Christian Ponder reportedly on short leash for Vikings

According to Gregg Rosenthal from “Around the league” in a recently released article, Chritian Ponder may not be as comfortable as most people think in terms of grasping a solid stake at the QB position. Read the origional article below:

Christian Ponder turned the ball over four times in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. Despite a playoff appearance a year ago, Ponder can’t afford many more games like that if he wants to keep his job.

Ponder is on a “much shorter leach” than anyone realizes,” FOX’s Jay Glazer reported Sunday.

Matt Cassel is in there doing all the right things,” Glazer says. “I think fans look at it and think, ‘This is Ponder’s team.’ No, from what I’m hearing inside that locker room, Ponder is on a much shorter leash than anyone has any idea about.”

Cassel didn’t play particularly well in the preseason, but he has started 62 games in his career. Ponder has started 27. Cassel struggled badly last season in Kansas City, but he’s shown a few times in his career that he can be a competent-enough game manager as a starter. Ponder still hasn’t proven that, and he might be running out of time to do so.175656-christian-ponder

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5 Responses to “Christian Ponder reportedly on short leash for Vikings”

  1. SouthernVikesFan says:

    So…..How long do we have to wait for a QB?

  2. wantnewqb says:

    If we dont get a QB who can play, we are going to have another horrible year, and players like AP wont stay with a team that cant do anything. Look at Harvin for example. This cant be a one man offence, its too easy to shut down. We certainly cant just rely of defense, not feasible. Get a new QB before its too late.

  3. Fisher says:

    None of this is good for 2013. Wasting another year is not good for anything.

    If the pressure is going to be on Ponder, it needs to be unspoken. This “short leash” talk is poison to him, and he’s the best bet the Vikings have this year. Ponder turned things around and had a really good game today (all things considered). Musgrave’s completely idiotic decision (among many others) to run up the middle on 3rd and goal when the VIkings needed a touchdown in the 4th quarter to put the game away is every bit as much if not more so indictable as anything as bad as Ponder did today. The Bears put 9 in the box with another angling in, any virtually everybody crashed in on the line. When every last defender is staring straight at Peterson and drooling, run the damn play-action. Where’s the trust for Ponder? Where’s the play-action roll out with Rudolf dragging along the front of the endzone and Jennings or Simpson out to he corner?

    Musgrave must go. If we’re going to play the long and drawn-out Cassell-for-Ponder game, this season is kaput. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. A franchise QB is something the VIkings have never succeeded in acquiring during my lifetime as a conscious fan (though they’ve tried miserably a few times, and, sadly, Ponder is the best bet yet short of the Culpepper fail in that on-going gamble). There is so much wasted talent on the field with the scheme being employed on Sundays. I don’t care what lip-service the staff gives outside of the game-day play I see on my TV, the Vikings should be a much better team than they are playing like, and they should sure as ever living f#&k not at this point be GODDAMNED ZERO AND TWO OVERALL AND IN THE DIVISION.

    Musgrave must go. MUSGRAVE Must Go. MUSGRAVE MUST GO!!!

  4. 4eversteve says:

    Ponder tends to take defenders to the football with his eyes and hasn’t learn that he is tipping off where he intends to go with the football, sometime missing wide open receivers simply because he doesn’t know how to go through read progression.If he hopes to remain the starter,he better figure this out quick.

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