Assessing the Backup QB Options for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013

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Assessing the Backup QB Options for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013
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As successful as the Minnesota Vikings were this past season, the lack of a serviceable backup quarterback ended the their season on a sour note. Christian Ponder led the Vikings to a seven-game improvement over 2011.

His personal record as a starter improved from 2-8 in 2011 to 10-6 in 2012, but unfortunately bruised triceps in his throwing arm prevented him making his first start in the playoffs against the Packers.

Backup Joe Webb started in his place. Webb's performance against the Packers indicated why the Vikings were hesitant to play him during the regular season. He completed 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards with a touchdown and an interception—resulting in a 54.9 passer rating.

In his defense, Webb had not thrown a pass during the regular season, and throwing him out there in the team's first playoff game since 2009 may have been asking a bit too much. 

In a report from Tom Pelissero from, head coach Leslie Frazier has left no doubt that Ponder will be the Vikings starter next year.

However, the question remains—who will be his backup?

Here's a look at five possible options that could be in place for 2013.  

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