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Christian Ponder starts on Sunday

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The Vikings have now had nearly a month with quarterback Josh Freeman.  And he’s not their starting quarterback.

Coach Leslie Frazier announced on Friday that Christian Ponder will start Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.  It’ll be Ponder’s second straight start after he was benched first for Matt Cassel and then for Freeman.

Last week, Ponder played because Freeman had a concussion.  This week, Freeman is healthy.

It’s hardly a ringing endorsement for Freeman as the long-term answer at quarterback, but that’s one of the reasons why the Vikings paid him $2 million for the balance of the season after he was cut by the Bucs.  They wanted the exclusive chance to assess whether he can become the franchise quarterback they haven’t had since the last two years of Brett Favre’s career.

So far, it’s safe to say that the Vikings don’t believe Freeman is the answer.

Of course, they’ve already concluded Ponder isn’t the answer.  But he’s now the coaching staff’s best chance at staving off a conclusion by ownership that they’re not the answer.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 1, 2013 1:56 PM

    The quest for Teddy Bridgewater continues…

  2. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 1, 2013 1:57 PM

    Aaaaaan the Vikings clown show continues. Wheeee!!!!

  3. thepftpoet says: Nov 1, 2013 1:57 PM

    As a Viking fan, you can only laugh to hold the tears

  4. chawk12thman says: Nov 1, 2013 1:57 PM

    Freeman must not be impressing during meetings and practice field. It also sounded like at least one, if not a few players on that squad, wanted Ponder to continue as their QB.

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Nov 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    Cue audition for other teams.

  6. expertop says: Nov 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    Dear Les: Pack your stuff, put your house on the market, update your resume.

  7. doorharp11 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    i am happy this is taking place! just go and play ball

  8. mark0226 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t think Freeman is the answer, but maybe that they now realize he needs more time to learn and execute the offense. Most franchise QB’s get more than a couple weeks t learn and execute a new offense.

  9. stevent92 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:01 PM

    Can we skip ahead a few months and start Teddy Bridgewater instead?

  10. matthewdn says: Nov 1, 2013 2:02 PM

    “…a wonderful, laugh out loud comedy” by Viking Picture Studios. Coming to a theater near you!

  11. thegrigga49 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    I’m sorry for Viking fans that have to watch the chicken rerun around with his head cut off for another week. And can somebody tell me how ur GM still has a Job after picking this guy instead of CK7?

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    I think Christian has shown enough. You just need to be more patient. I thought his stats to this point were similar to those of Drew Brees and Eli Manning ealier in their careers? Right? Isn’t that what you all said? Why are you all giving up on him so fast?

  13. favresthumbdrive says: Nov 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    Vikings fan since early 70s. All I care about is that they don’t screw up their draft status. Still remember Frasier saying “It was a great victory” after beating the Redskins in 2011, AP getting his knee blown out and us losing a chance at RG3. When you end up 3-13 are any of the victories actually “great”??

  14. roxtar10 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    They kept that national secret well disguised as planned! Now how will the Cowboys ever prepare for such a bold surprise move with only one more day of practice?

  15. thekiy says: Nov 1, 2013 2:04 PM

    Proposed alternate headline: Vikings lose on Sunday.

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Nov 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    Ponder and Peterson are both from Texas and they’ll have a lot of family and friends at the game. Really, it’s sort of a home game for the Vikings.

  17. notoriousjebus says: Nov 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    Or maybe Freeman isn’t entirely over his concussion and they are being cautious with him. I mean what’s the point of rushing him back, they have a minuscule chance of making the post season.

  18. richeisennflnetwork says: Nov 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    If they were smart, the Vikes would realize that they should start anyone who gives them the best chance to go 1-15.

    That will give them the best chance to get a franchise quarterback.

    Its too bad they didn’t figure that out a couple years ago before they took Ponder. Draft the best player available, then they would have had a shot at Luck or Griffin.

  19. td30 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    it’s incomprehensible why matt cassell isn’t playing. The one time they looked semi-respectable on offense was his one start (against the steelers). They’ve seen what Ponder can do…i’d be so frustrated to be a vikings fan right now

  20. linemanguy74 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    run,run,pass go sit on bench for 8-9 minutes and then repeat

  21. golforepar says: Nov 1, 2013 2:07 PM

    The Vikings really need to start him. When you draft a guy that high, he is the franchise!!

  22. vmannj says: Nov 1, 2013 2:07 PM

    Cowboys fan here. I’ll be at the game in Dallas. Ponder many not go for 400, like every other QB our defense has faced this year, but I feel safe about setting the over-under for passing yards around 325. I’ll bet the over.

  23. dcalisto1 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:08 PM

    That seismic activity down South must be the Cowboys scurrying about. What dread and fear this must put in to them! Does it really matter, Frazier, if it was Moe, Larry or Curly?

  24. doe22us says: Nov 1, 2013 2:08 PM

    At least he wont sail the ball 200 ft above the receivers head, he may not find them but thats another story. Freeman sucks period, but her $2m and whatever his getting from the Bucs not a bad deal to ride the pine.

  25. bdickey33 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:08 PM

    What a joke! Starting Freeman is the only chance this coaching staff has and that is a miniscule chance. If Ponder is the answer then they benched the answer and should be fired anyways.

    The question is does Jon Gruden think enough of Johnny Football, Teddy Bridgewater, or Marcus Mariota to come coach in Minnesota. We need an offensive minded HC and a more aggressive Defensive Coordinator. This team is a mess!

    Every team knows where all 11 of our players are going to be on 3rd down. Watch Rodgers last weekend. He isn’t reading the field. The field was read for him during the week. He can stare down the receiver that is going to be open and he still ends up open. How do you play defense when the opposing team can account for every player presnap?

    The only thing we have going is All Day and good special teams. Leslie is DONE no matter what.

  26. ryanreitsma says: Nov 1, 2013 2:12 PM

    Just cut all 3 of them and start AP at QB. Run the option with Joe Webb and Toby Gerhart all game.

  27. justintuckrule says: Nov 1, 2013 2:12 PM

    Minny fans don’t deserve watching a coaching staff jeopardize a team’s future to preserve their own futures. If Ponder is not the answer, they deserve to see if Freeman is for the remainder of the season for better or worse. Who knows, but week 15, he might show just enough promise to give the team hope that he can lead them going forward. Then, Minn could use the picks for other needs rather than another high draft qb.

  28. gbatap says: Nov 1, 2013 2:13 PM

    Not that it matters. It’s unlikely any of these QBs or this staff are around come March.

  29. darkneptune73 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:13 PM

    Rick Spielman wasted a combined 4 Million Dollars on Freeman and Cassell. Thanks alot, Slick Rick.

  30. packfntk says: Nov 1, 2013 2:14 PM

    This could get ugly.

  31. mclovin07 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:15 PM

    As my 3 year old says: “are you kidding me Dad”?!

  32. imatroll300 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:16 PM

    ponder is the best -qb in the nfl following a close second by blaine gabbert

  33. vikesrunrunpass says: Nov 1, 2013 2:16 PM

    Who else can we bring in an sign for millions an not play .. Ill do it !!!!!cant believe saying them playing ponder could save ther jobs good joke fellas!!sounds like tanking it for the draft!!!

  34. canadianvikingfaniii says: Nov 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    I hope Wilf cleans house. I’ve never seen more inept coaching as of late. Hell, even Brad Childress wasn’t this bad. We have had 2 or 3 games where AP has only had 10-12 rushes…. Chilly at least mixed up his offence and put the weapons given on the field. Musgrave is a complete tool, who seldom uses his most athletic players and has a postcard play sheet of maybe 8 plays. Running the same plays game after game…

  35. beardinals says: Nov 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    My team(s) may not be perfect, but this is the worst kind of nonsense to go through in a season. Thank goodness I’m alieviated from it…. for now.

  36. trannesotabiqueens says: Nov 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    If god really does watch football, he’s definately not a Vikings fan. What a mess.

  37. justafan4life says: Nov 1, 2013 2:19 PM

    unreal, can this be a bigger train wreck. Does Fraizer go into the qb room and ask his quarterbacks to pick a number between 1-100 and the closest get the start? give me a break.

  38. yourhero73 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:20 PM

    “So far, it’s safe to say that the Vikings don’t believe Freeman is the answer.”

    Don’t know if I agree with that. After missing a big chunk of last week, they are probably trying to give him just a little more time to get prepared so he is able to help them win.

    Ponder knows the offense, so they probably feel he’s there best chance this week.

    Not saying Freeman is the answer, just think there might be more to it than that.

    At this point I don’t really trust the coaches to make any smart or good decisions, so who knows.

  39. kingpel says: Nov 1, 2013 2:22 PM

    Who did Matt Cassel piss off? He has looked better than anyone else so far but is completely ignored.

  40. harrycanyon says: Nov 1, 2013 2:24 PM

    Dear Vikings Oraganization,

    The next time you feel the need to rid yourself of 2 million dollars for zero return, give me a call! I will take it off your hands, and not embarass your organization of prime time television like the last 2 mill “investment” you made.

    thanks ,
    Harry

  41. thegrigga49 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:24 PM

    Didn’t Matt Cassell get them their only W? And he gave the passing game life…..they are absolutely clueless.

  42. tjacks7 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:24 PM

    I like what I’m seeing. How can it be that a team with three quarterbacks doesn’t have a quarterback. I’m really excited for the upcoming firing of Frazier and company and the addition Bridgewater of Mariota.

  43. tjacks7 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    darkneptune73 says:
    Nov 1, 2013 2:13 PM
    Rick Spielman wasted a combined 4 Million Dollars on Freeman and Cassell. Thanks alot, Slick Rick.

    —-

    And to sign Cassel, Speilman gave Winfield the ax and completely ruined the defense. How’s Josh Robinson working out in the slot, Rick?

  44. wydok says: Nov 1, 2013 2:29 PM

    I wonder how Johnny Football feels about snow.

  45. akasaintsbaby says: Nov 1, 2013 2:33 PM

    I know I’m not the answer either but I would still take 2m to ride the pine!

  46. barroomhero80 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:35 PM

    Worst coaching staff ever. Smdh

  47. fwippel says: Nov 1, 2013 2:37 PM

    Wow. Josh Freeman must be stinking up the joint at practice.

    “With the third pick in the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select QB, from Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel”.

    Mel Kiper: “What a smart selection by new Viking GM Bill Polian!”

  48. thegrigga49 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:38 PM

    They must be thinking they are going to hold on to the slim hope they have left of making the playoffs to go with ponder. Once they are out then they will go into evaluation mode and go with Freeman.

  49. Go-Hawks! says: Nov 1, 2013 2:40 PM

    mikeflorio say: Ponder is “now the coaching staff’s best chance at staving off a conclusion by ownership that [the coaching staff] is not the answer.”

    Really? I came to the exact opposite conclusion. This coaching staff’s decision to stick Ponder in, even though he is clearly not the QB of the future, is a huge sign that this coaching staff can find no other solution.

    Cassell brought the team their only win. Freeman has quickly filled out his application to join the Matt Flynn club. Ponder is the surest sign that this coaching staff has resigned themselves to winning with Ponder or being fired after the season. And if they win with Ponder then Ponder will continue to underwhelm for seasons to come.

  50. goofer11 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    Its official!!!!! I now have free time when the Vikings are playing. Why should I watch when they don’t try to win. Until they put a respectable product on the field and quit playing Ponder I will not watch.

  51. truepurple says: Nov 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    I just threw up a little in my mouth!

  52. whatjusthapped says: Nov 1, 2013 2:46 PM

    And to think everyone picked the Jets to be this year’s main attraction at the circus.

    It can hardly getting any better than this. Let’s see, the one QB that has been with the team since training camp, knows the offense and actually won a game is relegated to the 3rd string. The Qb that has had the most career success and is has the size and the arm is signed at a rate of pay roughly twice the level of the two other Qb’s combined is now 2nd string. And the noodle arm Qb that can’t read defenses and can’t throw with any velocity is clearly not the QB of the future, so much that the Vikings already threw him under the bus when they signed Freeman is now made the starter.

    Tell me where the logic is in any of this? Assuming the Vikings get their pick in on time, they will inevitably pick the next bust at QB.

  53. sgmjerry220 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:50 PM

    Soutions:
    1) Head Coach. Coach Frazier made the inexperienced mistake of hiring friends and/or good guys. Accountability for play on the field is not apparent.
    Solution: Herm Edwards, Brian Billick, or Eric Mangini.
    2) Offense. For the 2nd half of APs career I suggest we go to a version of the KC Chiefs Joe Montana/Marcus Allen offense, or given our WRs, a New England Patriots offense when they had Randy Moss or even earlier when they threw downfield often.
    Solution: Time to see if Steve Mariucci woudl be interested in a senior consultant role to a young and upcoming OC. Like SF is doing with Eric Mangini this year.
    3) Quarterback. I do believe of the 3 we have on the roster Ponder is the best. Sadly, the OL play this year is pathetic, and has caused all 3 of them to get abused. The psycho fans in Minny are too stupid to see they can’t lay it all on QB play, and have made the situation to untenable for Ponder to stay.
    Solution: Taj Boyd or Mariotta; Bridgewater will fail in the NFL.
    4) Defense. The 11th Commandment. The Minnesota Vikings shall NEVER use the Cover 2 defense EVER again; until the end of time. We have sucked using this defense and it doesn’t allow for flexibility to blitz, and it relies to heavily on zone defense.
    Solution: Get Kevin Greene to be our next defensive coordinator. We need hunger, passion, and killer instinct instilled in our defensive players.
    Most potential HC prospects would jump at the chance to get the Viking job, because we are not that far off. But we need an experienced HC, that holds players accountable, but relates to them as well. And one that would appreciate another opportunity and cherish the experience.

  54. snowlock2013 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:51 PM

    2013 MN Vikings: the worse Denny Green Defense coupled with the worst Childress offense, ran by the worst Mike Tice coaching staff.

    All we need now is an off the field distraction.

    /cry

  55. pekkle007 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:53 PM

    Spielman + Frazier: First GM & HC fired in the off-season. Taking bets here!

  56. hrmlss says: Nov 1, 2013 2:53 PM

    My prediction, Round 1 next April, the Vikings take a wide receiver…..

  57. jmndodge says: Nov 1, 2013 2:54 PM

    Suppose Ponder has a big game – let you imagination go wild – suppose the Vikings defense plays well and we win. What next? There is to much water under the bridge for Ponder to QB this ball club next season – the Vikings have discounted the possibility of Cassel leading the team while they groom a backup for a couple years down the road – Freeman was thrown under the bus ( but will still need to get his chance when he knows the plays and players ). Perhaps the best thing to happen is for Ponder and everyone viking, to get their buts kicked, fan and ownership reaction to go balistic, and new coaching/trades/rebuilding start in a major fashion. Someone will grab Ponder for a backup insurance – Freeman is likely to land on his feet – many teams would take a chance on AP, our coaching staff, not so much. Les Fraizer, I like the man, he was one of my favorite players, as a coach it just isn’t working, although it is offensive coordinator that is the biggest problem

  58. blindzebras says: Nov 1, 2013 2:55 PM

    Ponder is not the biggest problem with the team. The biggest problem is that the team is built around AP and not the QB. They draft/sign run blocking O’linemen and hope they can develop them as pass blockers. The end result is what you see every game, the QB spending the whole game running for his life with very little time to throw. Couple that with a WR core that is full of 3’s and 4’s (Jennings being a 2 at best) and you start beginning to see the real problem. There’s barely a handful of QB’s in the NFL that would look good in that offense.

  59. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 1, 2013 2:57 PM

    Frazier will be unemployed on Tuesday

  60. jimnsota says: Nov 1, 2013 2:59 PM

    I bet people are lining up for that seat licensing fee. Who wouldn’t want to spend a couple G’s to secure the right to spend a couple more G’s for their season tickets.
    Did I miss something? When did the government take over the Vikes. Its really the only way a team can be this FU.

  61. chillyball says: Nov 1, 2013 3:00 PM

    WHO IS RUNNING THIS FREAK SHOW??? HANDS DOWN, WORST VIKINGS TEAM IN VIKINGS HISTORY!!!

    Please fire every member of the coaching staff at the end of the year and send Christian Ponder to some high school as a janitor!

  62. veetan says: Nov 1, 2013 3:04 PM

    Poor fella – he’s forever TAINTED by this team*

  63. backdapack4evr says: Nov 1, 2013 3:04 PM

    Ask for a refund!!

  64. backdapack4evr says: Nov 1, 2013 3:06 PM

    Freeman to da bears!!

  65. gb4mn0 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:07 PM

    If abject failure was a currency the Minnysoda Metro Dump would be the world bank.

  66. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 1, 2013 3:09 PM

    Lolz

  67. 2ruefan says: Nov 1, 2013 3:10 PM

    My suspicion is that they are discovering that Freeman is just a little dense. He was TOTALLY lost out there in his first start. I mean Spurgeon-Wynn kind of bad. His actions seemed sand-lot like he was just dropping back and looking for the open guy, with NO awareness of where anybody was supposed to be.
    If they have ANY plan to evaluate him fairly.. they probably decided to give him about a MONTH to learn the offense and plays before exposing him to the kind of humiliation he experienced in the Giants game. He does not strike me as terribly strong emotionally. They are probably trying to protect his fragile emotional make-up by trying to help him have more success next time.

  68. 52lightsxout52 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:15 PM

    thegrigga49 says: Nov 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    I’m sorry for Viking fans that have to watch the chicken rerun around with his head cut off for another week. And can somebody tell me how ur GM still has a Job after picking this guy instead of CK7?
    __________________________________

    I can’t think of anyone more qualified to answer your question than ‘Rick Spielman is a Magician’… ;-D

  69. backdapack4evr says: Nov 1, 2013 3:16 PM

    Cowboys are shaking in their snakeskin boots!!

  70. herrcules13 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:16 PM

    They’re mailing it in for the season. Didn’t really give Freeman a shot at it.

  71. 2ruefan says: Nov 1, 2013 3:16 PM

    chillyball says: Nov 1, 2013 3:00 PM

    WHO IS RUNNING THIS FREAK SHOW??? HANDS DOWN, WORST VIKINGS TEAM IN VIKINGS HISTORY!!!

    ***************************

    You my friend are either very young or have a very bad memory. The LES Steckel team was HORRIBLE on defense, and offense and was DEMORALIZED by the terrible coach and after about Week 6 they were BLOWN out in every game they played in pretty much.

    Scored 276 points (17.2/g), 24th of 28 in the NFL.
    Allowed 484 points (30.2/g), 28th.
    Differential of -208 points (-13.0/g), 28th.

  72. mogogo1 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:22 PM

    Kind of backwards of how most teams would have handled it. Most would have brought in Freeman, sat him for long enough to get to know the offense and his teammates, then played him through the end of the season to see if he had the potential to be the starter next season. The Vikings start him while he’s still wearing his Tampa gear, then go back to the guy they’ve completely given up on. And this, kids, is how you lose your job as an NFL coach.

  73. jwcarlson says: Nov 1, 2013 3:26 PM

    I’m just laughing at the description of Brett Favre as the Vikings franchise QB. He was a short term rental.

  74. Jikky Jax says: Nov 1, 2013 3:37 PM

    Wow, what does it mean when Carl is the most positive supporter of Ponder? On a Vikings story?

  75. suns11111 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:39 PM

    Just reviewed 2011 draft…….pick before Ponder…..JJ WATT.

    UGH.

  76. conormacleod says: Nov 1, 2013 3:45 PM

    favresthumbdrive says:
    Nov 1, 2013 2:03 PM
    Vikings fan since early 70s. All I care about is that they don’t screw up their draft status. Still remember Frasier saying “It was a great victory” after beating the Redskins in 2011, AP getting his knee blown out and us losing a chance at RG3.
    ———————————————
    Try to keep up here buddy. RGIII blew out a knee, looks like crap, hurt his other knee, and the Redskins are 2-5. Ponder isn’t the answer, but RGIII is glass and won’t last in the NFL. I’ll take my chances with a QB next year over RGIII.

  77. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:45 PM

    all i am hoping is that somehow tampa bay and jacksonvlile get two wins this year…because the vikings will NOT win another game. i would hate it if clowney and teddy went to tampa and jacksonville, and the vikings get neither of them…just like Luck and RGIII.

  78. conormacleod says: Nov 1, 2013 3:47 PM

    suns11111 says:
    Nov 1, 2013 3:39 PM
    Just reviewed 2011 draft…….pick before Ponder…..JJ WATT.
    —————————————
    So? Wouldn’t we be more interested in who WASN’T drafted when the Vikings were on the board?

  79. deltaoracle says: Nov 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    Ponder really wasn’t awful last Sunday. He didn’t have any turnovers. He had a nice scramble for a TD. He’s not an elite QB but he can be an effective game manager if he has a good team around him. Vikes have bigger problems, such as the OL and most of the D. They may have a chance this week, as Dallas several times every year finds a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
    If nothing else, Cordarrelle can learn how to carry himself from Dez.

  80. rmiowa says: Nov 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    It’s Tebow time. At least we’ll have GOD on our side!

  81. stevent92 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:55 PM

    You know when the Childress/Bevell offense seems like the “good ol’ days” how far you’ve fallen.

  82. immafubared says: Nov 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    If I were Dallas I would be very worried. Ponder has a guardian angel protecting him. Look for him to have a career day.
    I mean he gets hurt and Cassell comes in and wins one then sucks big time.
    They bring in Freeman, push him to fast and he sucks big time.
    In any other scenario the becomes the new bench warmer but now he is the head or the pack.

  83. conormacleod says: Nov 1, 2013 4:04 PM

    I really don’t think it matters. I just reviewed the Jaguars and Bucs schedule. Both teams may go 0-16, and they certainly aren’t going to win two games. The Vikings have already won too many games to get the #1 overall pick. Going 2-14 or 3-13 should still get them the #3 overall pick. Luckily (or unlucky), this isn’t an Andrew Luck kind of year. Manziel, Bridgewater, Mariota. Whoever is left at #3 is who the Vikings will be picking. I hope.

  84. harrycanyon says: Nov 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    Everyone wishing for Bridgewater, should first wish for the coaching staff in MN to be fired. No one is going to suceed their with interm turned head choach Leslie Frazier. He is not a head coach to turn things around. Would be a waste to bring a new young QB in have him trained by this current staff.

  85. jcbadger34 says: Nov 1, 2013 4:07 PM

    Freeman sucks after having maybe two weeks in the offense…….let’s go back to the guy who sucks after being in the offense for 2 years!

    Never change, Vikings…..never change.

  86. conormacleod says: Nov 1, 2013 4:09 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Nov 1, 2013 3:45 PM
    all i am hoping is that somehow tampa bay and jacksonvlile get two wins this year…because the vikings will NOT win another game. i would hate it if clowney and teddy went to tampa and jacksonville, and the vikings get neither of them…just like Luck and RGIII.
    —————————————-
    Forget it. #3 is the best pick Vikings will get. And, Clowney will not be in the top 3 when all of those teams need a QB desperately. And I am very glad the Vikings didn’t get RGIII. Very glad!

  87. teek77 says: Nov 1, 2013 4:23 PM

    The biggest mistake in this whole process was the decision to rescue Freeman after Tampa Bay gave up on him. And, if no one has noticed, Tampa Bay has not been a world beater while he was there. Freeman seems to have entered the NFL with a concussion and has never recovered. As for Cassell, a lot of people don’t remember, but he was a 3rd string backup his senior year at USC. When he plays and gets hit by a big lineman, I expect him to break like a porcelain doll. With the Vikings offensive line, the QB has to run for his life and AP is having to try to make his own holes. The coaches and the QB slot are not the only problems that must be solved in Gopherland.

  88. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 1, 2013 4:27 PM

    This guy is getting ready to turn a corner. The more he plays the more dangerous he gets. Does anyone remember what he did to the Packers last year? He torched them. Greatness is in this guy, but the current staff isn’t going to be the one to let it shine. If they stick with Ponder, a Super Bowl is well within reach. P to the second power on offense? Bank on it!

  89. beerndrums says: Nov 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    That’s the best news the Cowboys heard all week

  90. Paul M. says: Nov 1, 2013 4:46 PM

    I wonder if Frazier has been checked for post concussion syndrome?

  91. holdsteady76 says: Nov 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    Bring back Tavaris!

  92. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Nov 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    suns11111 says:Nov 1, 2013 3:39 PM

    Just reviewed 2011 draft…….pick before Ponder…..JJ WATT.

    UGH.
    _______

    It would be worse if he were the pick after Ponder.

  93. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Nov 1, 2013 5:12 PM

    For everyone saying that Freeman was a waste of $2 million, please note that there will be eight games left in the season after this week. He’s clearly not ready to run the offense. The Monday night game was a disaster, so they don’t want to put him in there until he’s demonstrated that he’s really ready to do something. He’ll have plenty of opportunity to play before the season is over.

  94. stellarperformance says: Nov 1, 2013 5:57 PM

    ma5terbla5t3r says:
    Nov 1, 2013 4:27 PM
    This guy is getting ready to turn a corner. The more he plays the more dangerous he gets. Does anyone remember what he did to the Packers last year? He torched them. Greatness is in this guy, but the current staff isn’t going to be the one to let it shine. If they stick with Ponder, a Super Bowl is well within reach. P to the second power on offense? Bank on it
    ///////////////////////////////

    You must be broke. You make the comment “bank on it,” and are wrong, time after time, more than anyone else on this site.

    As far as Ponder against the Packers……did you ever notice how a light bulb burns the brightest just before it burns out? That was Ponder against the Packers.

  95. packerenglishmajor says: Nov 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    Um, Rick, I (for one) don’t want them to win anymore this year.
    If we’re going to be abused by the trolls, and have already watched the worst team we’ve ever fielded (they are worse than the abbreviated Steckel year) go down in flames, lets at least go for a high draft pick.

    Futhermore Ponder is the best QB they’ve put on the field this year.

    Ponders average P/GM are higher than Cassel’s and at least Ponder has some fire in his belly – arm not so much.

    I have yet to see Ponder quit in a game ever.
    He knows he’s gone (next year) but he still leaves it on the field every game he’s in.

    He may suck but he’s a baller.

  96. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 1, 2013 6:31 PM

    I’m pretty sure the Packers are starting Aaron Rodgers on Monday night. Though they haven’t made any official announcements yet.

  97. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Nov 1, 2013 6:33 PM

    I don’t want them to win either, unless it’s against the Packers.

    This season isn’t worse than the Steckel year yet, which wasn’t abbreviated by the way. They’ve had a bad three-game stretch, but there’s no guarantee it will continue. Here are the scores from the last six games of 1984, all losses:

    45-17
    42-21
    34-3
    31-17
    51-7
    38-14

    We have a long way to go to match that, but the potential is there.

  98. Go-Hawks! says: Nov 1, 2013 6:53 PM

    suns11111 says:
    Nov 1, 2013 3:39 PM
    Just reviewed 2011 draft…….pick before Ponder…..JJ WATT.
    —————————————
    Just be glad that the Jaguars drafted Blaine Gabbert BEFORE the Vikings drafted Ponder.

    The list of QBs drafted AFTER Ponder:

    Andy Dalton
    Colin Kaepernick
    Ryan Mallett
    Ricky Stanzi
    TJ Yates
    Nathan Enderle
    Tyrod Taylor
    Greg McElroy

  99. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 1, 2013 6:56 PM

    packerenglishmajor says:
    Nov 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    I have yet to see Ponder quit in a game ever.

    ******************************************

    He quit for the playoffs last year. That sissy sat out with an arm bruise.

  100. udjets says: Nov 1, 2013 7:20 PM

    Everyone loves to lay it all on Ponder. A kid who showed promise last year during the beginning and end of the year. Yes, he slumped in the middle, but it was really his first whole year. First, he had no one to develop behind (diva McNabb had no intention of training a replacement). Second, everyone had been spoiled by the freak drafts with RGIII, Luck, Newton and became fooled into thinking this is the norm. Third, Ponder is severely hindered by Musgrave as he leans on Peterson too much. Lastly, as stated above, the team has been building around a RB in Peterson rather than a franchise quarterback. I don’t care who you bring in, the current state of the team will leave them in a position where they are also not ready for the NFL. The O-line is atrocious. The defense sucks and can’t stop anything. Do you really think a new rookie QB is going to change any of that? If so, you haven’t been paying attention to the rest of the league.

    Yes, Ponder gives the Vikes the best chance to win out of the three available. Is he a great QB, not in the least, but he was hired to be a game manager not a gunslinger. With Ponder under center the team has averaged over 28 points a game (if that sucks, then a lot of teams are in the same boat). The first three games were lost by the defense, not QB play. People look to Cassel because he beat a reeling Steelers club, but forget how abysmal he looked a week later. Freeman was cut from the Bucs for a reason, I’ll leave it at that. I think the kid will get a chance somewhere else and end up looking like Alex Smith, not great but good enough. There are just too many broken pieces on this team to lay it all on Ponder.

  101. immafubared says: Nov 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    The offense is too complicated for Freeman to learn.Just like Schianos was too much for him. That must be his rube, not a rocket scientist

  102. vikesfansteve says: Nov 1, 2013 7:54 PM

    The 9 game season win streak and 4 game postseason win streak begins against the Cowboys.

    Hiccup.

  103. asherallencanttackle says: Nov 1, 2013 7:58 PM

    1 – 7

  104. Captain Queeg says: Nov 1, 2013 8:58 PM

    Time to fly down to Atlanta and beg Tark to come out of retirement!

  105. vikingfan1272 says: Nov 1, 2013 9:05 PM

    So here we go with another painful week of watching this joke of a coach try and coach this joke of a QB…why did we sign Freeman again??? If spielman is endorsing Frazier then maybe spielman needs to go and if Wolff is endorsing them then maybe he needs to sell this beloved team to someone who WANTS to win….this debacle at QB shows me that we have no one who can judge QB talent and if it weren’t for AP, this team wouldn’t have wone 10 games last year. Chris Cook can’t stay healthy and this whole thing stinks of a head coach who can’t admit he was wrong….PATHETIC!!! The Vikings are the joke of the league this year, thank GOD for the jaguars

  106. sillec28 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:03 PM

    Bucs have done a lot of stupid things but getting rid of Freeman wasn’t one of them. I seriously question whether he really wants to play football or whether his plan is to pull a Haynseworth and just hang around as long as some team is willing to pay him a couple million dollars. Between the Vikes and the Bucs he’s getting at least $8 million this year for accomplishing nothing. Looking at his entire career with the Bucs, there are few players who have been paid so much for accomplishing so little.

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