Nov 4, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Pondering reality

The Minnesota Vikings officially are in trouble. Ponder looked no different in today’s game than he did when he and Joe Webb  would just scramble for yards almost constantly. I understand tucking the ball and running for it, but he is our quarterback to pass the ball to more talented players with open space.

Ponder is faster than most quarterbacks and can get some yards from time to time, but that’s just it, time to time. As a quarterback we expect him to pass, if we wanted to run we would just let AP do it, and boy did he.

Now I’m not necessarily blaming Ponder for it all, yes the Seahawks defense is really good and yes there were times where nobody was open, but some plays were where accurate quarterbacks can make throws confident enough that they will make get the throw where it needs to be to make the play. Ponder seems to lack that confidence after the interceptions he has thrown. Never before have I seen such a huge 180 in play then before Ponder threw his first pick until now.

I would also pin this on the play calling, but after watching today’s game I refuse to think Ponder couldn’t find an open player that many times. Ponder went 11-22 for 63 yards and a interception. I am starting to think about the draft pick and look at who we could have picked. Maybe we take a tackle the year we drafted Ponder and then trade up for Luck or Griffin? Its all water under the bridge now, but I can’t the only one who has thought about it.

I hate to say it, but I’m not looking forward to the rest of the year. Lets just hope I’m wrong.

Tags: Christian Ponder Minnesota Vikings

  • cflath

    Wait, so you were actually expecting a better record than 5 or 6 wins this year? While I agree that Mr. Ponder’s performance made a very drastic change, let’s not forget that this is just his second year, and he has a lot of learning to do still. Writing off a QB at year two seems premature to me, and while I am certain it will be painful, I have said and remain to say that we won’t really know what we have in Ponder until year 4.

    • Doug Snyder

      I’m not sure about the 4 year comment. there are just too many qb’s coming out of college who play immediately, and do it well. the learning curve isn’t what it used to be.

      • Jake

        Maybe you’re referring to Cam Newton or Robert Griffin? Both of whom are leading losing teams this year. Almost no QB comes directly out of college and has immediate success. Aaron Rogers sat for 4 years before hitting it big. Eli Manning spent his first 5 years being doubted and underestimated even after winning a SB. No one walks into the league and starts off a winner. And to say the learning curve is less than what it used to be is entirely false. Some teams have playbooks that are several hundred pages long. The learning curve is not what is used to be, it’s far steeper than ever before.

  • Andrew

    Sad to say the author of this article does not know the difference between “then” and “than”. It makes the whole article appear less than authoritative.

    • Jake

      Most of what this guy writes is grammatically unsound. His game analysis and team insight is usually terrible as well.