One of, if not the hottest topic surrounding the Minnesota Vikings is the play of second-year quarterback Christian Ponder. Many fans are calling for him to be benched after several weeks average-to-poor performances. It’s certainly not an unreasonable request, as a solid argument can be made to look at backup Joe Webb. However, head coach Leslie Frazier has made little indication that he will consider changing QBs.
At this point in the season, I just highly doubt we’ll see a change. The Vikings have made it clear that Ponder is their guy, and they seem to be okay with sinking or swimming with him at the helm.
As much as I’d like to see what Webb can do at times, I’m okay with sticking with Ponder.
The thing fans must understand is that Ponder is the guy the organization hand-picked to be their quarterback. They’re likely going to stick with him through the thick-and-thin, and until it’s 100% clear that he’s not the guy, Ponder will be behind center every Sunday.
Now of course things can change on a dime in the NFL, Ponder could come out and throw four first half interceptions this Sunday and be benched in no time. Webb could still see some action this year, but I just doubt it at this point.
I think it’s obvious with the ever-raising bar for young quarterbacks, that people are losing patience with Ponder. While I understand that, I still don’t think it’s quite fair in this situation. Ponder took over a dead in the water team mid-way through last season, and the team this year wasn’t expected to do anything. With four games to go, the Vikings are still very much alive for a playoff spot, a place no one thought they’d be.
Does Ponder have to play better? Absolutely, but I’m not ready to say he’s not the guy for the job yet. I’m guessing Frazier will stick with Ponder the rest of this season, and that he will no doubt be the guy in 2013 as well.
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