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The Percy/Ponder Perfect Poison...


The AP factor....

So...2012 and the Vikings are a run-first team carried on the shoulders of AP. Ponder was asked to manage the team, keep turnovers to a minimum but mostly just give AP the damned ball. For the most part, thats exactly what he did. He didn't perform badly considering what he was asked to do. Sure there were a couple of losses that should have been wins but there were wins that most definitely should have been losses. Ponders deep ball was held in check for a number of reasons. (insert AP here) He did make one great long throw to Jarius Wright in week 17 against the packers for 65 yards. (his season best) However, looking at Ponders 2012 stats, I don't think many can call him even an average QB especially if he had been throwing for any other team in the NFL that does not have an AP. I will repeat that. Especially if he had been throwing for any other team in the NFL that does not have an AP. Indeed his only stat that is in the average range is his completion percentage (62.1) But, a well below average number of attempts (483) explains that anomaly. Again the attempts are low because of AP. 775 of AP's 2097 rushing yards occurred in the first half of the season before Harvin was injured. This stat is interesting but cannot be attributed to Harvins injury alone. Remember AP was not 100% coming into last season. At this point Ponder had thrown 8 interceptions in 5 games ending on the day Harvin was injured. This is including a 3 game streak where Ponder threw 2 interceptions each game. (enter the Webb-heads) Sooo....

The Percy factor....

As we are all well aware, Harvin was injured in the ninth game of the year during a loss to the Seahawks. The win/loss numbers were split there. Meaning there were 3 losses before the injury and 3 losses after the injury. Nothing telling there. However 171 of Ponders 300 completions occurred before this game. A little one sided. Ponders attempts did drop off as well with only 221 of 483 coming after Harvins injury as AP was fed the ball more often. Thus AP's TD numbers doubled. I think the Percy/Ponder combo was poison.

With Ponder throwing 8 INT's in five games the team knew we couldn't win with Christian throwing the ball as much as Percy was demanding. Upon Percy's injury there was a collective sigh of relief in the FO. Harvin eventually landed on the IR list, and the rest of his story is, as they say, history. In the last 2 losses of the regular season @Chicago and @Green Bay, Ponder threw 3 interceptions and had horrid passer ratings of 58.2 and 41.9 respectively. The very next game we hosted Chicago. Ponder threw yet another INT but the Vikings managed a win in spite of Ponders 53.8 passer rating in that game only because AP had 2 TD's. So now I am seeing Percy's side of the Ponder argument a bit more clearly.

The Vikings won the next three games against opponents that we really had no business beating. (except GB) Ponder ended the regular season with 3 TD's against the Packers in an amazing win that opened the door for the Vikings post-season.

Take what you will from all this. There is definitely room for argument from both sides and on all points. I hope Ponder does well for the teams sake. Forgive me if I am not sold on the prospect of CP7 leading this team to a SuperBowl victory any time soon.



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