defense flashed potential in Saturday’s win over the Chiefs.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
Say what you want about the preseason. Winning is contagious.. I love the way this TEAM goes to work!! #Vikings
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) August 24, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Packers NT Josh Boyd is ready to step in for the injured B.J. Raji.
— The Bears defense took a step back in a blowout loss to the Seahawks.
— Lions rookie OLB Kyle Van Noy is worried that he has a sports hernia.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings return to Winter Park for two days of practice before heading to Nashville. Zimmer will talk before practice and the locker room will be open to media. Practice begins at 12:50 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings have gone undefeated in the preseason six times in their history, but a perfect preseason is no guarantee for regular-season success. In four of the seasons, they had a winning record and in three they made the playoffs. One of their undefeated preseasons was 1973, when they advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. But the last time they went undefeated was 2001, the year after their 41-0 loss in the NFC title game. They would go 5-11 that season.