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Leonard Wilf To Serve On Board Of New NFL Charitable Organization

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 12, 2012 – 6:03 pm

Youth football, health and safety, and community will be the focus areas of the newly created National Football League Foundation. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the formation of the new organization on Wednesday at an NFL meeting in Dallas.

Leonard Wilf will serve on the board.

The announcement follows the restructuring of the NFL’s previous charitable arms — NFL Charities and the NFL Youth Football Fund. As a result of this change, the NFL will be able to devote more resources to its goal of making a difference in the lives of those touched by football – from players at all levels of the game to the broader community.

The foundation will award more than $23 million in grants in 2013 to support youth and high school football programs, health and safety efforts, as well as community health initiatives, including NFL PLAY 60.

“We are proud of the NFL’s long-standing history of giving back to communities,” said Commissioner Goodell. “The board of our new foundation is a passionate group of individuals who will help to ensure the NFL continues to be a leader in philanthropy.”

Wilf is in his 8th season as Vice Chairman and Owner of the Vikings. In addition to his ownership and management role, Mr. Wilf plays a leadership role in Vikings community relations efforts and charitable giving. Since becoming owners in 2005, the Wilf family has led a significant increase in Vikings outreach programs, financial support and impacts on the community. For the past several seasons, the Vikings have seen 100% of their players participate in community outreach efforts. The organization has also built playgrounds at seven disadvantaged neighborhood schools as part of an annual team ownership initiative.

Joining Wilf on the board are:

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President/Vice President of Brand Management/President of the Charity Foundation, Dallas Cowboys
Michael Bidwill, President, Arizona Cardinals
Shahid Khan, Owner, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mary Owen, Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning, Buffalo Bills
Mike Reinfeldt, Senior Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Tennessee Titans
Arthur J. Rooney II, President, Pittsburgh Steelers


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135 Responses to “Leonard Wilf To Serve On Board Of New NFL Charitable Organization”

  1. By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m starting to think we just might go Ogletree (LB) and s williams (DT) in the first and second rounds. We would probably have the best D in the league but an anemic offense still

  3. By Derrick.G on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    We know that Spencer, he’s not gonna make it back until the Houston game, at the earliest.

  4. By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just informing the people who did not know, Derrick.

  5. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    LOL … thanx Spencer for not letting a Cook update from any corner of the Earth to be missed by no-one

  6. By chris b on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    This just in Ponder sprained his wiener humping his girlfriend so hes out the last 3 weeks.

  7. By Spencer *10 Days on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Haha, no problem Shawn!

  8. By Spencer *10 Days Left on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody please help this man.

  9. By novascotiavike on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I just read an article that claims Christian Ponder has a “high ceiling”.
    So does the Sistine Chapel, but it can’t complete a pass either.

  10. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I am changing my mind once again on Ponder– I think most of you will be embarrassed in a year or two — he will be one of the elites.

  11. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Nova,

    Welcome back!

  12. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think you are right Titus, Ponder will an elite McDonalds hamburger flipper in a few years

  13. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    *will be

  14. By john 61 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    we will see,the nexted two years we play outside,will see what hes has,his arm is bad indoors

  15. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Northwoods v2,

    Jones read Arif’s article. FredDogg would have to say there were some fair comparisons in there. Although Jone don’t not likie all the new staties, it PROBABLY raises some good points.

    Joe Webb has a better chance of being the next Terry Bradshaw than Ponder does. However Ponder could be a Tarkenton, but then again Tark didn’t have the early career struggles.

    In fact, few QBs have had the struggles of C. Ponder. Perhaps it’s all mental and he’ll pull out of it. (or maybe ONE GUY is not holding his block long enough, or the WRs, etc.)

    The article did point out that Joe Webb is not getting a chance. It’s like no kidding, HE HAS NOT PLAYED YET IN 2012!

  16. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    wow!!, Drew brees currently has twice as many passing yards as Ponder.

  17. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    @John61,

    That was an lol x 7

  18. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Most you sound like playground bullies– enjoy mocking someone? You think Ponder is unaware of his poor performance? Many greats struggle early on– that is why they become great– they are overthinkers and overachievers and have not had enough time to develop– but suddenly they flourish– and I am telling you all right now– you can mock and laugh– but Ponder will be a great QB.

  19. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    FRED– another sane human being! Too many bullies on here mocking Ponder.

  20. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    more problems for Ponder, only 7 home games next year, one of our home games is in England

  21. By liito on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Will the wide receivers corp come through in the last 3 remaining games? Do they put in an extra hour work with Christian? Any play designed for Webb? Have there been any razzle dazzle plays this season? Opponents aim to stop Adrian knowing there is no passing threat. Besides Rudolph and Wright, anybody else want to shine?

  22. By novascotiavike on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t have to wait a year or two, Titus……I’m embarrassed now.

  23. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t go into the NFL if you can’t take the heat

  24. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I am going to London to cheer Ponder.

  25. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    bears-Cutler-top 10 qb
    packers-Rodgers-top 5 qb
    Lions-Stafford, top 10 qb
    Vikings-Ponder-bottom 5 qb

    see the longterm problem here?

  26. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    A few years ago, everyone dissed Cutler and Stafford was unheard of– Rodgers looked like a two eyed egg waiting behind Favre.

  27. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Three years from now Ponder will be a top 7 QB.

  28. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    We probably should draft all defense next year, then if our D can hold teams to fewer than 7 points maybe they can score a TD themselves or AP can put up a score or two and that will win us some games.

  29. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    will have to depend on defense to win games. how sad

  30. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is not even good enough to be a game manager

  31. By john 61 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    what qb out there do you think would be a good qb for the vikes

  32. By BlueBird7 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of Ponder ass kissing on here.

  33. By BlueBird7 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    john 61

    Mind if I suggest Joe Webb? Was this a trick ?

  34. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Mallett – even Vick would be a upgrade

  35. By john 61 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    three years from now we will be rebuilding again,ap will be washed up,we have two ,all we need is some better oc help

  36. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I just have been alive long enough to have seen time after time crowds mock and laugh because they are so sure– only later on to be proven wrong, I was asking for MBT but now I have had enough— I hate bullying. One thing to critique his play, but many have gone overboard, BULLIES!!!

  37. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    that why it’s so important to get the qb situation straighened out right now

  38. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    my favorite teams are defensive teams …

    85 Bears was fun to watch … forgive me 85 is my first Super Bowl memory, I was 11 … to this day I hate the Bear less than GB

    Ravens D was awesome and then the Buccs D … those teams just imposed their will on opponents

    Dont allow the opponent to score and just slam the ba’ll down their throat with Walter, Jamaal Lewis, and AP …

    Running teams with great defense is so much more intimidating than Erin Rodgers and the Green Bay D that cant stop anything except Ponder

  39. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    In 85 I bought my first brand new car.

  40. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    AP’s 2,000 yard year is going to get wiped out by very bad qb play

  41. By Spencer *10 Days Left on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I am changing my mind once again on Ponder– I think most of you will be embarrassed in a year or two — he will be one of the elites.
    —————————————————————————————–

  42. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I predict a win over Houston and Green Bay,

  43. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    too many rules have changed since the 85 bears, those days are over. a running game and a defense are not enough to win a championship

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Pittsburgh Steelers

  45. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    bears-Cutler-top 10 qb
    packers-Rodgers-top 5 qb
    Lions-Stafford, top 10 qb
    Vikings-Ponder-bottom 5 qb

    see the longterm problem here?
    __________________________________________________________________

    The only problem I see is that you have Cutler listed as a top 10 qb.

  46. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    08 Giants … Jacobs+Ward … running team and Defense … Eli suked this season

    06 Steeler’s … Jerome Bettis + Willie Parker … running team and Defense

    03 Buccs … Dunn+Alstott …. running team and Defense

    01 Ravens … Lewis … running team and Defense

  47. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    the Pittsburg Steelers have a great qb

  48. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    pittsburg 3rd string qb Charley Batch, is better than Ponder

  49. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    E Manning didn’t s uck in 08

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Shawn for the backup — I know they are out there.

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    If Ponder played just 20% better, we would be 10-3

  52. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    06 Steelers had a qb, big ben

  53. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    03 buccs never won the superbowl

  54. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    01 Ravens only gave up 5 points per game. never happen again, rules have changed in favor of offense

  55. By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I dont get it.

    Why didn’t you people ever defend Asher Allen?

  56. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Never say never–

  57. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    The year Eli went to his first SB he 3,336 yds 23 TD and 20 Int those aren’t that great of stats.

  58. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Eli Manning

    year 1 … age 23 … record 1-6 … 48% Completion … 6TD-9INT … 55 Rating

    Ike Hilliard – Toomer – Tiki – Shockey … all 4 have been Pro Bowlers

    year 2 … age 24 ……………………. 52% Completion … 24TD-17INT … 75 Rating

    Plaxico – Toomer – Tiki – Shockey … all 4 have been Pro Bowlers

    year 3 … age 25 ……………………. 57% Completion … 24TD-18INT … 77 Rating

    Plaxico – Toomer – Tiki – Shockey … all 4 have been Pro Bowlers

    year 4 … age 26 …………………….. 56% Completion … 23TD-20INT … 73 Rating

    Toomer – Tiki – Shockey … all 4 have been Pro Bowlers

  59. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder aka those dates are the Super Bowl dates … not the season.

    For instance this is the 2012 season but the Super Bowl will be in 2013

  60. By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    What trait does Ponder share with Eli, Shawn?

  61. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    03 buccs never won the superbowl
    __________________________________________________________________

    Super Bowl XXXVII
    Oakland Raider v.s. TB Bucs

    took place Jan. 26, 2003

  62. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    AND as far as playing time we all remember when QBs have had difficulties getting some, and they became great.
    John Unitas (played sandlot football his rookie year-Bloomfield Rams)
    Bart Starr (was not a starter until his 5th season)
    Kurt Warner (Heck this guy couldn’t start in college at the Univ of Northern Iowa, he finally started his senior year!) Along with NFL Europe, the Arena League, and the NFL, how many years did it take him to start in the NFL? 5 years? 6 years?
    7 years?

    Ken Stabler (full-time starter as a 4th year player)
    Brian Sipe (3rd season)
    Randall Cunningham (3rd season)
    Rich Gannon (almost NEVER became a full-time starter, and became the best in the league for two years towards the end of his career. A former Viking)

    I believe all these guys had at least one Pro Bowl (Go ahead correct Fred)

    Can Joe Webb play? The jury is out on that, but give him a chance!!!

  63. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and even Brett Favre sat out most of their rookie years.

    Joe Webb and C. Ponder still have a lot to prove. Let them do it.

  64. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I understand those Super Bowl teams are confusing because I looked at this list. Which gave the date of the Super Bowl rather than the season ….

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/superbowl/history/winners

  65. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Support your local Ponder.

  66. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I am supporting Ponder because this bullying has Titus mad.

  67. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply
    What trait does Ponder share with Eli, Shawn?

    __________________________________________________________

    they both wear socks :)

  68. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    We need two great QBs anyway. Both of them should be developed…so says Jones ala Fredd

  69. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Eli could throw heat in college, Eli has a skill set, Ponder never threw well in college either, nuff said

  70. By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is just garbage, stop defending him.

  71. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Support your local Ponder. Let the opponents do the jeering.

    But I still wish they would put in Joe when Ponder struggles. No harm there says FreddStinkinJones

  72. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer is__________stop defending him.

  73. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder aka 3,

    Jones never saw the Ponder throw in college. Now I wish I had!

  74. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Im hoping we spend a 1st – 3rd round pick on a QB … Let Ponder compete but be prepared for failure.

    Actually I want to spend our 1st rounder on either Mike Wallace or DWayne Bowe

  75. By Frederick Jones on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    We need two great QBs anyway. Both of them should be developed…so says Jones ala Fredd

    3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333

  76. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    DWayne Bowe has a history of getting 1,000 yards with garbage QBs

  77. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    after 23 games Ponders numbers are so bad no other qb with similiar numbers has survived to be a starting nfl qb

  78. By Spencer on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody better tell Wright to hit the weight room in the off-season.

  79. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wallace will want 5.5 million for 5 years. we have to pay Percy too

  80. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply
    after 23 games Ponders numbers are so bad no other qb with similiar numbers has survived to be a starting nfl qb
    _____________________________________________________________

    NOT EVEN CLOSE TO FACTUAL … EITHER NO KNOWLEDGE … OR BOLD FACE LIE

  81. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    5.5 million per year

  82. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    not a lie, it’s the bold faced truth

  83. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    We had money for a FA last offseason but Spielman said we were not ready to compete for a “big name” needed to rebuild a little before making a move for “the piece”

    We can afford one of those guys and Percy

    Most of the FA we signed were 1 year deals and I think even the Carlson contract had a back out after 1 year clause

  84. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply
    not a lie, it’s the bold faced truth

    ________________________________________________

    WRONG … The list is endless

  85. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Percy should be cheap … he cant play 16 games

  86. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Percy hasnt had 1k Receiving … made 1 pro bowl as a returner … he wont be “cheap” but he wont be franchise money either

  87. By john 61 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    frederickjones are you still there

  88. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- You do realize that guy your arguing with is on the record for saying that Musgrave is a good OC, Jenkins is a Pro Bowl caliber player with a good qb, and that all QB bust are out of the league in 3 seasons max then used Joey Harrington (6 seasons) as an example.

    So I would say being factual isn’t really his strong point.

  89. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Joey Harrington was a better qb than Ponder

  90. By john 61 on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    musgrave sucks

  91. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will go down as the 4th biggest qb bust of all time

  92. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I really doubt that. He may go down as a bust but I really doubt he’ll make top 10 QB bust of all time. There have been alot worst QB’s taken in 1st round than Ponder.

  93. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I totally agree to playing MBT or Webb– I yelled to replace Ponder at the start of the fourth quarter of TAMPA BAY– way back. You do not, as a coach, allow the team to suffer because of one team member. But I do believe, in the long run, Ponder may prove many of you bullies wrong!

  94. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Well hopefully they will have a open competition at the QB next off season. And not just anoint someone as a starter.

  95. By vikes- or - die on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder? Who knows. But he needs more time to develope. I think he will make it. But the prove is in the pudding as they say. The passing game is week for many reason. It’s not all Ponders vault.

  96. By Shawn on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Immure … thanks I forgot Michael Jenkins is a Pro Bowler just waiting for a good QB

  97. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yea, I think he just says things and hopes that it turns out to be right but doesn’t really bother to do actual research to help prove his point.

  98. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I decided an all defensive draft is the way to go instead of wasting any picks on WRs Ponder can’t get the ball to.

  99. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    It would still be a good Idea to draft a WR and a couple O linemen. Just because Ponder is gonna be the starter for the rest of the season doesn’t mean he’s gonna be the starter next year. And WR and L/R Guards are still very much needs for the team.

  100. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I do hope that their main focus is on defense though. We could use a couple LBs and another tall CB to fill in for Cook when he gets injured.

  101. By Parkway on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    1st round: Ogletree (LB)
    2nd round: Williams (DT)
    3rd round: Jackson (CB)

  102. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will one day be mentioned with names like Brady, Brees and the Manning brothers.

  103. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Well lets hope that context that he’s mentioned in is a good one.

  104. By Immure on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    that the context*

  105. By HCG. on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    UHhh…………http://vikingsfootballblog.com/

  106. By HCG. on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Though this news story Wobby writes is riveting, How about a dude catching Lambeau on fire, ON “AARON RODGERS DAY.”

  107. By HCG. on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/lambeau-field-fire-causes-damage-121212

  108. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Riveting Wobbles.

  109. By Immure on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    HCG- Have you come out with any new OBD videos lately?

  110. By purple08 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    How many teams in the nfl have a worse receivers than the Vikings? If Ponder had Braylon Edwards, Calvin Johnson or anybody who could make great catches one after the other all day long, you clowns would be singing a different song. Lord Farve made a career out of throwing up prayers and putting his receivers in dangerous positions only to have them bail him out time after time and then became the most overrated QB in nfl history. Suck it.

  111. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Favre is the greatest quarterback of all time!

  112. By purple08 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    *have worse receivers

  113. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Terry Bradshaw said so!

  114. By HCG. on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Immure I am making a “Christmas Special”. Stay Tuned!

  115. By HCG. on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    We should all quit being arseholes, quit whining, and be happy for the Purple. Walsh? Hitman Smithy? C’mon man……… Too bad Kalil and Anvil don’t really rhyme……..We have young talent. We are 7 and 6. SO much improved.

    Just fire Muskrat.

    Carlson, Simpson, Aroma Shoes, Johnson…………………………….Gone!!! IMO as yous bloggers say.

    I still reserve the right to bear and like turtles.

    SEND.

  116. By HCG. on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Leonard Wilf and I snort tequila together. Same with Berrian. He starts this week.

    7-6 …………………….Yeah baby!!!

  117. By GrandDaddyPurp on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    PAY PERCY

  118. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    This fan doesn’t “flip flop”…I like Ponder a lot when drafted…And like Ponder a lot right now…

    Does Ponder have things to work on…Of course…most very easy fixes…Decision making at times,footwork, and mechanics…No big deal..

    At least he isn’t doing dumb things like fumbling the ball from the C on the snap…Or have the C stepping on his feet tripping him going back in his drop…Or tripping over the RB on a hand off exchange…Fumbling the ball away in the shotgun snap…The list goes on…

    And if you think these type of things are minor ???…Then I’m sorry..You know very little about football…

    Ponder has a poor receiver core…And the Vikings have an outstanding run game…

    With an O-line that has average pass blocking skill (so far)…And very good run blocking skills…

    And the Vikings have the best RB in football….

    So that is why Frazier and Musgrave will be running the ball every down, or whenever possible…

    Ponder and the passing game will be a big part of this offense next season…But so will AP…Just more balance…

    Its coming…Just not this season…This season is on AP…

  119. By Kathy P on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    @ OT: I agree with you for the most part. BUT, I’m still not sure about Ponder. Will he be able to get rid of his “happy feet”, and will he not look like a “scared rabbit” as he unfortunately does almost the entire game? Still lots of questions to be answered for sure. I do, however, think that these coaches need to be very aggressive and go after some “decent picks” this coming year in the draft. They need to find some scouts who are not mentally-challenged as well. AND, I wouldn’t be to fast about disregarding a possible pick-up with FA as well. One can only hope that our team can continue to grow, but I for one don’t want to wait another 3-5 yrs to get this team in shape to be known as “contenders” in the NFL.

  120. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kathy P…

    I agree…Ponders foot work has been “interesting” of late for sure…For many reasons…Not just running from pressure situations…I think he gets to excited when he sees a play…And feels he has to rush all his mechanics to make a play…Before the window closes also…

    Ponder needs how to learn more inside the pocket…And Ponder has gotten VERY sloppy with his footwork…And rushing and not stepping into his throws…

    It’s similar to AP and the running game earlier this season….AP is getting better as the season goes on…Because he is reading his holes better now…Taking time to let the O-line open holes for him…

    Ponder needs to relax…Ponder has more time than he thinks he has…To move around and avoid the rush…Before planting and setting up to throw the ball…To side step a DE…And move up in the pocket…Instead of bailing out…etc..

    Ponder will get there…Just need WR’s that can get quicker separation and better hands…Like Percy did before injury…

  121. By vikingbob136 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    @ OTK
    At least i can stop clenching my teeth when i get to your posts.Too much negativity can take the fun out of doing something.
    Thanks for staying positive.
    Who knows? Maybe Ponder will throw for 3 touchdowns this Sun?

  122. By vikingbob136 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Lets face it. At this point of the season, the only way we see a different QB is if Ponder gets hurt.Just wish the guy the best and we can debate for 6 months what the best move is after the season is over.

  123. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think if we still had Percy, and the development or Wright…That this teams defense with the running game and AP…We were “contenders” this season…To do well in the playoffs…

    I thought with Harvin and Wright…Balance that off with AP and the running game…And our solid defense…

    That this Vikings team had a GOOD shot going into the playoffs…

    This team is not polished or fancy by any stretch of the imagination…

    But it is a “meat & potatoes” blue collar team…That can get the job done…With young strong backs of several players that can help carry the load…

    Harvin being out of that equation hurts a lot…But nothing says other players can’t find a way to pick up the slack ???…

    There are 3 games left…I will be cheering for my Vikings…I know that at least…

    Anything else…I leave to luck and a odd shaped ball…That can bounce in any teams favor the rest of this season…;-)

  124. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    *and with the development of Wright

  125. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    vikingbob136

    I am hoping for 1- 2 TD’s and 125 – 150 yards and 0 ints from Ponder….

    I know that doesn’t sound like much…But if it happens…I know Frazier and Musgraves game plan will have went as planned with the running game and AP…

    And the Vikings will most likely win if that is the case… : )

  126. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    My prediction…

    Vikings 16…Rams 10…

    I think Air Blair will be a big in this game…

  127. By realviking on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Justin Hunter or Terrance Williams we don’t need to throw big money at Dwayne Bowe I would rather see us give Harvin that money.

    Receivers- Justin Hunter or Terrance Williams at the outside along with Gregg Childs, Harvin asst the slot with Wright being our number four.

    If we miss out on Mike Glennon draft Tajh Boyd or Denard Robinson in the 3rd or 4th round one of those guys will be the Russell Wilson of the draft.

  128. By BlueBird7 on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    I still say OTK, should be writing this blog instead of you-know-who.

  129. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 24, Texans 13

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