Spielman Admits Problems Finding Franchise QB


May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman watches his players at the Minnesota Vikings OTA at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings fans have grown tired of waiting for the team to find their quarterback of the future.  We’ve seen several high draft picks (Christian Ponder, Tarvaris Jackson) fail and some high profile free agents (Donovan McNabb, Josh Freeman) flounder.  A large group of the fan base put the blame for this lack of success on general manager Rick Spielman.

"“I haven’t got it right yet,” Spielman said. ”We’ve worked as hard as we could to try to get that right. Every team is always going to be looking for that franchise quarterback until you actually get one. And you’re going to continually grind away until you finally hit on one.”"

Whatever happens at the QB spot this year, they have to show more consistency than last year.  The Vikings found themselves not knowing who the starting quarterback would be on a weekly basis last season, and that is something that cannot continue.

Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Even former starting quarterback Christian Ponder wants and expects more consistency in the role:

"“I think I would expect that once a decision is made, it will be probably to stick with that guy and not have what happened this year,” Ponder said."

Whether or not the Vikings make their move to find a starting quarterback during this year’s draft is yet to be seen, but it has to be a high priority within the organization in the very near future.