Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has hit a bump in the road leading to some NFL rumors that perhaps it is time for the Vikings to make a change. However, would that be good for the Vikings at this juncture?
Joe Webb has had a few games under his belt that could excite a fan base. But so does Ponder. Ponder has shown he is a capable quarterback. Yes, he has struggled this season but also take into account that he has been without Percy Harvin since November 4th. When you take away a quarterback’s best weapon in the passing game and nobody else steps up it is hard for that quarterback to have success.
Kyle Rudolph is the Vikings’ second leading receiver with 45 receptions. Adrian Peterson is third in receptions with 36 catches. Michael Jenkins, the number two receiver, is fourth with just 30 receptions. A passing attack that has a running back third means there are probably an awful lot of check downs. There is just none of the receivers are getting open.
There is just nobody there that makes defenses account for them. Is Jerome Simpson going to take the pressure off of Harvin and prove to be a threat in the vertical passing game? Doubtful. The Vikings need to upgrade their receiving corps and give Ponder some weapons to elevate the passing game.
Ponder’s numbers aren’t terrible. He has thrown 14 TDs compared to 11 INTs and his completion percentage is an acceptable 62.5 percent. However, he is averaging just over 180 yards per game. The Vikings just don’t have the weapons in the passing game. That isn’t the quarterback’s fault.
To blame the Vikings’ problems in the passing game solely on the quarterback isn’t fair. Ponder can only do so much. The offense runs through Adrian Peterson. After Peterson it is Percy Harvin. Harvin is proving to be one of the most dynamic players in the game but the Vikings will need to add more pieces before they make a final judgment on Ponder.