There is much negativity swirling around the Minnesota Vikings’ locker room, specifically the quarterbacks.
Hasn’t the newest generation of Vikings teams been plagued with mediocre quarterbacking? Other than the Favre seasons, the Vikings have been a franchise looking for the Randy Moss, Cris Carter, and Daunte Culpepper trio that lit up the field for a string of seasons many years ago. Lets face it, we will never see that kind of explosion again. What I’m saying is, don’t try and duplicate it; find something else that works.
The Vikings’ offense needs to rely solely on Adrian Peterson. AP has proved he can still make plays with 8 or even 9 defenders in the box. Why stray away from that? If the offense can move the ball with AP then there isn’t any point in opening up the passing game.
This season the Vikings have been dominated in the time of possession. Giving Peterson 25+ carries will help the team control the clock with more ease. The only time the Vikings should throw the ball is on 3rd down or with play action.
When Christian Ponder has been at his best, he’s been using his legs more than his arm to make plays. That was never more evident than against Washington Thursday night, when Ponder made a spectacular play with his legs to get the team in position to win the game.
Ponder seemed to have fired himself up after the recent benching and injury troubles. This shouldn’t surprise Vikings fans because he has done it before. Last season he started off less than mediocre and with a benching he came back stronger than ever to rally the troops into the playoffs.
Now obviously the odds are against a last second run into the playoffs, but the fire in Ponder needs to stay lit if he wants to secure himself as a Minnesota Viking. At this point, this is a try out for Christian to show what would make him valuable for another team.
I’m not so sure Ponder has much of a future in Minnesota, and what blows my mind is the $2 million the team spent on Josh Freeman just to sit on the bench. That was a giant waste of money and a roster spot. $2 million for quarterback depth? Sounds pretty bone-headed to me.
It’s time for the offense to get some momentum. The weapons are there, minus Kyle Rudolph, to have success through the air. Get back to what brought you there: RUNNING the football with the best running back ever.
The Vikings just need to get through the rest of this season behind Ponder. He isn’t going anywhere this season so embrace it. This week is a huge test for the offense against Seattle who is among the elite in defense. Let’s see where the chips lie after this matchup.
It’s important to stay grounded when it comes to April’s draft. It’s only November, the team should only worry about what they can control this season.
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