As the 2013 NFL season approaches and I look at the Minnesota Vikings, I can’t help but wonder how much longer Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback. I would like to say not past this year, but who knows with the way head coach Leslie Frazier praises him.
Frazier has said over and over and over again that “Ponder is our starting quarterback,” “He’s our number one quarterback” and even other stuff like “He’s capable of clutch play.”
I realize how high he is on the young quarterback, and the fact that he has a double masters degree is incredibly impressive. He’s one of the smartest guys there is judging by his collegiate resume.
But, on the field? That’s a different story. He’s inconsistent and was definitely not worth being picked so high up like Minnesota chose to do.
Looking at how many times I’ve watched Frazier praise his quarterback and say the same exact fluff over again reminds me of another quarterback-coach combination that featured many of those same press conferences.
Chicago Bears former head coach Lovie Smith had plenty of nice things to say about his then-quarterback Rex Grossman over the years. Heck, the team got to the Super Bowl with Grossman at the helm, throwing what seemed like an interception every other drop back.
But, after every single game without hesitation Smith would answer questions about his troubled quarterback with the same exact answer: “Rex is our quarterback.”
Now, Ponder hasn’t been nearly as bad as Grossman was. Grossman was painful to watch most of the time, that’s non-negotiable. Ponder is still young and has room to grow, and is certainly smarter than Grossman is/was.
However, if Ponder continues to struggle and not live up to his first round draft status, it will get real old real fast — especially if Frazier continues to react the same way.