Matt Cassel is a Solid 'Plan B' for Minnesota Vikings

By Andrew Fisher
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of varying opinions when it comes to the Minnesota Vikings acquisition of backup quarterback Matt Cassel. It was a move that was speculated about well before it happened, and it just happened to work out perfectly for both sides. Hours after Cassel’s release from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Vikings inked him to a one-year contract (with an option for a second year) worth about $4 million dollars.

The signing was a fit for both parties – Minnesota needed a backup, and Cassel needed a team where he could potentially see the field in 2013.

Christian Ponder is the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings. That will not change unless he isn’t getting it done on the field. Only at that point, would the team consider going to Cassel to try and salvage the season. You can bet that they’re not going to waste a season when there’s an experienced backup behind Ponder.

The Cassel signing is an insurance policy on Ponder. Matt Cassel is a decent quarterback, who if put in the right situation, can lead a team to the postseason. He’s done it before. People have to remember that. I know the last two years have been terrible, but he’s not a bad quarterback. I won’t call him good either, but he’s a player that can get the job done. Cassel has led a team to 10 victories on two occasions in his career.

Best case scenario in Minnesota – the words ‘quarterback controversy’ don’t come up all season, indicating that Ponder is getting the job done. That’s what every Minnesota fan should want. If Christian Ponder can take that next step and lead the team back to the playoffs, he’ll likely earn a contract extension.

But if he struggles, even three games into the season, people will start to call for Cassel. Just watch, even those who whined when the Vikings signed him. They’ll think the coaching staff is crazy for not playing him instead of Ponder.

That would be about the opposite of what you’d want to happen if you root for the purple and gold…

The Vikings signed Cassel to be a backup, and I think it’s a very solid acquisition. He fills a need on the team, and if it comes down to it, he’ll step on the field and probably do a decent job of handing off to Adrian Peterson.


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