Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) passes against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings will allow Christian Ponder shot at starting role


The Minnesota Vikings have been under a ton of scrutiny from fans over the years for failing to realize Christian Ponder isn’t the quarterback of the future. Fans themselves have had a love-hate relationship with Ponder that swings as violently as his consistent does, but things have seemingly reached a boiling point and fans want Ponder out.

New offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn’t so quick to dismiss Ponder and has even stated the he’s going to allow Ponder a chance to win the starting roles in 2014.

Per Sid Hartman from the Star Tribune:

“The hard thing in this league is you can be playing good and doing a lot of good things and at that position, if you have a negative play or a sack, fumble or interception, a play like that at the wrong time, it takes away all of the good things you’ve done,” Turner said. “I’ve been impressed with Christian and the things he does in terms of his movement. He moves extremely well on the run. He’s made a lot of big plays. The starting point with any quarterback to me is eliminating those [bad] plays. That would be one of our starting points.”

This isn’t what Vikings fans want to hear, but Turner goes on to say that franchise quarterbacks aren’t franchise quarterbacks until they start winning. Minnesota also has Ponder under contract and will likely draft a quarterback, so it’s not as though Ponder is forcibly the only option, as nothing could be further from the truth.

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  • 3kolu

    The thing about great coaches is that they do things that make the masses shake their heads in disbelief until those players start to make a difference, than we act like we knew it all along. The thing about Ponder is that he doesn’t have a big arm, his decision-making is suspect, his confidence waivers and his pocket presence is below average. What he does have is athleticism, speed, anticipation, intelligence, experience and familiarity. It comes down to chemistry. Norv Turner has brought a new formula, that doesn’t seem to fit Ponder’s skill sets, but you never know. When Brad Johnson left Turner and the Redskins to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers. it was about chemistry, and how ironic it is that Trent Dilfer left the Buccaneers after years of scrutiny to win a Super Bowl with the Ravens.

    • Justin

      Objective and intelligent.

      • 3kolu

        Thx Justin.

  • Linkon

    I am like if Ponder could stop turning the ball over from ints or fumbling due to carelessness I would have no problem if he started but I need some evidence he is going to play better because there are many games where he just made bad mistakes and needs to learn how to handle pressure of the offense from lead. The team and be able to weather the storm.