Leslie Frazier never considered pulling Christian Ponder

Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings lost a heart breaker to the Chicago Bears Sunday. They were winning till the Jay Cutler and Martellus Bennett connected for a touchdown as the fourth quarter ended. Christian Ponder played fairly well completing 16 of 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings punted on three of the first four possessions and the one possession where they’d didn’t put Ponder threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. That lack of performance had many wondering if he was going to be benched.

I wasn’t thinking (of changing quarterbacks),” Frazier said Monday, via ESPN.com. “After the interception, I just wanted to make sure that he was right mentally — not concerned or just going over and over that interception. I wasn’t thinking we needed to take him out. I just wanted to make sure he settled down.”

Which is surprising considering that Ponder was considered to be on a short leash based on comments from FOX’s Jay Glazer.

“Matt Cassel is in there doing all the right things,” Glazer said, via NFL.com. “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.”

Still an interesting situation in Minnesota, if they keep losing games they might make the switch.

Topics: Christian Ponder, Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Ponder is terrible! If he struggles vs. the Browns he might lose his job at halftime? I’m not convinced that Cassel is better, but Ponder has shown that his upside is on the bench holding a clipboard.

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