The Minnesota Vikings‘ season has been filled with disappointment and quarterback injuries. The team has gone through Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman already this year as starting signal callers. Now, it seems as though Cassel could be the man in Minnesota for the foreseeable future after Ponder dislocated his shoulder on Thursday night.
While many fans would find this news devastating for the team, it really makes no difference for them. The NFC north is one of the toughest divisions in football even with the recent injury to Aaron Rodgers, and the Vikings are dead last in the playoff race despite winning on Thursday night.
As a matter of fact, winning games at this point of the season may only wind up hurting them long term. Minnesota would be much better off with a guy like Cassel or Freeman taking over for the rest of the year. This would allow Ponder to get fully healthy in time for next season while the team secures the highest 2014 first-round draft pick possible.
The Vikings should be trying their best to lose games at this point in time. The injury to Ponder, arguably the best quarterback on their roster, will not make a difference in their season this year as they have virtually no chance at the postseason. They currently have a 2-7 record, and every other team in the division sits at 5-3.
The good news for Vikings fans with regards to Ponder’s injury is that maybe with him sitting out, they will be able to snag a franchise quarterback like Johnny Manziel in the draft this year, potentially ending their run of mediocrity that has plagued them for years now.