allow me to preface my comments -- i'm not suggesting that Ponder should be 'handed' the starting job. i simply think if we are seeking a veteran QB, it ought to be with the thought in mind that he will back up Ponder from Day 1.
i've heard people wanting a 'star' FA QB (Palmer, Hasselbeck, McNabb, etc) to start for at least the beginning of the season, with Ponder perhaps taking over half way through -- to me, that makes no sense, unless LF and company are absolutely 100% committed to Ponder sitting for a year (which i highly doubt, especially considering we drafted him #12 overall).
and if i can get this out of the way, the Favre/Rodgers comparison is a poor one, in this case. for starters, Favre was already on the Packers with atleast a few years ahead of him (many years, as it turned out), so they didn't have to invest in a veteran to come in and learn the playbook for only a year -- which is exactly what we would be doing (a new playbook, at that). and, more glaringly, none of the veterans being mentioned for the Vikes this year are as good as Favre was at the time -- period. i wouldn't expect similar results with the "sitting and waiting" argument -- it only sets Ponder back a year when he could have been learning on the field.
but for the sake of argument, let's play out that scenario. let's say we bring in...
- Palmer: decent QB, i suppose, but he isn't worth trading for with multiple years left on an overpaid contract.
- Hasselbeck: probably won't make it through the season without getting injured, and Ponder riding the pine would have been a waste of time when he could have been on the field learning through experience in those games he didn't start -- learning the game through "observation" isn't all it's cracked up to be, i imagine.
- McNabb: probably won't make it through the season without sucking, see: Hasselbeck.
so, if Ponder is the future at QB -- i think that decision is pretty clear, at this point -- it makes sense to start him right away assuming he is ready for that. many argue Ponder was the most pro-ready QB of this draft class, so it isn't a leap to say he could start Wk 1. seeking out a capable veteran who won't break the bank to back up Ponder makes the most sense -- to me, anyway.
is there anyone who disagrees with this...?? who would you rather bring in to start over Ponder, and why??