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Frazier gives lukewarm endorsement of Freeman

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Quarterback Josh Freeman picked the Vikings as his next destination on October 6.  The Vikings rushed him to the field on October 21 against the Giants.

It didn’t go well, and we’ve yet to see Freeman on the field since then.

With no indication that Christian Ponder will be benched (again), the question remains when or if the Vikings will give Freeman another chance.  On Wednesday, coach Leslie Frazier offered a lukewarm endorsement of Freeman.

“[H]e’s working hard, doing everything he can in practice and in meetings to continue to improve and put himself in a position to at some point, to help our team,” Frazier said, via quotes distributed by the team. “But yeah, we’re pleased with his work ethic and the way he’s progressing.”

Sunday’s game at Seattle will be the fourth that Freeman has missed since making his only start.  At some point, the question of whether he’s able to become the team’s next franchise quarterback will be answered by default.

Thus, at some point, it makes no sense to keep paying him $166,667 per week.  Because he’s destined to make his once-per-career claim for termination pay from the Buccaneers, the Vikings would owe Freeman nothing if they release him.

And every dollar saved now is a dollar that would be earned for the salary cap, either this year or beyond.

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32 Responses to “Frazier gives lukewarm endorsement of Freeman”
  1. deltaoracle says: Nov 13, 2013 4:19 PM

    And Lord knows they’ll need to offer some sweet deals to get guys to come to play for a last-place team in a 50,000 seat stadium.

  2. purpleguy says: Nov 13, 2013 4:19 PM

    The question as to whether Freeman will or can be the Vikings franchise QB has been answered for several weeks.

  3. tjacks7 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:19 PM

    hey I have a good idea, why don’t you let Freeman throw the ball 55 times and only let AP carry it 12 times? Oh you’ve already tried that and it failed miserably? Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, coach.

  4. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 13, 2013 4:20 PM

    Play him against Seattle…please?

  5. thepftpoet says: Nov 13, 2013 4:22 PM

    Josh Freeman is still light years better than Scott Tolzien or Seneca Wallace

  6. adantsa says: Nov 13, 2013 4:24 PM

    Sign Shane Falco. Hes cleaning a bottom of a boat somewhere. PICK HIM UP!

  7. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Nov 13, 2013 4:24 PM

    Come to Cincy learn the offense in the off season and challenge Andy Dalton in 2014. If you get on the team in the offseason and learn the playbook you will have a great chance to unseat Jon Kitna Jr…. We need a QB that can consistently get Green the deep ball with space to run…. Give it a thought..

  8. subzero00 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:24 PM

    I give a colder than a lake in Minnesota in January endorsement of Frazier.

  9. kamikazebulldog says: Nov 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    What is he supposed to say? I don’t believe that Frazier was the driving force behind the decision to sign Freeman in the first place.

    When push comes to shove, if the front office says Freeman needs to play, he will play.

  10. carpalboss says: Nov 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    The plan is to keep Freeman in the locker room and keep him learning the offense in Madden reps. If he’s able to win the Superbowl, he’s our guy.

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    Remember when Adrian Peterson had only 28 yards in a game?

    How pathetic!

    He’s back on the juice now, it seems. Maybe he should give some to the QBs so they can have some “talent” as well.

  12. 23rdusernameused says: Nov 13, 2013 4:38 PM

    paying him $166,667 per week

    WOWSERS!!!

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:45 PM

    Freeman can start for the Vikes. I can eat a tin can too. Results for either not promising.

  14. mackcarrington says: Nov 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    Only a few weeks ago he “gave them their best chance of winning.” What happened since then?

  15. coachkilla6 says: Nov 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    Whatever happened to the SB the Vikings won back in August? Or at the very least, what happened to their back-to-back playoff appearances under Frazier/Ponder?

  16. pigskinaholic says: Nov 13, 2013 5:22 PM

    They should try putting him in the secondary..

  17. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 5:30 PM

    He obviously isn’t the quarterback of the future, so what’s the point in playing him? I’d rather give Ponder the opportunity to get better and let him compete against a rookie next year. He has another year on his contract.

    Meanwhile, the Packers would give anything for a quarterback like Josh Freeman.

  18. stellarperformance says: Nov 13, 2013 5:31 PM

    Isn’t trying to determine a quarterback that can provide the best chance of winning for the Vikings the same as re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?

  19. Paul M. says: Nov 13, 2013 5:41 PM

    If Seattle gets a big lead we could see Tarvaris Jackson against Christian Ponder and once and for all find out who is the biggest bust.

  20. doorharp11 says: Nov 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    this vikings team needs to stay with ponder and in hopes he is the one who progresses. the players want ponder and thats what matters. the vikings defense has been the problem. ponder put points on the board and with leads going into the 4th qtr and with 1:00 left to go the defense gives up points to lose. thats the difference of the vikings being a 2-7 team and a 5-4 team. this team isnt far from competing they just need some defense adjustments (coaching and cornerbacks).

  21. fordmandalay says: Nov 13, 2013 6:14 PM

    It was right up there in The Most Boneheaded Roster Move Ever competition. No wonder the Vikings have been an utter mess for years.

  22. fearthehoody says: Nov 13, 2013 7:06 PM

    He’s still got,”Two tickets to paradise! “

  23. mjk4503 says: Nov 13, 2013 7:31 PM

    He obviously isn’t the quarterback of the future, so what’s the point in playing him? I’d rather give Ponder the opportunity to get better and let him compete against a rookie next year. He has another year on his contract.

    O.K. Everyone who thinks Ponder can be “the guy” for the Vikings are delusional! Sad thing is while we waste our time on Ponder AP will be declining in performance and playmaking abilities and physicality. The Vikings need a QB that can perform no later than next year either from free agency or the draft. It will never be Ponder though so wake up!

  24. vikesfansteve says: Nov 13, 2013 8:15 PM

    Not knowing the play book can’t account for that atrocious performance against the Giants.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Nov 13, 2013 9:17 PM

    Ok, so Freeman isn’t the answer at QB for the Vikings. If I were a Viking fan (which would require either a frontal lobotomy or a by product of married first cousins), my bigger concern would be why they still think Ponder is the answer.

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:18 PM

    Frazier’s lukewarm endorsement goes well with his team’s lukewarm effort.

  27. mythaimyke says: Nov 13, 2013 9:52 PM

    Freeman Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha still can’t stop laughing at what a joke he is!!! Never was, Never will be a NFL QB! Play him if you want to improve on your draft pick! But what do you expect from the Vi-QUEENS!

  28. madkaw3 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:05 AM

    This is sad when Freeman is your best option. I have seen him play every game of his career and it s not pretty. He can have moments of brilliance but mostly he is a substandard qb at best. Good luck!

  29. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 14, 2013 2:13 PM

    mjk4503 says:Nov 13, 2013 7:31 PM

    He obviously isn’t the quarterback of the future, so what’s the point in playing him? I’d rather give Ponder the opportunity to get better and let him compete against a rookie next year. He has another year on his contract.

    O.K. Everyone who thinks Ponder can be “the guy” for the Vikings are delusional! Sad thing is while we waste our time on Ponder AP will be declining in performance and playmaking abilities and physicality. The Vikings need a QB that can perform no later than next year either from free agency or the draft. It will never be Ponder though so wake up!
    ________

    That’s what I said. They have to draft a quarterback next year who has a chance of being the guy. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t keep Ponder on the team. How’s Green Bay doing without a backup QB?

  30. toddc612 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:15 PM

    I can’t believe we’re forced to watch the mediocrity of Ponder start another game for the Vikings.. have we not learned anything in the past 3 years (as in, Ponder blows)? Didn’t we demote Ponder this year? Some people seemed to have renewed faith in him as he won his first big-boy NFL game of the year last week against the worst defense in football. No worries, he’ll settle in and revert back to his terrible self this week against a real team.

    Call me crazy, but I’d rather watch Freeman play than Ponder. Ponder will never be better than average (and most of the time plays below average). Yay! I can’t wait for another 82-yard passing game from Ponder..

    Frazier is completely and utterly lost. I’m convinced he has no clue what he’s doing.. and I can’t wait until the day he is fired (see end of season).

  31. buckunlv says: Nov 14, 2013 2:43 PM

    All you GB trolls: You should worry more about how far your going to fall with your only offensive weapon on the bench than who the Vikings have sitting on their bench. Even as bad as he is, he’s still better than the crap you call backup QB!

  32. adambr2 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:02 AM

    Lol@ all the Viking trolls.

    Yes, Rodgers is hurt, and we’ve lost 2 straight. In the end we’ll still finish ahead of you, like most years.

    So why all the comparing of Freeman to our backups? Because in the end, Rodger’s injury just reminds you that what we are going through now, you go through EVERY week. You can rank your 3 mediocre QBs any way you want because at the end of the day we have our franchise aQB and you do not.

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