When you think about the term “quarterback controversy,” one of the very first things that should come to your mind at the moment should be the situation the Minnesota Vikings have found themselves in all year long. Three different starters have taken the field for the Vikings this season and the water has been muddy when looking at their plans for the future.
That changes now.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Vikings have made it clear that they are going to move on from both quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman at the end of the year. Freeman joined the team in early October following a release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hasn’t seen much action thus far. For the moment, this means that Matt Cassel will be the guy, at least until the NFL Draft next spring.
The most shocking part of this report is the fact that Minnesota also plans to let go of head coach Leslie Frazier.
Frazier’s departure may mean that the Vikings will completely clean house at the end of the year as well. Rapoport also reported that general manager Rick Spielman’s job remains safe at the moment, but that could change of course.
So, with this news, does that affect Adrian Peterson’s status with the team? Again according to the report, Peterson’s likeliness of being traded remains dim and the Vikings would like him to stay with the team.
I couldn’t think of a more disappointing way to end the season if you’re a Vikings fan. The news about Ponder and Freeman should delight many, but the loss of Frazier might rub some the wrong way. He’s been one of the more well-respected coaches in this league for a while — 2013 was just too much of a loss to keep him on.