Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks on during pre game before a game against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Ponder Bashing Needs To Stop


Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) drops back and looks to the pass the ball in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings fans are itching to see the team’s first unit play.  They want to see the great Adrian Peterson in action.  They want to see the newly acquired Greg Jennings make some catches.  And they want to see the electrifying rookies take the field.  Sadly, we will have to wait to see more of the first team action.  Strangely, a lot of the attention created by the team’s first preseason game against the Houston Texans involves Quarterback Christian Ponder.

The decision to play him for only one drive was made by the coaching staff.  Even though the drive didn’t last long and ended with an interception that was tipped off Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson’s hands, the team felt comfortable enough with their decision not to alter it.

So why are all these other analysts making a big deal about his playing time in this preseason game?  Is one more drive during a preseason game going to turn Christian Ponder into the second coming of Dan Marino?  No.  Ponder is still developing as a Quarterback in the NFL and has made steps each season so far to show that he has been making progress toward becoming what the organization needs to be.

Nearly every media outlet is saying that this is a “make-or-break” year for Christian Ponder.  Although he has had a handful of bad games last year, we saw games where he took over and brought the team to victory on several occasions last year when Adrian Peterson was struggling.  Throwing in the towel on a developing Quarterback and hoping to get a Tom Brady type player out of the draft is unrealistic.  Patience is important when watching a player develop and many fans don’t seem to have that.

Christian didn’t get much playing time in the first preseason game.  Big whoop.  Have faith in the team’s decisions.  We’ll see plenty more of him in the second and third games.  And the regular season.  And maybe even the playoffs, which is where this team with Christian Ponder as their Quarterback were last year.

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Tags: Adrian Peterson Christian Ponder Greg Jennings Minnesota Vikings

  • David Crosby

    Patience huh? Sooo we go from C-pep to Moss and Carter which was awesome. But after Moss we just had C-Pep and you see he’s not playing anymore right? Then to T-jack and I’m sure I really don’t have to bring up his career here in MN. Then he got delt to Seattle where they swore we mistreated him only to see him traded to Buffalo who in turn traded him back to Seattle. Then we get the almighty Favre in 09 and we ALL know that year was awesome. Now we have this joke of a QB who was supposed to be “the most NFL ready” according to Spielman who as to why he took Ponder over Dalton or Kaepernick is beyond me because both of those QB’s seem to be pretty damn good and don’t need a pacifier and oh yeah can throw the ball over 100 yards EVERY game. So no we don’t need patience we need a freaking QB! Tell it like it is brotha!! Oh and I myself have never played a day of football in my life but even I can tell you to twist your plant foot so you can drive the ball and not just noodle arm it. Look at Ponders very last INT and look at his FLAT foot. Idiot.

    • manbearpig01

      C-Pep? Last time I checked Daunte is with a “D”. Also, Last time I checked, Ponder had a 120 QB rating last year and started every season game. Seems pretty NFL ready to me.

      • David Crosby

        Ok name 1 starting QB last year that had (1) just (1) game under 100 yards? Waiting………ok how about this Tell me (1) NFL QB last year that waited until the 54th min to get the ball to a WR? Waiting……

        • Brant Van Dyke

          David, name the teams that made it to the playoffs. Enough said. I can’t recall a single analyst that thought the Vikings were going to make the playoffs last year, let alone even have a .500 record. Most projections were at 6-10 at the highest. The Vikings made the playoffs WITH Ponder last year, not IN SPITE of him. What do any of our previous QBs have to do with Ponder? Nothing. You, just like every other fan that believes he knows what he is talking about, fail to compare what WRs that QBs have at their disposal. Let me start by saying that Dalton and Kaepernick are both very good, so I am not discounting them at all. However, Dalton has had A.J. Green, a top 5 WR in the NFL in addition to Gresham, a very solid TE. The 49ers also had much better WRs than the Vikes did. You bash Spielman for not picking Kaep, yet you fail to realize that 30 other GMs also passed on Kaep. If he was such a sure fire player, why did he get drafted in the 3rd round? Why also did Brady fall to the 7th round? Is his own GM an idiot 6 times over for not picking him 6 rounds earlier? For sake of argument, here is a comparison of all three player’s first full season as a starter.

          Ponder:
          2935 yds, 62.1% completion, 18 TD, 12 INT, 253 rushing yds, 2 rush TD.
          Dalton:

          3398 yds, 58.1% completion, 20 TD, 13 INT, 120 rush yds, 4 rush TD.
          Kaepernick: (13 games)
          1814 yds, 62.4% completion, 10 TD, 3 INT, 415 rush yds, 5 rush TD
          If we extrapolated Kaep over 16 games, his stats would look like this:
          2232 yds, 62.4% completion, 12 TD, 4 INT, 553 rush yds, 6 rush TD.

          If you look at the stats, Ponder only has 350 less passing yards (or merely 20 yds per game), 2 less TDs, 1 INT, and 4% better completion rate than Dalton. As for Kaep, Ponder has 700 more pass yards, same completion rate, 6 more pass TDs, however Kaep has several less INTs than both Ponder and Dalton. Another thing we have to remember is that it took an injury to Alex Smith for Kaep to even win the job.

          • David Crosby

            Brant you make valid points. This is what I look at. When we have the beast #28 the top rusher in the league getting 9 out of 11 guys in the box there’s play action all day long. How many times did Gruden or whoever stop tape to show open WR’s that were missed? Top rushing game yet 31st ranked in passing? C’mon you guys it’s not just Vikings fans that see it! I want more then anything to have a steady QB so we can stop this damn revolving door but Ponder is not that guy. Why do you think the Wilfs gave Frazier and option vs ext? They wanna see what happens with this “fantastic” first round pic of ours and if our ho hum coach wants to stick with him just like Chilly and T-joke(he was good to right lol).

          • Purple Caribbean

            See it’s the things that people know that aren’t so that lead to this kind of thought. For all those folks who just “know” that opposing teams had “8-9 men in the box” on almost every play the actual numbers are in the range of 26% is the NFL average and the Vikings face it …. ready … 34% of the time. People should take the time to check facts, not just keep repeating myths.

          • MikeH123

            Numbers can be deceiving since the box doesn’t include defenders playing up. The point is Ponder’s inability to stretch the field deep allows Ds to flood the underneath routes to slow his short passing game and AD. Even Frazier admitted Ponder needs to throw deep to get the safety to play back.

          • Purple Caribbean

            Ignorance is deceiving as well. Especially to the person inflicting his ignorance on the rest of us.

          • MikeH123

            Who? You?

          • MikeH123

            Another problem with Ponder’s noodle arm is that he doesn’t have the confidence to let the ball fly even on intermediate routes. He can’t get the football quickly through a small window before defenders close.

        • Rob

          (David Crosby) “Ok name 1 starting QB last year that had (1) just (1) game under 100 yards?” ————————— ME: Name one team in the NFL who had a 2000 yard rusher. Thanks for playing.

          • David Crosby

            Are you ok Rob? Um AP is the man he’s not even in this conversation. He is the reason we made the playoffs.

          • Rob

            Let me help you out, David. If the Vikings didn’t lean so heavily on the run game, they would have thrown the ball a lot more, and Ponder would have gotten more passing yardage. Since that went right over your head, I’d suggest you stick to figure skating.

          • David Crosby

            HA he woulda got more INTS that’s for sure. Like the ones in GB when we basically had that game wrapped. Or when he under throws deep routes. I love how everyone is tough while sitting behind their key board.

          • dave not crosby

            your a dumbass.

          • David Crosby

            Yea because I see your sooooo mature. Internet tough guy grow up.

          • Purple Caribbean

            So Christian Ponder cost the team wins? Interesting. If we only could trade for Chad Henne then we’d have been 14-2 instead of 10-6? Brilliant.

          • MikeH123

            We want Favre back!

          • Purple Caribbean

            Spoken as a true Cheesehad. You can have him.

          • MikeH123

            Cheesehead fans like you hate Favre. You love Ponder because you know he doesn’t hold a candle to Aaron.

    • Angel

      I’m on your side.
      “Ponder still developing”. ????
      How many years does it take?
      Who cares about the other QB’s picked after em’ though. Ponder kinda sucks. (Jus sayin) yeah yeah he made it to the playoffs. By the end of this season, we’ll see if Ponder will be the franchise QB MN wants. Aldo, i hope an injury doesn’t decide for him.

      • Angel

        Also** not Aldo.

        Edit wasn’t working on this freakin app

        • David Crosby

          Thank you Angel. Obviously you’re not retarded and can see what any normal human can.

      • Jason Smith

        no class wishing someone gets hurt isn’t very nice. God is watching you angel. what you wish on someone will happen to you

        • Angel

          Read it again. I said ” I hope an injury DOESN’T decide FOR him.”

      • Purple Caribbean

        Too bad there isn’t some common mouth, jaw, or typing injury that could sideline a few of these me-me-me-now-now-now-know-nothing-fair-weather fans for a few months.

        • MikeH123

          Wilf and company dumped Favre (because he couldn’t win with ex-NFLers Berrian, Greg Lewis and Camarillo at WR) and the replaced him by reaching in the draft for a college QB with half his arm strength. You can’t blame fans for being fair weather when the owner is a shady businessman.

    • Turdd Ferguson

      Who are you calling an idiot? Apparently you think it’s okay for a football to hit an NFL receiver’s hands and not be caught. I would think watching the greats such as Moss and Carter would teach you a thing or two. The throw in question, regarding the “pant and throw” has no bearing. It was a shallow crossing route, it didn’t require the foot to be planted to zip it into a tight window you nimrod. Do true Viking fans a favor and root for the Packers you halfwit.

      • David Crosby

        Oh someone likes to get feisty. Listen TURDD well I’ll just leave that one alone it’s to easy. You say you’re a true Vikings fan eh…ok then post a pic of your Vikings tat…..let’s compare…..I’m sure yours if you even have one doesn’t compare to the 10 12 in one I have on my back. You know the one I got AFTER we went 3-13. Don’t talk to me about true fan you piece of crap. Just because I’m not ok with mediocrity and have a sally as our starting QB doesn’t mean I’m not a true fan buddy. So do yourself a favor and well never mind you’ll figure something out I’m sure.

        • Jason Smith

          Can you do better than Ponder David Crosby??? you said you never played Football in your life so why are you even talking & Bashing Ponder if you cant even throw a football 5 yards??? real fans don’t get mad and disrespect people over a comment or there opinion… you act like the Vikings are paying you to get mad at other over nothing. show some class and good character brother…

          • David Crosby

            Ok buddy!!

          • dave not crosby

            david crosby is a dumbass child

          • David Crosby

            Internet tough guy here!! You rock buddy.

  • Mike Bridges

    How come Simpson gets no blame for NOT catching a ball that hits his hands? If the analysts that started all the Ponder bashing hadn’t done it in the first place there would be a hell of a lot less bashing going on by fans! There have been many Super Bowl QB’s that were worse than Ponder. Hell one offensive lineman wanted to beat Terry Bradshaw up one time, in the huddle, if he didn’t change a play! Speaking of change I read Minnesota Viking news every day, and I’ve been a fan since I was around 12…I’m 52 now, and I haven’t read one tweet, one message, from any player….much less a Viking receiver, who wants a QB change on the Vikings! Why? Because the must trust him, why? Could it be because he led the team to the greatest single season turn around in team history? Something even Fran T never did! The season he took the position over he inherited a sad team….the vet Donovan McNabb led that squad to destruction in 6 games, and then the management decided to go ahead and use CP. He was to sit and learn, like Aaron Rodgers got to do but, he was needed. McNabb was even gone soon after that sad start. CP took a 3-13 team and led them to 10-6, wildcard, playoff season! Unfortunately he was injured during the last game. He did that without a decent WR, don’t bring up Harvin because, after that hot start to last season he then went down “,injured” and was out more than in! People say he had AD….thank gawd he did because if AD didn’t where would that team have finished? There was a great TE, a FB, and RB, no WR’s! Haters say that anyone could take a snap and turn and give the ball to AD BUT, if that was the case how come Webb didn’t get things done? Stop wishing CP was CK or RW, or RG3, or anyone else because he’s not them. He did his job and he’s getting better and he’s only going into his second season. He shouldn’t get any flack for that McNabb damaged season! The haters should do what the team is doing concerning CP and that’s NO bashing! The haters should just find another team if they are that angry. Go and support the Niners or Seahawks if you can’t stand THE QB of the Vikings! Or, try being fans and supporters. SKOL!

    • Forest Marsden

      Cmon now. Going a bit overboard there using the season turn around and borderline sacrilegious putting Tarks name there. Weren’t they dead last throwing the ball down the field. Last year was more on a surprising competent D, a iffy schedule and the great AD. CP will never be great, probably never a Super Bowl qb but never really terrible. Will end up a few years down the road as someones back up.

      • Mike Bridges

        I’m not the one that started touting the great turn around. I was repeating what others have said. I was a kid when Tarkenton was there. His first time, I was too young to remember. I worship the guy, then and now and he had and has his haters. I know the supporters of Ponder are few and if he turns out to be great, most is his non supporters will proclaim their love they had since his first day. They will deny the fact they once hated or disliked him! I don’t really care if I’m in the minority. He’s the QB for my childhood favorite team and I prefer to support him…like his teammates are doing. Everyone’s entitled to their beliefs and thoughts. Several…if not many….QB’s with cannon-less arms, have led their teams to SB wins!

  • David Crosby

    Every one was asking “what happened to Kyle Rudolph” Ponder happened. It’s hard to catch a ball that’s at your toes or 3 feet above your head or behind you while running full speed. KR goes to the pro bowl and what happens he get the MVP an all the QB’s who he never played with mind you said man he just caught everything! Hmm….I bet if you ask Rudolph he’ll say it’s kinda nice playing with someone that can put the ball where it needs to be. Thread the needle nope, accurate nope, can out throw his WR’s and put the ball on the back shoulder were only his guy can get it nope. There’s Ponder lovers and Ponder haters like me but just so ya’ll know the haters are right. Just ask Brian Billick, John Gruden, Terry, Bradshaw, Howie, you know the guys with cred in the football business that make fun of us because of our fantastic QB.

    • MikeH123

      You forgot Jaws. He rated Ponder 27th out of 32.

      • David Crosby

        You’re right Mike I totally forgot about that. Hmm….looks like it’s not just us “fair weather fans” that think Ponder stinks. We’ll get our point proven this year and hey if I’m wrong which I would love I’ll admit it. I just don’t see it happening.

    • Jack D

      Your argument ignores one little annoying fact: Kyle Rudolph got to the pro bowl in the first place because Ponder threw him that many completions. ..

  • 3kolu

    Ponder has all the tools and the confidence he needs to succeed. We need him to be sharp and consistent for the rest of the pre-season. He needs to develop chemistry and trust with his new WR’s and the the chattering from all those mindless foo’s will be extinguished.

  • f2photo

    A “handful” of bad games in the NFL makes one a mediocre player at best. At QB it makes you worse than that. I am tired of the excuses. I have been a Viking fan since 1963 and watched a good number of QB’s come through this team. No one had these doubts about Fran or Tommy after they were drafted. No one had to warn it would be years before they could be QB’s in the NFL. Let the field speak for itself… Ponder is dead last in almost every down field throwing category. When I see that change then so will my opinion. Until then I let the field speak for itself, which it has comparing him to other recent draftees, Luck, RG III and Newton for instance.

    • David Crosby

      THANK YOU!! Finally someone with sense.

    • Bob E.

      Fran was one of the greatest, and Tommy had years of work as a back up before he led the offense…. we tried that with Ponder but Mcnabb was so bad we had no choice but to throw Ponder in before he was ready. We drafted him not intending to start him for a couple years.

  • MikeH123

    let’s bring back Favre!

  • Justin

    Great article.

  • Jack D

    I think this will be a telling year for Ponder. He finally has decent targets to throw to. Last year he threw a lot of balls Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph’s way. Lets face it – the rest of the receivers last year couldn’t get separation from ANYONE and CP couldn’t rely on them. Now look what happens this season: first game, second pass Mr Dufus Simpson tips one to the db. Great.

    • MikeH123

      Already the Ponderites are blaming the WRs!

      • Jack D

        Ponderites!? LOL! I’m not his biggest fan – just saying that if he can’t get it done with the new crop of wideouts AND with the excellent OLine he has protecting him – then give him the hook and put in Cassel.

        So I’d say I’m a realistic observer who’s pulling for the guy.

        … and yeah – Simpson is fn worthless.

        • MikeH123

          You have just given Ponder an excuse when he fails by calling the Vikings only potential deep threat WR worthless. Jennings (at this stage of his career), Patterson and Wright all specialize in the short passing game. So when the weak-armed duo of Ponder and Cassel fail (because they can’t throw deep), it is the WRs fault again.

          • Jack D

            Good god. If Simpson is our “deep threat” then we truly have much bigger problems.

          • MikeH123

            What comes first the chicken or the egg? Get a QB that can throw deep or a WR that can be a deep threat? The Vikings know there is no sense getting a deep threat when Ponder is the QB. Plus now they can say they must get a deep threat after Ponder fails.

  • Tom Kraby

    Haters gonna hate. Cassel is not the answer. Ponder played well last December. That’s enough for me to stand by him.

  • Bob E.

    Good to know we blame Ponder when the ball hits Simpsons hands and he practically gives it to a defender… ya, that makes sense.

  • MikeH123

    The Ponder Bashing Needs To Escalate

  • MikeH123

    1 more bad game from Ponder and there will be a feeding frenzy!