KUSA– All Mike Zimmer did, actually, was ask exactly what everybody else was believing.
“Is Case Keenum the quarterback he was last year or who he was three years ago? Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach, stated 18 days earlier at the NFL Combine.That was one variation. Another time, Zimmer was asked if Keenum could repeat his breakout 2017 season.”You think he can, however it’s simply type of guessing, “he said.Gee, thanks, coach. In fairness to Zimmer, he likewise applauded Keenum’s heart, competitiveness and research study practices. Then he dropped another money quote.”The concern is precisely what you’re asking: Is he this person? “Zimmer said.Zimmer’s candidness is rejuvenating. It was unexpected he didn’t think a bit more highly of the man who came to the rescue and lifted Minnesota to its finest season since Brett Favre’s last hurrah in 2009. Vikings No. 1 quarterback Sam Bradford was extraordinary in the season-opening win versus New Orleans,
however his knee couldn’t make it to week 2 versus Pittsburgh.Keenum and the Vikings lost to Pittsburgh that week, however he then went 12-2 the rest of the season, including a win at Chicago
when he once again came off the bench to bail out an inadequate and hurt Bradford.Keenum completed 67.6 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,547 lawns and 22 touchdowns while just throwing seven interceptions. Those numbers made him the NFL’s No. 7-rated passer. Kirk Cousins was 12th. Keenum likewise threw the”Minnesota Miracle “to cap a solid performance against the Saints in a second-round NFC playoff game. He tossed another touchdown pass to provide Minnesota an early 7-0 lead in the NFC Champion prior to the Eagles took control.And yet Keenum’s own coach couldn’t provide him anything more than a perhaps he is, maybe he’s not. Was Keenum offended his comments?”I stopped getting upset a long time ago,”Keenum said in a sit-down interview with 9News that will be played tonight on Overtime following the 10 o’clock news.” Because I’ve had doubters for a very long time. I play to prove people right that think in me. Now that’s the Denver Broncos– John Elway, Gary Kubiak, Vance Joseph, the offending staff– I play to prove those people ideal and my family, coaches I’ve had the whole time method, more than I do to show people wrong or people who have doubted me.”And I understand there’s going to be skeptics, people that disagree, individuals that will have their opinion which’s fine. That’s excellent. I want people to care. I desire individuals to care about football and people to appreciate the Denver Broncos– since
I do. I care a significant quantity about this team– already. And I have actually been a Denver Broncos for less than 24 Hr. “In the offseason, the Vikings first chose to not exercise an agreement extension with Keenum, or place a franchise tag on him. That move, coupled with Zimmer’s remarks, all but assured Keenum would play elsewhere in 2018. The Vikings pursued Cousins
in free company and got him with a record agreement while their backup plan, Keenum, signed with the Broncos.Keenum said of all the groups in the market for a quarterback– a group that consisted of Arizona, the New York City Jets, Cleveland, Buffalo and his own Minnesota Vikings– Denver was his first choice.He explained with a filibuster on the strengths of the Broncos, the city and their
surroundings.” Simply the fans here,”he said.” Broncos Nation. I have actually played here a couple of times, simply in the preseason, and it’s been unbelievable. The organization– the history, custom
here– I mean you walk in the door and the prizes are sitting right there.
“Elway has big shoes to fill however an extraordinary leader in this building. Coach Joseph is a man that I have actually known and had fun with, bet with the Texans my very first couple years(in 2012-13 when Joseph was the defensive backs coach). Across the board there was a lot of familiar faces.
A lot of familiarity with those people, coach Musgrave, Mike Sullivan, guys that I have actually heard absolutely nothing but amazing features of. “That and the team itself is an incredible group, poised to do some special things on the field. First-hand I have actually had experience playing the defense. Von Miller, I think among the fastest sacks I’ve ever had in my life (in a 2016 preseason game). I’m so delighted to be wearing a different colored jersey when
we practice against him. He’ll peel off. Ideally.”Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, people that I have actually looked at from afar and been fans of from afar. Actually thrilled to obtain to deal with them.”Therefore far more. The city of Denver, we have actually heard absolutely nothing but terrific things. We have friends and family that live here. We’re delighted to get out and explore the city and the surrounding location.
We enjoy the outdoors. “Red Rocks, the amphitheater there. … It’s been on my list. I’ve been passing away to go there for so long.
Yeah, to go to a concert. Or just to go check it out, go see it.”That’s an actually long answer due to the fact that there’s a lot of excellent reasons why I wished to be here. “Now that he’s here, there will still be questions about his level of play as
an NFL quarterback. Did he peak? Or is he ascending?But those questions are not being asked publicly by his bosses. “Everything we thought that Case had– not just what he can do on the field but exactly what he can do off the field as far as leadership qualities, the grit that he has, the method that he plays
the video game and the manner in which he completes– he was the ideal suitable for us,” Elway said. “We’re very delighted to welcome Case to Denver and we really have high expectations for exactly what we can do and what he can add, specifically on the offensive side.”© 2018 KUSA