Minnesota Vikings: When Will They Replace Donovan McNabb with Christian Ponder?

Adam GrahamAnalyst IIJune 24, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field during the game against the Detroit Lions on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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If you’ve been following the Minnesota Vikings this week in preparation for their Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals, you’d know that head coach Leslie Frazier is sticking with Donovan McNabb as his starting quarterback.

This despite McNabb being among the worst of all the Starting QBs in yards per attempt, yards per game and completion percentage. These subpar stats stick out like a sore thumb, but Leslie Frazier thinks that his team can win with McNabb at the helm. Not only that, every other starter from last week's embarrassing loss against the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs will also remain in the starting lineup again on Sunday barring any serious injuries. Perhaps someone should tell Frazier that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Although to give Frazier and the coaching staff a little credit, they did conduct a series of meetings with McNabb about how the team can do a better job of attacking defenses. Of course, we won’t know if this will have any impact on the end result against the Cardinals, but it’s nice that there is at least some dialogue between McNabb and the coaching staff on how to improve.

The only question I have is why wasn’t Christian Ponder involved in any of these meetings?

Surely Frazier has at least thought about putting Ponder in eventually if McNabb continues to struggle. Maybe he doesn’t think Ponder is ready to be the starter yet and since the season is not a lost cause after only four games, it’s understandable why he wants to stick with McNabb for now. However, if Frazier wants to build a successful team for the future then it might be a good idea to get Ponder involved in the process outside of his regular reps at practice.

After all, even the most loyal coach who believes in his veterans leading the way while the rookies learn by observing can’t stick with a quarterback who has been playing as poorly as McNabb has if the Vikings are 0-8 or 1-7 at the halfway mark. Then the season would be a lost cause and going with a struggling 34-year-old over a first-round pick who is eager to get some real reps and gain chemistry with his receivers would be a whole new definition of insanity.

It all comes down to when Leslie Frazier is willing to pull the plug on contending for a playoff spot. The best case scenario would be an unlikely winning streak to get his team back in the hunt. However, if that doesn’t happen then Frazier should pull the plug on McNabb at the exact same time he pulls the plug on a competitive season.