Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher watch warm ups before the game with the Tennessee Titans at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Spielman Takes Full Responsibility for Christian Ponder Pick


Rick Spielman will be glad when the day comes that he doesn’t have to answer anymore questions about Christian Ponder.

Unfortunately, that day is not here yet.

Spielman stepped before the media Tuesday afternoon for his final pre-draft press conference, and what subject immediately came up?

Yup, Ponder.

It’s natural for questions to be raised about Ponder, with the Vikings getting set to possibly once again spend a high draft pick on a quarterback.

Spielman did not shy away from the subject on Tuesday when asked.

“I take full responsibility for Christian Ponder and is he a bust or not a bust,” Spielman said.

He said that his past experience with Ponder will not make him afraid to take a QB at #8.

“Regardless of position if there’s a guy that you feel strongly for, then you take him,” Spielman said.

But is there a quarterback the Vikings feel strongly enough about to take at #8? That’s the question.

Indications now are that they do not love any of the QBs in this draft enough to grab them so high.

They’ve shown interest in a bunch of players, including Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr, but passing on all those guys to take a smaller name later in the draft is definitely an option.

No matter what Spielman and the Vikings do come Thursday, there will be happy fans and there will be unhappy fans.

And Christian Ponder will still be a sore subject.

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  • MikeH123

    Bring Back Brett !!!

  • David Mallow

    exactly…no matter who they draft, someone will find something wrong with it. but then again they are in their couches acting like they know what is best…lol… I trust this regime more than any we have had in years. they will get the right players at the most important positions. I’m behind Spielman, Zimmer Turner and the entire staff 100%

  • Gordon Guffey

    “I take full responsibility for Christian Ponder does mean he was the one who drafted Ponder ~ Two different things ~ My guess is he is just trying to put the whole Ponder draft behind him ~ And I dont blame him ~ Rick has also said he would not trade Ponder during the draft ~

    I believe Rick feels Norv might be capable of pulling out the best in Ponder and what he does well at this time ~ I’m not saying Ponder isn’t a bust or that he should be the starter ~ I’m just saying we dont know what Norv thinks about Ponder skill set nor do we know how Norv feels about Ponder ~ Could be after working all these QB’s out Norv doesn’t feel ling any of them would be a upgrade over Cassel or Ponder ~ Just saying ~

    • Daniel Laxen

      Ponder isn’t a prototypical Norv turner QB. They tend to stay in the pocket, have a strong arm, and can drive the ball down the field with accuracy. See Troy Aikman, Phillip Rivers and even Drew Brees…Ponder’s biggest attribute was his ability to throw the ball on the run…Rick Spielman drafted the turd and now he is owning it. No big deal! The big deal is the erosion of the talent level from his awful picks rounds 3-7 the last 3 years…Oh but wait, that all coaching right?

      • G – Chatt

        First off, Ive read a couple of things that say norv kinda likes what he saw from ponder at the minnie camp. second, besides the QB spot, Rick Spielman has one of the best draft records in the league. This goes back to when he was at the dolphins and lost his job because he couldn’t find a QB for them either.

        • Daniel Laxen

          That’s a laugh! Take away the AP 2000 yard season and he’s with Mayock announcing this draft! 3-13, 10-6 (without AP’s season they lose the last 4 and are 6-10) 5-10-1…Go ahead and add his season at Miami (4-12) to that…That’s mediocrity personified!