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The Vikings Wouldn’t Dare – or Would They?

With the loss of starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings are in a world of hurt. Their backups are Shaun Hill and Joel Stave.

Shaun Hill went undrafted in 2002. That’s right, he’s 36 now, after having stints over the years with the Vikings, Amsterdam Admirals, 49ers, Lions, Rams, and the Vikings again. Over the past five years, he been strictly a backup, completed more than 10 passes in a season but once – when he relieved the injured Sam Bradford in 2014. This preseason, Hill is 17-for-25 on his passes with an 8.3 yards per pass average, no touchdowns or interceptions, and with a 90.8 QBR.

Joel Stave, a rookie who led the Wisconsin Badgers last year, has gone 19-of-33 with a 6.3 yards per pass average, one interception and no touchdowns, and with a 63.8 QBR.

You can bet the Vikes are looking everywhere for another quarterback.

As of last weekend there were at least 110 quarterbacks on NFL rosters. When final roster cuts are complete on September 3, about half the teams will keep three quarterbacks and half will keep only two. If so, that means about 30 quarterbacks are about to be released outright or sitting on teams’ practice squads. Unless the Vikings arrange a trade, they are likely to be poring over those 30 QBs.

It’s likely the Green Bay Packers will release backup quarterback Joe Callahan and put him on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Callahan has been a steady and surprising preseason performer – and he’s likely to be in that group of 30 or so in a few days. His line going into Thursday’s game is 41-of-64 with an average of 5.6 yards per pass, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has a solid 89.1 QBR.

The Vikings will be watching the Packers game on Thursday, and they’ll probably be preoccupied with No. 6 on the Packers.

Might the Vikings go after young Joe Callahan? Given their penchant in recent years for signing Packers’ players – Darren Sharper, Desmond Bishop, Brett Favre, Greg Jennings, Robert Ferguson, Ryan Longwell, DuJuan Harris, and current receiver Charles Johnson – this isn’t such a far-fetched scenario.

Rob Born

Smart drafters don’t select the best available players, they fill a team’s positions of greatest need.



  1. Chad Lundberg August 30, 2016

    It’s possible they’ll sign, but jack-shit will come from it. May I remind everyone that even if Joe is a capable starting quarterback, he’s still a rookie? Unless the Vikings offer a trade from someone like Brett Hundley, I’m not the least bit scared of them, and even then they’re far from invincible.

  2. Deepsky August 30, 2016

    This is like the comment, a tornado hit Minnesota and there was a $10 millions in improvements.

    Bridgewater was the key to the Vikings playing second fiddle to the Packers this season. Now they’ll pick up Matt Flynn and have a shot at the division.

  3. Howard August 30, 2016

    It would be doubtful that Callahan would be signed by Minnesota. There are at least 3 teams that could put in a waiver claim for Callahan that Are QB needy, and they are ahead of Minnesota in claim order. Two of those teams the Packers played in preseason. Cleveland and SF. The other team is Dallas. Not saying Callahan would be a starter, however he could be looked at as an emergency backup, and all three need at least that position filled. Shit Callahan would be an upgrade as a starter for SF. In fact TT may be able to get those 3 teams into a competition and offer a late round draft pick for Callahan. All 3 are early in the order for waiver claims.

  4. Kato August 30, 2016

    I hate the Vikings with all my heart, but in all seriousness am really hoping for the best for Bridgewater. A dislocated knee? Gulp. The guy could be at risk of losing his fucking leg.

  5. Feck August 30, 2016

    Jay Cutler has a 44 passer rating this preseason so the Bears should be looking to put in a waiver claim on Callahan too. Except they are the bad news bears and would never be so savvy.

    1. Chad Lundberg August 30, 2016

      Love this ^

  6. TyKo Steamboat August 30, 2016

    I remember those pieces of shit laughing when jordy got hurt last season & when Rodgers broke his collarbone. See you Week 2, bitches.
    Call the Packers “Daddy”

  7. MGP August 31, 2016

    Is Matt Flynn in any rooster, right now?

    1. Chad Lundberg August 31, 2016

      I’ll check every farm in Wisconsin if I have to.

    2. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey August 31, 2016

      I would hope not, we don’t ken to chicken fuckers round these parts

  8. Tucson Packer August 31, 2016

    Just hilarious to see all of the former Packers picked up by the Vikings in an obvious attempt to beat their clearly superior rivals by inserting players from a successful system into one vastly sub-par by comparison in a multitude of categories.

    It’s like putting a F-1 driver in a ’95 Corolla.

    Can we see a list of former Vikings the Packers have picked up? Just to be fair, and for another good chuckle.

    Again Rob, thanks for the numbers/facts making your articles even more tasty.

    1. Chad Lundberg August 31, 2016

      Honestly, I think it goes beyond that. This has less to do with sound strategy of team building, and more to do with the fact that the Minnesota Vikings owners are extremely jealous of the overwhelming success we’ve always had over them. From the owners to the players to fans, the Vikings absolutely love it when they beat Green Bay. So when they can’t do that, they’ll take our players from us, and use them as a means to taunt us. That’s what it really comes down to. Just trying to brag about it to our face.

      1. Tucson Packer September 1, 2016

        Yes yes yes, completely agree. It’s almost like they are literally trying to steal the play books by getting all the info from former Packers. All to beat the Packers. I don’t know when their last focus was the Lombardi. I mean, some are going to call that “gamesmanship” but I call it pathetic. You should be able to be a successful team against a majority of opponents based on your own volition, execution of your own plays and a responsibility to a tradition of excellence. Then again, it must be so frustrating to reap repeated failure and less than 100 miles away, well, Title-Town.

  9. Tyler M September 1, 2016

    The Vikings probably won’t be watching the Packers game, considering they are playing their own game at the same time.