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It's not uncommon for a rookie quarterback to be completely overwhelmed with the starting job. Jumping from college to the pros does not affect any position more than quarterback.
Christian Ponder learned this the hard way.
Ponder threw for 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also fumbling the ball five times last year.
However, not all of the blame can fall on the rookie quarterback.
Ponder never seemed to be fully healthy in his first NFL season, much like his final years as a Florida State Seminole.
Without being 100 percent, not having a solid receiver outside of Percy Harvin and having one of the NFL's worst offensive lines, Ponder and the Vikings managed three wins but also kept several games very close.
The Vikings organization has already addressed the obvious deficiencies by drafting OT Matt Kalil, and two wide receivers from Arkansas in Greg Childs and Jarius Wright.
After such improvement during the offseason, and a full year for Ponder to get his sea legs, there is only one possible direction going forward.