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Greg Jennings doesn’t hide his feelings for Matt Cassel

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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.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL:
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. Andre Johnson
    4. Greg Jennings
    5. Cordarelle Patterson

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    Okay, so now Matt is the guy? The guy who couldn’t get on the field even though he was clearly the viks best option at QB? Now, he’s the QB of the future and Ponder and Freeman are going to be gone after the season? Seriously, who is running that organization over there? Chimpanzees?

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 11:07 AM

    The Greg Jennings & Cordarelle Patterson duo is the next Moss/Carter duo.

    Greg Jennings is the super reliable possession receiver who you can throw to in almost any situation and always makes a catch. Like carter was.

    Cordarelle Patterson is the freak athlete with size / speed and amazing hands to go with it. Like moss was.

    #TheDynastyIsForming

  4. schmokes says: Dec 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    It’s amazing how quickly Jennings has become such a me-first player. He sure loves throwing qb’s under the bus. But having qb’s that don’t throw to him has allowed him to stay healthy all year, he should be thankful.

  5. voiceofrealism says: Dec 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    thepftpoet says:Dec 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL:
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. Andre Johnson
    4. Greg Jennings
    5. Cordarelle Patterson
    ———————————————
    What can I say? 4 and 5 are delusional.

    So Greg, what you are saying about Cassel is that you like him because he’s not like you?

  6. snowlock2013 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:15 AM

    I think this is exactly why Frazier should be fired. I get giving Ponder a shot again after the way he finished last year. But Ponder should’ve been pulled in the first half of the first Chicago game. We absolutely could not go into the season 0-2 and both of them being division games. It didn’t just dig a hole, it killed the morale of our team.

    No, Ponder doesn’t play D, and it was the D and that godawful Cover-2 Prevent shell that cost us those games (and 3 others), but without Ponder’s key mistakes in those games; the fumbles, the perfectly (ill)timed picks, we wouldn’t have been worrying about those Cover-2 Shells.

    We aren’t going to win a Super Bowl with Cassel, but we would’ve been competing for a playoff spot right down to the wire, instead of having our season out the window 4 weeks ago (really, right at the jump, going 0-2 and them being division games).

    For hanging with Ponder that long, Frazier deserves the axe.

  7. vikesfan320 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    I know starting QB’s get the Wins and Losses, but to give Ponder credit over Cassell for the Bears win is not right. Ponder started against the Bears and went 3-8 for 40 yards. Cassell played most of the game and went 20-33 for 243 yards and a TD (and to be fair a pick). Cassell has helped the Vikings win 3 games in 5 chances. Ponder has helped the Vikings win 1 game in their other 8 chances.

  8. packerbackernj says: Dec 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    @thepftpoet

    What happened? Give up on setting every comment up with “roses are red, violets are blue” already? How much harder are you going to bite off of logicalvoicesays? You might as well change your handle to logicalvoicesays123. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that was before blogs were invented. Biting someone else’s trolling style to a T is just pathetic and sad.

  9. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 16, 2013 11:19 AM

    Minnesota Vikings= America’s team.

  10. purplehaze28 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    The kickass offense is back!

  11. bennyb82 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    I think a lot of us were wondering why Cassel was not given more snaps after winning in London. Cassel probably is not ideal but he has much more upside than Ponder.

  12. esotericmindguy says: Dec 16, 2013 11:24 AM

    PFT Poet. Are you serious or just trying to get a rise out of people? You really think Patterson and Jennings are better than AJ Green, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, & Larry Fitzgerald? I’d take Victor Cruz, Welker, and Nelson over Jennings. Patterson looks like he has something, but can’t put him even top 25, hasn’t played enough.

  13. travismsoccer says: Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    Yeah, so I guess AJ Green, Wes Welker, Dex Bryant, Demarius Thomas, and roughly 1/2 of the rest NFL receivers are not as good as Jennings and Patterson

  14. golforepar says: Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    Great game Vikings, the win moved you from 4th to 8th in next years draft! GREAT win!

  15. briang123 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    Ask him how much he likes Cassel next week when he has 2 catches for 5 yards

  16. johnheisman says: Dec 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL:
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. Andre Johnson
    4. Greg Jennings
    5. Cordarelle Patterson

    I think the following are better than numbers 4 and 5 and also number 3.
    Dez Bryant
    AJ Green
    Julio Jones
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Vincent Jackson
    Denarious Thomas

  17. darkneptune73 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:35 AM

    You give Greg Jennings a QB, he performs at a excellent level. All the Vikings had to do is start Matt freaking Cassel.

    I think that Jennings’ patience with Ponder has run out.

  18. cursedvikings1998 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    oh pft poet you’re so adorable.

  19. rbirving says: Dec 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    Matt Cassel is not a franchise QB, that said, IMHFO I think we should make drafting a QB a high priority and go into the next season expecting Cassel to be our starting QB with the rookie assuming the mantle of QBotF. Give the new kid the time he needs to be NFL ready.

    This also assumes a complete revamp of the coaching staff. New HC and let him name his own staff. Keep Spielberg, I believe he’s proven he’s got a good eye for talent and makes good moves. I would consider trading AD if we can get at least 2 1st round picks.

  20. r8rsfan says: Dec 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    I think the egg nog’s flowing freely in the land of 10,000 lakes.

  21. therealzeitgeist says: Dec 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Fran Tarkenton to this day is still a more mobile QB than Christian Ponder.

  22. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    Trying to force your first round pick onto the field when he isn’t ready sucks, but it’s a forgivable sin. Trying to cram Josh Freeman into the mix without even knowing the offense, and putting him over your first round pick and Cassel told me that the Vikings are a runaway train management-wise.

  23. themagicfanguy says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    The next Carter/Moss combo huh? So tell me, what did that fabled Carter/Moss combo accomplish? A big ‘ol pile of nothing.

  24. wrm1230 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    The same Greg Jennings who in the pre-season was touting Christian Ponder as the next star QB? Yep, one in the same.

    For a guy who is on the downside of his career, games like yesterday’s are as frequent as Vikings championships. But hey, Minnesota can pay him for mediocre production. But in case he’s not paying attention, the phrase “pay cut” is soon to be mentioned in the same breath as his name.

  25. sdsmooth says: Dec 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    Greg Jennings plays for the Vikings? Who knew?

  26. f1restarter says: Dec 16, 2013 12:07 PM

    A couple of years ago, Jennings would have been on a list of top 5 WRs.

    Now Jarrett Boykin is better than Greg.

  27. hazelmn says: Dec 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    Matt Cassell looks good when he plays, but Vikings fans should not anoint him as the next franchise QB. At best, he can keep this team competitive for a year or two while they draft the next QB. Just look at the tape from his time in KC — he is not an elite QB. We’re talking “McNabb-as-a-Viking” level of incompetent throws when he was there.

    What an effective Cassell does is help the Vikings draft smart for the next couple years, not out of desperation like they did when they picked Ponder #12 even though the scouting reports on him were iffy.

  28. hazelmn says: Dec 16, 2013 12:10 PM

    Thinking about Brady in the 6th round, Rodgers #21 or something, Andy Dalton in the 2nd, Drew Brees in the 2nd. The list goes on. The Vikings should not feel they have to pick a QB in the Top 5 picks, and Cassell gives them just a little bit of breathing room to not panic and do that.

  29. stellarperformance says: Dec 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    Jennings sounds brainwashed.

  30. gforce4all says: Dec 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Glad to know Gregg enjoys being a loser.

  31. realitypolice says: Dec 16, 2013 12:31 PM

    Teams are simply to reluctant to give up on first round picks. Ponder is terrible but was always going to be the starter- Cassel never had a shot coming out of camp.

    Teams need to take on the mentality of a poker player. Poker players are taught never to make future decisions based upon money you’ve already put into the pot. Always consider only the current situation when deciding how to play a hand.

    Likewise, teams should not consider what they have invested in different players when deciding what’s best for the team. I’m not saying Cassel is a franchise QB, but he is clearly better than Ponder.

    The Viking needed to get over the fact that they over-drafted Ponder before it was too late, but they didn’t.

  32. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    golforepar says:Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    Great game Vikings, the win moved you from 4th to 8th in next years draft! GREAT win!
    ______

    And the Packers moved even lower in the draft with a meaningless win. Gave the sconnies false hope for another week. Great job!

  33. purpleguy says: Dec 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Did I really read a post from a Packer fan critiquing the Vikings back-up QB situation? If the Vikes front office is run by chimps, who’s managing the Packer’s back-up QB situation — a deaf one-eyed baboon with alzheimer’s?

  34. golforepar says: Dec 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    golforepar says:Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    Great game Vikings, the win moved you from 4th to 8th in next years draft! GREAT win!
    ______

    And the Packers moved even lower in the draft with a meaningless win. Gave the sconnies false hope for another week. Great job!

    Rick, Good luck getting Bridgewater now!
    At least the Pack in contention past September!

  35. stellarperformance says: Dec 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Dec 16, 2013 12:41 PM
    And the Packers moved even lower in the draft with a meaningless win. Gave the (Wisconsin-based Packer fans) false hope for another week. Great job!
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    False hope? How do you figure? The win is keeping them in contention. You must be too used to having nothing to play for after week six. That’s not us. That’s you.

  36. mutantman87 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    Spielman a good eye for talent? I saw Christian Ponder play in his senior year, 2010, at a Florida St.-Maryland game in College Park. He looked mediocre against a terrible Maryland team that ended up firing its coach. Sure didn’t pass my eye test.

  37. stellarperformance says: Dec 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    And we don’t play for draft position. That’s not us either. That’s also you.

  38. Jikky Jax says: Dec 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Dec 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Did I really read a post from a Packer fan critiquing the Vikings back-up QB situation? If the Vikes front office is run by chimps, who’s managing the Packer’s back-up QB situation — a deaf one-eyed baboon with alzheimer’s?

    —–

    Ha ha, yep that was Carl, and as delusional as he can be, I have to give him props for that comment. He’s dead-on about Vike’s management, this season has been full of questionable decisions. Look forward to a fresh start with new HC, new GM, and new Stadium! #bank #outdoorfootballbaby

  39. mutantman87 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    At the time, I couldn’t believe people were talking about Ponder as even a 2nd round pick, and somehow he went #12 overall! Should have been a 3rd or 4th round pick- good athleticism, but not yet ready to be a pro QB.

  40. pluto62 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    “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.”

    wow, jennings is showing a lot of respect for ponder with that statement.

    jennings also said, and i.m paraphrasing here, that ponder was a better qb than rodgers when he signed with the vikings.

    what an azzhole.

  41. mavajo says: Dec 16, 2013 1:11 PM

    GREG JENNINGS 6 MONTHS AGO:

    “I love him,” Jennings said of Ponder, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com. “I love his personality, I love his demeanor on the field. […] he has everything he needs. The skill set, he has it.”

    “But Christian, he’s going to be great. I’m excited. He’s going to shock people.”

    ———-

    GREG JENNINGS YESTERDAY:

    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.”

    ———

    GREG JENNINGS 6 MONTHS AGO, YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW: A complete tool with an over-inflated ego and overrated talent that owes his entire career and overpaid contract to Rodgers and Favre.

  42. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    stellarperformance says:Dec 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    False hope? How do you figure? The win is keeping them in contention. You must be too used to having nothing to play for after week six. That’s not us. That’s you.
    ____

    In contention for what? Another first-round playoff blowout? Two one-point wins over terrible teams in the last seven weeks doesn’t make you a contender. When May rolls around, you’ll be cursing those victories.

  43. theqmaster says: Dec 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    If they would have played Matt from the getgo they would be in PLAYOFFs! Yes, I said Playoffs!

  44. dragonfly99 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Speaking for all NFC fans, I hope Cassel is back again next year along with Spielman, Frazier, and the entire coaching staff intact. Skol.

  45. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 16, 2013 1:43 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Dec 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    stellarperformance says:Dec 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    False hope? How do you figure? The win is keeping them in contention. You must be too used to having nothing to play for after week six. That’s not us. That’s you.
    ____

    In contention for what? Another first-round playoff blowout? Two one-point wins over terrible teams in the last seven weeks doesn’t make you a contender. When May rolls around, you’ll be cursing those victories.

    ——-

    In contention for the Super Bowl, maybe you’ve heard of it? Obviously, qualifying for the playoffs doesn’t guarantee you’ll win the Super Bowl. Winning the Super Bowl is hard, we know, we’ve done it 4 times. One thing I do know, and would even expect Viking fans to know, you can’t win the Super Bowl if you don’t qualify for the post-season.

  46. stellarperformance says: Dec 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Dec 16, 2013 1:25 PM
    In contention for what? Another first-round playoff blowout? Two one-point wins over terrible teams in the last seven weeks doesn’t make you a contender. When May rolls around, you’ll be cursing those victories.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Well, for starters, in contention for a Division Title, which for many Viking fans is a very very big deal. The Vikings have lots of those, don’t they? Should we just discount that as a load of crap? Please tell us.

  47. FlashPatterson says: Dec 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Dec 16, 2013 11:03 AM
    Okay, so now Matt is the guy? The guy who couldn’t get on the field even though he was clearly the viks best option at QB? Now, he’s the QB of the future and Ponder and Freeman are going to be gone after the season? Seriously, who is running that organization over there? Chimpanzees
    ————————————
    a terrible coach apparently. Packers suck.

  48. slick50ks says: Dec 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    The more you expose cassel to playing time, the worse he’ll play.

    We’ve all seen this before, and truth be told, he’s a HORRIBLE QB.

    You may get what you wish for vikes fan.

  49. 92nick182govikings says: Dec 16, 2013 5:10 PM

    I hope matt cassel is our guy next year and when jameis Winston comes out we draft him!

  50. 6kingswest says: Dec 16, 2013 6:58 PM

    I’m all for the Packers making the playoffs. It will be wonderful watching them get dismantled! The excuse making and deflecting by Packer “fans” will be great entertainment.

  51. acmepacker says: Dec 16, 2013 7:46 PM

    6kingswest says: Dec 16, 2013 6:58 PM

    I’m all for the Packers making the playoffs. It will be wonderful watching them get dismantled! The excuse making and deflecting by Packer “fans” will be great entertainment.

    ***************************
    Sad, so very very sad. Not being there yourself and desperately trying to find solace hoping on watching a superior competitor get beaten. It may happen, who knows, but what a way to seek a little happiness. What is it they say in Minny? Next year! It’s said over and over and over. The rose color never comes off, does it?

    8

  52. sdb4444 says: Dec 16, 2013 8:00 PM

    as long as Cassel gets Jennings the ball then everything in Queenland will be fine but just wait
    when he doesn’t get the ball then he will another AARON ROGERS a white boy

  53. grbroome says: Dec 16, 2013 9:32 PM

    Big Packer Fan here…but clearly we have NO defense…Lions & Bears are both consistantly inconsistant. With A.D & a fairly consistant defense& special teams, the Vikings could have& should have walked away with the NFC North this year. Clearly, all they had to do was to start Matt Cassel! thank god the Viking brain trust can yet spot their best option…GO PACK!

  54. whatjusthapped says: Dec 16, 2013 10:23 PM

    Does Jenning’s sister approve of this message?

    For all the money the Vikings have spent on Jennings, one good game hardly makes up for this disappointing season. Where was he when a Viking victory really would have meant something in the standings?

  55. jdubs82 says: Dec 17, 2013 4:57 AM

    Not to knock Jennings, but other then for the Vikings.. there’s no team in the NFC North that would have him as a number 1 WR. In fact, other then maybe in Detroit, opposite Megatron (maybe) there’s no team in the NFC north that would even start Jennings. He’s a solid possession WR, but Green Bay obviously didn’t want him, the Bears WRs are clearly better, Johnson is the best WR in the NFL…

    At the end of the day Jennings has run his mouth more then he’s produced. A couple months ago, Aaron Rodgers was grabage and Ponder was great according to Jennings. All Jennings is is a loud mouth mid tier WR.

  56. jdubs82 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:02 AM

    @grbroome
    hahah the Vikings have given up the most points in the NFL, have the worst WRs in the division, and very questionable QB play (be it Ponder Cassell or Freeman) and they have the worst offensinve line in the division (they’ve given up 10+ more sacks so far then the Packers and Bears and twice as many as the Lions). I agree the Packers, Lions and Bears all have flaws… but it’s just silly to say the Vikings “could have& should have walked away with the NFC North this year. ” as if the Vikings were without some major flaws themselves.

  57. stellarperformance says: Dec 17, 2013 6:39 AM

    6kingswest says:
    Dec 16, 2013 6:58 PM
    I’m all for the Packers making the playoffs. It will be wonderful watching them get dismantled! The excuse making and deflecting by Packer “fans” will be great entertainment.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    The only way the Packers make it to the postseason is if they win the North Division. What did I just say? Win The Division? My Lord, that is the Holy Grail for a Viking fan. No wonder you’ll be watching.

  58. nflrox36 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:01 AM

    Cassel was a good QB when he was in KC…the Chiefs just had lousy coaching!..Had they had Andy Reid last season the Chiefs would have been a playoff caliber team

  59. grbroome says: Dec 17, 2013 12:02 PM

    Thats Right!
    you have to have a talent level true, but then you need alot and alot of heart! we seen it last week with Matt Flynn, who the Raiders didn’t want, but where are they now? We see it in McGown in Chicago. How many teams have cut him? The guys 34 years old! Greg Jennings has alot of heart! Just like Donald Driver did. Alot of teams would not have started him either. Clearly, Matt Cassel has what it takes to be successful. The Pack won’t make the play-offs because of a lackluster defense. The big sweepstakes in the NFC should be for Jack Del Rio as a head coach or GM. The Packers aren’t picking talent out of their draft.

  60. pappavike says: Dec 18, 2013 3:25 PM

    Cassel, will start the next two games & should be named next years starter Best chance to win and all! But they should draft a Qb in this years draft to learn under cassel The one thing Im not sure of is changing the coaching staff reason being the team never quit on Frazier. And to make change just as we start playing outside. The Vikes need to have another good draft but don’t feel like the first pick has to be a Qb

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