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Christian Ponder takes partial blame for Leslie Frazier's firing

The Minnesota Vikings parted ways with head coach Leslie Frazier after a sub par season. One which saw the Vikings start multiple players at quarterback. Frazier was loyal to Christian Ponder and giving him a chance to succeed despite Matt Cassel being the better option.

“It was definitely an interesting year,” Ponder said Monday, via The Star Tribune. “And not the way that I thought it would play out or probably anyone wanted it to play out. So with my job, I didn’t play well enough to keep the job and for us to win as many games as we should have. So it stinks knowing that was a contribution to what happened.”

“I think he tried to keep giving me a chance and so that was big,” Ponder said. “He gave me a chance just to come here and just be the starter. So I’ll appreciate that. That’s a relationship I’d like to have for the rest of my life. He’s a great guy and gave me that opportunity and it just stinks that it didn’t work out.”

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  • Gary Cowan

    ponder should follow his step brother trent dilfer as an anylist and never ever make fans watch him try to be a quaterback

  • David Crosby


  • guest

    Spielman drafted Ponder, not Frazier. Spielman most likely was the one to keep Ponder on the field after he failed dozens of times…and yet Spielman continually escapes criticism and keeps his job once again. Ponder is just standing up for his recently fired coach when he said that. Although Frazier didn’t help matters with his teams record this year, the blame is on Spielman for drafting Ponder.