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.