Skip to content

Christian Ponder sees himself playing with Matt Kalil for 10-15 years

Christian Ponder, Joe Webb, Matt Kalil AP

Using last year’s first-round draft pick on Christian Ponder was a sign that the Vikings believed in him as their franchise quarterback for years to come. Using this year’s first-round draft pick on Matt Kalil was a sign that the Vikings wanted to keep Ponder upright for years to come.

That’s how Ponder views it: He told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network’s Total Access that he could see himself growing old in the NFL with Kalil as his left tackle.

“I haven’t stopped smiling since that Thursday night of the draft,” Ponder said. “I’m definitely excited that we picked up Matt and he’s already impressed me. He’s come into these OTAs and he’s working hard. He’s a big guy, he’s really athletic and he’s going to do a great job. Obviously he did really well at USC and he’s going to continue that and be really good in the NFL. Hopefully we have 10-15 years together with the Vikings.”

Ponder said he knows that with the Packers, Lions and Bears all in the same division, almost everyone is picking the Vikings to finish last in the NFC North. But Ponder says the Vikings will surprise people.

“A lot of us, myself as well, kind of like the underdog role,” Ponder said. “We’re going into the season, a lot of people don’t have too high expectations for us. We know internally that we really have high expectations for ourselves. We know the talent we have on this team, we have the right pieces coming together and we’re working hard in OTAs to get better for next year. It is a tough division, we have to be competitive, there are going to be a lot of tough games every week but it’s going to make our team better. We’re trying to make it to the playoffs.”

Making the playoffs this year will be a long shot, but if Ponder and Kalil are as good as the Vikings think they’ll be, Minnesota has the nucleus in place for a team that should make the playoffs many times in the years ahead.

Permalink 32 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Minnesota Vikings, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
32 Responses to “Christian Ponder sees himself playing with Matt Kalil for 10-15 years”
  1. pa1856 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:07 AM

    The Vikes are slowing getting quality players via the draft and the young guys have a lot of talent. Happy to have Toby as a back up rb to carry the load in case AP has to miss a few games. Also, Childs would have been a first round pick hadn’t he tore his patella in college, he did some great things with Mallott at QB at Arkansas. This team will be good in a year or two. Unfortunately, it will take time. I see 7-9, 8-8 at best, granted they have one of the easiest schedules in the league. So that will handicap it quite a bit.

  2. bangitfootball says: Jun 7, 2012 7:28 AM

    I can see that also.

    Ponder will be on the bench though backing someone else up while Kalil starts for 15 years.

  3. kwgator says: Jun 7, 2012 7:28 AM

    Yeah …. If they join a Softball League together

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 7, 2012 7:28 AM

    …or at least until the quarterback they draft next year is ready to start.

  5. EJ says: Jun 7, 2012 7:31 AM

    Ponder will bring the Vikings to the playoffs but, not this year, maybe the next. The team is still missing a few key components and Ponder is just not there yet, he has a lot more to soak up and experience before hitting the big games.

  6. qdog112 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:52 AM

    It takes some deep thought to figure out what the Vikes saw in Ponder. I saw him for 3 years in college and frankly, he was maybe in the top 5 in the ACC his final year. He never completed a season and never lived up to promise. He is destined to be holding a clipboard.

  7. thegrey7 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:59 AM

    Yes! The dynasty returns!

  8. lostsok says: Jun 7, 2012 8:41 AM

    “Yes! The dynasty returns!”

    Don’t you have to win at least ONE championship to even whisper a word like “dynasty.”

    Next we’ll hear about that Buffalo epoch.

  9. mnomalley says: Jun 7, 2012 9:04 AM

    What’s really interesting is the Vikings schedule coming off their bye at the end of the year. They should be at top form and have to face division rivals that could have already locked up a spot in the playoffs.

  10. specialteamsposter says: Jun 7, 2012 9:04 AM

    Joe Webb played scrappy well at the end of last year. I just don’t see Ponder beating him out for a starting job this offseason if it is a fair competition. This coming from a Lions fan.

  11. wludford says: Jun 7, 2012 9:15 AM

    Kalil will be a big factor in keeping Ponder healthy for the next 10-15 years, which is what needs to happen if he is to play that long.

    This year, winning the first 2 games against the Jags and Colts will be big in building confidence for the young team. If they can do that, they will be well on the way to at least a .500 season.

    If Childs and/or Simpson emerge as a legitimate deep threat, and the secondary improves to be league average, the Vikings will make the playoffs.

    I expect Ponder will make big strides this year, benefitting from his 1st off-season and improvements to both the OL and receiving corps.

  12. unshavenjunk says: Jun 7, 2012 9:20 AM

    @pa1856

    not one of the easiest schedules

    1 N.Y. Giants* 140-116 .547 7
    2 Denver* 139-117 .543 7
    3 Cleveland 135-121 .527 7
    4 St. Louis 134-122 .523 5
    4 Baltimore* 134-122 .523 7
    6 San Diego 133-123 .520
    7 Philadelphia 132-124 .516 8
    8 Minnesota 131-125 .512 7

    this is from ESPN showing we have the 8th toughest schedule-

  13. fwippel says: Jun 7, 2012 9:42 AM

    It’s nice that Ponder is comfortable knowing that Kalil will be protecting his blindside.

    However, Ponder should be more concerned about keeping the starting QB job. His play regressed as last year went on, and he missed time to injuries, just as he did in college. Joe Webb out played Ponder at the end of last season, when Webb got the chance to play. Webb seemed to get better while Ponder’s play lagged.

    Should be an interesting season for this team.

  14. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 7, 2012 9:53 AM

    Ponder and Kalil will be playing together for years after Aaron Rodgers has retired due to too many concussions.

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 7, 2012 9:55 AM

    qdog112 says:Jun 7, 2012 7:52 AM

    It takes some deep thought to figure out what the Vikes saw in Ponder. I saw him for 3 years in college and frankly, he was maybe in the top 5 in the ACC his final year. He never completed a season and never lived up to promise. He is destined to be holding a clipboard.
    _______

    Although I know you’re a great NFL scouting mind, just watch him this year. Maybe you’ll figure out what the Vikings saw in him.

  16. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:17 AM

    why is this a headline?

    what’s next? “christian ponder wants to win”

    stop the presses.

  17. vikesfansteve says: Jun 7, 2012 10:23 AM

    Has Ponder ever gone a year without getting injured? After last years 2-8 record and the handing out of INT’s his last couple of games he better play better or 10-15 games would be a lot.

  18. demo1984 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:25 AM

    specialteamsposter says:
    Jun 7, 2012 9:04 AM
    Joe Webb played scrappy well at the end of last year. I just don’t see Ponder beating him out for a starting job this offseason if it is a fair competition. This coming from a Lions fan.

    Mathew Stafford rookie Stats:
    10 games, 53% comp, 2267 yards, 13 TD’s 20 ints, 11 fumbles and a 61 rating

    Ponder rookie stats:
    10 games, 54%comp, 1853 yards, 13 TD’s 13 ints,
    6 fumbles and a 70 rating.

    With those numbers it looks like Ponder had a better rookie season. So after Staffords rookie season which was not as good as Ponders did you see him beating out Culpepper the next year ???

    This coming from a Vikings fan.

  19. skolvikings74 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:53 AM

    Dear Jared Allen, Please come to an OTA and give Matt Kalil a reality check.

  20. purpleguy says: Jun 7, 2012 10:53 AM

    I surely hope Ponder is right, but I have this uneasy feeling that Kallil will be at LT 10 years from now, and Ponder will be a commentator on ESPN4.

  21. hrmlss says: Jun 7, 2012 11:00 AM

    Matt Kalil is going to go to the CFL with him?

  22. ndnut says: Jun 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    I see promise in Ponder, but I really prefer Webb for his mobility. The dude is a playmaker.

  23. sincejumpstreet says: Jun 7, 2012 11:19 AM

    Ponder, meh … I gotta be convinced. I hope he can, but thtat arm wories me. It’s a passer’s league.

  24. specialteamsposter says: Jun 7, 2012 11:23 AM

    demo1984 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 10:25 AM
    specialteamsposter says:
    Jun 7, 2012 9:04 AM
    Joe Webb played scrappy well at the end of last year. I just don’t see Ponder beating him out for a starting job this offseason if it is a fair competition. This coming from a Lions fan.

    Mathew Stafford rookie Stats:
    10 games, 53% comp, 2267 yards, 13 TD’s 20 ints, 11 fumbles and a 61 rating

    Ponder rookie stats:
    10 games, 54%comp, 1853 yards, 13 TD’s 13 ints,
    6 fumbles and a 70 rating.

    With those numbers it looks like Ponder had a better rookie season. So after Staffords rookie season which was not as good as Ponders did you see him beating out Culpepper the next year ???

    This coming from a Vikings fan.

    ————————————————

    Comparing Stafford to Ponder? What a straw man…. I wouldn’t put Ponder’s arm strength in the same category as Stafford’s. And if it is athleticism/scrambling ability one is looking for, which was supposed to be one of Ponder’s pluses, then Joe Webb outperforms in that category. I wasn’t taking a swipe at Ponder as much as I was praising Webb’s performances late last season. I have no horse in this race.

  25. skolvikesskol says: Jun 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Thr vikes can dink around at qb all they want… Too many other holes to fill before we can solely blame the qb… However id rather that they traded for rg3 or sucked for luck…

  26. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    @specialteamsposter -

    So in other words, both Christian Ponder and Joe Webb are better than Matthew Stafford? Nice!

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 7, 2012 12:43 PM

    specialteamsposter says:Jun 7, 2012 11:23 AM

    demo1984 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 10:25 AM
    specialteamsposter says:
    Jun 7, 2012 9:04 AM
    Joe Webb played scrappy well at the end of last year. I just don’t see Ponder beating him out for a starting job this offseason if it is a fair competition. This coming from a Lions fan.

    Mathew Stafford rookie Stats:
    10 games, 53% comp, 2267 yards, 13 TD’s 20 ints, 11 fumbles and a 61 rating

    Ponder rookie stats:
    10 games, 54%comp, 1853 yards, 13 TD’s 13 ints,
    6 fumbles and a 70 rating.

    With those numbers it looks like Ponder had a better rookie season. So after Staffords rookie season which was not as good as Ponders did you see him beating out Culpepper the next year ???

    This coming from a Vikings fan.

    ———-

    This is like arguing over who’s sexier, Rosie O’Donnell or Tori Spelling.

  28. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 7, 2012 12:43 PM

    This is like arguing over who’s sexier, Rosie O’Donnell or Tori Spelling.
    __________

    In a few years, they’re both going to make Aaron Rodgers look like Courtney Love.

  29. sevensixtwonato says: Jun 7, 2012 1:25 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 7, 2012 12:43 PM

    This is like arguing over who’s sexier, Rosie O’Donnell or Tori Spelling.
    __________

    In a few years, they’re both going to make Aaron Rodgers look like Courtney Love.
    ———————————————————

    Thats cold blooded! Nice

  30. stavreafavre says: Jun 7, 2012 4:03 PM

    Unshavenjunk – some teams get tough schedules through no fault of their own. Others (Cleveland, St. Louis, Mini) have only themselves to blame because they lost a lot and can’t be scheduled for divisional games against themselves.

  31. marksp18 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:29 PM

    Every time I turn around Ponder is opening his pie hole and saying something ridiculous.

    I hope he is right and he can play another 10 or 15 years. But so far he has not been able to stay healthy. And Loadholt gave up more sacks than Johnson did last year.

    I just wish he would let his play to the talking for him. Last year his completion percentage was awful. He was a rookie so he gets a pass but he needs to improve that this year.

    It just seems like to me that he has anointed himself as a great leader and a guy who is going to have a long career. Sounds nice.

    But the proof is in the pudding. So far that pudding is not looking very good at all.

    Time for Ponder to …

    Don’t talk about, be about it!!!!!!!!

  32. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Jun 8, 2012 3:58 PM

    @marksp18
    What did he say that was ridiculous? Saying that he hopes him and Matt will be together for 10-15 is kind of what he is supposed to say. Would you have liked him to say “Oh hopefully our organization’s two highest picks the past two years work out, but they might not because I have injury concerns. It sure will be fun to find out, though!”? He was asked a question about Matt and he answered. Simple as that. Plus, wouldn’t you want him to be a leader? You know, seeing how the QB is the most important position on the team and everything. He’s not saying anything detrimental to the team, so why are you complaining?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!