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Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:30 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Even though the Vikings were down 29 points, Donovan McNabb was indeed benched for Christian Ponder on Sunday night in a loss at Chicago. Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said he'd announce his decision on who'll start going forward Wednesday, but his mind is reportedly already made up and Ponder will get the nod in Week 7 for the Vikings.

That's according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, who reports that Frazier "has made the change and notified those involved." This is a bit awkward considering McNabb said Monday that he expected to remain the starter.

The logic behind the move to Ponder is pretty simple: the Vikings aren't winning now whether McNabb or Ponder's under center, and McNabb simply isn't anything more than a one-year rental for Minnesota.

Ponder, on the other hand, is the theoretical future of the franchise, as my colleague Pete Prisco wrote on Monday morning. And Minnesota, already five games back of the division-leading Packers, needs to find out if Ponder can be as successful as they hope.

It's unlikely he'll turn around the Vikings season, but he did provide a spark to the offense Sunday, albeit against a prevent defense from the Bears.

And as I noted in Sorting the Sunday Pile, it sure sounds like the rest of the members of the Vikings offense are on board with plugging Ponder in and trying to see what they've got from the rookie out of Florida State.

It's the smart, logical move, even if it won't pay off immediate dividends in terms of games won. But then again, McNabb didn't appear to helping much either.

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Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:43 pm
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Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:42 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

What you say makes complete sense and unfortunately McNabb will never be able to brush away his ego.  I am an Eagles fan and was a supporter of McNabb but his time was up years ago as a starter.  His ego is what kept him in as a starter because coaches were afraid to bruise that ego of his.  Hell, to this day he still complains and whines about being booed on draft day.  I think too, that he would be good as a backup but because of his hurt feelings his time in the NFL has come and gone.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Maybe it's time the Vikes work out some trades for vets like Winfield, Hutch or K-Will.  Let them go to contenders and max any trade value those vets have.  This season is a wash.  At least the team will get a high first rounder and maybe secure a LT to protect our brand new QB.  Would be nice to add a couple more picks in next year's draft and come out more young next year.  Sucks that there are several talented vets on this team and they are going no where.

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:37 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Now, the Vikings receivers weren't helping McNabb out much, but the guy underthrew about 75% of his passes.  When your offense is built on a run/short pass game, you gotta hit the short ones... the occasional home run balls weren't even close.

I wanted this experiment to work, but it did not.  I agree with the post that Peterson, Harvin, Allen and KWill need to keep their skills up and save their bodies until next year.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:35 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Well, the kid does have live feet.

I know most are talking about McNabb's inaccurate passing. But from the couple of Viking games I watched, he rarely got a pass off. He was always getting off the ground and dusting off his back side. It's obvious he's lost a step and the Vikes O line didn't look all that stout.

Thus, put the kid back there who can move a little. I'm not a McNabb hater, but you could definitely see a breath of fresh air in the Vikes when Ponder came in.  

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:32 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Not sure starting Ponder against the Packers is the right move!  The Packers are going to chew this dude up!  Starting him after the bye week makes more sense.  

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:28 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

The simple fact is this; a QB who relies on his legs for ample time to throw the ball can only last so long in the league. You reach a certain age and then your mobility just begins to depreciate (One example, Garcia). McNabb was an above average QB, above average because sometimes he was great and sometimes he was just okay, during his peak time in the NFL.  He got the job done most of the time and allowed his team at the time, the Eagles, the opportunities to win each game.  The issue now is he doesn't realize that he lacks the mechanics to be a pure pocket passer nor does he have the accuracy.  He is definitely a GREAT backup QB at this time in his career and should brush away all of his ego and try and help Ponder become an elite QB.  He should take from his success and pass it on, and not become Brett Favre in regards to being selfish and not sharing knowledge.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:25 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

This is the right move. The Vikings have no hope at all of making the playoffs this year so they might as well find out if the kid can play. It should add as spark to the team and it will definitely give the fans a reason to watch. The worst part about this train wreck is that it's one more wasted year for young studs Peterson and Harvin. These guys play so hard that they only have a few good years left. McNabb showed absolutely NO desire to win this year so to hell with his feelings. SKOL!

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:17 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

McNabb is done. You see that Reid knew his weeknesses. Neither wash or Minn realised he can't throw an accurate pass to a moving reciever, he can or use to be able to throw a 10 yard hitch but he cant even do that anymore. He's done....period.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:10 pm

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

As sad as this sounds they may be a little more interesting to watch now. The only downside is Ponder will likely win more than McSuck which will cost the Vikes any shot at the top pick and all the potential trade offers for it !

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