Jared Allen is one of the most outspoken players in the NFL, and he’s never afraid to be candid in an interview. He recently sat down with Jim Rome and talked about the Minnesota Vikings, and their chances this upcoming season. One big topic was his quarterback, Christian Ponder.
“I tell him all the time, you have to be the guy. Adrian (Peterson) can carry this team so far; our defense can carry this team so far. You know, you look at teams that historically win championships, and they have consistent play from the quarterback position.”
Obviously, Allen can see what all fans see, that the Vikings are only going as far as Ponder takes them in 2013. This is his year to prove that he’s the man, and Allen is also correct when he says, “just making the playoffs isn’t enough.”
Although the star defensive end knows that there will be a ton of pressure on his QB this season, he also noted that he felt Ponder has made progress, specifically in the final four games last season. It wasn’t pretty last year, at all, but Ponder did clean it up, and was playing well by the end of the season.
There’s clearly a lot of work to be done, but Ponder seems to be taking the steps towards the next level. You could place blame on the lack of receivers at his disposal in 2012, but that’s not longer the case with Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson now on the roster.
I’m convinced that year three, will be the deciding season for Christian Ponder. If he doesn’t perform up to expectations, I think he’ll be done in Minnesota. There are no more excuses, it’s sink or swim time for the young QB.
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