Cassel's blitz pickup gives him big edge over Ponder

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 6:32 AM

Unlike his predecessor, the QB has thrived against blitzing foes.

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rockwood50Dec. 16, 13 9:41 PM

If Leslie needs to study films to see which QB starts on Sunday I totally give up. Matt should be signed for the 2014 season as the #1 QB. He has proven his can stretch the field and not depend on 8-15 yard dinks to move the chains as Mr Ponder couldn't do.

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ActTwoDec. 16, 13 9:53 PM

The touchdown pass to Jennings was the best play by a Viking quarterback since Brett Favre. If Ponder would have had the ball nearly knocked out like that, he would have tucked and run into a 10 yard loss.

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cdwild26Dec. 16, 1310:27 PM

Still convinced if the Vikings never drafted Ponder he would have 0 career starts right now

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danglinfury8Dec. 16, 1311:00 PM

“I think if you were to ask him when he was a second- or third-year quarterback how he would have handled those situations it might be a little bit different,” Frazier said. Is it just me, or does it sound like Frazier is even trying to defend Ponder with that quote? How is that possible? Please tell me there is a 0% chance that Ponder never plays another second for the Vikes!

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simmys11Dec. 16, 1311:12 PM

"Ponder often looks jumpy and is prone to take off running when the pocket starts to collapse." I would say that Ponder is prone to taking the fetal position when the pocket begins to collapse and prone to running when his first read isn't 5 yards open. Ponder has failed the eye-test and stat test for three years, yet Frazier and Spielman insisted on starting him...absurd

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lgaytanDec. 17, 1312:25 AM

This comparison between Cassel and Ponder shouldn't even be a topic of discussion any longer. There's no doubt, Cassel is superior to Ponder in football knowledge and skills. I've read some people keep knocking Cassel, I don't know why, he threw some beautiful passes yesterday. Better than I've ever seen Ponder in the last 3 years. I hope Ponder and Frazier leave on a one way ticket out of Minnesota!! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!!

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wecandoitDec. 17, 13 1:44 AM

What's almost as bewildering as Frazier's incompetence in judging which quarterback "gives us the best chance to win" is the local sportwriters's lack of insight into the QB situation and unwillingness to confront Vikings coaches and management about it from the beginning of the season. Now in week 14+ we read this article.

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corngo4rDec. 17, 13 2:05 AM

Funny that in Chicago a coach with good and "Gooder" qb's makes a decisive change without flinching last week and here a coach/gm make a decisive choice between worse and good to start the season and then wishy washy decisions throughout the season when many opportunities to correct it presented itself. Ponder has to go, Leslie should go just for the fact of decision making and vanilla Musgrave goes too if his o is vanilla no matter what qb is in the game.

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manoliveDec. 17, 13 2:09 AM

Joe Webb was superior to Ponder in every way. Yet Ponder was awarded the job. Matt Cassel is superior to Ponder in every way. Yet Ponder was awarded the job. This is more an indictment on Frazier's inabilities as a head coach than Ponder's inabilities as an NFL QB.

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gadflyDec. 17, 13 2:19 AM

I can't understand why I keep reading comments about how "Frazier and Spielman" insisted on starting Ponder. Spielman spent $2 million to bring in Freeman. He wouldn't have done that if he wasn't convinced that Ponder was a failure. I'm not letting Spielman totally off the hook, 'cuz he (apparently) didn't want Cassel to start either, but Ponder's last 5 starts are all on Frazier and his coaches, not Spielman.

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