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No doubt in Minnesota: Christian Ponder is Vikings’ quarterback

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The Minnesota Vikings spent the 12th overall pick in last year’s NFL draft on Christian Ponder with the idea that he’s going to be their franchise quarterback for years to come, and nothing that happened in Ponder’s rookie season will change that.

Rick Spielman, who was recently promoted to General Manager of the Vikings, confirmed on today’s PFT Live that the Vikings still view Ponder as their No. 1 quarterback.

“He’s going to be our starting quarterback when everyone is back for OTAs,” Spielman said of Ponder.

That matches what Ponder said on today’s Dan Patrick Show: He’s been assured that the Vikings will use the third overall pick in the NFL draft on a position other than quarterback.

“I talked to our G.M. yesterday, and we had some conversations about who we’re thinking about drafting, and we’ll see,” Ponder said. “I kind of have an idea.”

Baylor’s Robert Griffin III may be available with the third overall pick, but if he is, the Vikings will pass or trade down. They view Ponder as their guy.

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  1. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jan 4, 2012 12:39 PM

    ponder has shown the toughness needed to play in this game,he should be good in the long run

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 4, 2012 12:41 PM

    It will be fun to compare and contrast how Ponder, Luck and RGIII are all doing five years from now. Skoal vikes!

  3. jaggedmark says: Jan 4, 2012 12:43 PM

    “I talked to our G.M. yesterday, and we had some conversations about who we’re thinking about drafting, and we’ll see,” Ponder said. “I kind of have an idea.”
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    Why would Ponder have the freedom to say that and compromise any possible bargaining position the Vikings may have for that spot in the draft?

  4. austrianpanther says: Jan 4, 2012 12:44 PM

    Maybe the Jets could swing a trade of draft picks with the Vikings and get RG3!?!?

  5. otis52gsh says: Jan 4, 2012 12:47 PM

    That’s great news for the rest of the NFC north. He don’t have the arm strength he needs. Sorry kids.

  6. mattsffrd says: Jan 4, 2012 12:47 PM

    Ponder is pretty good and could be great someday, but no way in hell do I pass up RGIII.

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    With the 3rd overall pick the Minnesota Vikings select Justin Blackmon.

  8. trbowman says: Jan 4, 2012 12:50 PM

    No doubt I wasted a first rounder on him, therefore he is our quarterback, even though Joe Webb is obviously the superior player.

  9. n1kki6 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:51 PM

    Why would Ponder have the freedom to say that and compromise any possible bargaining position the Vikings may have for that spot in the draft?
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    Agreed that is about the dumbest thing he could say. That is a good time to use the cliched, “I don’t make the decisions response”

  10. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2012 12:51 PM

    Judging from Spielman’s “promotion”, Leslie Frazier’s retention, and Spielman’s declaration that Ponder will remain the starter despite being outplayed by his backup and the Vikings being in position to potentially get RGIII, it appears that the Vikings theory about how to turn around a 3 win season is to do everything exactly the same and hope for a different result.

    And we all know what that is the definition of………

  11. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 4, 2012 12:51 PM

    I am sure the Redskins are pondering their move up and take RGIII possibilities!

    Skins 6th overall + their No. 2 and possibly their No. 3 as well should get that done.

  12. beastup22 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:51 PM

    Joe Webb is better

  13. orakpownd says: Jan 4, 2012 12:53 PM

    I’m not saying thats good news for the Redskins. But thats good news for the Redskins.

  14. skinsrock says: Jan 4, 2012 12:53 PM

    Now if the Redskins could get St Louis & Cleveland to make the same commitments. WE NEED RGIII!!!

  15. chillyp says: Jan 4, 2012 12:53 PM

    Yeah, he don’t have the arm strength. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Jar435rnc

  16. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    jaggedmark says:
    Jan 4, 2012 12:43 PM
    “I talked to our G.M. yesterday, and we had some conversations about who we’re thinking about drafting, and we’ll see,” Ponder said. “I kind of have an idea.”
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    Why would Ponder have the freedom to say that and compromise any possible bargaining position the Vikings may have for that spot in the draft?

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    becuase Spielman spilled the beans already on this yesterday at his press confrence. You would have to be dumb not to know the Vikes will continue with Ponder, and the #3 overall draft pick is still trade bait for the right amount, NOTHING HAS CHANGED… If Washington want’s RG3, come get him, otherwise, the Browns will be opening an early xmas present

  17. pnut87 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    Good. I’m not much of a fan of the Vike’s but you just got to give the kid more time and a decent chance to develop. I could see taking a QB in FA to mentor or taking one in the 3rd round or so, but give him a chance. Remember that Peyton Manning’s rookie year was pretty rough.

  18. dbellina says: Jan 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    I am happy the Vikes are keeping Ponder but I really want to see Webb used more too.

  19. fargovikesfan says: Jan 4, 2012 12:59 PM

    QB is waaaaay down the list of needs on this team. Whether it be Ponder or Webb, there’s much bigger holes.

    If Kalil is there, he’s the pick.
    If he’s gone, it will be Blackmon, Claibourne, or a trade with someone who really wants RGIII

  20. adantsa says: Jan 4, 2012 1:00 PM

    Joe Webb is not a QB, the kid is strong as an ox and can run like the wind, but he cannot quarterback a team to victory. He may be a faster Tim Tebow, and the offense would have be be stripped down like Denver’s. Ponder showed he has all the tools to be a winning QB in the NFL. Mistakes come with the territory of being thrown in during the 5th game, no offseason and very little time with the 1st team. He played great until he got banged up, which is my only real knock on him, he may have an issue with durability. He needs to be able to take the hits, but if he does, he has the brains, leadership and athletic ability to be a great QB.

  21. buckfigben says: Jan 4, 2012 1:02 PM

    They are drafting Matt Kalil. Ponder was killed this year. He needs to get an OL. A WR won’t help him at all.

  22. bhester1906 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    Washington Redskins. Opportunity Knocks. Trade up and get RG3

  23. lmoneyfresh says: Jan 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    Not sure where all you idiots are getting this “Webb is better” business from. Did you see his week 17 performance? Atrocious. He’s one of those guys that can come in and make a few plays, but when it comes to playing an extended amount of times, defenses figure him out ala tebow.

    Webb is an athlete who can throw, Ponder is a QB who can run…big difference.

  24. teamnorsecore says: Jan 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    otis52gsh…….name some reasons for your comment? At what point during this season did you see a lack of arm strength? Ponder can make all the throws……you are a Pack fan just throwing out negative vibes with your comment. If I remember right, your guy Rodgers had the same “issue” coming out of Cal……..a supposed lack of arm strength. Good to hear that Ponder got a vow of confidence. Good grief people, why would they abandon the kid after 1/2 a season? Ponder threw 13tds and 13ints in half of his rookie season……its not like he played absolutely horrible out there……look at his supporting cast, especially that O-Line!!!! Ponder needs some help and they need to build around him. I am one Vikes fan that hopes they give Ponder at least 2 full seasons before passing any sort of judgement on him. Continue to build around him, staring with that Offensive line. The Vikes either need to draft Kalil or Claiborne at number #3……or trade down. If Cleveland wants to give up their 2 first round picks for the #3 pick, the Vikes better jump all over that. Anyone who wants to give up on Ponder after 1/2 of a season where the team was HORRIBLE needs to chill out!

  25. footballgod87 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:05 PM

    kalil will probably be the second pick. if thats the case, i suspect they will go with blackmon or trade

  26. contra74 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:08 PM

    Great! I like Ponder a lot and I am glad that the Vikings will stick with him. That #3 pick is dicey though. I guess it all comes down to who gets picked in the #2 spot. If Blackmon goes to the Rams then get Kalil. If Kalil is gone then get Blackmon. Itd be nice to trade the #3 and get more picks to build a line around Ponder but Im happy with either Kalil or Blackmon.

  27. contra74 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:09 PM

    And one more thing…QUIT USING THAT BLAZER PACKAGE! Everytime its out there its a wasted down.

  28. trbowman says: Jan 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    “With the 3rd overall pick the Minnesota Vikings select Justin Blackmon.

    What good is a WR when a makeshift offensive line won’t even give you the time to look for him?

    They’ll take Matt Kalil or Morris Claiborne.

  29. worldsgreatest says: Jan 4, 2012 1:11 PM

    As a Redskins fan, and as great as RGIII and Luck are on paper, I’d rather they trade DOWN for an additional pick instead of reaching, and draft Kellen Moore.

    Look at what Andy Dalton out of TCU did this year. Take a shot on another (previously) non BCS QB.

  30. kibawib says: Jan 4, 2012 1:16 PM

    Rookie QBs rarely excel and Ponder is no exception. Peyton Manning threw 25 TDs with 28 INTs as rookie. Aikman threw 9 and 18. Eli Manning threw 6 and 9. Playing with one WR (Harvin) and an atrocious line, Ponder threw as many TDs and INTs (13). No guarantee Ponder will be great, but you can’t give up on a QB drafted in the 1st round after one year. Spielman has no intention of doing that, either, and I think that’s the right direction for the franchise. Trade down (‘Skins, please call!) or take the best player available and get back to work.

  31. pudgalvin says: Jan 4, 2012 1:21 PM

    “Skins 6th overall + their No. 2 and possibly their No. 3 as well should get that done”

    skins 6th overall +next years #1 and possibly their No. 3 should get that done. Fixed it for you.

    I agree that it’s not the smartest move to announce your plans like this, but the Vikings still have a ton of leverage here. The skins won’t be the only team looking for a QB in this spot (Browns have 2 1st rounders this year) and if they don’t trade they can get a guy they like here.

  32. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 4, 2012 1:26 PM

    as for draft specualtion it seems many think the Vikes would take Blackmon or Claiborne at #3 are crazy. This is a Kalil or bust draft at the #3 spot for the Vikes… If they believe the Rams will take Kalil (which I don’t cuz they have taken a OT 2 of the last 3 years, they will go with WR OKST) the Vikes would trade to the highest bidder for RG3… they can move down one spot with the Browns for MAYBE their 2nd round pick, or the most obvious is the Skins and the Vikes could pick up something like their 2013 first round pick and a conditional 3rd ????, who knows… The Vikes fall to 7th in the draft, take Claiborne if available or then draft OT Stanford / Iowa … The Vikings will also be getting a few high compensatory draft picks from losing Rice / Edwards and TJack to high salary deals. This should bring in a few more 3rd / 4th / 5th picks… Exciting NFL draft for the Vikes this year, make or break Spielman in 3 years. SKOL!

  33. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 4, 2012 1:27 PM

    the only doubt or knock on ponder is he is pretty injury prone and has been plagued with staying healthy. if you look back on his career even in college that is the one scary consistency

  34. glac1 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    So many holes…. and only so many draft choices!

  35. purpleguy says: Jan 4, 2012 1:32 PM

    He may very well turn out to be a bust, but how in hell can you judge a rookie that had no off-season workouts, a reduced training camp, no O-line, lousy WRs, an injured RB and no defensive support over 6 games actually played? I’m not even sure if the jury will be in on the guy at this time next year.

  36. trojan33sc says: Jan 4, 2012 1:35 PM

    Yeah, drafting a qb with 4.2 forty speed and can throw 70 yards on a line couldn’t possibly help my Vikings……………

  37. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 1:35 PM

    If I’m the Vikings, I try to offer the Colts a package for Luck. The Vikings drafted Ponder with a high pick, but if they can get Luck, they’d be stupid not to try.

    Vikes fans won’t like my idea, but hear me out. Try to trade Peterson, Ponder, and say your 2nd round pick this year for #1. If the Colts take that offer, you can draft Luck and either take Kalil or Blackmon. Toby showed he’s a completely capable hb. Peterson is still a stud, but he’s going to slow down very soon.

    The Colts likely won’t be able to get a better offer. If they don’t bite, offer them your first next year, Peterson, Ponder and your second this year for Luck and the Colts 2 next year.

  38. farmmbig says: Jan 4, 2012 1:36 PM

    Vikings fan here.

    To teams interested in drafting RGIII:— Bids can be given to new GM Rick Spielman…. Make it great, because there’s plenty of teams that will be calling.

  39. khuxford says: Jan 4, 2012 1:38 PM

    Ponder isn’t even the best QB on his own team, but they’re saying he’s the guy going forward?

  40. kriswd40 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:38 PM

    As a Lion’s fan, I’m all for the Vikings planning Ponder over the much more talented Joe Webb.

  41. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 1:42 PM

    This is a QB driven league. Luck is further along than Ponder in his developent and has a much higher ceiling.

    If Peyton is coming back (they have to decide in March on keeping him so they should know his health status before the draft in April) Peterson would, in essence, save them from the Luck or Peyton dilemma, allow them time to groom Ponder and more importantly allow Ponder to learn without being counted on right away. They’d sure up their back-up QB position and have a guy in place to take over when Peyton does decide to hang them up.

  42. blaz0037 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    enough about RGIII already. The guy is Troy Smith.

  43. purple4reak says: Jan 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    The high stakes of poker that is the NFL Draft started as soon as the season ended, and all draft positions were set. I’m not sure if our “new GM” has ever played poker before. Go ahead and tell Ponder he’s the starting QB for next year. No one else needs to know what you’re thinking. Tell the rest of the world “we’re evaluating every position right now.” For the upcoming draft, Vikes are at pick 3, the Browns are at pick 4 (with a boatload of picks from last year’s trade with Atlanta), and the ‘skins are at 6. More than likely, both of these teams would love to have RG3. Say Luck and Kalil go 1-2, the Vikes wanted Kalil—and now they want to trade out of the 3-spot. Instead of having two teams wheeling and dealing for that 3-spot, you’ll just have the ‘skins in it…as the Browns now know how the Vikes view Ponder. Yes I know there are other teams that may show interest to the Vikes for that position, but doubt the Vikes would want slide too far past 6 in a trade-down situation.

  44. devikesfan says: Jan 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    I think it’s a great call.
    One season is not long enough to pass judgment on him (or any other rookie QB, for that matter).
    He had to step in way earlier than expected when McNabb tanked. He was also playing behind an atrocious O-Line and had no legit #1 WR.
    He made some bad decisions, but at times also played brilliantly. No different from any other promising rookie QB.
    Like someone said earlier, PManning had a rough rookie year. So did Troy Aikman. Both of them ended up having a lot of success.
    Get Ponder some protection, a legit #1 WR, get Webb and Percy more involved, and get more creative with the playcalling- and the Vikings offense will be downright scary. Especially when AP is fully healthy and back with the team!

  45. chuckyd317 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:54 PM

    It doesn’t matter who’s at QB, they will fail behind that OL … They need to draft OT with the #3 pick…

  46. maddogwhite says: Jan 4, 2012 1:56 PM

    I’d give Ponder the nod over Webb, but if you’re a Vikes fan you have to take comfort in the fact that you have two young promising QBs on your roster. And you’re probably going to need BOTH of them with that woeful offensive line.

  47. regelswritings says: Jan 4, 2012 2:04 PM

    and by no doubt, they mean lots of doubt

  48. randallcobb says: Jan 4, 2012 2:05 PM

    The WR corps is as bad as the OL. Vikes need a deep threat to complement Harvin. A WR that can stretch the field and get open helps the OL as much as Kalil would. You don’t waste the #3 pick in the draft on lineman you can pick in later rounds. Justin Blackmon is a unique talent. Pick him.

  49. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    I-line and wide outs will make ponder much better. He didn’t have anybody to throw to and no time to find the ones he did.

  50. packfaninchitown says: Jan 4, 2012 2:23 PM

    This is great news, I was worried they’d sign Matt Flynn and become a real threat in the NFC North, instead they’ll keep fighting to get out of fourth place in the division for a few more years.

  51. wuzupfolks says: Jan 4, 2012 2:24 PM

    wow, who in the world cares? Are the Vikings relevant? Nope. Will the Vikings be relevant? Nope again…move on to playoff talk, please.

  52. shaggytoodle says: Jan 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    randallcobb says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:05 PM
    The WR corps is as bad as the OL. Vikes need a deep threat to complement Harvin. A WR that can stretch the field and get open helps the OL as much as Kalil would. You don’t waste the #3 pick in the draft on lineman you can pick in later rounds. Justin Blackmon is a unique talent. Pick him.
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    They do need a franchise linemen unless they enjoy scraping Ponder off the ground. Recently Joe Thomas, and Jake Long, have been very good and drafted very high. I know there are busts at every position but drafting OTs top 5 does seem to be a less risky than other positions.

    I do like Justin Blackmon too much to see him go the Minny. though, but the worse thing for a WR is a QB that gets sacked it doesn’t do anyone any good.

  53. rooney24 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:34 PM

    They need OL. Sure, a better WR would be nice, but they are easier to find later in the draft than OL. Without a better OL, any QB won’t have time to find a WR, no matter how good. On about 1/4 to 1/3 of pass plays this season, whoever was at QB for the Vikes had a defender in their face before they could even get back in their dropback. You cannot be successful on offense without a good OL.

  54. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 4, 2012 2:35 PM

    DO NOT TAKE Blackmon. You can find good – great WR talent in the first 3 rounds, you can’t get great OT play after the top 1-3 prospects typically. Also great OT’s never make it to Free Agency unlike the drama queen WR’s… Look at the WR / CB free agent pool this year… I think the draft pick is obvious for the Vikes if available, and thats Kalil. 100% sure

  55. contra74 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    randallcobb says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:05 PM
    The WR corps is as bad as the OL. Vikes need a deep threat to complement Harvin. A WR that can stretch the field and get open helps the OL as much as Kalil would. You don’t waste the #3 pick in the draft on lineman you can pick in later rounds. Justin Blackmon is a unique talent. Pick him.
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    I like it!

  56. cclaser says: Jan 4, 2012 2:47 PM

    The Vikings regime seems mighty serious about getting Matt Barkley…

  57. seananagan says: Jan 4, 2012 2:54 PM

    I will be entirely disinterested in this team until their coordinators are fired.

    Sincerely,

    A Life Long Vikings Fan

  58. norseyapper says: Jan 4, 2012 3:09 PM

    No mystery about Ponder being the guy going forward and Web being used creatively. Ponder showed some skills and intellect but with that below average O-line and perhaps the poorest outside receivers in the league it wasn’t likely that he would do much.

    Trade the pick to Washington and use their pick for the OT from Iowa or the one from Stanford. Use the additional #2 pick for an upgrade at WR or Cornerback. Plenty of quality at those positions this year in the top 40 over all.

  59. teamnorsecore says: Jan 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    packfaninchitown says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:23 PM
    This is great news, I was worried they’d sign Matt Flynn and become a real threat in the NFC North, instead they’ll keep fighting to get out of fourth place in the division for a few more years.
    ……..
    Beacuse Matt Flynn is A PROVEN NFL QB now huh? Dude lights it up once and you think he is guaranteed to be a stud in the NFL? Scott Mitchell…….ever hear of him? Here, I have some Packer Stock to sell you that I printed off at home……interested?

  60. wilnel1984 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:18 PM

    I agree with fargovikesfan. Get linemen. You can always get very good quality linemen after the first round. Besides, the have lost one of their best linemen in Jim Kleinsasser, who just retired. That is where the emphasis should be.

    The Washington scenario intrigues me. I like it. Trade for their first and a few other picks after the first round. Stock up on linemen. Ponder got killed this year and Joe Webb was running for his life in that last game.

    Also, keep Joe Webb. He can make a lot of throws. The problem, as Darryl Johnston pointed out, was that he needs to learn more of the playbook. He noticed that the team kept running the same plays over and over. The guy hasn’t been given the opportunity to learn everything. You can’t blame the guy for stuff he has not practiced.

    Frankly, I don’t trust Spielman to do this right. The Polians are right out there. We should have waited a little longer to see if they were interested. Hire Chris as the GM, but make sure his dad is a consultant. Oh, well, I can dream can’t I?

  61. barroomhero80 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    He’s a tough kid with a great work ethic. He will prove to be worth the pick. Kalil needs to be right there protecting him.. vikes will rise again. gb heads need to stop stop worrying aboutthe Vikes and how a horrible d is going to make it back to the sb. suckas

  62. mgscott says: Jan 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    RG3 welcome to Cleveland

  63. sisqsage says: Jan 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    If Ponder’s their guy, they need the best target for him they can get in the draft and that’s Blackmon.
    What a beast.
    He reminded me of a young T.O. or No. 81 Anquan B. during his AZ Cardinals days in that bowl game.

  64. christopher525 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:39 PM

    They’re going to take Blackmon, they’ll also sign some free agent linemen. To the person who said that Webb is the superior quarterback, you’re insane. I love how people have through that Webb showed he’s a great player because he’s done well this year and last year, in games that didn’t matter, with nothing on the line.

  65. vangcp says: Jan 4, 2012 3:52 PM

    Hopefully they can trade their #3 for both the Browns 1st rd picks and take Claiborne and Janoris Jenkins or Alfonso Dennard or an OT since they’re Oline is horrible and they’re secondary has been horrible for so long. If they’re lucky they could also draft Levonte David in the 2nd because both Hendersons are FA’s. They can always sign a WR to help out I hope they draft Russell Wilson in the 3rd or 4th rd. He’s going to be a steal for them if they can get him in the middle or later rounds of the draft.

  66. shaggytoodle says: Jan 4, 2012 3:52 PM

    @teamnorsecore

    While Flynn had his most notable game, last weekend, he did help the Packers push the Patriots to the limit, last year after Rodgers concussion.

    He also helped lead him team win a BCS Championship in college. Give the guy some credit. He has done well when Rodgers was pulled in garbage time as well. I would say that he is better than most NFC West QBs, and some others in the league.

  67. fground says: Jan 4, 2012 3:54 PM

    Spielman doesn’t have a clue when it comes to QBs. He traded a second rounder to get AJ Feeley. He wastes a 12th over all on a mediocrity named Ponder. If it was up to him the Vikings would have been playing Rosenfels in 2009 and would never have pursued Favre.

    Ponder is not accurate enough to play the position. He also showed zero progress during the year. He actually got progressively worse.

    I’m not sure how anyone watching Ponder play this year would see him as a QB. He throws 5 balls a game to the wrong team (they catch 2-3) – he has no pocket awareness. He made the same mistakes repeatedly. Sure he runs well, but he also showed a lack of ability to stay healthy – so you know the running has to stop. The guy is a nothing. The guy he actually reminds me of is Rex Grossman…he looks good for a few plays and then he makes a WTF throw 5 times a game.

    As for Webb – he isn’t accurate enough either. But he sure as hell out performed Ponder – and he did so with next to no reps with the first team.

    Neither is the answer…the fact that Speilman thinks Ponder is tells you all you need to know about that dimwit.

    It truly amazes me that these career underachievers like Speilman continue to get jobs when they demonstrate no ability to do the job at even an average level. Norv Turner is another example. These types get a reputation as good football people and the evidence otherwise is ignored.

    I’m thinking of dumping the Vikings in protest for their continued stupidity. I’m open to offers from more intelligently managed teams. NE comes to mind.

  68. FANof28 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:58 PM

    Ha, I love how some Lions fans found a voice this year. Funny what a playoff year can do to you. Where were these balls when you were one of the worst teams around the past decade? Brown paper bag anyone? If there is a fan base out there that knows what vikings fans are going through with having such a terrible team this year it really should be you. Don’t make posts about which QB is better or whose good and whose not just because you’ve had a year of success. Lame.

  69. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 4, 2012 4:03 PM

    Vikes need so many things now, it’d be hard to put a finger on one. I think Ponder can be the real deal though…he’s smart, which is the first rung on the ladder you need at QB. O-line is in rough shape and getting up in age a bit. Defensive backfield is horrendous, and how Winfield is pulling in Jared Allen and almost Peterson type money is beyond me….almost 8 mil a year this year…ouch. Griffin was yanking in just short of 4 million. RB and LB spots and depth need to be shored up too. Got alot of money in AP, and if he has a setback, which wouldn’t be a surprise whatsoever, someone else that wasn’t in camp this year needs to be there.

    I’d bet MN gets another 1 or 2 wins at least in the W column if there’s a stud receiver opposite Harvin this past year, too. How someone else on the D line didn’t get anything done with all of the attention Allen gets should be sickening to you Vike fans…especially the money Williams makes.

    You play that #3 card off to the highest bidder and get extra picks and extra talent…ala Ted Thompson. One thing I will credit Spielman with is that he’s not going to allow a QB controversy all off-season to brew, and that’s a smart thing.

    Ponder can have a great WR corp and a great OL, but if your DEF is a sieve, no way is he winning a passing shootout with any of his conference counterparts….not at this stage of his career, anyway.

  70. fwippel says: Jan 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    lmoneyfresh says:

    Not sure where all you idiots are getting this “Webb is better” business from. Did you see his week 17 performance? Atrocious. He’s one of those guys that can come in and make a few plays, but when it comes to playing an extended amount of times, defenses figure him out ala tebow.

    Webb is an athlete who can throw, Ponder is a QB who can run…big difference.

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    Are you kidding? I watched the final three games of the Vikings season, and Joe Webb outperformed Ponder in those games.

    In each game, Webb came off the bench. Against Detroit, the Vikings were down 34-14, and Webb was one missed facemask penalty away from leading a comeback, on the road, against a playoff team. The next week at Washington, Webb led the team to a come from behind victory, throwing 2 TD passes. Against Chicago, he was running for his life all day, after the same defense knocked out a less than impressive Ponder (4-12 with a pick six). Webb make some spectacular plays under pressure, and made one bad throw at the end.

    Ponder may turn out to be a better QB than Webb, and there’s no doubt that the Viking brass hope so. However, Webb absolutely outplayed Ponder during the final three games this season, and I don’t see the point in denying that reality, even if it makes Rick Spielman uncomfortable.

  71. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 4:31 PM

    I hope they draft Russell Wilson in the 3rd or 4th rd. He’s going to be a steal for them if they can get him in the middle or later rounds of the draft.
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    why would they draft wilson while they already have Ponder and Webb? They need to focus all their attention in coaching up the two of them. No use wasting the QB coach’s time with another project.

    I’m a badgers fan and I think he’s the best QB the Badgers have had in a LONG time, but he’s just too short to be a quality NFL QB.

  72. chadinkc30 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    In the NFC NORTH, you need a better qb than Ponder! I saw enough of him to know HE’S TERRIBLE! Especially compared to any qb in that division

  73. vikingdoode says: Jan 4, 2012 4:41 PM

    I guess it all depends on Who LA Rams take and who falls in love with who.

    Trading down is an option…..we have 10 picks this year….in Dennis Green eyes thats extra picks we can waste…

  74. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:43 PM

    Dear Mr spielman,
    Ponder as your #1 qb is awesome!!!
    -sincerely, the rest of the NFC North
    Ps- We prefer that you ship Joe Webb to the AFC, as he is your best option at qb

  75. contra74 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:52 PM

    fground says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:54 PM
    I’m thinking of dumping the Vikings in protest for their continued stupidity. I’m open to offers from more intelligently managed teams. NE comes to mind.
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    Really? Go ahead, leave, you wont be missed. You will fit right in with the other bandwagon fans in NE.

  76. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 4:53 PM

    lionsfanatic84 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:43 PM
    Dear Mr spielman,
    Ponder as your #1 qb is awesome!!!
    -sincerely, the rest of the NFC North
    Ps- We prefer that you ship Joe Webb to the AFC, as he is your best option at qb
    ———————————————————
    This is funny. A Lions fan making fun of the Vikings. Have you forgotten about your teams history? I’m a Packers fan, so I’m completely neutral in this in my disdain for the Lions and Vikings, but I’d much rather be a fan of a team that makes a trip to the playoffs more than ONCE EVERY 13 YEARS! Vikings have 1 top 10 pick (besides the one they got for trading Moss to the Raiders) in as long as I can remember. Lions have one every year this decade besides the one in the coming draft.

  77. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    Fanof28-webb is better all around. And us lions fans know a bad qb when we see one, as we had been cursed with them before Stafford. And I hate to break it to you, but since I first saw ponder at fsu, I thought he was Joey Harrington, after I saw him in Detroit, I realized Joey Harrington was better. Granted ponder is young and has room to grow, but I’d rather take the Guy who can run from the unblocked defenders that the porous line allowed by, than Joey Harrington

  78. vikesfansteve says: Jan 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    Kahlil or Blackmon.

    The Vikings will also make a push in Free Agency.

    They have a large cap space.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts cut Manning the Vikings wouldn’t go for him. They have a history of that.

  79. otis52gsh says: Jan 4, 2012 5:38 PM

    To all you you who think he has the arm strength and the dude who posted a YouTube video this is the NFL not college buddy. All those throws look better because of slower and less talented completion. And by the way I am a bears fan not packers. You just all want him to succeed do bad you can’t see how terrible he really is.

  80. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:20 PM

    Jessethegreat:
    I’m by no means making fun of the vikes. Yeah, there was sarcasm involved, but I’m just speaking the truth, ponder sucks. Lions fans, Bengals fans, raiders fans, arena football fans can all agree on ponder. My favorite team has nothing to do with my assessment of ponder. I’ve been a lions fan all my life, so I feel for bikes fans right now. If I were a vikes fan I would be irrate with this news, kinda like i was when the lions named kitna their starter.

  81. jokendave says: Jan 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    The thing is, Fans now days all have the answers. Like, Payton is a bust, Brees can never be a superbowl contender. Or my personal favorate, Eli will never get a supperbowl like Payton. Yet with the right team these QB’s thrived. Qbs out of college have to be groomed and have confidents instilled in some way. Not every qb comes out and goes to the Superbowl right away. Critics are critics for a reason. No team will hire them because they have no forsight. They just sit in the back and complain. Talk in five years on what a bust he is. But until then, give him a chance.

  82. rallen69 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:00 PM

    whoever the vikes take at 3 that person will make a big impact wheather it would be blackmon or kalil anyone of those 2 can help and fill a large void.

  83. teamnorsecore says: Jan 5, 2012 3:57 PM

    otis52gsh says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:38 PM
    To all you you who think he has the arm strength and the dude who posted a YouTube video this is the NFL not college buddy. All those throws look better because of slower and less talented completion. And by the way I am a bears fan not packers. You just all want him to succeed do bad you can’t see how terrible he really is.
    ………
    What has Ponder shown you for you to call the guy “terrible?” Seriously? How did/do you feel about that INT machine running the Bears offense? Before this year, all the guy did was throw INTs. I don’t understand your point…..Ponder has played half a season…..13tds-13ints…..sounds about average or even a little better than average for a rookie.

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