Re: Post-Preseason Wk 1; Tj or Case?
I haven't digged into the fourth quarter yet, but in the third quarter, Keenum actually was operating in a more adverse situation that Yates did.
The composite group that Yates had on the field with him was clearly superior to the group that Keenum had.
The defense that Keenum faced was about the same, or just a hair below the defense that Yates saw.
Several Vikings defensive players remained in the game (6 of them).
3 new guys came in were at least the equivalent of the 3 they replaced.
Only two guys were lesser than the guys they replaced, but one of them is a 322lb NT, Anthony McCloud, who had 8 TFLs and 4 sacks in his best year at Florida St, and DT Everett Dawkins - a 7th round draft pick.
Dawkins was given a 5th-6th rd grade by NFL Draft Scout (they think he can eventually replace Fred Evans - a former 7th rounder, who played in the second qtr.)
The Vikings also rotated in some players in both the second and third quarter.
Overall, there was not a significant talent difference between the unit that Yates and Keenum faced; however, the offensive unit that surrounded Keenum is clearly at least half a notch below the unit that Yates had.