Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks on from the sidelines during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. The Texans won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Reinforces Impression That Christian Ponder Is a Non-Factor


I know what Rick Spielman will say if you ask him who his starting quarterback is for 2014.

He’ll talk about Matt Cassel, and then he’ll talk about Christian Ponder, and then he’ll talk about the possibility of drafting a quarterback, and then he’ll talk about how excited he is about all the different options.

And it will all be a load of baloney because we know Matt Cassel is the starter and that’s the way they want it.

Don’t believe me? Just check out the video packages from the first day of Vikings minicamp on

There’s a highlight reel of the Vikings practicing. I see a lot of Matt Cassel. This is the one glimpse I think I got of Christian Ponder sort of lurking in the background in the vicinity of Norv Turner.


That could be Ponder or it could be the ghost boy from Three Men and a Baby. Not sure which.

There’s also a photo gallery with about 10,000 pictures of Mike Zimmer, Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph. And one shot of Ponder (so we know he was there at least).

Further reinforcing the impression that Matt Cassel is the undisputed starter at quarterback? This interview with Matt Cassel.

Note the lack of any questions about Ponder. Any mention of Ponder. Any reference to a forthcoming quarterback competition.

On the basis of what the Vikings chose to let us see from day 1 of minicamp, Ponder barely exists.

Not trying to stir anything up, just saying: Please Vikings, don’t try to sell me on the idea that there’s a chance Ponder could earn the starting job.

Ponder is out of the picture and you have acknowledged it, consciously or otherwise. If Ponder ends up starting it’s only because all your plans went terribly awry.

I know it’s embarrassing to admit Rick Spielman’s biggest draft pick ever was also one of the worst picks in the history of the franchise, but that’s just the reality. Playing coy won’t change it.

Just say in public that Cassel is the starter and be done with it.

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  • alex

    I still support rick. The dude was trying to find his qb…he missed. He still got cp, rudy, rhodes, smith, kalil….im happy with his draft success

    • Raarules86

      Agreed. Rick has added a ton of pieces to this team, and once we find a QB, i don’t think anyone in this division will be able to compete with us. It was evident we were a QB away in 2009 when Favre was in town, and it will be when we find our guy. Even having Cassel start the whole season, i think were going to see marked improvement.

      • Daniel Laxen

        Can it be much worse than 5-10-1? What do you consider marked improvement? We’ve all seen bad playoff teams. Look at the Vikings 2 years ago. Sure they made the playoffs, but had no real chance to advance, even if Ponder had played. The Vikings finished 10-6 that year and won their last four to just nip the Bears from the spot. The playoffs are not what I want the Vikings to make. It’s the Super Bowl and this team is still far from the air that is required to get there…

  • trinity

    Both cassel and ponder both suck, so who cares which one is starting or not. Either way, you lose. I can’t wait to see what the Vikings do in the draft.

    • Daniel Laxen


  • Cool Jack

    Rs is not the only GM to miss on a QB…I think he has done very well with what he has been given…The blame ,if there is any,should fall on the previous coaches (Frasier), who didn’t develope him….Dont you have something positive to write…who made the mistake and drafted you DZ….

    • Daniel Laxen

      Honestly blaming the coaches for how limited the QB position was is short sighted. The Vikings went to the playoffs with a BAD Christian Ponder the year before and the Vikings had the best 2nd half record in the NFC North. AP had 2000 yards and that saved Spielman’s job! The playbook shrank because of the limitations of the roster, not the calls. The players are the ones that make the plays if I’m not mistaken. The lack of talent is what is wrong with the Vikings. Especially on defense and at the QB position. Ponder’s decision making is the absolute worst and his play reinforced that fact!

  • yortzme

    I dont think Ponder was the worst draft pick ever. How about Chris Cook, Bradon Burton, that DT named Ballerd who disappeared. thats just to name a few.

    • Daniel Laxen

      Didn’t Spielman have a hand in all of those? Just sayin’

  • Gordon Guffey

    I believe you and many more fans are going to be very upset after the Vikings dont take a QB in round on and maybe not in round two either ~ Your buying into the the (((Have to have a QB of the future this year))) blues ~

    The Vikings have much bigger needs on defense and if you want to look at how important the defense is just look at what the Seahawks did the last two years with Wilson as their QB ~ He keep his turnovers down but he was by no means a passing king any either of his first two season ~ Its not like he was throwing for 300+ yards a game and his defense gave him a lot of short fields to play on ~

    Cassel and even Ponder will be better QB’s with Norv as their OC ~ I know it got to be killing the haters of the QB’s on the roster now ~ But once the offense starts taking off people will forget about not drafting a QB in the first two rounds this year ~

    I’m sure we will revisit this subject no matter what Cassel~Ponder and maybe a rookie do this season ~ I want get bent if the Vikings take a QB at #8 or #40 cause I’m not married to any player in this draft ~ I just want the Vikings to do what is best for the Vikings and not cater to what some of the fans and TV people think they should do ~ It really should be that easy ~ Pull for who ever they draft even if you wanted another player at that spot no matter what round they take them in ~ Hate of any player is needless if the coaching staff feel they are worth keeping for another year ~