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Leslie Frazier “not sure” if Josh Freeman will be ready for Week Seven

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The Vikings have an extra day of preparation before they face the Giants next Monday night and that might give them enough time to get Josh Freeman ready to take over as the team’s starting quarterback.

Matt Cassel had a rough time of it in Sunday’s 35-10 loss to the Panthers, throwing a pair of interceptions and struggling to move the team all day until a garbage time touchdown drive made his final numbers a bit more respectable. Coach Leslie Frazier said after the game that Cassel “has to play better,” but said he would have to evaluate things before making a call on the Week Seven starter. Part of that evaluation will include a determination of Freeman’s readiness.

“I’m not sure,” Frazier said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “We’ll take a look when we get with him this week and see where he is. We’ve done some things with him in this first week. We’ll see.”

Whatever Frazier decides regarding Freeman’s readiness, it seems quite unlikely that his evaluation will lead to Christian Ponder’s return to the starting lineup. The Vikings never went to Ponder on Sunday even as the game got out of hand, which suggests that the “bright future” the Vikings have talked about Ponder having is one they’d be happy to see play out somewhere else.

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  1. luvmnsports2012 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:27 AM

    U can put Freeman in but it isn’t gonna help! This defense played terrible yesterday!! And the offense can’t get going cause there so damn vanilla, no trickery or sense of confusing the defense at all. Fire Frazier and fire Musgrave, put Freeman in, and the start picking apart the defense, in with the good out with the bad! Just my opinion

  2. cuda1234 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:30 AM

    Freeman will start sooner or later. Black coaches mean black quarterbacks.

  3. geddybaggins says: Oct 14, 2013 8:34 AM

    Can Freeman coach, block, rush the QB or play CB? That’s what they need.

  4. fwippel says: Oct 14, 2013 8:39 AM

    Can’t help but be disappointed by Frazier’s response to that disasterous game yesterday. For starters, if he hasn’t realized it yet, the problem yesterday wasn’t just Matt Cassel. The problem was an offense that was completely unprepared for what the Panther defense threw at them.

    How many times did the Panthers blitz 2-3 defenders right past an OL that didn’t even see them? I lost count. I expected some halftime adjustments to fix this problem, but there were none.

    In other words, the problem is Bill Musgrave’s offense. Where were the check-downs, and quick passes to counter the blitz? Where were the OL line adjustments? Where was Cordarelle Patterson, who Frazier promised weeks ago to get more inolved in the offense?

    Go ahead and throw Freeman into the mix; the results will be the same. Until Bill Musgrave is replace with someone who knows how to use the talent on offense this team has, their sunk.

  5. whatjusthapped says: Oct 14, 2013 8:42 AM

    At this point, what difference does it make? The Viking’s front office has clearly displayed an total ineptitude in evaluating NFL ready QB’s and the insertion of Josh Freeman into the next game will only confirm it one more time.

    Ponder’s bright future is a sad joke, why even make those statements? It only inflicts more pain when watching the Vikings play is already painful enough.

    What is even worse is that Frazier came into this job as some sort of defensive genius and the weakest link on this 2013 team is the defense. But let’s look at the bright side, they can add to the new stadium’s amenities now that they don’t have to worry about building a trophy case anytime soon.

  6. srock68 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:53 AM

    And why couldn’t Freeman start on Sunday? Don’t tell me he doesn’t know the playbook. Ponder knows 2 plays. Handoff to Peterson and the 5 yard slant. Fraziers days are numbered.

  7. truvikingfan says: Oct 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    “The Vikings never went to Ponder on Sunday even as the game got out of hand, which suggests that the “bright future” the Vikings have talked about Ponder having is one they’d be happy to see play out somewhere else.”

    “What you have said here, is one of the most dumbest things I have ever heard, and everyone here is dumber for have listened to it.”

    ‘Nuff said

  8. buffaloviking says: Oct 14, 2013 9:05 AM

    NOT SURE if Frazier should still be coaching, enough with the stupid comments, its time to get a coach with some zip.

    Not Sure why Patterson isnt on the field we need to work on that. REALLY!!!!!

    Come on, wasting great players careers on NOT SURES.

  9. AD2K5 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:07 AM

    I could be as ready for Week 7 as Cassel or Ponder will be…

    Start Freeman, Leslie.

  10. thevikes85 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    so bad on both sides of the ball.Get out Fraizer and take Musgrave with you.Start afresh gonna be a long build.

  11. mvp43 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:19 AM

    A month ago Jennings couldn’t shut his mouth about the Packers or how Ponder was the next coming……..

  12. nfldoc says: Oct 14, 2013 9:21 AM

    Frazier is still not ready for the season to begin, so it’s a bit nervy for him to say Freeman isn’t ready. They just lost 35-10 to the Panthers. At home. Off a bye week. Frazier is done. Look at the Viking schedule. There is no way they win more then 3 games. This team needs to be out evaluating QBs for the 2014 draft and Head Coach candidates or this pain will go on and on for many more years.

  13. AD2K5 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:24 AM

    Where is Cordarrelle? Why is he not playing? It can’t be that it’s too hard to pickup Musgrave’s kick*** offense….can it?

  14. longcutskolvikes says: Oct 14, 2013 9:27 AM

    They have nothing to lose (except for another game, which is likely to happen in any event) by switching to Freeman this week. Unless there is a series of ever more improbable miracles, Spielman and Frazier will be out of jobs after this season. For all of the QB talk this year it’s been evident that this team’s biggest weakness is the defense. You can’t even say it’s just the secondary, it’s the entire defense from DT to SS. It’s obviously time to move in a different direction, I just hope that choose someone better than Brad Childress this time. Stay true Vikes fans. Skol!

  15. GenXJay says: Oct 14, 2013 9:36 AM

    Besides the much expected gbtroll rhetoric comments of ‘told you’s’: i predict the same Viking team persona…lose the 1st half season then finish the other with the nothing to lose attitudes & win the rest.
    Thanks for stopping by gbtrolls. by the way, a win is a win, but cheesebay will not be the NFC division champs after that display vs. Ravens.

  16. fargovikesfan says: Oct 14, 2013 9:42 AM

    Musgrave and his Chilly-esque IHOP menu shouldn’t be too hard to learn. Good lord, you could have pulled someone out of the stands at the 2 minute warning yesterday and had them suit up with intimate knowledge of the plays by the start of the 3rd quarter. 2 minutes to learn the playbook and 10 minutes to find a uniform that fits.

  17. nflpoker says: Oct 14, 2013 9:51 AM

    The problems with this team start from the top down, starting with Frazier. I know there are people who can’t stand Spielman, Ponder, and Cassel, but for now let’s keep them out of the conversation for the time being. ]The HC and the coordinators had 2 weeks to prepare for the game and that was the best they could do?? If those guys were the ones that were responsible for getting ready for Jacksonville game, as Denver’s coaches, the Jags probably would have won. SARCASM.

    I don’t think putting Freeman in will make any difference. It will still be GIGO by the coaches.

    NEXT WEEK’ PREDICTION: Giants win 1st game of the season. Freeman will be playing QB for the Vikings. Frazier goes “Duh”.

  18. pillowporkers says: Oct 14, 2013 9:55 AM

    Giants vs. Vikings on MNF. I feel terrible for the part of the country that doesn’t have Sunday Ticket and relies on good games in Prime Time.

  19. packhawk04 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:56 AM

    The vikings arent a very good team. Simple as that. Have whatever coach you want.

  20. pensmightierthanswords says: Oct 14, 2013 10:31 AM

    “Not Sure” is the answer you give when someone asks what you are cooking for dinner, not the answer you want regarding the future of your franchise.

  21. nflpoker says: Oct 14, 2013 10:33 AM

    What is he sure of?

  22. linemanguy74 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:38 AM

    HOUSE CLEAN FROM THE TOP TO BOTTEM

  23. norseman69 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:43 AM

    Can You say… ” Johnny Football!!!

  24. ridle9 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:55 AM

    Frazier has to go. Mums grave has to go. Spiel man has to go. Adrian Peterson is unfortunately like Barry Sanders. Great back on a horrible team.

  25. c1md6 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    Muscgrave has to go, look at all the coaches in the league when the camera go to the sideline, they all have a billboard size play card and he has a play card the size of an index card it’s embarrassing. His offense is so vanilla, just look at his track record with Atlanta, before he left Matt Ryan’s passing yards were, 3440, 2916, 3705. Since he left his numbers have been, 4177, and 4719. I know that Matt Ryan is maturing but the numbers don’t lie, all Muscrave calls is slants and right end out routes followed by a rare skinny post (which is only called on a 3rd and long of course).

  26. whatjusthapped says: Oct 14, 2013 11:12 AM

    ridle9 says:
    Adrian Peterson is unfortunately like Barry Sanders. Great back on a horrible team.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Why not steal a page out of the Cleveland Browns playbook and trade Peterson for a 1st round draft pick?

    He’s getting closer to 30 and soon after won’t be worth more than Ponder on the trade market. Its not like he is going to carry the team on his back, he did that last year and the Vikings still couldn’t win a playoff game. And look at how improved the Vikings are after having 3 1st rounders last spring, Spielman is truly a genius.

  27. purpleguy says: Oct 14, 2013 11:18 AM

    Unless he can play defense, who really cares?

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:19 AM

    The Vikings still aren’t even ready for week 1.

  29. linemanguy74 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:33 AM

    Local radio idiot is blaming Allen for the poor season he is having Funny they have d-backs that couldn’t cover me in a phone booth

  30. gb4mn0 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:33 AM

    How many interviews (7 I believe) for a HC position did Frazier have where he didn’t get the job? This is an endemic problem in MN. This organization puts to much weight on the words of their play-by-play announcer PA. He went on a full blown campaign to get Frazier the job. Do you think those GM’s of the teams Frazier interviewed with were all wrong in their assessment of Frazier?

    This team has been over-hyped with unreal expectations by your media and you fans unfortunately have grown to like the hyperbole with a smattering of hatred for the enemy to the East PA spoon feeds you daily. It was always a friendly rivalry between our teams until PA arrived and taught you to be arrogant and sarcastic.

    Because of PA and until your teams record rivals that of my team’s record you’ll always be that shady, creepy neighborhood punk that’s always out to steal your bicycle.

  31. stellarperformance says: Oct 14, 2013 11:53 AM

    GenXJay says:
    Oct 14, 2013 9:36 AM
    Thanks for stopping by gbtrolls. by the way, a win is a win, but cheesebay will not be the NFC division champs after that display vs. Ravens.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Nice try. You couldn’t have watched the Green Bay game. The Packers D was excellent…over and over….against the defending SB champs, on the road. The GB running game locked it down …..against a very good Ravens D. Special teams was 4-5. Solid. I could go on and on about how solid the Packers are getting each week. Your jealousy smells.

  32. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    Apparently you can’t say you’re looking forward to the Minnesota Lynx championship parade this afternoon.

  33. truvikingfan says: Oct 14, 2013 12:11 PM

    What I meant earlier is that it’s blatantly obvious that ponder is done, and any talk of a “bright future” was just that….talk.

    Nothing like stating the obvious!

  34. stellarperformance says: Oct 14, 2013 12:30 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Oct 14, 2013 11:12 AM
    Why not steal a page out of the Cleveland Browns playbook and trade Peterson for a 1st round draft pick? He’s getting closer to 30 and soon after won’t be worth more than Ponder on the trade market. Its not like he is going to carry the team on his back, he did that last year and the Vikings still couldn’t win a playoff game.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    This is a good idea. Besides, the true character of the man was in evidence this past week. He’s not a good role model. Let him go.

  35. purpleman527 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:38 PM

    Frazier isn’t sure Freeman is ready?
    WTF ?????

    Did Frazier watch the game enough to know that THE ENTIRE TEAM WASN’T READY to play?

    Dear Ziggy, please fire Frazier, Musgrav and Williams. Then give the interim job to someone who has the fire in his belly to try something dynamic. They may not win anymore games, but at least it might bring some entertainment to the field.

  36. vikesfansteve says: Oct 14, 2013 12:59 PM

    Not sure. That’s the kind of cat and mouse games that got Chilly fired. Patterson not playing, we’ll have to work on that. Anyone else tired of Fraizer. It’s not all him though. Ponder was so inconsistent that they didn’t know which player would show up game to game. The Oline is atrocious. Musgrave and the run run pass is predictable. Williams and the Tampa 2 cover 2 runs the most easily exposed D in football. If the D line can’t get to the QB and you don’t have outstanding LB speed and a secondary that can cover its over. Lastly is Spielman who handed Frazier such a terrible secondary in the first place. With proper coaching the ship can be righted easily I feel personally. Fraziers aw shucks act has worn thin though.

  37. packerenglishmajor says: Oct 14, 2013 1:22 PM

    Head Coach – Nice guy, we know where they finish.

    Mustgo – (AKA Musgrave) Childress .2

    Defensive Coordinator – We have a Defensive coordinator?

    Sherels may be the best corner on the team and he doesn’t get to play the position – at least he’ll tackle.

    Any half good coaching staff could win games with the squad we have – that statement does not apply to the above mentioned collection.

    We are no better off then when Chili was *cough* calling the plays.

    I’ve been a fan since we got Fran back from New York.
    The debacle that took place in the dome yesterday is the worst showing I’ve ever witnessed from my beloved Vikes.

    Zygi do you care about winning?

  38. urcrap says: Oct 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    Forget about the Freeman experiment, entire Viking team isn’t ready for week 7. Just get this season over with…time for a lot of changes including coaches and get rid of Spielman too! He decimated Miami before they kicked him to the curb. Time to rebuild and get a good team to represent the Peoples Republic of Minnesota.

  39. youallrfools says: Oct 14, 2013 11:19 PM

    Fraizer is “not sure” how to coach a football game.

  40. holdsteady76 says: Oct 15, 2013 8:46 PM

    As to Patterson its not just learning an offense but also learning defenses and being on the same page as the qb. The routes are dependent on the coverage and the call. Patterson will get there, hopefully he and Freeman are hanging/working out right now building some familiarity.

    The offensive line has been the biggest disappointment this year. A close is 2nd is the secondary, but we knew Robinson wasn’t a slot db which is why cutting Winfield is that much more questionable. I’m stilling holding onto hope Rhodes and Cook can be effective, but ya … Vikes are in disarray at the moment.

    Jack DelRio head coach MN Vikings 2014?

    Highest needs qb, cb, guard?

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