EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Leslie Frazier stood at a podium Monday, taking repeated questions from the media regarding Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and Frazier's resolute stance that Ponder is, and will be, Minnesota's starter.
Before standing up and explaining his and the team's position on Ponder, Frazier had already thought long and hard about a vastly more important setting. Frazier had wondered how his decisions regarding Ponder's place in the lineup would play in a locker room still believing it has a chance at making the playoffs this season.
Considering the entire locker room, Frazier's decisions on Ponder are weighty. Frazier also has to toe the line on performance versus potential. In his two years as coach, Frazier has often discussed accountability. But how does that accountability work when Ponder seems unable to pull himself out of a downward spiral that has seen him tumble down the quarterback rankings for the past two months?
"I've thought about that a...