Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) and quarterback Josh Freeman (12) look on from the sidelines during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings To Decide Week 7 QB By Wednesday

Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier 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

The underwhelming performance by Matt Cassel last week left the door wide open for there to be a different starting quarterback for their week 7 game on Monday night against the winless New York Giants.

“I’d like to by the time we get back in practice on Wednesday, which is a shorter practice, have an idea of which guy is going to be leading our team,” Frazier said. “We’ll talk about it today and tomorrow, because we’ve got to put the game plan together, so we’re going to try to have a conclusion by Wednesday so we can go out and get that guy the reps he needs for the game.”

The Vikings seem to have moved on from their former “quarterback of the future” in Christian Ponder, so it should come down to either Cassel or the recently acquired Josh Freeman.  During the last game against the Carolina Panthers, Freeman spent his time on the sidelines listening to the play calling and learning from quarterback coach Craig Johnson.  It would appear as though the decision as to who will start on Monday will hinge almost entirely on Freeman’s knowledge of the team’s playbook.

“I want to talk with him a little bit and just pick his brain some, talk through some things and see where he is. Our offensive coaches will do the same,” Frazier said. “I want to sit down and discuss some things with them, and make a decision as I get a feel for where they are. I think everybody’s pretty healthy. We can come to the conclusion where they are as we meet with them,” he said. “You guys will know when I know.”

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Without reading this article I can tell you right now that Freeman will play IF he knows enough of the playbook!
    Ok now that I’ve read this we echo the sentiments of nearly every national pundit out there. The real question, at this point, is why shouldn’t they start Freeman? His TD to INT ratio is sooo much better than the other 2 make this a no brainer…At the present the Vikings ONLY clear direction may be at QB, so I see no controversy at all. Only a clear path down a long dangerous road with little chance of overall success…Hey, WTF? I loved the Indiana Jones movies…SKOL Brother!

  • MikeH123

    The answers should be obvious to Frazier: (1) get a strong-armed QB (like Freeman who he didn’t want) to punish Ds with the deep pass when they crowd the box on AD, (2) get a MLB that can cover the pass better than Henderson (they should have drafted Teo, the #1 LB on the Chargers and their signal caller last night when they completely shut down Luck and the potent Colts offense), (3) play Rhodes with Cook on the wide-outs and (4) bench Robinson and beg Winfield to come back to play in the slot.