Still speculation for now, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody if this comes to fruition. As a life long Viking fan, this is music to my ears. Frazier’s days were pretty much numbered when he didn’t receive a contract extension last year, after winning 10 games and going to the playoffs. In the last year of his deal this season, the head coach was on short leash, to see if he could mirror that same success as last year. That didn’t happen. A lot of factors played a role in this losing season, but coaching is at the top of that list.
As for Ponder, the Vikings staff had high hopes for him. After failing to show any signs of progression, it’s time for Minnesota to cut their losses. The former 12th overall pick, has proved to the world why he was the biggest reach of that whole draft.
Expect the Vikings to target an established head coach this time around. While names like Penn State HC Bill O’Brien would be a great fit for Minnesota, a coach as accomplished as Lovie Smith would be hard to pass up. In the 2014 NFL Draft, expect Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Derek Carr to have their named called by Minnesota. The team can no longer go without a franchise QB. They have to hit on this one.
At this point, I’m not sure if anybody knows what coach Leslie Frazier is doing. He pulls Ponder for his terrible play against the Seahawks, but now gives him the nod vs Green Bay this week. It is really baffling to see Frazier drop the ball so many times this year. He looks like a head coach in way over his head. The real question in this is where in the world is Josh Freeman? The entire NFL knows what Ponder is, let’s see what Freeman can do since he should be acclimated with the playbook. I’m not sure if the former Bucs QB first start discouraged coach Frazier, or if he’s just going down with the ship, with his “guy”. One thing’s for sure, this is a big mess in Minnesota, and one that will almost certainly get cleaned up this off-season.
He took first team reps today, which is a pretty good indication hes probably going to start vs the Giants. Only setback would be if he doesn’t know the basics of the playbook. If that happens, Vikings say Christian Ponder will start. Right now, all signs point to Freeman getting the nod on Monday night.
- Report: Freeman starts if he learns Vikes playbook (cbssports.com)
- Report: Vikings hope to start QB Josh Freeman vs. Giants (bigblueview.com)
- Vikings Pushing For Freeman To Start On Monday (thevikingage.com)