Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) on the bench in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

How Much Longer Does Ponder Get?

Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Social Media is on FIRE when it comes to Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder.  The chants for him to be benched have amplified after Sunday’s game while the cheers for him to stay have quieted.

While fans are losing confidence in the passer, you have to wonder if the Vikings front office and coaching staff are feeling the same way.  Like other fans, I was willing to give Ponder some time to develop.  This is his third year in the NFL and he is finally surrounded by some weapons in the passing game.  The excuses for Christian Ponder have to stop now.

The newest excuse for Christian Ponder’s poor play on Sunday was the offensive line.  Although the team brought back all 5 starters on the line this year, it seemed as though they failed to contain the hefty Lions pass rush.  Perhaps this is a fluke or just because of the level of competition in Detroit, but at some point people have to accept that Ponder makes mistakes that quarterbacks shouldn’t make at this point in his NFL career.

If Christian Ponder fails to show improvement over last year, it is likely that the team will pull the plug on him and insert former Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel.  There are only two questions left to answer when it comes to Ponder.  Can he get better?  And how long is the team willing to wait to see if he can?


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  • Bill Ingram

    First off I don’t give a rat’s ass what the talking heads have to say. But Ponder doesn’t have his mind right. He’s got to lose that “deer in the headlights” look when he approaches the O-Line. He’s got to have some anger in his drives. He’s got to look at his opponent with more emotion, they insulted his old lady, slapped his kid or kicked his dog! Be more angry, on the field or on the sideline. Show the rest of the Vikes your the leader with emotion. GET PISSED!

  • guest

    Ponder is never going to be an elite QB, but you don’t need to be one in order to still get quality wins. Besides, how many Bradys’ & Mannings’ are out there for the taking anyway….not much right?

    What Ponder needs to realize is that all he needs to really do is just be an average QB at best and the Vikes would still be alright. The Defense is still decent and they have the #1 RB in the league. Any Joe Schmo can hand off to AP, but too make that many costly mistakes says he’s just not ready. He’s obviously overthinking things and trying to do too much. The coaches need to remind him to keep it simple and help him maintain his progressions, so that when the pocket collapses or he’s feeling the heat…the fundamental aspects will aid him in making better plays. This will also help in better decision making to where he won’t have to think too long, and it becomes instinctual…very important when you don’t have much time to throw a pass.

  • Ronald Fuller

    Ponder needs a two year apprenticeship. He has physical talent but his mind can’t adjust to the speed. He has to process his training much faster. He’s been coached well but his instincts are no good when the knowledge of the game can’t analyse faster. He doesn’t seem to figure out the progression windows of the passing game. He’s not ready.

  • Rob

    He has to go. The sooner the better. I’ve supported Ponder all along, and said we should be patient. But one thing has always worried me about his ability to become the true franchise QB they expected him to be — he lacks some kind of ‘it’ factor you see in all the best QB’s in the league. I’d be happy with production that puts him around 10th – 15th ranking in the league. But all those QB’s at the top of the list project a certain personality trait that he just doesn’t show. A confident swagger, and knack for throwing the ball out of bounds of taking the sack, and sheer will to stick it to the defense and go for the kill. He doesn’t have any of those qualities. He still looks like a deer in the headlights, he still throws mindboggling passes that you can see will be picked off the moment the ball leaves his hand, and he seems like he’s trying to not lose the game rather than going out and trying to win it outright. I like the guy personally, he’s clearly a classy and hard working player, but he’s not the answer. And the clock is ticking on this team’s two biggest stars, AP and Jared Allen. Let’s get it over with and make the switch. Give it to Cassell, see if he’s worth an extension, and get ready to draft the next one. Or even pursue a trade for Kirk Cousins if they think he’s the answer. Something. Anything. I’m done with Ponder.

  • derlowemann

    Ponder is to blame but he is not that type of QB, he is not a win it in end QB, Ponder is a manage the game QB, clock control ball, short passes, kind of what Haley is doing in Pitts. But too many times he could barely turn around to throw or take two steps and set to throw before the D was in his face. It’s the O line, the special teams was burned twice last week, how do you not see a player lined up near the side line? The coaches on the sideline should have seen that and called a time out. The play calling is too obvious, the O line is terrible, they cannot pass protect or open holes for AP, the special teams blows, Hester ripped a long one each return, 249 return yards, the Browns pull a fake punt and fake FG, then in hurry up with less than a minute when they need to get in FG range Ponder throws for a 2 yard pass in the middle of the field instead of throwing it away, if you cannot pick up 15+ yards save the time and throw it away… A rookie QB knows this….