First off, I'd like to glorify and refresh everyone's memory that the Packers are the only 15-1 team to NOT win a playoff game. Also, I want everyone to remember that this is the NFL and teams can change around very, very quickly. Either for the better or the worse. The Vikings definitely have taken a turn for the worst these past two seasons, but that doesn't mean we can't change things around quickly with a smart draft and via free agency. Throughout all our games, I seen a team that never quit and kept fighting, even when it seem like the end was near, we always found a way to bounce back, usually just to fall short. With a few more bounces our way, the record could be way better then it is now. But like they say, you are what your record says you are. Going back to the statement that this team doesn't quit and plays until the end; I found it very surprising that some fans wanted this team to throw the last few games just to get a better draft pick. Granted that I understand their thinking, but you can't live with players who quit. I'd rather see my team lose with dignity then quit in defeat.
Now to express my main reason for writing this post. I want everyone to tune in to this. Christian Ponder is and will still be the Vikings Quarterback entering the 2012 season, bar an injury. I'm not a big stats guru and I'm a bit lazy to go look up very much when I write. So I write from my own perspective and opinion, which everyone might not agree with. Ok, now I've spend the past few days watching every single game that Christian Ponder has played in. Guess what I discovered? Oh, you're not going to believe this one... Christian Ponder played like a rookie. Oh no, run wild, the ship is burning down. We have a rookie quarterback who played like a rookie. Rookie mistakes tend to be, staring down receivers, getting baited into throws, making bad decisions, throwing picks, yeah, those types of things. I admit, Christian looked exactly like a rookie was suppose to... Sigh. Ok get real people.
Christian Ponder has potential. Good if not Great potential. No one knows his ceiling, yet many people put it upon themselves to set his ceiling for him. IMO he showed more promise than not. Are there concerns? Of course. He has been getting injured, but I wouldn't call him injury prone yet. I'd prefer to call him a victim of having the worst body guards a QB can have. I mean, they'd let a kicker in to Club Sack Our Quarterback. Some other concerns include his ability to throw the deep ball. Hmmm, I'm pretty sure if you watch the Atlanta Falcons game highlights, I'd think he can do that just fine with more experience. Also, i noticed that after Mike Jenkins got injured, Christian Ponder kind of fell of in production a bit. And even a bit father when Christian started getting injured himself. So what does that tell you? We really really do need a deep threat wide receiver. Percy is magical. I'm so thankful for him, and if I ever see a trade Percy post I might take it upon myself to track you down and... Nevermind this is the internet. (I don't need any witnesses.) I think it's critical to Christian's development to give him a deep threat and an O-Line. Unless we go all New England style and maximize our tight ends touches. Like I posted at my blog, the 49ers have stuck with their man 6 years and their loyalty is now paying off. Yes, I understand we had a horrible season, but you can't look at the QB position and honestly say that's our weak spot. I can't buy that I'm sorry. Again, he's a rookie. Not really trying to make excuses for him, but this really wasn't the greatest of situations to be in to start your NFL career. No deep threat WR, no Offseason, virtually no O-Line, No defense that could get you good field position, yeah, he exceeded expectations. In CP7 i trust. Do you?