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Christian Ponder wants to play “mad” to get to quicker start

Minnesota Vikings' Ponder congratulates running back Peterson after he scores a touchdown during their NFL game against Jacksonville Jaguars in Minneapolis Reuters

He got out with a win, but Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was mad at himself for the way he started.

So he hopes that playing angry can change that.

It’s just an attitude,” Ponder said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “I think mentally just telling myself that I’ve got to go out and play aggressively and play almost mad.

“I just go out there and play with that sense of urgency and I think that starts with the tempo that you call the play and you break the huddle immediately and you get everyone to get up there and run the play. I think you can control a lot of that in the huddle.”

Ponder was off to a 3-of-7 for 32-yard start in the Vikings first four drives, which yielded no points and just two first downs.

He then settled into a bit of a groove, spreading the ball around effectively even without his biggest receiving threat, suspended Jerome Simpson.

Whether he was angry with himself or not, something clicked.

“I don’t know — just play with a relentlessness,” he said. “After those first couple drives, I was mad that I missed a couple throws and just kind of said, ‘I’m going to go out here and throw this ball and make plays.’ It was almost like playing mad.”

Ponder connected on 17 of his last 20 attempts,bumping his rating to 105.5 in the overtime win.

“It’s very promising and we had a lot of guys step up,” Ponder said. “We’ve got guys that can step up and make plays, and we can move the ball when we have to.”

Of course, they were playing the Jaguars last week, and the Colts this week.

That’s even more important than playing angry.

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26 Responses to “Christian Ponder wants to play “mad” to get to quicker start”
  1. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:17 PM

    Ponder did start off slow but, like the article said, something clicked and he took off in the second half. Glad to see a young QB behind center that will only get better. Go Vikes!

  2. cwilliams135 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:18 PM

    2-0 start. I hope we can just make December interesting and not just for draft/injury reasons.

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 12, 2012 3:20 PM

    You either have it (RGIII) or you don’t (Ponder, Weeden, Gabbert, Luck, Tannehill)…Ponder is a below average talent full of excuses. Case closed.

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:21 PM

    After Mathis sacks him a few times…he will get angry!!!

  5. chesslungo says: Sep 12, 2012 3:32 PM

    Um pretty sure Harvin is their number one receiving threat

  6. jimcaldwellsucks says: Sep 12, 2012 3:32 PM

    I’m sure Jared Allen would oblige him with a good old fashioned John Henderson face slap.

  7. goofytoofy says: Sep 12, 2012 3:34 PM

    I hope they give Ponder years to develop in Minnesota. That’s 2 wins each for the rest of the NFC North for years to come.

  8. pa1856 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:34 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Sep 12, 2012 3:20 PM
    You either have it (RGIII) or you don’t (Ponder, Weeden, Gabbert, Luck, Tannehill)…Ponder is a below average talent full of excuses. Case closed.

    ——————————————–
    RGIII played great, but even the greats have started out slow during their rookie year. Bad assessment way too early. Not saying RGIII won’t be a stud, but those others could easily develop.

  9. amanistumor says: Sep 12, 2012 3:41 PM

    You either have it (RGIII) or you don’t (Ponder, Weeden, Gabbert, Luck, Tannehill)…Ponder is a below average talent full of excuses. Case closed.
    ———————————

    So RGIII has it because he lit up a terrible Saints D with 4 of their better players out due suspension and an interim head coach?

    I guess you know all and the rest of us need to learn the game of football and ID’ing talent….

    Better hope you’re boy is what you think he is and not a VY 2.0. I’m willing to bet the latter!

  10. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 12, 2012 3:46 PM

    RGIII isn’t just great…he’s a legend. Ponder is a like a fad you won’t remember in 2 years.

  11. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:50 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:Sep 12, 2012 3:46 PM

    RGIII isn’t just great…he’s a legend. Ponder is a like a fad you won’t remember in 2 years.
    —-
    One game and he is already a legend? Hahaha…ok.

  12. vikesfansteve says: Sep 12, 2012 3:57 PM

    I wouldn’t mind Ponder playing more relaxed. Like fumbling when barely being touched, trying to run for first downs when there is no pocket pressure. When he is relaxed and not rushed he plays well.

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 12, 2012 4:00 PM

    chesslungo says:Sep 12, 2012 3:32 PM

    Um pretty sure Harvin is their number one receiving threat
    _______

    You got that right, and Rudolph is #2. It seems a bit early to declare Simpson as Ponder’s biggest receiving threat when they’ve never even played in a game together.

  14. davikes says: Sep 12, 2012 4:00 PM

    Believe it or not, Ponder had the 9th highest qb rating in week one. 20 of 270 for 270, no picks, no TDs, 74% completion rate, 10 yards per attempt. 10 yards per attempt was 4th highest.

    That came against the Jaguars, who had the 8th highest ranked pass defense last year.

    It helps that Harvin is great running after the catch, but the other high ranking QB’s have some pretty good receivers too.

    Yup, Ponder doesn’t have it.

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 12, 2012 4:01 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:Sep 12, 2012 3:20 PM

    You either have it (RGIII) or you don’t (Ponder, Weeden, Gabbert, Luck, Tannehill)…Ponder is a below average talent full of excuses. Case closed.
    ________

    I guess Indianapolis should have checked with you before they drafted Luck #1. Clearly, your evaluation is better than every other professional football talent evaluator employed today.

  16. blowpackblow says: Sep 12, 2012 4:02 PM

    He’s playing for the Vikings, that doesn’t make him mad? Don’t expect much from a guy named Ponder, even his name means indecision.

  17. allday296 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    voiceofreasonsays probably thought Ryan leaf was gonna be a superstar after 1 week

  18. hehateme1 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:27 PM

    Sounds really scary…uh oh we better watch out. Go Lions=Superbowl champions.

  19. pappavike says: Sep 12, 2012 4:40 PM

    Id like to know how many thought p. Manning would be as good as he turned out to be! RG3 might be a great QB but one game does not make you great. Most Qb coaches will tell you it takes two to three years for Qb’s to come around let the season play out!

  20. purpleguy says: Sep 12, 2012 5:22 PM

    Looking at the schedule, I suspect there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get mad, starting with the 49ers in about 11 days. Then again, he will likely be happy when he plays the Packers’ division II secondary two times.

  21. n001363 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:05 PM

    Im going to bet RG3 is an awesome talent for years. Im also gonna bet they sign aging free agents for two much money year after year, and nothing becomes of them. The NFL is the perfect league. One year your the answer to all Redskins fans dreams, a few years later your wearing a different uniform. Probably a Purple one!

  22. sampulls says: Sep 12, 2012 7:08 PM

    Simpson is the biggest receiving threat?? Ever hear of a guy named Harvin?

  23. zn0rseman says: Sep 12, 2012 7:09 PM

    What RG3 does to a hopeless Rams D, and a hapless Saints D that is decimated by suspensions, injuries and turmoil, proves nothing. When he plays the Cosboys or Giants defenses (who are at least average) then we’ll maybe get a glimpse of what he’s made of.

    Until then RG3 is an unknown no matter how much the media hypes him up.

    Ponder however, just had a really good game against the 9th ranked pass defense in the NFL.

  24. ddogdaddy says: Sep 12, 2012 8:33 PM

    An article about a good young qb for a team that is so happy to have him and guess who pops up? Idiot boy himself putting the kid down and bragging about the secomd coming. Let it go fool.

  25. tombradysponytail says: Sep 12, 2012 9:42 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 12, 2012 3:17 PM
    Ponder did start off slow but, like the article said, something clicked and he took off in the second half.

    —–

    Yeah, he finally noticed he was playing one of the worst teams in the NFL (after his own)….

  26. davikes84 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:27 AM

    Lol at all you morons who just look at the stats and assume you are experts…did you watch him play every game?? Didn’t think so…rookie qb thrown in on a whim with no offseason, no oline (Charlie Johnson left his blindside wide open, worst LT in football last year) mediocre receivers aside from Harvin and still posted 1:1 td:int ratio…not to mention the best QBR in the red zone…Ponder will be fine, he just needs a better supporting cast around him (Kalil will be huge for his development) so to all you idiots who don’t watch the Vikings regularly…please stop acting like you know everything…thanks in advance

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