The wheel of. . .something. . .that the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback position has become has, reportedly, taken another turn.
According to the folks at Pro Football Talk (with a hat tip to The Viking Age for getting there before we did), not only will quarterback Josh Freeman not be starting for the Vikings against the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon, he isn't even going to be active. Earlier in the week, head coach Leslie Frazier made it seem as though the decision for his starting quarterback had been narrowed down to Freeman and Christian Ponder. With this news, however, it makes you wonder if Freeman was ever really a consideration at all.
Matt Cassel will serve as the backup to Ponder for this week's contest, meaning that the Vikings' quarterback depth chart is the same in consecutive weeks for the first time since Weeks 2 & 3. If you're scoring at home, here's how the progression (if you can call it that) has gone.
Game 1 - Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
Game 2 - Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
Game 3 - Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
Game 4 - Matt Cassel, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Christian Ponder
Game 5 - Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman
Game 6 - Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel
Game 7 - Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman
Game 8 - Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman
Don't know if it's too early to label the Freeman experiment as a flop, but it's certainly starting to get that sort of feel, isn't it?