Jun 11, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) signals to the offense in drills at the Minnesota Vikings Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Ponder Responds to Haters, Looks Sharp in Practice

This could be a total coincidence. But a day after Christian Ponder was somewhat ripped by minicamp observers – including Judd Zulgad – for lack of sharpness, Ponder came out in practice again and looked…well, a heck of a lot more sharp. This according to everyone present including those notorious grinches Zulgad and Tom Pelissero.

Question: Did Ponder read Zulgad’s piece, get ticked off at the criticism and decide to rip it up in practice? Or, like I said, is it just a coincidence that he performed much better in the wake of the “bashing?” Surely Ponder doesn’t bother reading the negative words of people like Zulgad who are only out there making trouble.

It’s probably just a coincidence. And either way, what does it really matter? Bad practice or good practice, it’s still only minicamp.

To me a quarterback in minicamp and even training camp should be looked at like a pitcher in spring training. In the spring pitchers aren’t necessarily trying to get people out, they’re just working on their pitches and getting their arm strong. That’s basically what Ponder is doing right now. He’s probably working on some stuff, not worrying so much about how it might appear to the Zulgads of the world on the outside.

So we should all probably take a deep breath on this stuff and not read so much into it. It’s not necessary for Adam Schefter to throw out Matt Cassel rumors either. Cassel has no shot at starting for the Vikings week 1 unless Ponder is injured.

For the sake of argument though, let’s imagine Ponder did read Zulgad’s piece and it did spur him to perform better in the second practice. How should we take that? Should we be encouraged by Ponder’s tenacity or worried that he is too sensitive to criticism? Personally, I feel like Ponder sometimes comes across a little thin-skinned.

But even Ponder is not so thin-skinned as to be bothered by one little story pointing out a lack of sharpness in one irrelevant minicamp practice. Right? And surely the Vikings coaches would not pull any shenanigans – like telling their D to back off in practice? – just to boost Ponder’s confidence.

That would be pathetic. I mean this guy is a third year QB. He should have plenty of confidence at this point. No shenanigans needed. It’s just minicamp anyway for gosh sakes.

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  • 3kolu

    If the Vikings get Bishop, their 1 question mark is Ponder. Yet, these are the facts; he threw for 3000 yards, 18 td’s at the rate of 63%. He needs to improve on his decision-making (12 int’s), his yards per attempt (approx. 6-1/2), his total yards, and total td’s. This is what we really need from Ponder. 20+ touchdowns, less than 10 interceptions, 7-1/2 yards per attempt, 3700+ total passing yards ( more pass plays of 20 yards) and with the continuity of the offensive line, the acquisition and revitalization of the WR corps, Jennings and Patterson, the health of 2 key players Simpson and Carlson and of course the best RB in the game, this will increase his QBR substantially and they will challenge the Pack for the division and they could be the team to watch out for. When you have a RB like AP, consistent QB play and a defense that could be elite, you have to be taken seriously. All they have to do is to be better than they were last year and they will be hard to stop.

  • Jake

    I don’t think anyone puts much faith in what Adam Schefter says anyway. He’s essentially the gossip queen of the ESPN staff. I’m surprised he doesn’t do his TV spots from in the inside of a salon with curlers in his hair and a dryer on his head.

  • Mike Bridges

    Fran Tarkenton was told he had no arm, no talent and no chance. The rest is NFL history.

  • Mike Bridges

    These bloody writers that just seem to go to practice to just create conflict need try something different cuz they are looking a bit weak and confused as well.