After basically ripping him apart every chance i got during the preseason, Case Keenum has made me a believer. His work ethic and bland question answering technique have really won me over. I'm only kind of joking.
Somewhere in Eden Prairie on Tuesday, Pro Bowl Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be snuck into a back room to be fitted for his crown, cape and scepter, while a sore, ice-wrapped, Case Keenum puts whats left of his ham sandwich back in it's ziplock baggie, and tucks the baggie back in to his large, metal, lunchpail and grabs his clipboard and camouflage Vikings hat. This is his third team in six seasons, so Case knows what a demotion looks like, but this year was different. There weren't any lopsided losses or brutal key turnovers as there were before. This team is leading the division, the interceptions are down. Keenum has done a very good job filling in as starter for this first place football team. Sure, he isnt going to set the world on fire, but these games have proven that if given a decent offensive line and a good to great defense, Keenum can game-manage his way to a number of W's.
He was a dead man walking all season and never complained or made questionable what does he mean there? statements to the media, even though he probably would have been justified in doing so. He gave the same "take it one game, one week at a time" responses you hope your number two guy says while he is in there. Backup quarterbacks getting significant snaps as starters are basically auditioning for the rest of the league, and I think its safe to say that Keenum nailed the audition. He was never in Minnesota to be a starter, he was here to step in if an injury happened and avoid big mistakes. He has done that and much more this season and as a result, will hopefully get overpaid by a desperate team this offseason.
The NFL is a Quarterback needy league and there are a number of teams that are looking for a competent, veteran, starter. At the very least, there are a number of teams who will draft a young QB in this year's draft and sign Keenum as the stop gap until their young player is ready to be fitted for his crown, cape and scepter. At which point Case Keenum will put the rest of his sandwich in his lunchpail and start looking towards Cleveland, because lord knows he will get some snaps if he is on the roster there.