Jeff George is Mentoring Christian Ponder

A familiar face is haunting Winter Park these days. Remember Jeff George? Viking fans who watched the team in the late ‘90s will remember him well. He became the starter in ’99 after Randall Cunningham stank it up and led the Vikes on an improbable playoff run that ended abruptly at the hands of Kurt Warner and the Rams.

And it turns out that was the end of George’s run in Minnesota. He was not brought back for 2000, much to the chagrin of Cris Carter and Randy Moss, both of whom openly lobbied Dennis Green to retain the big-armed QB. But Green wanted to go with his own draft pick Daunte Culpepper. Thus ended the George era in Minnesota.

So why is Jeff George now back at Winter Park? Is he trying out as a quarterback? Actually no. He is reportedly at the Vikings facility as a mentor for Christian Ponder. Jeff George teaching Christian Ponder the ins-and-outs of quarterbacking? Am I the only one who finds this weird?

I mean no offense but when I think “Christian Ponder” I do not immediately think “Jeff George.” In fact I think “opposite of Jeff George.” Ponder – and I know the Pondermaniacs don’t want to hear this but it’s the truth – doesn’t exactly have that kind of arm strength.

So what could George possibly be teaching Ponder? Footwork? Let’s hope he’s not helping Ponder on the mental part of the game. Cause that’s the area where George struggled most. For those of not old enough to recall him…just think Jay Cutler but even more of a jerk-off. George openly fought with his coaches on the sidelines for gosh sakes.

Here’s another question I have about this mentoring thing. I thought part of the reason they got rid of Sage Rosenfels last year was that they didn’t think Ponder needed a veteran QB mentor on the team. Now they’re bringing in old guys specifically to mentor Ponder? So he does need a mentor. So they were wrong to get rid of Sage Rosenfels?

Just another weird day in Viking Land.

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  • K_

    Very strange indeed.

  • Jake

    The difference between Rosenfels and George is that George does not require a roster spot; c’mon man, use your brain. Everyone benefits from a mentor, I don’t care who you are. If George wants to come in and give him some pointers about being a pro QB then why not? Just because Ponder doesn’t have George’s arm doesn’t mean he can’t give him advice on defensive looks, reading routes and check downs, or simply just coping with the pressure of being the starting QB of a team with high hopes.

    • Rob

      Beat me to it. I can also say with certainty that Jeff George isn’t getting the same big money Sage would have gotten.

  • James Kallestad

    Jeff George lived next to my best friend and he was the nicest person we had ever met. On the field if you add his Canadian passing stats to his NFL passing stats he is the passing leader of all time by two fold. He argued with Dennyboy because Dennyboy did know anything about passing. I wish you would check your facts better Dan Zinski. Thank you.