This man appears to be pretty happy with the way things are going this off-season. That's a good thing. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
The "Judd & Phunn" show on 1500 ESPN got the opportunity to sit down and talk with Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder yesterday. You can hear the whole interview on their "On Demand" service, and there are some notes from the interview posted here.
Here are a couple of the highlights:
On actually having offseason practices this year:
"Yeah, it has a completely different feel to it. And last year was such a wacky year, and this year I feel so much comfortable with the OTAs and the practices and stuff. I feel so much more comfortable with the offense and being on a team. But then the other thing is, I feel so much more comfortable being in my surroundings. Last year you moved straight to Minneapolis and we started mini-camp so I didn't really get used to anything and didn't get to really check out Minneapolis much, but really loved it here and I'm having a great time here."
On how confident he is in the Vikings' offensive line:
"It's huge. I think drafting Matt Kalil in the first round really secured the offensive line by letting Charlie [Johnson] move inside to left guard, which I think he's built better for. It's hard to tell in OTAs obviously - we're just in shorts and no pads - but they look good. And I think what helps is me understanding the blitzes as well - being able to direct protections and pick up certain things. That's only gonna help as well. I have full confidence in them. They're gonna do a great job and give me a lot of time to make plays and open up holes for the run game."
Check out the whole thing. . .it's definitely worth a listen.