Ponder: Vikings QB situation “disappointing and frustrating”

AP

In a matter of two weeks, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has gone from the unquestioned starter in Minnesota to backing up Matt Cassel while simultaneously looking over his shoulder at Josh Freeman. Ponder isn’t happy about that.

Ponder said he knows he’s not in the same situation that he used to be in, and that’s tough to swallow.

“Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed obviously with bringing in Josh,” Ponder said, via 1500ESPN.com. “I would be lying if I didn’t say it was a little bit disappointing and frustrating.”

When Ponder first suffered his rib injury in Week Three, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder would be the starter when healthy. But it now appears that Ponder is healthy enough to be active on Sunday but will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Cassel. Ponder isn’t sure whether he, Cassel or Freeman is in the team’s the long-term plans.

“Again, I have no idea what is going to happen. I hope to still be here,” Ponder said. “That’s the front office’s call. You never know, as we’ve seen in the past week, what’s going to happen.”

It’s looking more and more like what’s going to happen is the Vikings are going to move on from Ponder.

100 responses to “Ponder: Vikings QB situation “disappointing and frustrating”

  1. In their 50 years of existence, the Vikings have never once won a Superbowl.

    So the sorry state of that franchise is disappointing and frustrating for their 7 fans.

  2. Not really changing any minds on that whole “Ponder isn’t mentally strong enough to be an NFL QB” discussion, is he?

  3. If the coaching staff is desparate to lose as many games as possible to get a top draft pick then it doesn’t matter which quarterback they start.

  4. The only thing disappointing is watching the best years of a stud running back go to waste because noodle arm out there can’t make good reads or throws!

  5. Even if Ponder ends up being a great quarterback , there is still no escaping the fact that the Vikings reached badly for him in the top half of round one two years ago. If you thought he was your guy , great. You still could have gotten him at least a round lower. QB or not , absolutely no one had him going any earlier than the second third round that year. For more on this , see Blaine Gabbert.

  6. No worries, Noodlearm. Your wife will still post pictures of you napping on the couch via Instagram.

    Oh, and I’ll add you to the list:

    Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Brad Johnson, Jim McMahon, Randal Cunningham, Dante Cullpepper, Gus Ferrotte, Brooks Bollinger (who’s is awesome), Kelly Holcomb, Tavaris Jackson, Donovan McFlabb, Christian Ponder.

    Brett doesn’t count.

  7. Spielman is a poor GM.

    Vikes will never amount to anything with
    Rick as decision maker.

    What is it with LB GM’s?

    He’s following in Millen’s footsteps.

    To the slaughter house!!

  8. Adios….you were given a shot and you blew it. The bigger problem is, that the vikes have no clue how to draft a QB. If the Vikes had the number 1 pick 2 years ago, they would have passed on Luck and RGIII and drafted the Gopher QB….

  9. You performance has been very disappointing. As a matter of fact last night you were incomplete and I was intercepted by smith…

    – Samantha Ponder

  10. To me, Ponder never passed the eye test, he simply didn’t look like a real NFL Qb, the noodle arm, the happy feet, the inaccurate throws. (they say you can’t teach accuracy and Ponder is only one of many that backs that up)

    But still, the Vikings had leads in all three games that Ponder lost this year so that tells me that he is hardly their biggest problem, its that Swiss cheese secondary that earns that distinction. So for all the Viking fans thinking that Josh Freeman is the answer, well, he could be if he ran a 4.3 and could play press coverage beginning at the line of scrimmage. But look at the bright spot, you’ll get an early pick next spring and then you can proclaim another paper championship.

  11. Really? Is ponder or anyone really surprised? When he was picked he was a reach and was a mediocre college Qb…he should be happy with his life, he married Samantha Steele while he was relevant

  12. I will never understand why guys who were average in college and didn’t WOW at the combine/pro day get taken top 15 and expected to be franchise guys. The Vikings could have easily just waited until the 2nd or 3rd round. Its not Christians fault the Vikings front office selected him so high. The Vikings can only blame themselves here.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Oct 10, 2013 6:45 PM
    In their 50 years of existence, the Vikings have never once won a Superbowl.

    So the sorry state of that franchise is disappointing and frustrating for their 7 fans.

    ____________________________________

    filthymcnasty1 (aka tokyosandblaster) sure reads a lot of articles about the Vikings. My guess is he’s a closet Vikings fan but is scared to go upstairs and tell his mom.

  14. Josh Freeman has the best chance he’ll ever have. Opposing defenses will have to keep 8 guys in the box to stop AP. That leaves just 3 guys to cover the receivers. He should do well.

  15. Not much doubt that Freeman is the future. With that said, Ponder will probably be sticking around as a backup and that’s fine. Backup is a good spot for him. He was thrown into the starting job way earlier than they had planned. McNabb was supposed to be around for a year or two while Ponder sat and learned. To his credit, these words today are the closest thing to anything negative I’ve ever heard him say and yet he was just speaking the truth. I agree he has had enough time and he just isn’t cutting it. But with all the press and fans coming down on his since day one, I think he’s shown some toughness.

  16. Objectively, after 3 years he has basically the same number of INTs as TDs. That just isn’t good enough in this league.

    He SHOULD be looking over his shoulder, and the fact that he is ‘disappointed and frustrated’ reflects on the sense of entitlement by some of the younger players in the NFL.

  17. You junior hose heads can’t do anything but complain. Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Dante Culpepper, and Jim McMahon were all 1st rate QBs. They didn’t stink, your whole franchise stinks. The Vikings play whack-a-mole with personnel deficiencies. Bryant McKinnie is/was a problem, but he helped the Ravens to the post season a couple of times and win a Super Bowl. You want somebody to hand your team the ’72 Dolphins. You get the same shots at players as any other team. Up to now, it’s what you have done with those opportunities that lead to your frustration. I guess it’s all Fran Tarkenton’s fault.

  18. No, what’s frustrating is that you never own up to your terrible play, never get angry, and never seem to go back and correct mistakes after you throw a terrible INT. Don’t most guys go back on the sidelines and study what they did wrong? You just stare at the field with a blank look in your eyes and maybe a grin.

  19. Keep him around and send him to Grudens camp. There would have been less dramam if they had signed Tebow…wait they didn’t sign Tebow did they?

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 10, 2013 6:45 PM

    In their 50 years of existence, the Vikings have never once won a Superbowl.

    So the sorry state of that franchise is disappointing and frustrating for their 7 fans

    You gotta love Packer fans low IQ’s……

  21. Alex Smith got the 49ers to the Championship…. That next year they yanked him. Think he had disappointed nod frustrated feelings. Dude handled himself very well I thought. Ponder stop being an entitled bitch!

  22. 2011 draft, Qb’s taken in the 1st round.
    #1 Cam Newton
    #8 Jake Locker
    #10 Blaine Gabbert
    #12 Christian Ponder

    Was Christian a reach at #12, Yes, we know that now. However it appears that Locker and Gabbert were also reaches at their respective draft position. Cam had a stellar rookie year and has since regressed. I personally think Ponder is better than Locker and Gabbert. I can’t blame the Vikings for taking Ponder in the first round. They needed a QB. It didn’t work out. Credit management for realizing it and making a change. I wish Christian the best.

  23. 2dimesandanickelback says: Oct 10, 2013 6:45 PM

    I’d be lying if I didn’t say Christian Ponder has been a little disappointing and frustrating
    _____________________

    You’d also be lying if you said you thought Ponder was worth a top 15 pick.

    They drafted him at least a full round too early. There were 30 other players they could have had instead of him.

    People know the coaches in Minnesota don’t do great developing QBs.

    Yes he hasn’t developed and that is on him as well BUT if you take a 2-3rd round talent in the top 15 picks I promise you. You will be disappointed.

  24. dcapettini says: Oct 10, 2013 7:26 PM

    You junior hose heads can’t do anything but complain. Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Dante Culpepper, and Jim McMahon were all 1st rate QBs. They didn’t stink, your whole franchise stinks. The Vikings play whack-a-mole with personnel deficiencies. Bryant McKinnie is/was a problem, but he helped the Ravens to the post season a couple of times and win a Super Bowl. You want somebody to hand your team the ’72 Dolphins. You get the same shots at players as any other team. Up to now, it’s what you have done with those opportunities that lead to your frustration. I guess it’s all Fran Tarkenton’s fault.
    —————————————————–
    Amen!!!!

    You’ve summed vikequeen fandom up in one cutting and concise paragraph.

    I especially like the comment about the ’72 Dolphins.

  25. Sorry Christian, but if you didn’t suck that bad, you wouldn’t be “disappointed and frustrated”!

  26. Ponder should be “Frustrated and Disappointed” in Himself and not the team! He has no one to blame but blame Himself. Memo to Christian…Quarterbacks in the NFL only get replaced unless they get injured or play like crap and it’s the latter for him!

  27. There is an old saying, “if you have two quarterbacks, then you have none.” What does it mean when you have three?

  28. You know what’s “Frustrating and Disappointing” Ponder???…the fact that they drafted you over Ryan Mallet in 2011. Help us Obi-Wan Freeman, you’re our only hope.

  29. You guys have to realize that Filthy, Tokyo or whatever alias he is using is getting more attention here than any person has ever given him. No woman ever (obvious when he is first post on every VIKINGS article), probably not his mom (maybe his dad……), and I’m sure everyone at the office a.k.a. McDonalds ignores him too. You reference him, he gets recognition he so desperately needs, and has to come back for more. If everyone just ignored him he would likely sink further into depression due to the sad state of his life, go away (after one last massive troll posting marathon) and we could all go on discussing football.

    I’ll copy and paste this occasionally so we all remember.

  30. I shall say this again, whenever a stadium issue pops up (or in this case Ponder), the Packers trolls comes in like flies on garbage.

    When the Packers lose, they hide in whatever cave they crawled out of. Bunch of cowards.

  31. Ponder, you didn’t even have to be a good QB. With 8-9 guys in the box, all you had to do was throw it to the open receiver in single coverage…and you couldn’t even do that.

    You’ll never amount to anything in the NFL. I;m sorry, but it’s true. Be lucky you have a gorgeous wife and get paid to do absolutely nothing.

  32. ickky says: Oct 10, 2013 7:46 PM

    filthymcnasty1 forgets the 1969 NFL Championship. Before the Superbowl.
    ———–

    Except there was a Superbowl that year… which the Vikings lost. Making Filthy’s statement completely true.

    Or are we also going to start counting NFC Championships as Superbowl wins?

  33. New York Giants needed Josh Freeman more so than Vikings… Eli forgot what color jersey he is throwing to and Tom Coughlin needs to bench this game killer.

  34. Ponder probably should have been a third round pick, where is the talent ? Weak arm,,,small, not all that athletic….

  35. Damn, didn’t he lead you guys to the playoffs just last year!?

    The dude had a rib injury in W3. Talk about a witch hunt. Maybe ya’ll need to cut him a little slack.

    And they say Jets fans were hard on Sanchez after having had to endure 2 seasons of lackluster incompetent performance.

  36. I got to say, you people are messed up. No Ponder wasn’t ready and maybe taken to low. But if you were him, wouldn’t you take the opportunity given too you? I mean nothing like kicking a man when he’s down. Great people you are. If I was Ponder, I would have tried also. Maybe I wouldn’t have succeeded either. You think every QB on the draft is suppose to be in the supper bowl the same year. Sorry folks, only 2 qb’s a year go to the show. He wasn’t ready. Its that simple. You don’t have to keep kicking him, he’s not playing.

  37. It just is not fair that the packers have had two staring quarterbacks since. 1991.

    The Vikings…goof? Why can’t this team find a quarterback? I know a lot of teams can say that but I just think the packers are either incredibly lucky, or that coaching is a huge aspect of developing and selecting a quarterback. The Vikings clearly throw darts at a board…could have had Russell Wilson…anybody that watched a badger game knew Wilson was going to be good. But no. We already drafted ponder. Don’t want to shake his confidence by drafting another qb.

  38. I honestly don’t blame Ponder…he is doing the best he can but just is not a very good quarterback. I remember thinking how coo-coo for cocoa puffs the Vikings were when they drafted him that high.

  39. I’ve been pulling for Ponder for two plus years.
    This year he seems to have regressed.

    Regardless I have never seen this 25Y/O (?)
    ever give it less than all he has.
    I have never seen this kid quit in a game.
    His talents may not be NFL starting material but anyone who denies this kid’s heart has no true love of what makes sports great.

  40. Seriously? Ponder is blamed for trying to be QB of the Vikings?….The management of the team should be blamed even more for drafting Ponder so high and then starting him right away. Spielman and Wilfs are a failure so far (except for getting their stadium). It is what it is.

  41. How on earth are ANY of you giving thumbs down to comments that are negative about Ponder.

    Wake up people.

    He sucks.

    We write legitimate and sometimes funny crackbacks.

    That’s how it works.

    Thumbs down if your a relative of Ponder.

  42. @ everyone who has said Ponder had his chance.

    Some players need time to develop. I personally believe he is one of them. Regardless of skill set or how high someone was drafted. There is always growing pains. Both Mannings, Rodgers. Vick, Luck, Kaepernick, and Tom Brady.

    I chuckle how you sit their and laugh that he hasn’t developed, yet you know that his biggest task is making sure he has clean exchange with AP.

    The Vikings made their bed and now they can sleep in it. They have no one to be upset with but themselves.

  43. It’s hilarious listening to Packer fans talk about what a reach Ponder was in the first round. Can anyone remember the last guy the Packers took in the first round that wasn’t a bust? It was long before the Ponder draft, I can tell you that.

  44. This just shows he’ll never amount to anything. A real NFL QB with any kind of skill and right mindset would say…

    “I’ve played poorly and I need to get better, It’s not acceptable. Until then.. I have to pay the price and prove myself to this team and the fans. Right now this is what’s best for the team to win.”

  45. Frustration and disappointment is what Vikings fns feel after three years of waiting for Ponder to develop into even a COMPETENT QB. Get over it you worthless moron. You’ll be out of the league in another year or two.

  46. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Oct 10, 2013 6:45 PM
    In their 50 years of existence, the Vikings have never once won a Superbowl.

    So the sorry state of that franchise is disappointing and frustrating for their 7 fans.
    —————————————-
    I was about to say cue filthy in with a dumb response then right there it was, first in the thread. Thanks for being predictable and showing how right everyone is that you have nothing better to do but post idiotic statements to insult the Viking franchise and their fans on Viking threads. Maybe someday we will see an actual intelligent post about football from you but I’m probably expecting too much

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