With the national media basically calling the Vikings a joke and Ponder getting a shot to take the helm this Sunday night, how does this team respond?
I think that if you were to step back and look at this team, you would see a team in disarray. They lost some close games early in the season and our QBOTF was shown the bench after missing out on our only win in London.
Then the Freeman signing began the three ring circus and the wheels fell off. It is not surprising that our biggest losses happened after apparent panic from the front office and coaching staff set in. How did they expect this team to respond to throwing in an ill prepared QB?
It is pretty evident that Ponder hasn’t shown that he is in the same category with the top QB talent in the league. Cassel has not shown any better and Freeman lost his starting job this season to a rookie. Let’s face it, we probably don’t have a franchise guy on this roster. So back to my initial question, how does the team respond to Ponder back under center? From a layman’s perspective, Ponder gives the team the best chance to win at this time. But does the team believe that too? Sunday’s match up against the Packers will clue us into the locker room’s opinion.
This is a team sport and although the QB is the most important position on the field, how every player approaches their assignment and executes determines the performance of the team as a whole. So does the team believe they have a chance to win with Ponder vs Green Bay? It didn’t appear they did with Freeman on Monday night against the Giants.
I’m extremely interested to see if the O-Line blocks better, if the receivers work extra hard to get open and get YAC. I’m also interested to see if the D brings it and special teams eliminate bone headed plays. I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see us shock the Packers and catch them overlooking us because of how we have been portrayed in the media the past two weeks.
I know all these guys are pros, but if you feel like the bosses have thrown in the towel it is hard to keep the workers putting in their best effort. And playing Freeman Monday night was the equivalence of the bosses throwing in the towel.
So, what do you think?