It’s no secret that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been struggling. Recently, Ponder has gotten support from Adrian Peterson and other Vikings players, but he had better not look to the team’s quarterbacks coach, Craig Johnson, for sympathy.
“The bottom line is — and he knows this — if you do not win the game, you’re getting the blame. That’s just the way it is. Suck it up. You’re no different than quarterbacks in every other part of the country. When you lose, you’re getting the blame. That’s part of the deal.” – Craig Johnson
The Vikings are 0-3 and the fans and media are already pointing fingers. Many of those fingers are pointed at quarterback Christian Ponder, but many other Vikings players have been struggling as well.
Johnson’s comments about Ponder are a bit strange though. As the current quarterbacks coach, he should be working to keep Ponder confident and help him develop. Confidence is one of the most important things a quarterback in the NFL can have. With the fans chanting “Cassel” at the last game, and now this “tough love” from his coach, it won’t be a surprise if Ponder is unable to mentally recover after this 0-3 beginning.