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The 2011 Season can’t come to a close soon enough for the Minnesota Vikings. It has been a dismal season on all accounts, bet’s take a look at the top five story lines of the year for the Purple.
More Questions than Answers at Quarterback
The Vikings selected Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the draft to be the Quarterback of the future. Facing a shortened off season, new Head Coach Leslie Frazier made the decision to bring in Donovan McNabb to led the team, and give Ponder time to learn from the sidelines, as many rookies have done in the past. The Vikings soon learned that McNabb was available because not only had his skills deteriorated, but his desire had completely evaporated. Frazier was forced to throw Ponder into the fire to avoid losing his team and alienating a grumpy fan base. Ponder has shown flashes of greatness, but he isn’t ready to be an NFL QB yet. He has made poor decisions, and has yet to learn how to use the sideline to provide an advantage ...
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It was widely considered a pretty big reach when the Minnesota Vikings selected quarterback Christian Ponder out of Florida State with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Ponder was not considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the class of Cam Newton, Jake Locker, etc., but the Vikings identified a guy they liked and had a long-term plan at quarterback for the...
The Minnesota Vikings travel to FedEx Field to face the Washington Redskins on Christmas Eve. Here are three things to watch as these to Cellar Dwellers face off.
Why Isn’t Ponder Improving?
Christian Ponder has certainly regressed in his last few games leading fans to speculate if the Vikings made a colossal mistake drafting him with their first round pick last year, but no...
This is not a knock on Christian Ponder, but ...If the Vikings wind up with the first overall pick in the NFL draft they should trade Ponder. And draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.Ponder could develop into a fine NFL quarterback. But Luck, he's one of those quarterbacks, one of those rare John Elway and Peyton Manning types, who are so good, so talented, that years often...
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier attempted to provide a spark for his free-falling team this week.Dealing with a short week in advance of Saturday's Christmas Eve game at Washington and trying to snap out of the funk of a six-game losing streak, Frazier created internal competition during Thursday's practice. Coaches manufactured a face-off between the offensive starters...
Vikings QB Christian Ponder has struggled lately, but he said seeing Drew Brees in action is motivation for him to eventually become better than Brees.
Series: Redskins lead 11-9
Last Meeting(s): When Minnesota beat Washington 17-13 last season, then-interim head coach Leslie Frazier (coaching his first game) should have taken away only one thing: Donovan McNabb has become a very ineffective quarterback. McNabb was 21-35 with a touchdown and an interception, but the Redskins had numerous easy third down-conversions fall to the ground...
Even the Vikings think it is “terrible” that they have the NFL record streak without an interception. Leslie Frazier and players talked about it and the upcoming opportunity against Rex Grossman.
Viking players are griping anonymously to the media again, and that spells more bad news for Leslie Frazier. As usual, the griping revolves around the secondary. Judd Zulgad got the scoop from inside sources that many on the Vikings are unhappy with the way the team has handled cornerback Chris Cook and his legal issues. The gripe boils down to this: While the active players are...
We’ve written before about the dysfunction in Minnesota this season. Defensive players are ignoring coaches. The front office and coach Leslie Frazier disagreed on Donovan McNabb. Getting rid of Brad Childress has reduced drama, but seemingly only pushed it under the surface. The latest issue to bubble up: Players and possibly Frazier weren’t happy about…
By KATE HEDLIN
STATS WriterThe Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings will both likely be making changes in the offseason after disappointing years. Whether the quarterbacks are among those changes remains to be seen.The Vikings visit the Redskins on Saturday, needing to win their final two games to avoid finishing with the worst record in the franchise's 51-year history.Minnesota...