Well, as we set forth on another long offseason of bickering and preconceived notions foolish pride won’t let us drift too far away from, what better time than now to reflect back on how time stood still in the face of obvious truths.
I think it’s only fair to start at the top, (in this case the bottom) but since I’ve been reminded over and over it’s a QB driven league it seems like a likely place to begin.
The Vikings have openly committed to Christian Ponder. What have we heard about him and what are the truths we’ve witnessed so far?
They say he’s an athletic QB. While I sit here and ask myself how someone who looks like he’s running with a stick up his @$$ be called athletic? I’m left to consider the fact they say this because he’s athletic for a white QB. Because let’s be honest, if he was a black QB nobody would confuse him with the term athletic. I know it and if you’re honest with yourself you know it too.
They say he’s accurate. Which one of the 100 yard or less games are they referencing? Was he accurate when he majestically put up 36 total yards in Green Bay with 3 minutes left to play? How about the back to back ½’s of football where he had less than 15 total yards passing?
Yeah, I heard the excuses, in fact I pointed out last year that the Ponder fans would create an entire new list, even though they openly proclaimed last offseason that this would be the year he would show he’s a quality starter after a full year of excuses last year and wouldn’t need any this year.
Yes, excuses are for losers, and Ponder has been granted more than most.
But what about his WR’s not getting open, every game WR’s are thrown to by quality QB’s who are by and large covered. The difference is they have an accurate passer creating opportunities for them to catch the ball. While Ponder throws to an area his WR’s are at, they throw passes to points their WR’s are able to make a play in spite of being covered.
That’s not accuracy, heck any scrub can throw to an area. Walsh used to harp on Montana that this pass needed to be 6” here or there instead of where he threw it. Ponder deals in feet, not inches.
Right about now a few simpletons are about to bring up my past posts referencing Webb and my desire to have him replace Ponder at several moments during last year.
I haven’t defended the guy who had the 2nd worst passing game in Green Bay last year for Viking QB since that start. The question is are you willing to admit these truths about both situations?
One was starting his 11th consecutive game, the other throwing his 1st pass of the season.
Ponder had 36 yards with 3 minutes left to play, Webb 60 with 5 minutes to go. They both finished with over 100, the new standard of excellence since Ponder took over the position, yet absolutely horrible football by any normal unit of measurement for a QB (first game or 11th game) But where some get off saying Webb proved he doesn’t belong with his, and the EXACT same saying Ponder had excuses during his is beyond rational thought.
No, you won’t find that in here.
Hence this post, where only you see what you want to see and slam who you want to slam in spite of truth laid before all of us. The fact is, we need to find and address the QB position, and the only hope left on the roster is the only guy we have yet to see…