Posted October 11, 2013

Christian Ponder ‘disappointed and frustrated’ over Vikings’ QB situation

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Christian Ponder is not happy with the Vikings' quarterback situation. (Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)

Christian Ponder is not happy with the Vikings’ quarterback situation. (Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)

A little more than two weeks ago, Christian Ponder was the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback. Now, it looks like he’ll be playing backup to Matt Cassel this weekend, and he will also compete with the newly signed Josh Freeman.

And he’s not happy about it.

“Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed obviously with bringing in Josh [Freeman],” Ponder said, according to ESPN1500. “I would be lying if I didn’t say it was a little bit disappointing and frustrating. … Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed, obviously … But I’m preparing like I’m going to be on the field.”

Cassel reportedly will get the nod this weekend instead of Freeman, who signed with the Vikings this week after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month.

Ponder has been cleared to return from a rib injury suffered during Minnesota’s loss to the Browns. When he first suffered the injury, head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder would be the Vikings’ (1-3) starter as long as he’s healthy.

But Ponder missed the Vikings’ Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London, where Cassel led the team to its first victory.

Ponder said that a trade from Minnesota would be “difficult to deal with.”

“Again, I have no idea what is going to happen. I hope to still be here,” Ponder said, according to ESPN. “That’s the front office’s call. You never know, as we’ve seen in the past week, what’s going to happen.”


39 comments
JustinParisi
JustinParisi

I'd be pretty disappointed and frustrated if I stunk at the ONE thing I was supposed to be good at...

Kevin71
Kevin71

The Vikings, picking Ponder  in the first round with the 12th overall pick was downright stupid. I don't think he would have been picked anywhere in the first 3 rounds and maybe not even the 4th. Apparently he wasn't even that good in college. You can't pick players that are book smart only and that's what the Vikings did. I'm a Vikings fan and have watched Ponder play and most times it's almost painful to watch. No arm, no accuracy and no pocket prescence. I wish him well but I doubt he will be in the league in a few years.

Pudizzle
Pudizzle

Ponder has every right to be disappointed and/or frustrated. It's a natural human reaction. Unfortunately, he is finding out quickly about the harsh realities of real life. If you don't do the job you are supposed to do at a high level when you are in a front line glorified position then typically, you get cut or removed from that position. It's a rude awakening. The first time around you are upset at management and coaches, cause you are young and naive but after that, you are upset with yourself because you let these great opportunities slip out of your hand. If he does realize his potential sooner than later and the switch goes on, he will have a great career. I just don't think it will be with the Minnesota Vikings.

Rick28
Rick28

I guess this guy doesn't watch much game film because if he did he would realize he is not getting the job done...And the Vikings' job is to win ball games.

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FlyingPucks
FlyingPucks

Ponder has no right to be frustrated by anyone but himself. His playing is what's keeping him out.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

I am not saying that he is ready to start right now, but I find it hilarious that in 2013 we determine the fate of an up and down QB with only 3 years in the league, one of the worst receiving corps of any team, one of the worst coaching staffs of any team, a lowsy performing O-line, and a high profile RB who wants the ball on every play.  


Ponder's play has been awful for the most part no doubt, but those of you that are writing off his entire career on any team are laughable.  This guy is not stupid and he has won some games that mattered for the Vikings at times...just look at the ending winning stretch for the Vikes last year; it wasn't all AD.  Cassel appears to be getting thrown to the side here too for a QB cut for all kinds of problems with a worse completion percentage than most the other QBs in the league, a drug problem, and who is an interception machine.  By the way, Ponder got hurt while running to score a TD; one of 2 he had against Cleveland with his bad passing stats.  

Take a look at some of the best QBs to ever play the game and their first three years in the league and you will see some were highly successful and others looked like draft busts.  Its too early to tell on Ponder.  A QB change?  Sure.  Bring in a disruptive druggy and throw the 3 year QB out?  Not so sure.

vick3
vick3

 Ponder shouldn't be upset,  granted the Vikings do not have the greatest receiving corp. but his play has been horrible. They are doing everything to get better and if he has a problem with that then he’s just selfish . He should not have been a first round pick and he has done nothing to prove he was worth the first round pick

MarkPost
MarkPost

"Cassel reportedly will get the nod this weekend instead of Freeman, who signed with the Vikings this week after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month."

I think you meant Ponder.


Centennial
Centennial

Christian Ponder is a solid backup QB: but a starter? - no way.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

Ponder's frustrated.  He has no idea, I guess, how Vikings fans have felt for the last three years.  His play hasn't been close to what should be expected of an NFL quarterback on a contending team and certainly not at the level of one chosen in the first round of the draft.

opaque2
opaque2

So are we Christian, so are we.

But for different reasons.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

"Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed"

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yeah, they suck with you and need ANYONE to help

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

74% of his passes last year were caught at or within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, and that was with AP running for 2,000 yards. Simply put, he cannot throw reliably and accurately downfield, which is a death knell in todays NFL. He lost his security blanket in Harvin, who caught the majority of his passes. Doubt he starts ever again for the Vikings if they are willing to go with Freeman a week after getting cut and entering the leagues drug program

MichaelC
MichaelC

I'm sure his wife is trying to figure out who exactly she married ... as a ESPN sideline reporter, she should've known better and performed better due diligence if she was hankering for a QB husband. She picked one the worst.

p00hdiddy22
p00hdiddy22

he will never start on another team again. Simply not good enough, especially in this passing league. Sad to see AD waste prime years on a bunk team...

OglesbyLoneStar
OglesbyLoneStar

If you would have actually been reliable, Ponder, you would have your job sitting and waiting. But you weren't. So in comes Freeman.

nycsports4life
nycsports4life

Christian Ponder, you suck. You're an embarrassment to White men everywhere. You lost your job to a nagger? You're an NFL QB, that shouldn't even be possible! Naggers are basically functionally retarded. Christian Ponder, you should commit suicide!

pamperofirpo
pamperofirpo

Christian Ponder, Matt Leinart, Blaine Gabbert, Mark Sanchez, Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Vince Young (and Josh Freeman): All First Round QB Busts.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Would be surprised if any team picked up Ponder to be their starter.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Hum, I  have watched the Ponder play a few times. If he is frustrated he should be sympathetic to what he puts Vike fans through.

Cakapoo
Cakapoo

@JimSmith4 Way to overblow the "drug problem" of Freeman and completely overlook how terrible Ponder is.

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

@MichaelC She married him for his money stupid not his superior QB skills (which he doesn't even have)

hoth733
hoth733

Yea! Why would any woman want to marry a multi-millionare with a MBA when she could have had an upstanding gentleman such as yourself?

I'm sure when they divorce due to his lack of success in a job he's already made millions in that Ex-Mrs. Ponder will be sure to include "career statistics" in her due diligence. 

The Truth6
The Truth6

@p00hdiddy22 Yeah, this guy will never start again.hahahahaha   Thadeus Lewis is starting for the Bills. And Gabbert is still the Jags starter. There are a lot of bad QB's in this league.

David G
David G

@nycsports4life - Get a grip on reality.  You are obviously a racist.  And that says all anyone would want to know about you. 

ChrisMcCoy
ChrisMcCoy

@pamperofirpo Freeman wasn't the bust. Schiano is the bust....and he dragged Freeman down with him.

Let's see how Josh does on a different team before we put him on that list. I think a fresh start with a competent coach, more dedicated to winning than stroking his ego, will make a huge difference with this kid. 

My bet is that Schiano doesn't finish the season.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

@pamperofirpo - Can't really say Freeman is a bust like Jamarcus, Gabbert, Leinart, Ponder, Quinn, or Young.  Freeman has actually had at least one pretty darn good  year.  The others, not so much.  I think it's unrealistic to consider him a "bust" at this point. 

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@Cakapoo @JimSmith4 

Way to overlook how young a QB Ponder is and underestimate Freeman's drug and behavioral problems.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

Agreed. It seems like Freeman's been around forever, but he's only 25.