Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks on during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Is Spielman Why Ponder Is Still The Starter?

Recently, many publications have gone as far as to say that head coach Leslie Frazier should be fired if he continues to have Christian Ponder be the Vikings starting quarterback.  However, Frazier may have less to do with that decision than most people think.

Despite Ponder’s lackluster performance so far this season, Frazier has come out in support of the team’s quarterback and released this statement on Tuesday:

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

“Christian is still injured. but yeah, he’s our starting quarterback and we’ll see how does coming out of the bye. It’s hard to be concrete when you know that Christian is dealing with an injury. So, we’ll see what happens.”

Rick Spielman was promoted to the Vikings general manager on January 3, 2012.

November 22, 2010 is when Frazier was named interim head coach.

Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman addresses the media as he introduces the 2013 1st round draft picks at a press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Why are those dates important?  Because NFL general managers usually like to bring in their own guys and build the organization from their own visions.  Christian Ponder was part of Rick Spielman’s vision for the future of the team when he helped to select him with the 12th pick in the 2011 NFL draft.  Whether or not Frazier is a part of  Spielman’s plan for the Vikings in the future is unknown, but for now he inherited the job of overseeing him as the head coach.

Frazier may be even more hesitant is because of his contract situation.  This offseason, the Vikings picked up an option on his contract which allows him to stay on as Minnesota’s head coach through the 2014 season.  Although that sounds good for Frazier, it really isn’t.  Most fans expected him to sign a contract for multiple years and secure the spot for a very long time, but that didn’t happen.

Is Frazier afraid to bench Ponder because he doesn’t want to anger his boss?

And if he doesn’t bench Ponder, is he doomed to be fired because of the team’s performance?

Or will things work out for Ponder and Frazier with everyone living happily ever after?


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  • Angry Metal Guy

    Yeah, Frazier has always been doomed, IMO. Ever since Spielman got the GM position, Frazier’s been doomed. Unless he were to win in the playoffs this year, they will let him go.

  • Daniel Laxen

    Catch 22 for sure! Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t…If it’s me I say screw it I’m playing the guy that can help me win the most. Dusty Baker is a perfect example of what happens when you cross the GM. It really doesn’t matter if you get to the post season. The main goal is a Superbowl and if you can’t get that then you too will be looking elsewhere for employment!

  • David Crosby

    I don’t care how he leaves I just don’t want him HC’ing this team anymore. We need a new vision and direction. Someone who’s offense minded and isn’t afraid to keep their foot on the gas through 60 football minutes. I’d love Kyle Shanahan in here for sure.