Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Spielman Admits Problems Finding Franchise QB


May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman watches his players at the Minnesota Vikings OTA at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings fans have grown tired of waiting for the team to find their quarterback of the future.  We’ve seen several high draft picks (Christian Ponder, Tarvaris Jackson) fail and some high profile free agents (Donovan McNabb, Josh Freeman) flounder.  A large group of the fan base put the blame for this lack of success on general manager Rick Spielman.

“I haven’t got it right yet,” Spielman said. ”We’ve worked as hard as we could to try to get that right. Every team is always going to be looking for that franchise quarterback until you actually get one. And you’re going to continually grind away until you finally hit on one.”

Whatever happens at the QB spot this year, they have to show more consistency than last year.  The Vikings found themselves not knowing who the starting quarterback would be on a weekly basis last season, and that is something that cannot continue.

Even former starting quarterback Christian Ponder wants and expects more consistency in the role:

“I think I would expect that once a decision is made, it will be probably to stick with that guy and not have what happened this year,” Ponder said.

Whether or not the Vikings make their move to find a starting quarterback during this year’s draft is yet to be seen, but it has to be a high priority within the organization in the very near future.

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  • David Mallow

    you do know the staff is different now right? Frazier knew his job was in the line and was trying to win but messed it up even worse.. there will be none of that nonsense this year with Zimmer and Turner, that I can guarantee

    • Daniel Laxen

      Frazier wasn’t making the calls at QB…Maybe, and I mean maybe, after the Freeman debacle he got to choose, but that was of Spielmans doing. Hell, he even was telling Freeman what to say in the presser after he signed…Then Ponder injured, not injured, injured…I still contend that had AP NOT had the 2000 yard season Spielman would be on the NFL Network today with his pal Mayock! Go ahead Adam tell em the truth! You know it too!

  • Bob E.

    The funny thing is we can dissect and analyze all the QBs in the draft all we want but, It really is a lot of luck… Brady was a 6th round pick for gods sake… Find a young guy who has the whole skill set and a truly great work ethic and pull the trigger. The draft should a stayed in April… This guessing gets old fast.

    • Kerry Elmberg jr

      Holly smokes u hit it on the head

    • Daniel Laxen

      I agree, but Ponder was sooo suspect after the elbow issues. Then his awful decision making, Jesus!…I guess you have to get lucky like the Packers and Patriots…Wait, I thought guys like Spielman got paid for what they know, not for how lucky they get?…Damn that Ron Wolf is a genius for having Rodgers fall to him back a few years ago! Like they always say…”I’d rather be lucky than good any day.”

      • Bob E.

        Exactly. Under Norv Turner, we actually can nurture talent at QB. Under Turner I believe Ponder can be a decent backup, given his flashes of solid play, particularly in the 2012 games against the Niners and the last Packers game. Bridgewater or Bortles have great skill sets for what the Bikes need.

        • Daniel Laxen

          He’s done great with all the QBs named Troy Aikmen…He was involved with letting Drew Brees walk and going with Rivers in San Diego. Part of the reason he’s no longer with the team, in my opinion…Developing a QB is much easier when he doesn’t have to fit into a scheme and plenty of talent to go along with said QB. I hope he is successful.

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Manziel is the answer