Christian Ponder is Really Good…At Taking Blame
By Dan Zinski
DEc 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
There’s no question who was responsible for the Vikings’ loss to the Packers this weekend. It’s all on Christian Ponder. Don’t believe me? Just ask Christian Ponder. He’ll tell you. And tell you. And tell you.
I’m going to start calling this the Christian Ponder Taking Blame Tour. It continued Tuesday morning on KFAN. Ponder told Paul Allen, “The past few days have been frustrating and disappointing. I know that I can play better and I’ve accepted that fact. I’m going to do everything I can to do so.”
Ponder went on, “There were a couple of plays in that game that I would like to have back. Yeah, there were times that the angle of the throw or the velocity of the throw should have been different…It’s just learning the appropriate throws at the appropriate times.”
Some would argue a guy well into his second year should already know the appropriate throws to make in all situations but whatever. At least he’s taking responsibility. A lot of responsibility.
“I’ve got to do the things possible to make sure this team’s in a successful position to win,” Ponder continued. “I’ve never been in a situation that’s been like this where I’ve had so many inconsistent games. It is frustrating, it’s a wake up call that I need to find ways to do stuff different and I’m going to do that.
“Winning is important to me and losing just sucks…to try and get away from that feeling is important. It was not a feeling that I want to have again.”
There are a lot of Christian Ponder haters out there right now. But the biggest Christian Ponder hater of all? Might be Christian Ponder. Someone should tell him to lay off himself.
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