To those of you who read my article from a few days ago about why Ponder shouldn't start this season, I am not waffling over this issue, I have merely reassessed my opinion of Donovan McNabb.
Through the first three games of the season, as much blame could be put on the Vikings wideouts as could McNabb. After seeing how well the Vikings got open against a depleted Chiefs secondary, with less than mediocre production from McNabb, I have officially jumped off the bandwagon.
McNabb can step up in the pocket, sure, but he is completely unwilling to make plays with his feet and escape the pocket to open up things downfield for his receivers. It seems as though he doesn't really even want to be out there and his apathy can be felt through radio waves.
Ponder, on the other hand, showed his willingness and ability to make plays and pick up necessary yards on the ground if his receivers can't get open. With a weak offensive line, Ponder's athleticism could be just what this offense needs to start putting points on the board and converting on essential third-down plays.
To be clear about where I now stand, Ponder Watch has officially begun in Minnesota.
As the Vikings are struggling to sell out their next home game against the Arizona Cardinals, starting their top QB could be just what the franchise needs to fill the seats.
After an 0-4 start, what do the Vikings have to lose by starting a QB who has probably studied the playbook a lot harder than Donovan McNabb? The only place the Vikings have to go is up. If the Vikings play Ponder, they can find out where they stand with this proclaimed "franchise quarterback." If they don't start Ponder and he ends up not being what they expected from him, then they delayed the inevitable.
Either way, starting Ponder now gives the Minnesota Vikings the best chance to win, and who knows, he could end up salvaging some games for the season.
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