Peering Into The Future With Ponder At The Helm

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 19, 2011 – 11:05 am

When the Vikings selected Christian Ponder with their first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in last April’s draft, the thinking was he’d be the quarterback of the future. Fast-forward to Week 7 of the 2011 season, and the future is here.

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier announced on Wednesday that Ponder will make his first NFL start on Sunday, with the defender Super Bowl-champion Green Bay Packers coming to town for their annual visit to Mall of America Field.

Ponder saw his first regular season action last Sunday night in the Vikings loss to Chicago, as he came on in relief for Donovan McNabb in the second half. In one quarter of action, Ponder was 9 of 17 or 99 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions; he also had one rushing attempt for eight yards. On Sunday, though, Ponder will take the field from the start and try to energize a Vikings team that has battled through a rough start to the season and a Vikings fan base that is starving for a young, franchise-caliber QB to emerge.

Questions about McNabb’s standing as the starting quarterback surfaced early in the season after the Vikings stumbled out of the gate to a 0-4 start. McNabb’s subpar outings early in the season were certainly not the only deficiency for the Vikings, but in the NFL it’s the quarterbacks who receive most of the credit in times of prosperity and most of the blame in times of adversity.

Ultimately, with the Vikings slipping to 1-5 after last week’s loss to the Bears, the time came for Frazier and the Vikings to make a switch. Will the switch to Ponder set the stage times of prosperity in the future? The first step in the long process of making that determination begins on Sunday.

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  1. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    The future with Ponder? Why is Joe Webb being ignored???

  2. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings did draft well in 2006 and 2007. However they only select two offensive linemen…Marcus Johnson and Artis Hicks who were entirely unforgettable.
    :( :( :( :( :(

  3. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Now Webb and Ponder can run and dodge. That’s great!

    But w/o at least an average offensive line, the Vikings will go no where !

  4. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll bet tickets are going like hotcakes already for that game. yea!!

  5. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Who are the Vikings going to pick up for the O-line? Looking at the roster, if Sullivan and Johnson are out we don’t have hardly any backups left.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    2004 Was the worst draft in Vikings if not NFL history.
    2005 was 2nd worst in Vikings history.
    2006 was a great draft, but Johnson and Hicks were the only OL picked.
    Cedric Griffin is the only DB remaining from 2003-2007. He’s had 3 years to prove himself, and hasn’t.
    2007 was a great draft, however NO Offensive Linemen were selected and only one DB (Mike Macauley, who never even started a game for MN)

    Total Offensive LInemen drafted 2003 to 2007: Three, none remain on roster
    Total Defensive Backs taken 2003 to 2007: 5 only one remains on roster
    Cedric “Cornbread” Griffin

    Your wonderful FRONT OFFICE is mostly to blame. :( :( :( :( :(

  7. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Dirty Nasty,

    What about Love and Fusco?

  8. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Draft nothing but O-line and D-backs next year. Pick up a WR in free agency.

  9. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I figure they will be filling in for Sully and Johnson. But who going to back them up in case of any further injuries.

  10. By Mike B on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred It was obvious that Ponder would start before Webb. Ponder was picked in the first round meaning that many in the organization felt he could be the QB of the future. Secondly considering the Webb was already here, but they picked Ponder meant that Webb was not in a place to be the starting QB. That doesn’t meany that Webb will not be a starting QB at sometime but means he really had no chance of starting ahead of Ponder. I thought that when we had this chat exchange after the draft that this would happen and now it’s here. Good luck Ponder I am hoping for a win in the Dome. I feel bad for McNabb as he only had a part in this collapse but he’s the one that ended up on the bench. There are a more than a few on this team that should be joining him.

  11. By john on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    i agree jones , and i don’t get it joe webb was told he have the starting qb job, then they get mcnutt (failure an knew it was)and place him at 3rd qb becuz of the nfl rule change…now your going to start ponder … don’t get me wrong i like ponder alot but u frazier need to get joe at a position on the field of play for more than two or three plays then never seen him the rest of the game…….musgrave is struggleing with personnel…with that said the recievers that are your stretch the field guys aren’t getting it done…if your not going to use joe at qb put him at berrian position for a game…u’ve got nothing to lose there either …berrian another player make to much and doing nothing

  12. By Mike B on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Berger came in and subed as Center ahead of Fusco. Pat Brown came in for Loadholt. last game. I am assuming that Berger is playing better than Fusco right now. I haven’t heard that Johnson is hurt. In that case it would probably Love.

  13. By GM on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    The NFL just threatened the MN government that a stalemate means the team moves. If they don’t get the deal done, no more NFL in MN.

  14. By Mike B on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @john look at post above yours

  15. By Mike B on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @GM that’s quite a deal considering that the MN market has one of the highest in expedible income. meaning that people have the money to buy tickets.

  16. By B-Pro on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe this team needs to go. I as a fan am getting tired of pulling for a team that is going nowhere. Besides this ownership doesn’t seem to be real concerned about the product it puts on the field weekend and week out.

  17. By Digger on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    At GM. That is not what they said. There was no threat made. The NFL wants a deal done here. Go back and watch it again you idiot!

  18. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply





  19. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb is the new TJack!! Pull berrian and give Webb a shot at WR, how could he possibly play worse?? Remember, the Vikings switched him from WR to QB.

  20. By DuaneN on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is way better than Webb. All you need to do is watch that 4th down pass to Shiancoe. No hesitation.

  21. By Digger on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    And I told all of you a long time ago that yes Webb is a great QB, but will not be a francise starting QB. Does he need to play more though? Absolutly!

  22. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    They need to start Webb at WR NOW and stop wasting his talent. He can still take “Blazer” or wildcat snaps and be versatile but lets not have him sit on the bench.

  23. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I have a Berrian question …

    The always open Berrian has had to put up with TJack, Favre, Webb, and McNabb. All 4 QBs have obviously had personal issues with Berrian. They all ignored him despite Berrian creating such great separation that one might say he was uncovered.

    So the question is will Chr1stian Ponder continue ignoring poor Bernard Berrian?

  24. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I agree TW, been saying that since day one… When I said he was the new TJack I meant because of the way the team is treating him not performance. And I don’t know why my last post ended up where it did!

  25. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Im all in with Fred Jones now ….

    With the first round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft the ( fingers cro’ssed ) Minnesota Vikings select LT !!!!!!!!

  26. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, maybe the coaches are coming to their senses and BB will sit down next to McN soon. OR, does anyone live in the Twin Cities that could run by BB’s crib and boot his car so he’s late for another meeting??

  27. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    OL – Tyrell Johnson – Bernard Berrian are the next 3 improvements that need to be made.

    The sad thing is they are the same problems as last season ….

  28. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn: Don’t forget ced griffin and abdullah

  29. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Vegas … It seems Frazier might be weeding berrian out slowly. With his WR rotation. Hes still giving Berrian chances to make plays but hes also giving some others a chance to make plays

    WR is still a huge weakness in MN though

    That being said I think Ponder will be more accurate giving guys a better opportunity to make plays

    Hope that OL doesnt get him killed …

  30. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Twoodsnvikes … I agree Ced Griffen should drop on the depth chart but Im not giving up on him hes still trying to get those knees into game shape after back to back knee injuries

  31. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I think Ced Griffen might be a better safety this season because Griffen has always supported the run well and I dont think safety requires the quick stop and go cuts that the corner position requires

  32. By KLAWZ on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Poor BB???? Are you out of your mind! Last game was prob his best game wth the Vikes…………..a measly 5 catches at the number 1 receiver position on our team????? I would put money ….serious money that Webb would come up with better numbers at receiver than BB………………I am still laughing….poor Berrian…!

  33. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Klawz, I can speak for Shawn, there is no love lost for BB there. That was sarcasm. I don’t even think BB’s mom feels sorry for him.

  34. By Eric on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I know blogs are personal, and a way to voice one’s opinion, but it seems ridiculous that you even thought to use your efforts on such a waste of time. What information were you able to convey to the average Viking fan, with this drivel. Really, there is some question about the skills & abilities of Ponder? Think before you write.

  35. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ced Griffen for Safety !!!!

    Joe Webb for WR !!!!!

    OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL … OL …

  36. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Burton and Sherels need to be givin starting reps at cb, i thought they both made plays in the preseason and could also use the experience now for next year. It can’t be worse than griffin watching as the receivers run past them for a touch down.

  37. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, Ponder will look better than McN with the same O Line for two reasons…
    1. The O Line “should” step up
    2. Ponder has feet

  38. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Thanx Vegas

  39. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    If the coaches really sat webb down and said hey you could be a great receiver, and he really worked hard at doing it, he could be great. He’s tall, great speed, and he has mad ups, did you see the video where he jumped 7 bags? I think it was Cris Carter, i could be mistaken, that said he would rather have a guy that could run routes and teach him how to catch after, than vice versa. So if Joe put some time into working on routes I think he would do great

  40. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lol Shawn you’re welcome

  41. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Twoods

    Starting secondary CB Winfield ( Griffen when Winfield is injured ) CB Chris Cook … S Griffen ( Sanford when Winfield is injured and just play 10 man if Sanford and Winfield are hurt ) … S Abdullah

    Nickel back should be Sherels IMO

    Asher Allen is only 23 so dont throw him out for good but he need more practice

    Asher and Burton I think are equal at this point … IMO Sherels is the better of the 3

  42. By Beeverchoan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Webb to wideout
    Frazier should be fired
    McThrowtoolow should return punts so he can feel what we have with him as QB

  43. By Mark on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been saying for years that the Vikings’ front office (and their horrible drafts) are the root of the problem. Peterson and Harvin fell to them because of injury concerns that turned out to be nothing and little, respectively. We need to draft a left tackle in the first round next year.

  44. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Vegas I agree our pa-ssing offense will be much improved with Ponder … I have seen times when McNabb had good blocking from the OL and McNabb threw the ball in the dirt

    Ponder will complete those opportunities … as long as he limits his Berrian looks

  45. By timmyj on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Fred, Hicks was not drafted.

  46. By Farvefan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lets trade Mcnabb for OL.

  47. By chris w on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Webb was never promised the starting job. He was told, just like Ponder and McNabb were, that he would have a chance at winning the spot. Obviously he didn’t do that. If he were that good, they wouldn’t have drafted Ponder or picked up McNabb. I feel sorry for Mcnabb. He was in the same situation Favre was last year. It’s hard to throw a good ball when you are on your back.

  48. By Shawn on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    chris w … did you use McNabb and i cant do it. There a new sentence … good throw in the same sentence ?

  49. By Vikingleakyboat on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is fresh fish fresh fish fresh fish fresh fish… Teach my how to Raji! Claymaker! Hawk the Bird man, are HUNGRY some juicy fresh Ponder fish! Yumm.

  50. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Cris said ball

  51. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply


    You are right about Artis Hicks, he was not drafted in 2006, rather the Vikings traded a 4th round pick for him.

    Thank you for correcting me.

    That means that the Vikings only picked TWO Offensive Linemen in the five years between 2003 and 2007. AND our great offensive line of the 1998-2000 Denny Green era was mostly gone.

    What was the Personnel Office Thinking???

  52. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Kirk to Bridge, we have a security leak. 

  53. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply


    I do like to think we are mostly on the same page, and a lot of bloggers would like to see our DRAFT and FREE AGENCY EFFORTS go towards OL, DB, and WR.

    The draft team should forget about the nonsense of best athlete, unless you mean “best athlete” at one of the key positions.


  54. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe we just need new scouts ! ! !

  55. By Parody on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    So the trade deadline has passed and we see that the Vikings have done nothing to improve their weaknesses. No offensive linemen, no defensive backs, and no wide receivers. If anything, this tells me that the coaches are determined to build the team through the draft, but it would have been nice to see a couple of late picks in exchange for some of the underperforming talent to make that more possible.

    The big surprise trade of the season appears to be Carson Palmer to Oakland. Not because of need from either side, but because of the price that Oakland agreed to. They gave up a first AND a second round pick for a QB who has been average for most of his career and is arguably in the final years of that career. The Bengals were sitting pretty with Dalton having success, and would have been smart to let Palmer go for a 4th round selection. Now they’re looking like absolute geniuses with this trade!

    The best that the Raiders can hope for is a couple years of success out of the guy, and then try to find his replacement. He will not win any Super Bowls with the staff the Raiders have, and they are going to have a tough time improving that staff after giving up two early picks for this QB.

    So at least we can all feel a little more comfortable that our front office isn’t as inept as the front offices for some of the other teams out there…

  56. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Who is in the draft room?

    I bet it’s Spielman, Brzezinski, and Frazier.

    Then the rest of the coaches, scouts, and consultants are required to watch the draft, and be available for phone calls.

    Of course they ALL have computers, and lots of prepared data.

  57. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply


    Most bloggers seem united in that we need OL, DB, and WR.

    Yes, giving up a 1st and 2nd round pick seems crazy on the part of the Raiders. This is also the franchise that traded a coach for like $8 million and draft choices. LOOK what has happened to the Super Bowl Raiders since then !

    Frazier may be doing an incredible job as coach.

    “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken *&#@

  58. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    If Childress was part of the non-selection of OLs, and DBs, THAT is why he deserved to be fired !

  59. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    That would be a good MMM question… Who occupies the draft room ?

  60. By NJViking on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Luckily, Ponder is a really smart guy and extremely agile. He’s gonna have to be just to survive the season with the cast-offs he has on the OL blocking for him. Can’t wait to see how he responds knowing this is his team now. as for teh defense, people have been picking on the DBs and rightly so, but no one aside from JA seems to be able to beat their guy, so they don’t get off free either. Lez should sit some of them as well. Go Vikes!

  61. By purplenyellow on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Peterson is the franchise.. Give the A.P. fella the ball. Build around Adrian. LT Center although i think we got a steal is fusco. Depth at the WR position Percy cant do it all.. Please trade Bernard Berrian. we can get 6th round 7th round picks.. Get aromashdu more snaps jenkins got some good hands. 2-3 years vikings 11-5/10-6! BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  62. By Parody on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    All the DBs don’t deserve to be ridiculed. Cook has been holding well against #1 WRs, and I have yet to see him get beat biting on a route. Yes, he has allowed some plays to happen, but those are a result of good throws to even better WRs.

    Winfield is still doing okay, but I think his age is starting to show, and we may be better off planning for him to be the Nickel Back next year. Sanford and Abdullah have been doing pretty well at the safety position, and with some better effort from the rest of the team, I think we’ll be just fine leaving at least one of them in place, but it would be nice to have someone better who doesn’t let speedy WRs get behind them.

    Griffin has been a big problem this year. I always had a problem with his lack of effort to prevent the reception, but I was passively accepting of it because at least he didn’t let them get yards after the catch. However, this year he seems to be having trouble with that aspect as well, letting recievers beat him deep and catch the ball uncontested, trotting into the endzone afterwards. We need to find a player who will contend for the ball to replace Cedric. I’d like to see if Sherels, Burton or Raymond can step into the role. If not, then next year’s draft should look for someone who can in the 3rd or 4th round.

  63. By purplenyellow on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    And why are we still talking bout chilly.. Hes long gone. But it still looks like he still owns team by the way were doing, Same perdictability same drafts..

  64. By Parody on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @purplenyellow – Sorry to say, but we’re stuck with Berrian now. The trade deadline was yesterday, and the Vikings did nothing. All that the team can do now is cut Berrian, which I’m sure that fans wouldn’t be upset about anyways. We would have been lucky to find a team that would have paid even a 7th-round selection for a WR who has been as unproductive as he has for the past 2.5 years.

  65. By purplenyellow on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody Yes cook has been holding his own. He looks like Revis in the making. Hopefully his first Pick comes from rodger.. He got beaten bad his last game against the packers by a mediocore reciever Aka James jones.. Watch him not allow a reception and get a Pick my projected stats for him are: 7 tackles 1 Int 4 pass deflections.

  66. By purplenyellow on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody Ya trade deadline was yesterday.. S*** we are stuck with Butter finger Berrian.. Seriously i hope we cut him or send him down to our practice squad and We should also call up that CFL Kid Manny arcenaux. Before his talents get wasted.

  67. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    OOOHHH BOOOOYYYY!! I just checked my mailbox and in there was 1 size 52 NFL Ponder #7 home Jersey, nice!! I know what I am wearing sunday :)

  68. By SMH on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Frederick Jones I do agree that the Vikings most likely have the worst O-line in the league. But if you recall

  69. By SMH on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    * we got rid of Birk for no reason at all, and to me an O-line is only as good as the center and Sullivan couldn’t block my 5 year old sister.

  70. By bleedingpurpleinalaska on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    OK guys, I am all for Joe Webb playing at WR unless he can’t catch either. Whoever said if he runs good routes we can teach him to catch later has forgotten about Troy Williamson. He ran good routes, was a great athlete, but could not catch a cold much less a football. I am excited to see our rookie take the field and get some experience under his belt. I think moving Griff to safety would be an excellent idea! Cook is going to awesome when he reaches his full potential, we just need OL (Kalil or Martin) and another DB (Kirkpatrick or Claiborne)in the draft. I think our recievers are all very good #2s and 3s, if we can just get a #1 then we are all set.

  71. By GM on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

  72. By GM on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    @ Digger

    No need for name calling. Click the link above and you tell me what it says.

  73. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    SS is a need Ray Ray Armstrong 6’4 220lbs. Hits like a mack truck. Or Mark Barron 6’2 220lbs. Also hits like a truck and decent ba ll skills. Had Armstrong and Barron mixed up in earlier post. Both will likely be drafted mid to late 2nd round. They both have good instints and don’t miss easy tackles. Huge improvement over Johnson and Sanford. Sanford would be go depth but Johnson should have already developed.

  74. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    LSU CB Morris Claibourne will be the first corner taken in the draft likely within the top 10.

  75. By DRS on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    “We’re worried about a stalemate. A stalemate means there’s no lease or the lease is about to expire,” Grubman said. “There’s no plan for a stadium, and there’s an alternative plan in another city. That’s a stalemate. And the alternative wouldn’t include Minnesota. That is, in the way we look at it, a crisis.”

    The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome expires after this season and if that happens, all bets are off. The NFL can’t prevent Wilf from seeking a new home.

    Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

  76. By VegasVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not a fortune teller but I saw Favre coming to MN, I saw McN coming to MN and I foresee the Vikings LEAVING MN! Wilf is offering to put up money but it’s not enough, it’s a game of poker people. He doesn’t want to look like selling the team and making millions is his idea, but watch what happens.

  77. By vikingbob136 on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    We should have cut Berrian and signed Sims-Walker. Shoulda, woulda, coulda

  78. By tennessee fan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Go Ponder!!! I think u may be a new “Fran the Man”. Moves well in the pocket and always got your eyes downfield. Going to watch the rest of the season just because of you!

  79. By Phil on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    The Packers are coming to town this Sunday and this WHOLE BLOG is about next year’s draft and who should be moved off the starting line-up or off the team???? Have you all given up? I hope the Vikings aren’t thinking like this or the game is going to be really ugly.
    If the fan base has quit after 1/3 of the season and can’t even get excited about the game against the Vikings’ biggest rival, then maybe the team SHOULD move…

  80. By Doug M on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    hi viking fans! trade mcnabb to miami for their wide receiver. go ponder, show em that u r ready. i have faith.

  81. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Die-hard Viking fans would never quit on the team. But the front office and many players on this squad have quit on the thousands of long-suffering fans these past two years with starting half-talented players who have no heart and who usually choke or go into a fetal position with the first sign of trouble. Vikings fans would kill for just one Super Bowl win – would this set of players do the same? We’re all sick of it. And that defense – the WHOLE defense – wake up – sometimes you have to win a game 10-3. So get off your fat a$$es and beat down the Packers! Go Ponder! Go Vikes!

  82. By Dairyair1977 on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply



  83. By Toney on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    My things is how can you not block for the best running back in the leauge

  84. By Toney on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    To all who post: The problem with the Vikings is the OL and bad play calling!!!
    Sorry you didn’t work out McNabb. Bench BB and buy some OL and we can win some game. Mcnabb best game was when BB was on the bench.

  85. By VaVike on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder looked good in his first NFL game. I`m glad that McWashed up is hitting the pine.The new kid should should kick start the O.

  86. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I was no McNabb fan , but I thought he showed a lot of class with what he said after getting benched. He’s been awful this year, but that OL and defense stunk up the place a lot worse last Sunday. And they were a big reason why the Vikings couldn’t hold onto their leads in the first 3 games. The defense doesn’t get paid to take the afternoon off with a 20 point lead.

    This Sunday, can Musgrave try something different for once? How about establish a quick pace rhythm right off the bat using the two minute offense with every possession you get. Don’t care if we go 3 and out. Get that Packer defense worn out (no substitutes) and back off their linebackers with Ponder throwing quick slants and arrow-backs. Then we smash em up and break off a couple of long punishing TD runs with AP to close the deal. Yeah I guess I do drink alot..but GO VIKES!

  87. By Dairyair1977 on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Mcnabb is a good guy and I don’t like seeing anyone go out that way, but they all play until they get worse than what they were in their prime. cycle of the life span of any athlete

  88. By Mt_Viking on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier had to start Ponder to try and save his JOB!!! He should have done it 3 weeks ago!!! We will see if the “GREAT WHITE HOPE” can save Frazier’s job

  89. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    From 2003 to 2007, FIVE YEARS !!!

    Five years, TWO Offensive Linemen selected in the draft by the MN Vikings.

    What are weeeeee thinking???

  90. By Frederick Jones on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Who would you want in the drafting room???

  91. By PBizzle on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    I dont know why people are so high on Joe Webb he is Kordell Stewart reincarnate. If they don’t put him in on that third down to try and scramble for the first maybe they keep the drive going and get a score to slow the momentum early. If I never saw Joe on the field I would not be upset. May be good for one play per half on a first or second down.

  92. By KLAWZ on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    honestly…………..Webb reminds me a lot of T. Jack………..except with a dash of Mike Vic! Not to smart when throwing the ball, either does not think at all or thinks way too much!

  93. By KLAWZ on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    ….when throwing the ball!

  94. By SO? on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Not having training camp hurt Frazier, He should be able to finish this year, and coach next year. No Improvement, No Job!

    Ponder showed his strength mentally in last weeks game, and a great overall knowledge of the playbook. Both of these McNabb did not have!

  95. By Mt_Viking on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply


  96. By ozzinator on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Mt_Viking – you are correct. As usual, Rush was right! He also lost his Monday Night Football commentator job over it, but that’s the pc mainstream for ya.

  97. By vikeforever on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Go Ponder! you have your chance that is why they drafted you. As far as the Ponder/Webb debate, when the Vikings moved up and got Ponder that flag that Webb wasnt ready even if he had one in Philly. Once Ponder got here after the lock-out he must have impressed the coaches to be put as #2 QB behind McNabb
    So it was the natural progression of things that and a losing record made the decision easy. Ponder may not light up the score boards right away but isn’t going to be fun to watch life being infused in this offense – Go Vikings!!!

  98. By Webb? on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    OKay, I got to say that I am so sick hearing people say they want Webb. HE IS HORRIBLE My GOSH! 0-3 regular season TD/INT ratio and preseason 3-4. The guy ALWAYS pulls down and runs if the O-line doesn’t stop ‘em so for us that is every time. He had one DECENT game and it wasn’t very good passing. Put 9 guys in the box and on a blitz and you’ll stop AP and Webb, if he throws the 2 lone DB’s will still break it up/pick it off

  99. By Capn'JAK on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    If Berrian could CATCH maybe someone would THROW to him

  100. By jerry on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    retire mcna

  101. By jerry on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    retire mcnab maybe you can become an anouncer for fox! oh I forgot you must have talent to do that! what about DOG CATCHER in your home town! maybe the town will feal sorry for you and give you a job.

  102. By Tykevike on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Im a new Viking fan. Looks to me like Ponder will be a good quarterback. I think he should have been inserted a few games ago, but alas, let the chips fall where they may. Is it too big a leap to say that the vikings might still have a chance to make the playoffs if they beat the Pack?

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