The Minnesota Vikings may be out of playoff contention, but that doesn’t mean they will end the season without playing the role of a spoiler in the division first. Minnesota’s upset win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday proves that the season is far from lost in the sense that players have a chance to make a name for themselves. One player in particular is quarterback Matt Cassel, who is proving that Minnesota must seriously consider making him the permanent starter.
Cassel entered the game after starter Christian Ponder went down with a concussion. He orchestrated two drives that ended with a score to send the contest into overtime. Even when everything seemed to be going against Cassel and the Vikings, he would overcome adversity and give his team another opportunity to win.
That is all the evidence anyone needs to know that Cassel is capable of greatness in Minnesota. The biggest issue now is head coach Leslie Frazier giving the signal caller consistent reps under center. At some point, Frazier will have to give one of his quarterbacks the vote of confidence and it really should be Cassel who receives it.
One of the biggest reasons Minnesota should give Cassel the permanent starting job is because of his close relationship with wide receiver Greg Jennings. It’s no secret that chemistry between a quarterback and wide receiver is incredibly important. The fact that the two are close off the field means their on-field chemistry will be that much better, which could lead to great things for the Vikings.
“It’s been great for me to be around a guy like that, a guy who continues to motivate himself to get better,” Cassel said in regards to Jennings, according to ESPN. “We just have a great relationship.”
There’s no guarantee Cassel will prove to be the answer every week, especially since the quarterback position has been about as inconsistent as it can get this season. However, he has done enough to give team confidence that they have a chance to defeat anyone with him at the controls.