Found September 30, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
It was unknown whether sitting quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) would improve a stymied passing attack but backup quarterback Matt Cassel's command was one of many reasons the Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers' late-game comeback to hold on for the 34-27 win on Sunday in London. On 2nd-and-10 with 3:29 left Cassel appeared to check into a pass play and then quickly connected with receiver Jerome Simpson for a nine-yard gain and a manageable third-down conversion. Two weeks prior Ponder told reporters he was not given the ability to check out of a run play called when he handed off to running back Adrian Peterson on a 3rd-and-goal in a late-game loss at the Chicago Bears. "That was a reaction to what the defense was giving us" Cassel said about the call via WCCO's televised press conference. However coach Leslie Frazier reportedly said there is no quarterback controversy and Ponder is still the starter.
  • Nooooooooooooooo!
  • I think Frazier should be tested. You have your first win and the whole team played better, WHY GO BACK to the way it was????

Vikings QB Christian Ponder Week-to-week

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Vikings' quarterback situation unclear

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Holler: Bye is bad timing for QB controversy

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Frazier leaves the Cassel question open-ended

Leslie Frazier liked what he saw out of Matt Cassel, but he wasn’t willing to name him the starter after the Vikings’ first win. More time is needed for evaluation, Frazier indicated.

Patient approach applies in secondary, too

Leslie Frazier appears willing to stick with his rotation of young cornerbacks without making any drastic changes, even as he admits there have been struggles that the film confirms.

Matt Cassell might have won the players over , but not the coach

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