Donavan McNabb vs. Christian Ponder Showdown Officially on for Minnesota Vikings

Frank PassalacquaAnalyst IIAugust 5, 2011

MANKATO, MN - AUGUST 4:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings prepares to throw the ball during training camp at Minnesota State University on August 4, 2011 in Mankato, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings now have two quarterbacks that will do everything possible to bring the team back to where they left off in 2009.

After drafting Christian Ponder in April and the 'informal' retirement of Brett Favre, Ponder seemed to have the starting position locked up. Then came Donovan McNabb.

Fans should be thrilled about this situation because it's a great one to be in. 

Either way, they can walk out of the 2011 season knowing who will be the starter. If McNabb plays like the Pro Bowl player he was in Philly, then you bet he will be re-signed and given some good cash. If he doesn't live up to the expectation, then it's now Ponder's team.

McNabb has his first official practice with the Vikings and is seemly the starter, hands down.

He brings the experience as a veteran and the leadership qualities the team needs. 

Coach Leslie Frazier commented on McNabb and his first practice,

"I thought for a guy who hadn't practiced with us and hadn't done anything ... I thought he did a good job," Frazier said. "The timing was there; he seemed to have a good command of the offense. Just to jump in there right away and begin to call the offense and set up and throw the ball accurately considering all the stuff's been going on, I think he did a good job."

With Michael Jenkins and Percy Harvin as receivers and one of the best running backs in the game with Adrian Peterson, McNabb should be thrilled with the chance to play on a squad like this.

McNabb is an unbelievable player, and as a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, I've seen him through all his ups and downs. Regardless, I would back this guy up in a heartbeat. 

In his 11 years in the NFL, McNabb has put up over 3,000 yards in eight seasons.

Many people forget just how close the Vikings were to making the Super Bowl just two seasons ago. McNabb is looking to do everything in his power to be in that situation.