Ponder appreciates chance to get snaps late in blowout loss

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG and DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 17, 2011 - 6:06 AM

Christian Ponder finally got the call, making his NFL debut in the fourth quarter of a blowout.

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philgorngieOct. 16, 1110:22 PM

Frazier is in over his head. He has already lost this team. It is hard to see them winning another game

irelandguyOct. 16, 1110:28 PM

The Vikings need to play 100% of their games in the Metrodome where they can disrupt opposing offenses by pumping in artificial noise.

fireklinkOct. 16, 1110:29 PM


vikes0115Oct. 16, 1110:30 PM

Ponder didn't look great, but he really didn't look any worse than McNabb. Since Ponder should continue to get better with more experience, and since McNabb already has so much game experience he's not going to get any better by playing more, I think its time to just make the switch and see what Ponder can develop into.

HapsterMNOct. 16, 1110:31 PM

Start with the ridiculous offensive coordinator -they have about 5 plays: AD, Quick slant/cross pass, reverse to Harvin, ummm, ummm, run up the middle, ummm, ummm, quick out. Gee, genius!

readyfreddy1Oct. 16, 1110:35 PM

The Ponder experiment has begun. Good Luck vs. Green Bay, what a baptism under fire. All-Day looked like he gave up. As a 40-year fan, I've never been more embarassed Trade a couple of guys before Tuesday and get some picks.

dawgk91Oct. 16, 1110:35 PM

Ziggy, best thing for you to do right now is start setting aside some money for Bill Cowher. Frazier got a chance, and obviously is in WAYYYYYY over his head. Season is over and his team is already looking and playing like they could care less. Hey Frazier feel free to at least look like you care too.

sunriseparkOct. 16, 1110:48 PM

Ponder did a good job under the circumstances. Stupid holding penalty stalled his 2nd drive. At least he's much more mobile than McNabb, who may have been injured if he played any longer. Donovan needs to realize his time is up -- maybe he should just retire. Let's see what Ponder can do against Green Bay.

Severson_01Oct. 16, 1110:50 PM

The only good thing about that game is that Ponder finally got his chance and didn't look half bad, much quicker on his feet and release of the ball, McNabb looked like a brontosaurus.

xyzzy72Oct. 16, 1110:51 PM

Finally, with Ponder we have a passing game, which is a lot more fun to watch and a lot more competitive. I hope we have seen the last of McNabb. Now, make Webb a wide receiver and we can have even more fun. I wonder what the hell Wilf was smiling about in the executive suite. It sure wasn't a game to smile about. Maybe McNabb is rubbing off on him.


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