Pat Shurmur is reportedly the leading candidate to replace Bruce Arians in Arizona, and one must wonder if the Vikings offensive coordinator might take his quarterback, Case Keenum, along for the ride. Keenum has excelled under Shurmur this season, and Minnesota isn’t exactly short on quarterbacks, with Sam Bradford on the mend and Teddy Bridgewater in the bullpen.
Might Keenum play in Arizona next season?
“I could see it happening,” Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said on Tiki and Tierney. “I think the real bottom line is who is Case Keenum? I think that’s the real question. We’ve seen plenty of career before this year where nobody was willing to commit to him and we weren’t really sure what he was and we didn’t know if he could be a franchise quarterback. He had a tremendous year this year. He’s played really, really well. When I watch him on film, I really like what he does. But at the same time, I’m still not sure he is a franchise I-can-carry-a-team-with-my-right-arm type guy.”
Keenum, who turns 30 in February, threw 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions this year. Prior to this season, Keenum had thrown 24 touchdowns and 20 touchdowns in 26 games for the Texans and Rams.
“Arizona (does not necessarily) need (a quarterback to carry the team) right now,” Warner said. “They could go draft that guy, and (Keenum would) be a great bridge quarterback. But I think that’s the bottom line. What is he going to demand after a great year he had this year? How far is he going to go? And do you believe, whether you’re Pat Shurmur and the Cardinals, that he really is that franchise guy and is worth what he could possibly get in the open market? And where does that put your team if you go in that direction?
“So I could see it happening,” Warner continued. “I just don’t know if I see him being paid upper-echelon where franchise quarterbacks are because I don’t know if we know enough about him. He got to play this year, and again, he played very well, but he played behind a great defense that was incredible and he managed a lot of games and made some plays with two great playmakers on the outside.”
That would be Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who combined for 155 catches, 2,125 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“I’m not knocking what (Keenum) did because he played so much better than I think anybody expected, and I think he’s played at an extremely high level,” Warner said. “I’m just not sure if you take away a great defense, who is Case Keenum and what is he going to give you each Sunday if he’s behind center and you don’t have all the pieces?”
Keenum and the Vikings host Drew Brees and the Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoffs this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:40 p.m. ET.
In other news, Jon Gruden is now head coach of the Raiders, which means there’s an opening in the Monday Night Football booth.
Might Warner be a possible candidate to replace him?
“I’m in a great spot,” said Warner, who will be a free agent this offseason. “I have great freedom to figure out what I want to do in the future. I love being at games, I love calling games, but it just has to be the right fit. I got four kids at home, one entering high school, one that’s playing at the University of Nebraska, I want to see him play – so there’s a lot of pieces in play here. But I’m definitely leaving my options open. Monday Night Football, what a tremendous opportunity that would be for anybody. Right now I really don’t know what my future has, but I’m excited about it.”