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Minnesota Vikings starting QB will likely be Sam Bradford, says Titans coach

By The Sports Xchange
Minnesota Vikings starting QB will likely be Sam Bradford, says Titans coach
Minnesota Vikings head football coach Mike Zimmer watches his team take on the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 7, 2014. Minnesota won the game 34-6. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doesn't plan to announce his starting quarterback before Sunday's regular-season opener in Nashville, but Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey is fairly certain it will be Sam Bradford.

"The number of starts (Bradford) has, he's a very intelligent quarterback, he's faced this defense before," Mularkey said as he listed the reasons he believes that Bradford will be the starter. "They wouldn't give up a 1 (first-round pick) and a 4 (fourth-round pick) to have him sit very long.

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"He's had a very good preseason - really, both the quarterbacks had good preseasons. I would anticipate (Bradford) starts, and if he doesn't, it's not going to change how we prepare."

Zimmer said he will only tell the team the identity of the starter this week.

"So get your moles out," he said Wednesday.

Zimmer said Hill was disappointed the Vikings made the move for Bradford, acquiring him from the Eagles days after starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sustained a dislocated knee and torn knee ligament.

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Hill would not share much about his state of mind.

"I don't read anything you guys write. When I watch TV, I watch Disney Junior. So unless it scrolls across the bottom on Disney Junior, I don't see it," Hill said. "I stay right in my lane. I keep that same narrow focus throughout the whole season, whether I'm playing or not."

Bradford has been working overtime with offensive coordinator Norv Turner to get up to speed. Turner has prepared quarterbacks to play on shorter notice. With the Cowboys, he once used Bernie Kosar five days after the quarterback came to Dallas from Cleveland.

Bradford won't slow down before Sunday.

"Obviously, just being around here for a couple days, it just helps, seeing cutups, watching film, having meetings, talking to coaches, running plays, getting some reps in practice," he said.

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