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Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:30 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Even though the Vikings were down 29 points, Donovan McNabb was indeed benched for Christian Ponder on Sunday night in a loss at Chicago. Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said he'd announce his decision on who'll start going forward Wednesday, but his mind is reportedly already made up and Ponder will get the nod in Week 7 for the Vikings.

That's according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, who reports that Frazier "has made the change and notified those involved." This is a bit awkward considering McNabb said Monday that he expected to remain the starter.

The logic behind the move to Ponder is pretty simple: the Vikings aren't winning now whether McNabb or Ponder's under center, and McNabb simply isn't anything more than a one-year rental for Minnesota.

Ponder, on the other hand, is the theoretical future of the franchise, as my colleague Pete Prisco wrote on Monday morning. And Minnesota, already five games back of the division-leading Packers, needs to find out if Ponder can be as successful as they hope.

It's unlikely he'll turn around the Vikings season, but he did provide a spark to the offense Sunday, albeit against a prevent defense from the Bears.

And as I noted in Sorting the Sunday Pile, it sure sounds like the rest of the members of the Vikings offense are on board with plugging Ponder in and trying to see what they've got from the rookie out of Florida State.

It's the smart, logical move, even if it won't pay off immediate dividends in terms of games won. But then again, McNabb didn't appear to helping much either.

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Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Runtgamer,  he's 34 but has 13 years of wear and tear on him... time to move on for the Vikings. Maybe they can coax Farve into a 10 game come fairwell tour.



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

I think this is a good move. You want go build your team off of the young guns and let the veterans teach them. Its like school. Students replace teachers and the same thing here. Its always good to let the rookie's get a shot at things. Carson Palmer to the Raiders doesn't fond me too much though. It would be better if they got a young, quarterback in there that they will have for many years to come. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Okay, they've demonstrated that they can make one smart move, now keep going with it and do a complete youth movement.  Trade away those veterans who won't be around when Ponder hits his stride.  AP's value will never be higher than it is now, and the Vikings could use the draft picks to re-stock.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

So Shannahan was not to trust in McFlabb





Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Isn't he 36 or something? It is probably time for his arm to wear out. I am glad they made this move. This gives plenty of games to get a look at Ponder and decide if he was really worth the pick they spent on him or if they need to pick up one of the truly elite qbs in this year's draft.  Ponder was a sketchy college qb at best and I don't believe he was worthy of a first round pick especially if they were going to pick up mcnair they could have drafted a complimentary wide out or a lineman.  Now this year the season is tanked and they are in position to get a really good qb in the draft but have Ponder so let's hope they can get blackmon or jeffery for him to throw too.



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

I have always been a huge McNabb fan. It is like his arm has just died... What has happened?



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

yep,. it's time to see what the Vikes have in the kid.  McNabb isn't getting it done and won't even consider having someone work with him on his technique.  But if he's been doing it one way for how ever many years he probably wouldn't change anyway.  What have the Vikes got to lose at this point playing Ponder.  They are not in danger of making the playoffs so give it a go.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

I found it funny when you posted that mumbo jumbo on another blog then you are the over opiniated guy on this one



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

Pretty smart move, I never thought McNabb was going to pull something from what he's got left in the bag like Favre did a few years back, if McNabb's stint in Washington wasn't enough of a proof that he's all washed up this would be it, though I liked him back when he was with the Eagles and maybe still hope he'll bust a big comeback like what Randall Cunningham did but that's extremely unlikely. If Ponder is going to be their future this is a good time to find out, we've seen many times midway through a season when losing teams with no hopes left for the playoffs experiment with young players/coaches. This is a no brainer, worst case scenario is they lose the rest of the season with Ponder at helm, decide he won't be the future and still be in the Andrew Luck sweepstake.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Report: Christian Ponder in as Vikings starter

BIG GIP this is all I have to say All you arm chair-inoramus opinionated-neverplayedorcoachedfoo



tball-don't know crap-can only yell at a tv or post thier pig swallow on the blogs because they wouldn't have the balls to tell those coaches or players the foolishness the foolishness they put on here-knowing good-n-hell-well if you seen McNabb in person you would get all giddy and want an autograph and a picture-miserable with yourself so you talk down others-probably wouldn't qualify to even be the waterboy-and if you did play or coach football wasn't good enough to make it to the pro level-believe anything idiotic journalists put out there-need to get a life just STFU and let the Pro's handle this that's why they get paid the big bucks and regardless of what any may think they are there and you are not so just deal with it you idiots!



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