Turns out, Ponder's benching as Vikings starter was temporary

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2013 - 12:31 AM

Frazier will start the struggling QB against Green Bay.

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BjornAHornNov. 20, 13 9:59 PM

Nobody could even make this up!

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northhiNov. 20, 1310:04 PM

Flying the family in from California to see the Vikings last game at The Dome; thank God! Dome was always a dump. Of course it was a little better than the Oakland Coliseum, and Candlestick Park in San Francisco; both awful. Oh yeah, it will be Frazier's last game as well as Ponders. I gave Christian the benefit of the doubt, but he did not live up to expectation. Smart guy, but just an average QB in a league where they all need to be A-players.

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colovikesfanNov. 20, 1310:13 PM

They've got their new stadium, what do they care about putting out a winner? Paying a guy 3 million dollars to do nothing...not quite the stellar decision made when trading for Hershel Walker...but pretty typical of how the past 50 plus years have gone for the purple. Don't know whether to laugh or cry...

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dawgk9Nov. 20, 1310:38 PM

Lez Frazier and Charlie browns frikkin teacher sound alike..wha wha wheo wa whoe wa wa. same old crap, how many more times do we have to hear "Christian gives us the best chance". Not to worry Lez Im sure come monday ponder will talk about correcting his in game mistakes,,blah blah blah..all you did was free up Sunday for alot of vikings fans because you suck as a coach and your noodle arm qb makes watching this team un-bearable. By the way lez, why do you even wear a headset with a mic.....u never say a damn word, statue

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vikingsNov. 20, 1310:53 PM

According to this article, Frazier only said that Christian gives them the best chance to succeed, but doesn't define success. I think he didn't mean success as in a win, I think he meant success as in tank the season to secure a higher draft pick.

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elo_62Nov. 20, 1311:31 PM

Wow! This is such a bad football move that I am beginnng to think that the Vikings suck so much that they will not fire Frazier and staff at the end of the season. It is clear that the owners, execs, coaches and even the players are clueless and classless. They know nothing about football. The organization reminds me of the radio station, KFAN, that they air their games on. The KFAN announcers and commentators do not know anything about football either. Vikings suck in 2013. The corrupt owners need to go!

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simmys11Nov. 20, 1311:31 PM

I am glad that Ponder is starting since it will help get a good draft pick, but this farce incriminates both Frazier and the media. Frazier for obvious reasons. The media because they don't CHALLENGES Frazier on any specifics regarding Ponder! I just watched the press conference: there were no questions about Ponder's lack of pocket awareness or poor arm-strength. Nobody asked why Frazier thinks Ponder gives them a better chance than Cassel given their performances. No one asks why they continue to play pathetic cover-2. No one asks why the offensive play calls or so predictable. And can we please stop asking softball "questions" that start with "can you talk about..."

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sdvikingsNov. 20, 1311:55 PM

Would someone please tell Ponder to speed up his delivery, especially on his 3 step drops? He's too mechanical and too slow, the DBs key in on that and are waiting to jump it. Yet he does nothing to change that. Tell him to get a clue. Watch tape of other QBs. Anything.

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uknowthagodNov. 21, 1312:44 AM

Insanity, pure and utter insanity.

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chablis28Nov. 21, 1312:47 AM

Why not throw the new guy in? How could he be worse???? Losing is losing. Is there anything we don't know about Ponder? If not,if Ponder is better than he's shown, then we have the wrong coach.

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