Vikings QB For Game Against Packers Still Unknown
By Adam Carlson
Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s be honest. The game between the Vikings and the Seahawks last week was ugly. Very ugly. Especially on the offensive side of the ball. After the Minnesota Vikings were forced to bench starting quarterback Christian Ponder for Matt Cassel, many thought that the offense would get better.
In the span of one game, both Ponder and Cassel showed that they are neither the short-term or long-term answer for this team. The rest of the season also adds to that theory. The positive thing is that the Vikings have a third quarterback to try out this year to see if he can stick. That option is Josh Freeman.
Freeman was last seen as a starter all the way back in week 7 when he seemed totally inept against the New York Giants. One reason for his struggling has to do with the lack of knowledge about the Vikings playbook and lack of knowledge about the team’s personnel and habits.
By now, Freeman should have things well in hand. If not, the team can’t waste much more time with two guys that obviously aren’t the answer.
"“I just want to talk that through a little bit this afternoon and when we come back on Wednesday have a good idea,” Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said."
He also commented specifically on how Josh Freeman is doing.
"Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) laughs during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports“Just trying to determine what’s the best thing to do based on where we are and what we’re trying to get accomplished. He’s doing everything we’re asking him to do,” Frazier said. “He’s working hard in practice. He’s preparing properly. We just have to see what’s the best thing to do.”"
The Vikings most likely won’t name a starter until much later in the week. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope that the team makes the best possible decision as to who to start in this game.