EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Four turnovers have placed the crosshairs directly on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder after Sunday's 34-24 season-opening loss at Detroit.
Those sights aren't from coach Leslie Frazier.
Frazier reinforced Ponder is the team's starting quarterback, telling the Chicago media Ponder's job is "not in jeopardy" during a conference call Wednesday. In Minnesota, Frazier told reporters he's seen moments that show Ponder, in his third year, can be an effective starter in the NFL, particularly late last season when the Vikings won four straight games to advance to the playoffs.
"We've seen him do it on repeated occasions and the consistent play is what we're looking for," Frazier said. "And we'll need to have a good week this week. You don't want to say that you can't get this turned and going in the right direction after one week. I just don't think that would be wise."
Fans, analysts and armchair quarterbacks have lobbed plenty of criticism on Ponde...