It’s early June, but the questions are already being asked, ‘Is Christian Ponder the right guy for the starting quarterback job?’
A four game winning streak at the end of the 2012 season that launched the Vikings into the playoffs quieted the critics, but in 2013 can he take it to the next level?
Ponder’s collective performance was erratic with too many extremes to draw a solid conclusion.
He was awful most of the season and outstanding down the stretch, and more often than not stuck somewhere in between.
His conservative play led to too many check downs and not enough shots down the field.
One can only surmised that the team can’t pin their hopes of Adrian Peterson going insane for a second straight season.
According to Chip Scoggins of the Star-Tribune, Ponder still has a lot of room to grow or fall flat on his face.
‘In theory, this upcoming season represents an ultimate yes-or-no test for Ponder and his future in Minnesota. But as that situation plays out, the Vikings now have a legitimate alternative in Cassel — at least in the short term — in the event that Ponder encounters another game or stretch that makes fans pine for someone else. The offseason acquisition of a competent veteran backup gives Frazier an option, if needed. The Vikings have done everything short of renting billboards to let everyone know the pecking order. Ponder is the starter, Cassel the backup, nothing to see here.’