Donovan McNabb has struggled in second halves in all four games this year.
With a team that is built to win now, bringing in the former No. 2 overall pick was the right move, however, now that the team is 0-4 and officially in the lead for the Suck for Luck Bowl, it’s time for Coach Frazier to make moves that better this team for the long term.
McNabb has had four consecutive weeks of rough second halves. He’s averaging 4.8 yards per catch and has thrown for a total of 262 yards on 49.1 completion percentage and has a paltry QB rating of 68.9.
Teams just can’t win games with sub-par production like that from the quarterback position.
And while you can’t put all the blame on McNabb, he has done nothing within himself to fix his second-half mistakes.
A change to Ponder would spark enthusiasm from the players and the fans, and that could translate into better second-half play.
By inserting Christian Ponder into the starting role, it would instantly wipe away any and all lingering effects from last year's horrific season.
It would also give the Vikings organization 12 games to see if he is indeed a franchise quarterback and worthy of being the No. 12 pick overall.
For the four previous seasons, All Day never spoke out publicly regarding the teams play-calling. After their loss to the Detroit Lions, Peterson’s dad went public with some frustrations his son has about the play-calling.
This is a real concern. If things continue the down this same path, Peterson could very well start talking publicly himself about his frustrations.
Peterson recently signed a seven-year contract worth up to $100 million, so losing him to free agency won’t be an issue. Losing him to trade demands could become an issue.
The Vikings would never give in to any trade demands that Peterson would push for, but you certainly don’t want a Carson Palmer-type of situation.
Peterson is loved by all of his teammates, and by everyone in the league for that matter, so if that were to ever formulate, Coach Frazier could lose the whole locker room.
Andrew Luck is the clear No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft
The Vikings are 0-4 and are the front-runners for the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.
With both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers undefeated and poised to lock up the top spots in the NFC North, the Vikes have zero chance at making the playoffs—so benching McNabb and starting Ponder is a perfect way for this organization to start positioning themselves for next year’s draft.
If Ponder shows that he not a guy who can be a franchise quarterback for the next 10 years, then they can start planning their strategy around possibly getting that No. 1 pick.
Christian Ponder can shut down any talk of Andrew Luck by coming out and showing that he is a franchise quarterback, which then would change the front office’s strategy to where they could start looking at trading down in the draft to add picks and fill other glaring holes.
When the Vikings selected Ponder with the No. 12 overall pick, most people, including the ESPN NFL Draft Coverage Team, were dumbfounded. Mel Kiper Jr. said that drafting Ponder that high was a reach and they could have still taken him much later in the first round.
If Ponder can succeed in the starting role, Coach Frazier and Vikings GM Rick Spielman could prove they were right by reaching that high for the kid. It makes perfect sense to follow up a bold move like that with another bold move by inserting him into the starting role now.
Something needs to be done real quick, because if they don't find out what they have in Ponder, they are going to be in the uncommon situation of having to decide whether or not they should draft first-round QBs in back-to-back years—and the Vikings haven’t exactly had a great track record in the draft in recent years.
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