Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By BRIAN HALL  |  Last updated 10/13/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier stood at the podium following Sunday's 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers and said he had no idea who would start at quarterback next week. Two weeks earlier, before the bye week, Frazier said Christian Ponder was still the team's starter, despite Matt Cassel's success in leading Minnesota to its first win of the year. Much had changed in those two weeks. Ponder returned to health, but was demoted in favor of Cassel. The Vikings also went out and signed Josh Freeman and will give him a chance to start when he's picked up the team's offense. After another loss Sunday that moved Minnesota to 1-4 and all but ended any faint playoff hopes, Frazier said he didn't know who would start when the Vikings go to New York next week to play on Monday night. "Yeah, I want to go back and evaluate what Matt did in this ballgame and then make a determination as we go this week," Frazier said when asked if he was undecided about his starting quarterback. Cassel was 32 of 44 for 241 yards in Sunday's loss with a late touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. But after avoiding the costly turnovers in his Minnesota debut against Pittsburgh, Cassel threw two interceptions on overthrows of receivers. Ponder, now relegated to backup duty, didn't see the field on Sunday. Freeman was inactive this week and Frazier wasn't sure if he would be ready to go in a week, with two weeks in the team's system after signing on Monday. "Not sure, we'll take a look when we get with him this week and see where he is," Frazier said of Freeman's readiness. "We've done some things with him this first week. We'll see where he is when we get together this week." While he confirmed the decision had been made earlier in the week, Frazier didn't announce the decision until Friday to start Cassel. Frazier has waited until Friday to name a starter before each of the past two games. The decision the previous game was because Ponder was dealing with a fractured rib. Cassel could have made the decision to switch again very difficult. Minnesota offense couldn't sustain drives Sunday and Cassel had two turnovers leaving the situation up in the air again. "You know what, I don't know," Cassel said when asked if he would start in New York. "I hope I am. I think that this team is going to turn this thing around and I would love to be the starter and compete and do all the things I'm going to do, but at the same time the coach makes the decision, so we'll see." Frazier, as he usually does, said he wanted to watch the game again and re-evaluate Cassel's performance. Cassel was sacked three times. His first interception, on Minnesota's first drive of the game, came as he was pressured up the middle and overthrew his receiver. "Take a look at the tape tomorrow and evaluate his entire body of work," Frazier said. "It's tough for any quarterback when you're under the stress and duress that he was under at times. He has to play better, there's no question about it. We'll take a look and see how his entire body of work was when we watch the tape tomorrow." Rudolph, who had his biggest game of the season with nine catches for 97 yards and the touchdown, isn't sure if another switch is coming. "I don't see why," Rudolph said. "I think Josh needs some time to get comfortable here, learn the offense . . . That's coach Frazier, that's (offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's) decision. That's not ours and we feel like every goal that we have set in August is still attainable." Cassel, meanwhile, heads into another week without knowing if he will start again. "It's the same as always," Cassel said. "I've got to get prepared, be ready to go and be accountable. We'll see what happens. We'll see what decisions are made. Again, just like the last three weeks, I never know what's going on until I'm told by coach. Similar to what it's been the last three weeks, we'll see." Injuries on defense: Minnesota allowed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to pass for 242 yards, complete 20 of 26 passes and a 143.4 quarterback rating. The defense also had three players unable to finish the game. Frazier said linebacker Desmond Bishop, who started for the first time since signing with the Vikings before training camp, suffered a knee sprain. Safety Harrison Smith has a turf toe injury and cornerback Xavier Rhodes has an ankle sprain. All three will have magnetic resonance imaging tests to further diagnose the extent of the injuries. "Hopefully we won't lose those guys for any extended time," Frazier said. Minnesota had just gotten cornerback Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford back from injuries, after the two starters missed the last game against Pittsburgh. Disappointment reigns: Minnesota was coming off its bye week and playing at home against Carolina, which also entered the game 1-3. The breakdowns offensively and defensively had players searching for answers after the game and a listless effort after the Panthers led in time of possession with a 36 minute, 27 seconds of offense compared to 23:33 for the Vikings. "I want to go home and throw up, honestly," defensive end Jared Allen said. "It's just embarrassing. That's one of the worst home losses I've ever had. And if I've had worse, I don't remember them. It was just blah, it was just bleh. You look up and you're getting throttled." Adrian Peterson added: "I am surprised. It was definitely out of sync. We didn't play Minnesota football today, either side. Special teams did pretty good, but we seemed pretty flat today." Peterson was asked if he was frustrated, pissed off or surprised. "I guess a little bit of all that. But you've got to gather and get all those thoughts and those feelings together and get back on track some type of way. I feel like we have the right men in this locker room, on this team, to be able to get back on track and get going." Frazier, whose teams have now been outscored 108-27 coming out of bye weeks, took blame for the preparation. "It's a tough one," Frazier said. "You're coming out of the bye and playing at home, you expect to play better and we didn't handle situations very well today. Poor job on my part getting our guys ready to play and play better. And we got to get them to play better. So we got a task ahead of us, myself and the coaches, to get our players to play better than we played today." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin

Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

WATCH: Tim Tebow didn't waste any time homering after promotion

Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position

NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor

Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another 'episode'

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets

Chip Kelly defends Kaepernick: He was not a distraction

Steve Smith faces suspension should he unretire

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

Top NBA free agents available

Box Score 6/28: New York loses its zen

Although you have seen this start before, this season is no sequel for the Dodgers

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

Who won Wimbledon the year you were born?

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

2017 is not another disappointing sequel for the Dodgers

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker