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Josh Freeman is your new starter in Minnesota

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier just made official what seemed apparent from the day they signed Josh Freeman.

The former first-rounder will start for the Vikings Monday against the Giants, allowing him to make his debut with his new team against an 0-6 opponent.

“He has adapted to our system,” Frazier said. “I like his work ethic. He has done enough for us to say that he is ready.”

Frazier also said Christian Ponder would be the backup and Matt Cassel the third.

This is nothing but a test drive, as Freeman has the chance to supplant Ponder as the guy they want to move forward with. While that might ruffle some feathers, it’s also worth a shot, as Freeman has played at a higher level than Ponder has reached.

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69 Responses to “Josh Freeman is your new starter in Minnesota”
  1. lance19 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:27 PM

    Wow! How the Cassel has fallen.

  2. doe22us says: Oct 16, 2013 1:28 PM

    The Giants probably get their first win…

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    How long till Viking fans boo him?

  4. larjones64 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Finally a ray of hope? Skol Vikings!

  5. usmutts says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Past history shows Freeman can toss 25 TD’s in a season. Recent history shows not. The talent is somewhere inside him. Can anyone with the Vikings bring it out of him? Seems unlikely to me. I’m no Vikings fan, but I do wish Freeman success. Sometimes a person just needs a fresh start.

  6. thepftpoet says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Wow vanilla Bill Muskgrave offense must have been hard to learn:

    1. Handoff right to AD
    2. Handoff left to AD
    3. Playaction deep pass

  7. bucrightoff says: Oct 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    Josh Freeman has a unique opportunity here: If he continues his spectacular 2013 play of 46% completion, he might become the first QB ever to get benched by two different teams, both of whom fired their coaches at the end of the season.

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    So we’re throwing Freeman at the wall to see if he sticks. I hope he’s good, but I’m also getting kind of excited about a top-5 pick.

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    I’d really like to buy a Ponder jersey as it will always bring back fond memories.

  10. pushn50 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    This QB carousel is hilarious. Poor, poor Vikings!!!

  11. sdisme says: Oct 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    As a Saints fan, I think the Vikings will be much much better with Freeman.

  12. vicd4192 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    Hopefully he doesn’t celebrate his new job too much. I’d hate to see him miss the team bus to the stadium, again.

  13. westampa says: Oct 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    Someone should tell Josh the game starts at noon just to be safe.

  14. jmorand47 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    This is musical quarterbacks at its finest. After Monday night when Josh has a bad outing, then Ponder will assume the controls, until he sucks it up against Green Bay, then Cassel will get another chance against Dallas until he blows it, then……..

  15. ad296 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:43 PM

    This article was put up at 1:23. Wheres all the GB trolls?

  16. plock77 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:44 PM

    As a Vikings fan if Freeman can move the ball down field which he has the arm strength to do so I think we will be ok. We should be able to open up the offense and take some shots down field. I mean real shots 40yd – 50yd bombs.

  17. FlashPatterson says: Oct 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    Ponder is done, Cassel should be the backup and they both should be gone next year. Keep Freeman as the starter if he’s good enough or the backup if he isn’t.

  18. 3yardsndust says: Oct 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    Haha! Good luck with that, Vikings!

  19. cas5875 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    At their best, Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre played at a higher level than what Ponder has reached as well. Perhaps you should give them a test drive too…

    Oh wait, you already did, didn’t you…

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 16, 2013 1:47 PM

    I predict Christian Ponder finishes the season as the Vikings’ starting quarterback. You heard me.

  21. asherallencanttackle says: Oct 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    Hopefully Freeman can play cornerback too

  22. jokendave says: Oct 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    Good call with all three Qb’s. Skol Vikings!!!!

  23. mcmeen0576 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    Vikings just became a tougher matchup. You have to respect the pass now with a guy like Freeman back there. With the way Schiano handled him he has the writing on the wall to have a superstar turnaround.

  24. otis52gsh says: Oct 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    He can’t do worse

  25. vikingsruler says: Oct 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    I like this move. Ponder was definitely not cutting it for the Vikings and Cassel is not a starting QB. The Vikings gave a 1 yr conract for $2 mil, chump change in the NFL. If he doesnt work out, they don’t resign him and look to the draft. Change in the QB position needed to happen and they went for it with a guy who has an arm and has had shown signs of great talent. Skol Vikings!

  26. trollsetter says: Oct 16, 2013 1:54 PM

    Hahahaha, now y’all can’t troll us about Ponder. You’ll just have to wait to see if Freeman fails like the multitude of Viking QBs before him.

  27. 4thquartermagic says: Oct 16, 2013 1:58 PM

    Christian Ponder to Jacksonville?

    (To ensure the #1 overall pick of course)

  28. shaggytoodle says: Oct 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    larjones64 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Finally a ray of hope? Skol Vikings!
    ______

    I don’t know why you would feel that way, even IF the Vikings play better. They still have a really tough schedule going out.

    I can’t think of a team that would turn it around to get to .500 after this deep in the season.

    Tebow was as close as you could get, but he had known the system.

    The Vikings also aren’t good and developing QB talent.

    They might be able to find someone in the top 10 of next seasons class though.

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    The Giants should prove to be a stiff test for the new look Vikings.

  30. allday420ap says: Oct 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    Josh you are officially a free man

  31. yizudien says: Oct 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    As a vikings fan I have to ask a couple questions:

    1. Why are we the bone yard for quarterbacks that are past their prime in the league?

    2. You gave ponder a while to develop and fail, Matt C. gets two weeks? His first interception can be written off to getting nailed on the blitz, he saw it coming and got excited. Then the whole team was off from that point on.

    Seriously if our defense cant get a team off the field the offense sits for 9 minutes of game clock (more like 15-30 minutes of real time) where they are not doing anything. Is it really that hard to see that affects the team.

    We arent running well, we have troubles with the offensive line, defense is just killing time on the clock (didnt stop much of anything against the panthers), and at that point its up to the quarterback to take chances and bring us back. At this point if i was our QB i would feel like from the get go you have to score 30 + pts to win a game with our defense.

  32. coltzfan166 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    Bad idea. If the Giants get their first win this week, we’ll be saying the Josh Freeman experiment isn’t working.

  33. scotrugby says: Oct 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Realistically, I wouldn’t expect too much from Freeman for a while. It is going to take time for him to learn a new offense and I hope that the coaching staff in MN can get the most out of him.

    On the other hand, it doesn’t take much to beat the Giants these days, so as long as he doesn’t turn the ball over, that may be enough to win this thing.

  34. pack93z says: Oct 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Can you imagine if Freeman leads the Vikes to a win while passing for 300 plus and a couple of TD’s?

    Tampa Bay might sell out of pitchforks and torches in minutes..

  35. ejmat2 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Now they may score more points on offense. The issue is can they stop a team, any team on defense? Giving up 31 points a game isn’t exactly helping this team much.

    Maybe Ricky boy has a plan to bolster the defense. I heard Joe Lefeged is working out. Maybe they’ll sign him and with the low odds of him staying out of jail they’ll better both sides of the ball.

    Yes I am a frustrated Viking fan. Does it show?

  36. whatjusthapped says: Oct 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    And we thought the NY Jets were the circus.

    Frazier will try anything at this point but the fault for this hot mess lies mostly at the GM level. Who really thought Ponder was a first rounder? Hell, the Vikings could have drafted a defensive stud at #12 and picked up Ponder in a later round. Who thought it was a good idea to sign Cassel as a back up after he was just horrible in KC last year? What, Tim Tebow wasn’t available?

    In my preseason pool, I had the Vikings at 6 wins, who knew I was so wrong.

  37. thepftpoet says: Oct 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    Whatjusthapped is literally obsessed with the Vikings…

    Every single post whether it’s about the Vikes or not he brings them up, get a freaking life dude

  38. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings offense might finally start to look the way that they wanted it to look when they signed Donavon McNabb. Josh Freeman has potential, but he’s always had potential. Are the Vikings better at developing quarterbacks than the buccaneers? I guess we’ll see.

  39. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    Look…let’s see what the kid can do. He has never had a good running back like Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, or Doug Martin.

    After all…running games make QBs better; look at Green Bay. Rodgers hasn’t had a good running back for a while, and he has zero Super Bowl rings.

    Also, freeman hasn’t had the luxury of top tier wideouts like Greg Jennings or Vincent Jackson.

    He has been given the keys to a high octane offense. And if he can manage it, the fact that The Vikings’ defense couldn’t stop my Division 2 alma mater high school will be irrelevant.

    Did I cover everything?

    Oh. Um. Musgrave is a fantastic playcaller.

  40. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    yizudien says:Oct 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    As a vikings fan I have to ask a couple questions:

    1. Why are we the bone yard for quarterbacks that are past their prime in the league?

    2. You gave ponder a while to develop and fail, Matt C. gets two weeks?
    ________

    He’s 25. Matt C. is past his prime, if he ever had one.

  41. larjones64 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    Shaggytoodle- this from Paul Charchian at FantasyVictor.com Josh Freeman takes over in Minny and has the fifth easiest schedule against the pass remaining. 1) Washington 2) Phily 3) Chicago 4) Dallas.
    So there is that… I’m actually more concerned about our defense and their inability to get off the field on 3rd down. 49% 3 rd down conversion rate for teams facing the Vikes D

  42. packfanaj12 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    Hmm, I bet more turnovers then touchdowns in this game.

  43. theoriginalbvan says: Oct 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    …look at Green Bay. Rodgers hasn’t had a good running back for a while, and he has zero Super Bowl rings.
    __________________

    Huh ? ? ?

  44. banlarson says: Oct 16, 2013 3:06 PM

    I don’t know enough about Freeman to have an opinion of him, but I do know its too early to throw him to the wolves behind the Vikings OL. Freeman has no chemistry with the receivers yet, he only knows a fraction of the playbook and all Frazier is asking him to do is save the season and his job in front of a national audience.

    It likely won’t matter which QB is behind center, the only question is where within the top 5 do we pick. Lets hope they don’t go out and win one late in the season and drop to like 8th.

    Pretty sad when 5 games into the season Vikings fans are already thinking of the draft.

  45. bigbamboom1 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    There are some funny comments on this thread. Josh Freeman is potentially a vast upgrade of the QB position if the fresh new start was exactly what he needed. Prediction; if the Vikings beat the Giants with Freeman at QB, Ponder will be traded before the deadline. And Matt Cassel is already the number 2 & 3 QB right now.

    If the young, talented Freeman plays up to his potential and performance, prior to the Schiano debacle in Minneapolis, people will be calling the Vikings geniuses. I suspect Viking receivers are ecstatic about this move. Especially Gregg Jennings. They finally have someone who can get the ball to them.

  46. ruvelligwebuike says: Oct 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    Wait until the Minnesota media gets their hooks into Sensitive Josh. The sportswriters and KFAN (other than PA) are absolutely brutal.

    They mirror the people of Minnesota. Take Jim Souhan. Smiled, nodded, shook Jerry Kill’s hand…and then wrote a column about how they should fire him because he has more seizures than Big Ten wins.

    Despicable. Gutless cowards.

  47. buffaloviking says: Oct 16, 2013 3:26 PM

    Hopefully he can throw a deep pass to Patterson, OH wait, we are not sure whats going on there!!!. Third QB that will suffer do to the inability of our coaching staff. We have the best RB in the league hands down and MUSCRAT cant figure out how to get them out of a 11man front.

  48. igwaybwekay says: Oct 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    Regardless of how well Freeman does, this will be the last Vikings game I watch this year.

    I can’t stand one more week of watching Leslie Frazier stand on the sidelines with that stupid-ass look on his face.

    Done for the season, Purple. See you next year.

  49. onebucplace says: Oct 16, 2013 3:34 PM

    Best of luck Freeman, you have a future in the NFL as a starting QB.

    Schiano on the other hand will be coaching South-West New Mexico State this time next year.

  50. realfootballfan says: Oct 16, 2013 3:43 PM

    Frazier and Spielman have that last ditch hope to save their jobs out there.

  51. GenXJay says: Oct 16, 2013 3:43 PM

    Freeman is nothing more than Fraziers hope to save face/secure job. I don’t blame him in this win now league. No one is safe of a team has an unfortunate season start.

  52. jazz11001 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    I dont see what all of the hoopla is about. It is such a low risk move. So what if Josh bombs? The other 2 clearly can’t get the job done. The 2 clubs ( Vikings and Bucs) are very similar in the fact that we had to lose a superstar in Harvin to realize that he was right and that Ponder couldn’t make the basic plays required of a QB and the BUCs lost a Superstar because the coach could make the basic plays of a head coach…Net Zero but….if the Vikings have found a true Franchise QB then look out…

  53. fwippel says: Oct 16, 2013 4:05 PM

    Not sure what the big deal is. Bill Musgrave is still the offensive coordinator.

    What that means is that we’ll see passes in the flat to Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson, check downs to the running backs, and Cordarelle Patterson on the bench.

    This really comes across as a desperate move on the Vikings part. Besides that, the defense can’t stop anyone, and I expect Eli Manning to shred the secondary. Giants will get their first win Monday night.

  54. vikesfansteve says: Oct 16, 2013 4:10 PM

    Lets hope they found the QB of the present and future and go on a win streak for the ages.

  55. linemanguy74 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    Hand off for 2 plays and pass and then go to bench I could operate that type of offense

  56. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    Such a headcase!

  57. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:32 PM

    He’s a loser QB, just like Ponder. Much like Matt Cassell. I’m sure starting Freeman will improve the defense LOL

  58. lance19 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    Not one Tebow fan to claim that Ponder is being treated unfairly because of his first name?

  59. stellarperformance says: Oct 16, 2013 4:57 PM

    Freeman plays bigger than his 6’5″. Ponder played smaller than his 6’2″. Should be a noticeable improvement. Too soon to say if it is enough, but we’ll see. Freeman gave the Packers fits previously. He may help the Vikings win just enough games to gain nothing useful in the draft next year.

  60. shominot says: Oct 16, 2013 4:58 PM

    Freeman might play better than Ponder and Cassel but look for Eli to have his best game of the season just like every other QB that faces the Viking’s secondary.

  61. purpwalk says: Oct 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    is it even possible to shrink musgrave’s play card?

  62. tachyeon says: Oct 16, 2013 6:37 PM

    Adding Freeman takes the pressure off Adrian and really opens up the game for Vikings. As for defense Vikings are no worse than Denver, GB, Atlanta, Saints, Dallas, etc. They may put up 50 points but the opposing team puts up 42 points means none of those teams have a defense.

  63. zygizag says: Oct 16, 2013 8:34 PM

    Ponder can’t throw accurately.
    Cassel is not the future.

    Josh was available, didn’t cost any picks.

    Seattle kept hunting until they found their QB.

    Now the Vikes are starting that process after sticking with Ponder way too long. If a guy can’t throw he can’t throw. Just like a few years ago their replacement for Moss could not catch.

    The crime was not drafting him, but not having him compete and staying with him too long. Been often reported that the passes he misses in games he also misses in practices too. It just is not there.

    Also a crime in spending 3 draft choices on 1 player when there are so many defensive holes to fill. Patterson may may may in a few years be great but you spend a 3rd or 4th or 5th round on that not a first. If he is not available then, well that is OK.

  64. urcrap says: Oct 16, 2013 9:00 PM

    Season. It’s over!

  65. hansenbrothers says: Oct 16, 2013 9:30 PM

    Minnesota’s such a mess…enjoy the NFC North cellar!

  66. hansenbrothers says: Oct 16, 2013 9:31 PM

    Minnesota is a hot mess

  67. pootytang66 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    Josh Freeman starting doesn’t matter because the our defense is going to make Eli Manning look like Brian Hoyer!!!

  68. veetan says: Oct 17, 2013 1:03 PM

    As if he didn’t already have a low enough standing in the NFL, poor Josh Freeman is now going to be tainted by the Taintkings’ ongoing circus. Very sad for him.

  69. mbulleto says: Oct 18, 2013 6:41 PM

    I’m a die hard Packer fan, and I love seeing all the haters here. Look Freeman may not be the best QB in the league, but he makes the Vikings a much more dangerous team. Yes they’ll feature AP all day, but believe me, when you have a guy that can kill you deep it makes the offense much harder to stop. Minnesota has fast offensive weapons that Freeman will love, and he has the big go to TE in Rudolph. Mark my words, the Vikings will put up a lot of points this week and Freeman will show you that he is once again dedicated to football. NYG 0-7 start here you come! follow me on twitter mBULLETo

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