ESPN’s Jon Gruden and Sean McDonough drew praise for abhorring the on-field carnage during ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” telecast of Steelers vs. Bengals in Week 13. But FS1’s Jason Whitlock is throwing shade at the ESPN duo for making a “big deal” out of what he thought was a hard-hitting, but mostly clean, NFL game.
During ESPN’s telecast, Gruden said Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster’s illegal crackback block against the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict was “sickening.” Smith-Schuster, who then crowed over the fallen Burfict, should have been thrown out of the game, Gruden added.
Keenum knows that no matter how well he performs, Bridgewater’s shadow will be there. With all three of Minnesota’s aforementioned quarterbacks set to become unrestricted free agents, speculation will continue about how the Vikings plan to address the position heading into the 2018 offseason. Plus, it’s unknown how long coach Mike Zimmer would be willing to stick with Keenum if the Vikings experience a rough patch offensively.
But with the NFC North now almost locked up and a first-round playoff bye in sight, a scenario in which Zimmer reinstates Bridgewater will never come into play as long as Keenum keeps giving Minnesota the same luxury that New England, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New Orleans enjoy: confidence in who is taking the snaps at the game’s most important position.