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Vikes GM: Christian Ponder is our starting QB

Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:49 pm
Ponder will start for the Vikings again in 2012. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Christian Ponder had a solid first year for the Vikings, but he wasn't necessarily guaranteed to remain the future for the Vikings, thanks to the success of Joe Webb late in the year, as well as the presence of talented quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

However, new Vikings general manager Rick Speilman said on Wednesday that Ponder is the guy going forward.

2012 NFL Draft

"He’s going to be our starting quarterback when everyone is back for OTAs," Spielman told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

That doesn't mean Ponder can't lose the starting job to Webb (or any other veteran the Vikings bring in). It simply means that Minnesota doesn't plan on drafting a quarterback (say, Robert Griffin III) in the upcoming draft.

Lest you say that's obvious, the Browns are already a current example of how a team can fail to commit to a high draft pick as soon as the season ends. On Tuesday, Browns coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't commit to having Colt McCoy as his starter going forward and/or the Browns not drafting a quarterback in April.

Obviously the two situations are different; Ponder was a much higher pick than McCoy and Minnesota's only seen one season of Ponder, whereas McCoy's played in two full seasons, albeit shortened ones because of Cleveland's depth chart and concussion injuries.

But the Vikings do have the third pick in the draft, and that means they're squarely in the wheelhouse for potentially landing RG3. (For what it's worth, Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have them taking Matt Kalil and Morris Claiborne, respectively, in our latest mock drafts.)

Now they're more likely to find themselves squarely in the wheelhouse of trading down with a team that wants the Baylor product, which, as long as Ponder pans out to their projections, is an enviable position indeed.

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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:41 pm

Vikes GM: Christian Ponder is our starting QB

This is the right move even if none of us fans are overly excited about it.  Ponder is young, but he is intelligent and showed moments of athletic ability.  This team isn't going anywhere next year.  After spending a high draft choice for Ponder, they need to give him another year to grow as a starting QB.  If he fails next year, they will have another top 5 pick and they can take a QB in the 13 draft.  The Vikings first coaching move should be to bring in a good QB coach to help Ponder grow over the next year. 

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:44 pm

Vikes GM: Christian Ponder is our starting QB

if rg3 is there you gotta take him ponder was fragile in college and he still is in the pros griffin is mobile can do it all just add a big time receiver along with harvin and shore up the line a bit and it could be a very explosive offense withor without ap

Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:01 pm
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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:09 pm

Vikes GM: Christian Ponder is our starting QB

Bahahahhahhhahahah! The Vikings stink.

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