Greg Jennings has played with some pretty good quarterbacks in Green Bay.
And of the three he’s played with in a short time with the Vikings, he has a clear preference.
Jennings caught 11 Matt Cassel passes for 163 yards and a touchdown yesterday, and said afterward he hopes Cassel is back with the team next year.
“Absolutely. I love Matt,” Jennings said, via Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I think he brings a lot to the table.”
Mostly, what he’s brought are wins, which are hard to find elsewhere. After slogging through Christian Ponder’s 2-6-1 and the one-loss Josh Freeman experiment, Cassel has given them a bit of confidence. While a 2-2 mark is hardly sparkling, it’s reasonable to think they could be competitive with the rest of their division with acceptable quarterback play.
That left Jennings wondering what might have been if Cassel had kept the job after leading them to a win against the Steelers in London.
“Yeah, you wonder, but we have to move on,” Jennings said. “I remember mentioning something like that to Matt. He said: “We have three games. Let’s make the best of it.” I love it because that’s his mind-set. He’s not worried about what could have, should have — what possibly could have been. He stays in the now. As a player, that’s how we have to operate. We have to stay in the now and take advantage of what is right in front of us.”
Asked if he wondered why Ponder kept getting chances, Jennings didn’t veil his thoughts terribly well.
“It is what it is,” Jennings said. “It’s one of those deals that, as a player, we have no say. It’s one of those things that’s going to come from upstairs. We have coaches who make that decision. All we do is play football.”
That’s hardly an endorsement for Ponder, or for the coaches who may or may not be there much longer.