No Reason Why Christian Ponder Shouldn't Be the Starter For Minnesota Vikings

By Dan Parzych
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There’s been plenty of talk surrounding the Minnesota Vikings and whether or not Matt Cassel would steal the starting job at quarterback away from Christian Ponder.  The argument can be made the former first-round pick has struggled to live up to the hype over his first two seasons, but if head coach Leslie Frazier has anything to say about the quarterback job–there’s no reason for Ponder to worry just yet.

Despite the acquisition of Cassel, Frazier has made it clear that Ponder is still the team’s No. 1 quarterback and there’s no reason for anyone to make a big deal about a possible battle for the starting job. There was a reason why Minnesota was willing to use a first-round pick on Ponder two years ago and the last thing they want to do is set him back even further by taking the starting job away from him.

If anything, the Vikings brought Cassel on board for insurance policy in case Ponder goes down with an injury.

Look back to last season when Minnesota was forced to use Joe Webb in the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers and it was clear the team wished they had a more experience veteran quarterback to fill in for Ponder when he was forced to miss the game due to injury. Cassel has gained plenty of experience over the years as a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs and he’s aware of his role heading into 2013–so there’s no reason for anyone to be making a big deal over the starting job in Minnesota at the moment.

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