Sometimes it takes an injury to really put a quarterback’s place on a team in perspective. Fans often get disgruntled with starting QBs and that was certainly the case with Christian Ponder in 2012. Nearly all season there were fans calling for backup Joe Webb to get a chance. Well he got his chance on Saturday night.
However, things didn’t go as Webb or the fans would have hoped. What transpired was a performance in which Webb went 11 for 30 for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Let’s be honest, Webb was just flat out bad at times.
Now in fairness, Webb was somewhat thrown to the wolves. Even though he’d been practicing with the first team all week leading up to the wild card game, it was still his first start of the year. In fact, it was his first meaningful action in basically two years. Certainly not ideal circumstances going into Lambeau, but regardless, Webb did not get the job done.
So now Minnesota Vikings fans are left without a quarterback controversy heading into 2013. Even before Saturday’s events there was no way in my mind that Ponder wasn’t the starter next season, but now there is absolutely no doubt at all he’s the man in Minnesota.
Even after all that’s transpired in the last few days, we still don’t know if Ponder is the QB of the future for the Vikings, but we do know that Webb is definitely not the guy.
Christian Ponder is not a terrible quarterback as some have called him. He’s not proven, and a playoff game would have gone along ways towards determining just how good he really is, but fans will have to wait another year to figure that out.
It’s only fair that Ponder gets the job heading into next season after leading the team to ten wins and the playoffs. He’s the handpicked guy to run the Vikings, and he should get at least one more year at the helm to show if he can lead this franchise back to a place it hasn’t been in a very long time.
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