Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up passing before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Ponder says Vikings’ job is Matt Cassel’s

Christian Ponder hasn’t had a dreamy tenure in Minnesota, but at least now with a few years of seasoning, the former Florida State standout has a little more patience and perspective on the whole process of fighting for a starting QB job. After being handed the reins maybe a little too early as a rookie, Ponder understands that the Minnesota Vikings aren’t his team. For now, anyways.

As we discussed yesterday, Ponder appears resigned to the fact that he’s lost the QB1 spot in Minnesota. However, it seemed like a toss up between him and Matt Cassel since the Vikings traded up to the 32nd overall spot in the draft to select Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. Ponder told the Pioneer Press, “We’ll see how it plays out once it goes to training camp, but obviously there’s an agenda to try to get Teddy ready, and Cassel’s the starter right now.”

Still, as Ponder notes, “football’s a crazy game,” and anything can happen. If Bridgewater doesn’t emerge from camp as the clear starter, then Ponder could have a chance to supplant Cassel, who hasn’t exactly been Johnny Unitas during his tenure in the NFL. Cassel totaled 1,807 passing yards to go with 11 TDs and 9 INTs in 9 starts for Minnesota in 2013 while Ponder tallied 1,648 passing yards with 7 TDs and 9 INTs. Let’s just say we don’t blame Vikings fans if they want nothing to do with either guy starting.

For now, Ponder’s reps are limited, but it appears he’s willing to be patient and bide his time for a chance with Minnesota or anyone else who cares to watch.

Tags: Christian Ponder Matt Cassel Minnesota Vikings

  • Gordon Guffey

    Ponder it a true team player ~ You have never heard anything bad come out of his mouth sense being drafted no matter how bad things got ~

    Some what to say that Ponder went 2~6~1 as a QB in 2013 ~ But these same fans dont want to talk about the games lost in the last 2 minutes because the defense couldn’t stop anyone’s offense ~

    Same thing happen to Cassel ~ His record could be much better if the defense could have held onto a lead ~

    The offense avg. 23 points a game with Ponder and Cassel at QB so its not like the offense couldn’t put points on the board ~ They did ~

    Poor old Teddy better light it up if he gets on the field or the boo birds will come out in force ~ Thankfully the Vikings have Cassel and Ponder and they know how to handle that kind of pressure if the defense cant stop anyone in 2014 ~ Teddy should get a seat in 2014 and learn from vets who are team players first ~

    Hopefully Zimmer and his defensive staff can get the talent on defense to play up to a level where they can rank in the middle of the pack of NFL defenses ~ It they can do that the Vikings offense should be able to put up enough points to win some games no matter who the QB is ~ We will have a good idea after the first 6 games ~ If they can come out of that 3~3 or better good thing should be ahead the rest of the season ~

    • Cool Jack

      Great comment and assessment…totally what I have been thinking…!

    • Todd Robinson

      I thought the average was more like 25ppg. Certainly have no problem hanging most of last years losses on the defense. I also agree that Ponder accepted responsibility for those losses despite the games being lost in the final seconds…… average QB, at best, but a very mature guy. We could do worse!!!.