Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) tackles Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) for a sack as defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (96) comes in in the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Christian Ponder is apparently the last person associated with the Vikings, from the lowliest fan on up to Zygi Wilf, who hasn’t gotten the memo about what’s going on with the quarterback position.
Even the team’s website has acknowledged, if only tacitly, that Ponder is out of the running to be the Vikings’ starter.
Matt Cassel wasn’t brought back to compete for the #1 job. He was brought back so Ponder wouldn’t have to play.
Ponder will likely be knocked another notch down the depth chart next week when the Vikings take a quarterback, maybe in the first round, almost certainly in the first two rounds.
Either Ponder doesn’t realize these things, or he is in complete denial about his situation. Because he still thinks there’s a competition.
“It was disappointing how the year went [last year], but honestly, when I left, it was more motivation than anything,” Ponder said via Ben Goessling of ESPN. “I think I really worked hard this offseason, more than I have in the past, and I didn’t want it to happen again. I knew there was going to be a competition to play, and I tried to do my best to prepare.”
Ponder says he hopes that the arrival of a new coaching staff will provide him with a clean slate in Minnesota.
I guess I should give him credit for maintaining a positive attitude?
Look Ponder, it’s like this: you don’t matter to this team. There’s no QB competition. But by all means, keep telling yourself that there is one.
Whatever gets you through the day.
Have you considered alcohol?