Mike Zimmer: I don’t want to have a ‘quick hook’ with Matt Cassel

Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that he won’t yank Matt Cassel because of one bad performance.

“I think you still have to go on what you’ve seen every day in practice and what you’ve seen in the preseason,” Zimmer said. “I do want to hold everybody accountable every single time that they go out on the field and I think that’s important for us going forward in the future.

“I don’t want to have a quick hook, but I want to do what’s the right thing for the football team and at that point in time, Norv (Turner) and I will sit down and discuss those things, if it gets to that point and then figure out what’s best. I don’t foresee that being an early decision. We’ve gone seven, almost eight weeks now and we feel like this is the way we want to go. We throw an interception the first play of the game, I’m not going to yank him.”

Zimmer doesn’t want to juggle between quarterbacks this season.

“I know the fans are excited about Teddy,” he said. “I’m excited about Teddy. But we have to do what’s best for the football team at this point, and what’s best for the future — and as you know, coaches’ futures aren’t necessarily very long. I’m always trying to think between the now and the future, and what’s best for this organization as we go down the road.”

Cassel said Wednesday that he doesn’t feel like he’s looking over his shoulder.

“I think that I’ve had a tremendous offseason, I’ve worked as hard as I’ve ever worked and I’m not going to look over my shoulder,” he said. “You can’t play that way, you can’t worry about, “If I make a mistake well what’s going to happen next?” You have to go out and play the game to the best of your ability and I think Teddy [Bridgewater] does have a tremendous future but hopefully as long as I’m here he’s not playing.”

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