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Matt Cassel to get another chance to start for Vikings

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The weekly quarterback question has been answered in Minnesota, and it’s the old guy again.

Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he’d be starting this week against the Ravens.

Cassel was perfectly acceptable in Sunday’s win against the Bears, and has played in all three of their wins this season.

The fact that there are only three wins kind of makes the question of a week-to-week starter kind of a moot one, since it ought to be somebody else next year.

But it’s becoming clear they’re not comfortable running Josh Freeman out there again, which only adds to the importance of finding a new one this offseason.

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37 Responses to “Matt Cassel to get another chance to start for Vikings”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:11 PM

    Bucs suddenly start winning once Freeman leaves, and now Minny won’t start him.

    Someone’s stock is plummeting.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 4, 2013 2:12 PM

    We have the best team around us in the NFL excluding quarterback

    After drafting Teddy Bridgewater in the upcoming draft, the dynasty will begin.

    Jealous?

  3. carpalboss says: Dec 4, 2013 2:16 PM

    The Vikings are pulling out all the stops to get to that coveted 7-8-1. SKOL VIKINGS!

  4. elliottcovert says: Dec 4, 2013 2:17 PM

    Since the Vikings only have one division game left (against the Lions, who I know all Vikings fans are rooting for to win the division), I personally wouldn’t mind all that much if they lost every remaining game and got in the Clowney sweepstakes. Heck, maybe they even have a shot a Bridgewater, although it seems like a foregone conclusion that the Texans will have him locked up.

  5. trollsetter says: Dec 4, 2013 2:19 PM

    Please let the era of Ponder be over. At least with our back-up we don’t fold like a house of cards. 2-1-1 in our last 4 games. Draft picks aren’t guaranteed sons.

  6. f1restarter says: Dec 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 4, 2013 2:12 PM
    After drafting Teddy Bridgewater in the upcoming draft, the dynasty will begin.
    —————–
    Teddy Bilgewater = Geno Smith. Please draft him.

    Sincerely,
    Packer Nation

  7. herkulease says: Dec 4, 2013 2:24 PM

    trollhammer20 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:11 PM

    Bucs suddenly start winning once Freeman leaves, and now Minny won’t start him.
    —————————————————–
    By sudden you mean 6 weeks later right?

    Bucs are 3-6…yup they are winning.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:24 PM

    I said on here (along with others) that starting Freeman that early would be bad because he was gonna lose to the winless Giants. Now he may never get another chance in Minnesota.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 4, 2013 2:24 PM

    In games Cassel played… 3-8-1 Minnesota is 3-2.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 4, 2013 2:27 PM

    Any team playing Jerome Simpson as their #1 wide receiver deserves to lose.

  11. contra74 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:31 PM

    Sad when you think that Cassel is actually the best option for the Vikes to win. Whatever happens, this HAS to be the end of the Ponder era which I am perfectly fine with.

  12. packerenglishmajor says: Dec 4, 2013 2:31 PM

    PFTPoet,
    Vikings fan since the early 70’s here,
    that said, are you on cr*ck?

    Our two best corners are a rookie and our punt returner, not good enough (although Sherels tackles like Winfield and Rhodes shows improvement every week – playing brilliantly in the last game).

    We don’t have a starting safety that’s healthy.

    Our line-backing corps is not elite, but with Henderson gone it stands a chance.

    D-line has talent to burn but where is the production?

    Offensive line can be downright offensive, Ponder is getting sacked at the 3 second mark.

    In short our problems extend well beyond QB – Now SOBER UP!
    Skol

  13. orivar says: Dec 4, 2013 2:35 PM

    “Someone’s stock is plummeting.”
    —————————————————-

    He’s rich and he’s handsome. He’s set for life just on magazine covers. Yes..I am very much jealous.

    More importantly though Vikings shouldn’t of started Freeman when they did. Also they seem to not know what they want to do when it comes to QB decision, much like Musgrave when it comes to play calling. I swear they throw labeled darts in a field and go with which ever ones they find first.

  14. brenenostler says: Dec 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    @ thepftpoet

    Your team won’t be high enough to take a QB unless you want to pull another Rick Spielman draft-a-3rd-rounder-in-the-1st-round again. Bridgewater and Manziel will be taken by either Houston, Jacksonville, or Cleveland (who has the ability to trade up with that extra 1st round pick).

  15. duece5 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:37 PM

    Cassel goes good one game, and terrible the next.

    This time it is terrible, and yes, as most of you know, I am a Vikings fan for 40 years!

    I truly believe they are keeping Freeman from playing to keep his cost $$$ low for next year.

    If they don’t draft a QB, my guess is they sign Freeman to a 2 year deal and see what he does after being with the team for 1 year.

    This may sound strange, but my guess is, there isn’t alot of upside, AT THIS POINT, to play Freeman……they want to keep his demand down, so they just won’t play him.

    If the Vikings played Freeman and he does well, it would drive his price WAY up. He will be given a modest 1 or 2 year deal if we don’t draft a QB next year.

    Ponder will be a backup, as his contract is only about 1.5 million. Next year will be the last year for Ponder in purple, but as a backup.

    My gut says Zygi keeps Spielman, but gone is Frazier, Musgrave, and most the staff.

  16. athwartships says: Dec 4, 2013 2:40 PM

    I have been saying it all season…..Play Cassel.

    Is he the future of the franchise? Probably not, but he is capable of winning games and has the experience of a veteran.

    Move ponder to #2 and have Freeman hand out towels and gatorade on the sidelines.

  17. fwippel says: Dec 4, 2013 3:07 PM

    So which Matt Cassel will we see on Sunday? Will it be the one from last week and from London against the Steelers, or will it be the sitting duck we saw against the Panthers?

    The real question may end up being who is backing him up. If Ponder isn’t cleared to play, will Freeman be activated, or will the Vikings resort to Joe Webb? At this point, I’d rather see Webb.

  18. logiclevoicesays says: Dec 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    Cassel > Flynn.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Dec 4, 2013 3:16 PM

    I hope Cassel does well enough to push the Vikings out of the top 5 drafting position. That will set up for some interesting decisions come next spring and if the Vikings have been consistent in any area, its making a bone headed decision on draft day.

  20. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    Yeah, sometimes first round draft QBs turn out to be great (just look at Peyton Manning). But sometimes later round picks turn out to be great (just look at Tom Brady).

    The most important thing to go along with being able to throw a football that you need in your quarterback is a desire to work hard and be the best. None of the current Vikings QBs have that. And I’m not sure any of the much-discussed draft potentials have it either.

  21. ravenswhat says: Dec 4, 2013 3:20 PM

    Wow, how bad is Freeman?

    He’s done.

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    How quickly the Ponder apologists have turn on him and his noodle arm.

  23. contra74 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Dec 4, 2013 3:16 PM
    I hope Cassel does well enough to push the Vikings out of the top 5 drafting position. That will set up for some interesting decisions come next spring and if the Vikings have been consistent in any area, its making a bone headed decision on draft day.

    You want bone headed decisions? Look at your team right now.

  24. silentfreedom5 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:23 PM

    Honestly, we are essentially mathematically eliminated from the playoffs (we will be after this week). We know what we have in Ponder and Cassel, why not see what we have in Freeman? God knows none of these coaches will be coming back next year, maybe Frazier, but both coordinators are horrible.

  25. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:Dec 4, 2013 2:27 PM

    Any team playing Jerome Simpson as their #1 wide receiver deserves to lose.
    ____

    Agreed. Although I don’t know of any teams that are playing Jerome Simpson as their #1 wide receiver.

  26. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    Good for him, get more reps and make a case to be on the roster next year behind whatever rookie QB they bring. Wouldn’t it be funny if Ponder or Freeman end up backing up Rodgers next year? Draft whatver o-lineman, d-lineman or cornerback in the first round and go after a QB in round 2.

    And, yeah, keep trying to get into the postseason packers fans for another humiliation as Green Bay has done the last few years. That’ll help your draft position where as the Vikings will have a top ten pick. Your first round picks since Matthews have been busts, good thing you guys always splurge in free agency.

  27. linemanguy74 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:37 PM

    I bet the pack would love to have Cassel starting for them his week or for the last five weeks

  28. GenXJay says: Dec 4, 2013 3:38 PM

    Ponder & rodgers are out this week, sounds good to me.

  29. reglidan says: Dec 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    Any team that tries to plug a quarterback in after him being on the team for only 1 week has a dumb head coach. A quarterback is not like a pitcher or a position player on a baseball team. You can’t just plug one in and expect decent results.

  30. purpleguy says: Dec 4, 2013 3:52 PM

    This decision is about as exciting as watching our Governor shovel dirt like a girl yesterday.

  31. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 4, 2013 3:57 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:

    Agreed. Although I don’t know of any teams that are playing Jerome Simpson as their #1 wide receiver.

    ————————–

    No Minnesota wide receiver has been targeted as much as Jerome Simpson.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    Regardless of the outcome of the game, the Vikings will still be in the cellar.

    Because they’re incompetent.

  33. packerfansarefat says: Dec 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    No offense gentlemen…..but Sherels does NOT tackle like Winfield!! We need to be honest with ourselves and get past the “Gopher on our football team love” that Sherels is given…he is a very below average CB in the NFL. It’s almost like watching a child cover NFL wideouts….nice emotional story, but must move on.

  34. packerfansarefat says: Dec 4, 2013 4:10 PM

    No offense gentlemen…..but Sherels does NOT tackle like Winfield!! We need to be honest with ourselves and get past the “Gopher on our football team love” that Sherels is given…he is a very below average CB in the NFL. It’s almost like watching a child cover NFL wideouts….nice emotional story, but must move on….

  35. purplehaze28 says: Dec 4, 2013 4:24 PM

    Bring in Favre next year as OC.

  36. holdsteady76 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:40 PM

    Cassel earned another start, but what’s the point? You’d think since they paid 2mm for a look at Freeman they would want to give him another look. I didn’t believe Freeman was the answer, but I’m surprised that he is so far down the depth chart.

    Matt Cassels moustache is a crime against humanity.

  37. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:54 AM

    Cellar dwellers.

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