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Uncharacteristic Miscues Cost Vikings In Playoff Loss

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 7, 2013 – 3:01 pm

A quick glance at the box score might lead one to conclude that the disparity in production at QB led to the outcome of Saturday night’s Wild Card game playoff between the Vikings and Green Bay Packers. Green Bay came out a winner by a 24-10 count behind a 274-yard, 1-TD performance from QB Aaron Rodgers, while the Vikings offense struggled with backup QB Joe Webb under center.

It’s true that a big difference in play at QB was a determining factor in the game. But mistakes in other areas of the game were contributing factors as well. Just as frustrating for the Vikings as not having their starting QB available for the biggest game of the season was the fact that many of the costly mistakes committed by the Vikings were uncharacteristic of the way the team played down the stretch, when they won four consecutive games to qualify for the postseason.

Consider the following costly miscues committed by the Vikings:

– Leading 3-0 midway through the 1st quarter, the Vikings held Green Bay to a 3-and-out on its first possession and then stopped them on 3rd and 2 on their second possession. But an offsides penalty against veteran DT Kevin Williams extended Green Bay’s drive, and RB DuJuan Harris made the Vikings pay several minutes later when he scored from 8 yards out.

– On the first drive of the 3rd quarter, Green Bay was stopped again on 3rd down and was forced to bring their FG team out onto the field to salvage a score. But the Vikings had 12 men on the huddle due to a miscommunication from the sideline, and Green Bay was awarded a 1st down. On the next play, Rodgers found FB Jon Kuhn for a 9-yard TD, giving the Packers a commanding 24-3 lead.

– With 14:12 to play in the 4th quarter, the Vikings forced a punt from Green Bay and were poised to take possession while trailing by 21 points. But Marcus Sherels, who had been solid as the team’s punt returner all season, muffed the punt and it was recovered by the Packers. Green Bay was forced to punt again just 3 plays later, but they burned 2 more valuable minutes before doing so.

The last mistake did not result in a Green Bay score, but the previous two mistakes resulted in two Green Bay TDs. Keep in mind, the winning margin for Green Bay in the game was 14 points.

“To give up fourteen points after we should’ve been off the field, it is uncharacteristic,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said after the game. “We’ve done a good job with penalties this year. Marcus has been great catching punts. We never had to worry about him fielding punts.

“Those are things you don’t want to see happen – unforced errors in a game like this. It’ll kill you, that’s a good football team. For whatever reason it happened to us tonight.”

Despite the mistakes and the effort that resulted in a 14-point loss and early exit from the playoffs, Frazier reiterated during his press conference that he was proud of his team’s effort over the course of the season. No one is proud of the result, but that doesn’t preclude one from appreciating the effort and results that came from a successful 2012 season for the Vikings.

“I thought our guys played hard,” Frazier said. “We just didn’t always play the way we are capable of playing in some instances.

“I’m extremely proud of our football team, and the way they worked throughout this year to represent our organization, to represent our state. The effort that they have every single week throughout the course of this season, including tonight, those guys never let anyone put limitations on what they could achieve and they played as hard as they could and tried to do the very best they could to give us a chance to win. Tough loss, not the way we wanted our season to end. But because of the character of the men on this football team, there are a lot of things that we can learn from this 2012 season.”


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100 Responses to “Uncharacteristic Miscues Cost Vikings In Playoff Loss”

  1. By The 1 And Only PurplHaze! on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    #1

  2. By The 1 And Only PurplHaze! on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The Backup QB needs to prepare so he can play to the best of his ability when his number is called. No excuses! That’s the bottom line!

  3. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe if the #1 QB hadn’t played like a scrub the whole season we would have had homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and things would be different. Would have had a bye for that elbow to rest.

  4. By Spencer on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    It is what it is Parkway, its time to move on.

  5. By H.M.G. on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    By realviking on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    We made the playoffs because of AP and our defense. And Ponder was injured during that stint to, you would know if you watched any games.

    By realviking on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    You don’t have time because you know I’m right and I have facts tho backup my argument
    _________________________________________________________
    I didn’t respond right away because I do not live on my computer.
    So Ponder did not throw 3 TDs against the Packers week 17. Nor did he make some impressive plays in the Texans game. According to people like you Ponder does anything good ever. He never gets credit for what he does well. But sure as the air you breath he is at fault when the team loses even when its a defensive let down.

  6. By H.M.G. on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    @Spencer
    Can Cook be counted on for a whole season next year?
    He looked pretty good when he was in but I and probably everyone else wants to see a full season.

  7. By H.M.G. on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Should the Vikings draft a CB early in-case Winfield retires or Cook gets hurt?

  8. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Just putting Webb haters in their place Spencer.

  9. By H.M.G. on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    *correction*
    According to people like you Ponder never does anything good ever. He never gets credit for what he does well.

  10. By Mike B. on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yes I agree it was a team loss on Saturday. Good article Wobby.

  11. By Sir Greasy Panda on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    It was just a bad game overall, we did some good things and a lot of bad. It is what it is. We all have high expectations for our team which is really good, it lets us and the team know that we believe in them. We did not play our best game and we never gave it our best shot.

    Im really excited for our future and I strongly believe that we are an elite WR away from a super bowl. We need someone that can win those 50/50 throws.

  12. By realviking on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    H.MG I actually did give him credit for those two wins. I thought he managed the game well in Houston, and had an outstanding game against the Packers.
    I don’t take anything away from Ponder, when he plays good I say it and when he plays bad I do the same thing. I do that to all of our players not just Ponder it might not seem that way but that’s because Ponder plays the most important position on the team.

  13. By JE on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Webb had a bad game. Threw for 180 and ran for 70. THATS 250 YARDS OF OFFENSE. Thats a good day for Ponder.

  14. By MuskyFever on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah no doubt that a lot if not most of the miscues came from the coaches, not the players. Webb wasn’t prepaired, both his and the coaches fault. But mostly the coaches for not informing Webb sooner. He said they told him 90 minutes before game time.. NOT GUNNA CUT IT FRAIZER!

  15. By MuskyFever on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    RG3′s injury was way worse and still played. The man could barley run and didn’t look like the RG3 that we have seen all year. I have no doubt that Ponder was in pain, however NFL players play hurt. NOT injured. Ponder was hurt (didn’t play) RG3 was injured (did play) see the issue here?

  16. By realviking on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The loss on Saturday helped us get a better fool for who can and can’t get the job done.

    For the players who wasn’t having a good season Saturday was the day to step up because your not just auditioning for the Vikings.

  17. By MuskyFever on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Musgraves play calling has been laughable at best all season. And Saturday he showed me about 30 reasons to fire him. He just gets worse and worse. I can’t even blame the recievers on this one. THEY WERE ACTUALLY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Webb just couldn’t get it there. Our D played like junk with the exception of Harrison Smith. He LIT some people up this weekend hard!!! (Harrison Smith is a beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) IT was bad coaching all around on this one. I would say 80% to 20%. 80% coaches fault 20% players fault………….. Maybe 70 – 30

  18. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Line couldn’t block anyone… Webbs Fault

    AD didn’t run for 200 yards…. Webbs Fault

    K. Williams lined up offsides…. Webbs Fault

    Sherels dropped a punt…. Webbs Fault

    Brinkley didn’t get off the field in time…. Webbs Fault

  19. By MuskyFever on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    really Wobby I can’t say C R A P????????? its not like im saying SH!T

  20. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    PAY PERCY

  21. By Sir Greasy Panda on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    This season did prove however that Rick Spielman knows what he is doing and knows how to put together a great draft.

    It also proved that Frazier can lead this team and get the job done when it has to. We went from 3-13 to 10-6 and most of us can agree that a couple games we lost were very close that could have easily gone our way. And when we needed to go 4-0 to start, he rallied the team.

    Whether or not Ponder is the long term answer at QB it just showed on Saturday how good he can be. He plays hard and does make costly mistakes but will take those mistakes with his good because we got to 10-6 with him. Adrian can rush for 200 yards but that wont win us the game, Ponder has to complement him. So in the end it all rests on POnder

  22. By realviking on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I’m still waiting for some news that says we just fired Musgrave. Musgrave and his Pop Warner playbook need to be booted out of Minnesota.

  23. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Our D was the only bright spot. Offense didnt do anything, we turned the ball over 3 times putting our D in some bad situation several times and they did a great job of holding the Packer’s O to only 24 points. Thats less than the first game we played at GB. This game was on the Offense.

    The Packers were clearly the better coached offensive team.

  24. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    BPA

  25. By realviking on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    We had the 31 ranked paying attack with Musgrave I’m sure getting a new OC can’t get worst then that.
    We know Peterson will shine no matter who calls the plays, its the pass offense we need to worry about maybe Musgrave is what’s holding Ponder back.
    We’ve watched three quarterbacks play bad in that offense McNabb, Webb, and Ponder at times. I think now is the time to move on from Musgrave.

  26. By MuskyFever on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The D defiently played better than the O. That is a hands down no brainer. In fact if not for AD that would have been the fact all season.

  27. By MuskyFever on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    and even still was in some cases

  28. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Look how much better the falcons are on offense without Musgrave. Musgrave and his boy Jenkins need to go.

  29. By LookingUp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I read these posts and hesitate to comment… but I have an opinion and I’d like it heard.

    Webb needs to be on the field!
    Webb has no business being our back up qb.
    He was reportedly drafted as a WR. We are desparate for WRs.
    Coaches need to get Webb to accept move to WR or trade him.

  30. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Jenkins is good as our 5th option

  31. By JE on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Say goodbye to Webb, Hes a free agent and will get scooped up by a team like the Jets or Miami that will use him in a wildcat formation and get alot of production out of him as well!! We need to get a good veteran QB and see whos going to start next year, Ponder or the free agent we go get..MBT is in the weeds but could suprise.He has a great arm and can really drive the ball down the field.This off season is going to be very,very interesting!!!

  32. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    LookingUp Agreed, I’ve been saying that all season

  33. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    A quick glance at the box score might lead one to conclude that the disparity in production at QB led to the outcome of Saturday night’s Wild Card game playoff between the Vikings and Green Bay Packers.

    ______________________________________

    We gotta love the spin, Wobbles, but a long glance at the game revealed the QB play was the downfall Saturday night. Do you think the fans are morons?

  34. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    This site is written at an elementary school level and shows the fans the same respect as children of that age. GB had no respect at all for our QB and they did not need to as it proved out. Ponder began playing smarter in each of his last four weeks and suddenly teams had to counter the QB into their plan– Saturday, the GB D had it so easy– just shut down AP, cause after all, that is their only weapon.

  35. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The great Titus is signing off– you may see him at draft time or mini-camp, but not much before next season. Life is too short for this nonsense. As the great Lance Armstrong titled his one book– Every Second Counts. Stop wasting your life arguing nonsense. Titus is off to save the universe. See ya!

  36. By JE on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    This loss was not on Webb at all. He hasnt started a game in 2 years and they pitch him in there right before the game without getting any of the practice reps during the week and playing on the road,in GBay 7.5 point underdogs!!! Cmon…Webb played one of his worst games and still put up numbers that we would take if Ponder was playin… Webb ran for more yards than Ponder threw for in three games this year!!!!

  37. By JE on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    BY TITUS…HAVE A GOOD SRING AND WILL CHAT WITH YOU AGAIN AROUND DRAFT TIME..

  38. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    JE– Webb is paid some 800,000 a year as a 20 something to sit on the sideline with a clipboard— and to do what??? His job is to prepare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up.

  39. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I would study film night and day waiting for my chance– every week I would study our upcoming opponent in case I had to go in— this is what a backup does. Webb apparently does very little homework. The greats study for themselves and come out ready when opportunity arises. Webb shows no drive. He has had 17 weeks to prepare–

  40. By vikingmike on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    For those of you who want coaches fired, you better get over it. No one is getting fired from a team that went 10-6 and made the playoffs. And Ponder is going to be the starter and Webb is never going to be a starting QB or a WR.

    I think Ponder not starting on Saturday was good for this org. and it’s fan base cause everyone can get over their Webb infatuation. And the Vikings know we need some QB depth. If Ponder would have started and we lost we would have had to endure an off season of people screaming for Webb. At least that can be put to rest.

  41. By LookingUp on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    uhhh JE I don’t put the loss on Webb. I put it on the coaches. If you think about the situation… Webb likely had all the reps in practice last week. That’s beside the point. We drove down the field with the read option and then didn’t come back to it later in the game. Webb’s strengths were acknowleged by the coaches and then they game planned away from them. uhh…. that being said his accuracy was not NFL QB caliber in that game. I’ve wanted to give him a shot for much of this trying season because of the lack of production from the qb position. Respect the coaches more for sticking with Ponder… however ??? question them greatly with believing Webb is a viable back up. I want to keep Webb if he will make the switch to WR. I’d rather not see another game with him under center.

  42. By vikingmike on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    There’s a difference between preparation and being able to execute. He couldn’t hit wide open recievers, he wouldn’t step up in the pocket. He’s athletic and that’s it.

  43. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    GB is on our schedule twice each year. if Webb had no idea what to do– he never will— he is supposed to study our opponents every week. Great QB studies night and day. Webb hears how great an athlete he is– and he thinks all he has to do is run around like a squirrel on an interstate in NYC — No, he needs to develop study habits. No, this kid will never, at his current mindset, be a QB in the NFL. Nope.

  44. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Wait so shouldn’t Ponder have not lost us that GB game if he was the starter…. Yet Webb should have won the game as a backup without any starts this year??? Hmmm great logic

  45. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    K Will lining offsides…. Webbs Fault

  46. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Sherels fumbling punt…. Webbs fault

  47. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    12 men on defense….. Webbs fault

  48. By same old on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Jury is still out —way out, on Ponder. You couldn’t drag RGlll off the field when he was genuinely hurt. Ponder should have given an effort in that game.

  49. By vikingmike on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    And the Redskins lost…

  50. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    No doubt same old…. no passion or leadership from Ponder. Looked like he didn’t care at all.

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway, lock up your bunker. Putin is coming!

  52. By BlueBird7 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Titus

    Thought you were leaving, as you don’t want anything more to do with us.

    Would like you to address one question before you ride your bike into a snow bank.

    What did you think of Frazier sitting up Joe Webb as the fall guy?

  53. By Ozzinator on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    @ Titus, and he’s comin’ with mashed peas. Bwaa haa ha ha. :)

  54. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Webb set himself up. This is not pee wee league. He is a grown man paid some 800K a year to do one job every week— to prepare, study, and be ready to play. Webb clearly studies nothing for his position–

  55. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Ozzinator– seems most bloggers are on the mashed pea diet just because they can– as long as its free.

  56. By vikings rule on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder is just a flat out pu ssy, end of story

  57. By Ozzinator on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Right on Titus!

  58. By vikings rule on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    trade the pu ssy off to Kansas City

  59. By BlueBird7 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I didn’t know you stand right behind Joe Webb when he is in training.

    Does he ask you what he should do or not do? Does he show you the clip board?

    Do you have the market cornered on mashed peas? Or is it Ozzy?

  60. By BlueBird7 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Titus

    Sometimes I think you ride your bike to many times into a LampPpost

  61. By BlueBird7 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yes, and into those Lamp Posts too.

  62. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah Bluebird, not sure why the animosity toward me. Your too on the second posting is the too you wanted on your first post as well–

  63. By john 61 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    musgrave has to go

  64. By BlueBird7 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Teach. BTW Frazier in his presser states Percy Harvin will return.

    That means all of you anti-Webb fans can continue to rip him.

    I have NO animoosity toward you, Titus I have respect for you.

  65. By BlueBird7 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Both of them

  66. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I knew Harvin would return! YAY!

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Bring in some good WRs and another QB to compete for starter (Keep Ponder and MBT) and we should be good to go.

  68. By Immure on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Nice to see AKA 3 and out is using a more positive name. He still has the same negative message but at least his name is more positive.

  69. By mike s. on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The refs keeping the flags in their pockets cost us as well. Packers tackle held Jared Allen all night, not one holding call? Kuhn’s second touchdown, the one where he spinned into the end zone, they tackled our defensive end, and had an illegal man down field (check the tape) Green Bays offensive lineman was practically in the end zone when that pass was thrown. He had to come back down the field to try and make a block. NO FLAG! No one can beat the Pack in Lambeau when all the refs sit on their flags!

  70. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Of course Mike S,– after all, the flags are yellow for a reason; they are manufactured at Lamebau.

  71. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Get it? Manufactured at Lamebau? Huh. do you guys get it? Manufactured–

  72. By vikingfanforlife on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    It’s been a great year, not ending as we wished it would. But to come back from winning three games last year to ten this year and in the playoffs works for me. I think if Webb had completed his first pass the outcome would have been much different. Time to concentrate on ice fishing and the draft. Have a good winter all, see you at draft time.

  73. By Smith22DMVP on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    for those saying webb didnt get any practice reps.. he did get the majority of first team reps all week leading up to the game. yeah, not enough to be ready for the pack in GB in playoffs but the team did what they could. Did anyone see the pics of ponders arm? it was no joke. plus it was his range of motion that is limited. YOU CAN NOT THROW if you cant use your full range of motion.

  74. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.businessinsider.com/gross-christian-ponder-arm-injury-photo-2013-1

  75. By Foreman's sideburns on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Why is it legal to tackle a player(Peterson) by the back of the helmet but it’s illegal to tackle by the face mask. Terrible non calls all night the refs are definitely on the Packers payroll.

  76. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I saw that too– they ripped AP down by the head– I thought I was the only one who thought that seemed illegal. But have to help the cheeseheads anyway they can. Well, Cheeseheads will hit reality on the west coast. Bye bye cheeseheads. San Fran will slaughter them–

  77. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Teo is a scrub

  78. By Foreman's sideburns on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Today for a baby shower gift a couple of my co-workers got my soon to be born daughter an Adrian Peterson jersey. I can’t wait until my cheese eating season ticket holding Packer fan Father-in-law see’s his first Granddaughter in the best jersey anyone could own!!!!

  79. By Snoose on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    You can’t prepare with a clipboard or even playbook, Titus. You actually have to be given the opportunity to run a bunch of routes, especially timing routes, with the guys who you will actually be throwing to in a game situation. I like our head coach, a lot, but he and Musgrave dropped the ball, so to speak, on this one.

  80. By SmileyStar on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Love Ponder’s artwork on his arm. Who had the markers? Doesn’t look like any kind of helmet bruise, those are usually round like a grapefruit. There are still questions on why Frazier insisted all week on Ponder being the starter, if Ponder was hurt that bad.

    Even the packers thought he wouldn’t play…

  81. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    And of course you’ll notice how hard they are trying to prove that he was “really hurt”

  82. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, Parkway, just imagine what they can do these days. Heck, keep Osama on ice for years until his death is needed; stage a moon landing in a back yard, or how about even creating Super Storm Sandy to help re elect the president. Amazing stuff.

  83. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Snoose, I completely understand that– been around since the 60s, so I have lived a little. Fact is, Webb has been on an NFL team for three full years and has played in games– he did not look like that at all- more like someone who just was drafted.

  84. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Titus why didn’t you pray for a playoff win? This is clearly your fault

  85. By Parkway on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Webb outplayed Ponder in GB. How do you explain that….

  86. By Rick on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Would you webb fans give it a rest already? Parkway your stating the truth in the fact that webb didn’t line up offsides or have 12 men on the field or fumble the punt. but he did to 2 for 12 in the first half of the game fumble the ball away throw an interception and trip over a guy for the easiest sack ever face it he may have talent just not at the qb position. The first bears game the vikings lost im sure it was ponders fault that the receivers dropped the ball 10 times and that the o line couldnt get it done you are defending webb with the same things you bashed people for sticking up for ponder truth is its a team sport no matter how you look at it 1 person is not going to win or lose it for you

  87. By BlueBird7 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    +Yes, Titus, we got it. But you could spell it out for Rick, he appears lost.)

  88. By Todd on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Weak, safe play calling was the real reason. We should have been goung after Rogers early and often! You don’t win games playing cover 2 ! It’s insulting to your players that you dont trust them. And if was and has been a problem why wasn’t it addressed if the offseason. Also, Webb obviously wasn’t going to win the game so why did’nt they do what they did all regular season, go back to just feeding the ball to AP and saying , go win another one for us!

  89. By SmileyStar on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    If you think that there is a lack of competition at the QB position you are right but it’s not because there is no one to compete with Ponder though. There is no competition at the QB position because Frazier said there is no question that Ponder is our guy. Ponder will not be pulled for poor performance. His throwing arm is tore up and he’s our guy until game day, a few hours before kickoff and proves that he can’t throw the ball. I’m not sure that Ponder could handle competition with the way they have tried to boost his confidence by taking away the competition. If he can’t handle competition, he can’t handle pressure.

  90. By rocksalt on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Webb is absolutely horrible.reminds me of Spurgeon Wynn. Why in the h3ll did the coaches determine he was our back up QB …that he gave us the best chance to win is a complete mystery.
    Regarding Leslie sayin Percy will be back…I do not think so…he did.t even go with the team to show his support. Frazier only said Percy would be back to not alarm anyomne.
    I think Percy saw the lack of QBs…Lack of coaching creativity to adapt, lack of playmakers at necessary positions on this team, and said I am outta here.
    Had he really wished to play, he could have had his ankle sprain tapped up………others have played with far worse injuries, esp during playoffs.

  91. By rocksalt on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    our only potential and actual game ghangers on this team
    Jared Allen
    Adrian Peterson
    Percy Harvin
    Blair Walsh
    possibly Harrison Smith
    All others are merely serviceable at their positions
    we especially saw how vulnerable our linebackers are during this ;last game.
    Greenway has been praised for leading the league in tackles, and it is true he is good, but he is not an elite game changer at his position. the fact that he has so many tackles means that our d line is getting taken out of the play.

  92. By Snoose on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I’m not necessarily a Webb fan , in fact, It looked to me like Ponder was starting to get the hang of things. I do think Webb has some natural ability and some skills Ponder will never have. My only point is that it looked to me like Webb came into that game without much preparation. Yes, as a backup QB it.s his job to always be ready. I’m saying that in order for that to happen, he has to have opportunities to practice with the big boys and from what I’ve seen and read, I’m not sure that was the case. To me, that is coaching, specifically the QB coach. Perhaps this is something for the coaches, Webb,(or whoever the backup may be) to learn from and be aware of in the future. Interesting discussion for those who take it seriously and are interested in growth.

  93. By Rick on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Yes BlueBird7 I’m lost never watched football in my life

  94. By Iowavikesfan on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Vikings fell prey to poor goal setting. The team spent all their energy to get into the playoffs and had little left for the Green Bay game. I heard the players and coaches talk all year about getting to the playoffs, winning the last four games etc. Next year the goal has to be to win a title, not get to the playoffs or go deep into the playoffs. It sounds far fetched even to me when I write this but that is how goal setting works. Who really thought the Vikings would be in the playoffs this year?

  95. By BlueBird7 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Rick Baby

    Don;t start watching if Ponder is throwing that oblong thing around.

  96. By BlueBird7 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Iowavikesfan

    To answer your “Who thought the Vikings would be in the playoffs this year”

    Well, we have Titus, OTK, Spencer, myself, (ahem) Rabbits Foot, Moosejaw.

    laughing cow, raindeer chaser, IAvike, (if still around) Many more unsung heros!

  97. By David P on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I was one that did not think they would make it. I was wrong. I am hoping for even better results in 2013.

  98. By Viking33 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Pay Percy.

    Trade for Fitzgerald.

    Draft a Good OL’man

    Draft Defense – Pass Rushers who can get home / Linebackers that can wreak havoc

    We need another WR to compliment Harvin and keep the Defense honest for AP.

    Our Pass Rush is lacking and Henderson needs to go – he is out of posistion far to often,and can’t rush the QB to save his life.

  99. By Viking33 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe Joe Webb is that WR we are looking for??? Maybe he has been there all along.

    Was it adrenaline? Was he pressing too much? I don’t know – I love Webb as a player he is exciting to watch for sure. He was not exciting to watch play QB though, at least Saturday he wasn’t.

    I had such high hopes for him and the team when the announcement was made that he was going to start, but my excitement was soon flattened like a pancake.

    This guy has Football skills – that goes without saying. Why do we lack such creativity in developing it?

  100. By old vike fan on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    if webb is so skilled why didn’t someone pick him before round 6 in the draft. or was it round 7 . webb is history. its a done deal,

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