Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier watches as his team plays the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Leslie Frazier is no longer the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and Christian Ponder‘s failure to step up and become a consistent starting quarterback is a big reason why. But, no hard feelings. Leslie Frazier still thinks highly of Ponder in spite of everything that went down.
“He has a chance to develop, he still has a chance, time will tell,” Frazier told Sid Hartman when asked about Ponder’s future. “He has a chance, yeah.”
Viking fans have been hearing that for too long now, that Ponder still has a chance to develop. More time? Ponder may get more time, but it probably won’t be in Minnesota.
Ponder has one year left on his contract but the Vikings will reportedly try to shop him this offseason. If they can’t trade him, they might just cut him. Or they might bring him back as a #2. But starting quarterback? I think we’ve seen the last of Ponder in that role in Minnesota.
About the Vikings’ future overall, Frazier seems uncertain.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I just think stability is important in our league, if you can have some stability. I don’t know what’s going to happen with them. I’m sure they’ll be fine.”
Frazier’s own future is likely in Tampa Bay, where his old pal Lovie Smith just accepted the head coaching job. But Frazier says nothing is final yet. He’s still looking at other opportunities.
“I don’t know [if I’m taking the job], I’m waiting to hear back from them,” Frazier told Hartman. “There’s a couple of things that have to be worked out. I may. I’m not sure yet.”
Are there other jobs out there for Frazier or is he just saying that to get a few more dollars out of Tampa? Gotta watch that Frazier. He’s cagey.