The week-to-week identity of the starting quarterback has been one of the biggest questions — and biggest problems — for the Vikings this year.
But with one game to go — perhaps in his career there — Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has raised the “why bother” flag.
Frazier told reporters that Matt Cassel would start the finale against the Lions Sunday, with Christian Ponder as the backup.
“I don’t know what would change that as the week goes on, but that’s the thought process as we speak,” Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Cassel has played decently at times this year, even well at others. But he fell flat against the Bengals, with four turnovers to go with 114 passing yards.
Of course, the Vikings have as little certainty at the position, as Cassel can opt out of his deal, while Ponder will be entering the final year of his rookie deal having proved little. And then there’s Josh Freeman, the short-term rental who got one start after leaving Tampa Bay, and has since been buried.
“[Freeman] picked up things well and worked hard in practice,” Frazier said. “He’s still doing those things, picking up the offense, working hard, spending time with coaches doing all the things he needs to do. But with one game left and having a chance to watch Matt play again, we made the decision and that’s probably the way we’ll go.”
That doesn’t speak well to Freeman’s future anywhere, or to the decision to waste a pile of money on him to stand around watching Cassel play.