Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told reporters after Sunday’s lopsided loss to the Patriots that he is not considering a change at quarterback, despite Matt Cassel struggling mightily against New England’s defense.
“I’m going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard, and I also said I wasn’t going to have a quick hook,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “Matt needs to play better. It’s pretty obvious he needs to play better. We all need to play better. I need to coach better.”
Zimmer added that at no time during the game did he consider the idea of going with first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel will be under center for Week 3’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Cassel completed 19-of-36 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Week 2’s game. He has particularly struggled to throw the ball beyond 10 yards.
It goes without saying that not having Adrian Peterson in the lineup was a huge loss for the Vikings’ offensive attack. However, Cassel should still have been able to do more than he did this past weekend.
It’s going to be hard for him to keep Bridgewater on the bench if he continues to struggle like this in the coming weeks.