When it became clear Tuesday that Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier wasn’t going to publicly announce his starting QB until Wednesday, the writing was already on the wall. Teams don’t wait to announce that the incumbent will remain the starter (i.e. Kyle Orton vs. Tim Tebow last week).
This is the right move for the Vikings. I was never a big fan of the Donovan McNabb signing, and I mentioned before the season that I thought Ponder would start games this year (didn’t really go out on a limb there, huh?). I told people in the newsroom before the season that Week 5 was my prediction for Ponder’s relief debut, so the McNabb experiment lasted longer than I expected already.
I think all can agree that McNabb isn’t completely to blame for the Vikings struggles. That much is obvious. But if this were any other position besides quarterback – let’s say that the Vikings had a first-round draft pick at safety sitting on the bench and the starter ahead of him were underperforming – a change would have been made weeks ago. However, the Vikings wanted to avoid throwing Ponder into the fire.
But to me, if a guy can play, he can play. It might not hurt if – a la Aaron Rodgers – he sits on the bench for a couple of years. But the Vikings aren’t in position to do that. They need to win games, and they need a new stadium. Don’t think for a second that the latter doesn’t also factor into the equation.
And does anyone think Ponder’s play will actually be worse than McNabb’s? I don’t. I thought Ponder looked good in the preseason, and he had moments in relief on Sunday. So why not give the kid a chance? They’re not winning games right now anyway.
World Series prediction
It’s Texas vs. St. Louis in the World Series. Not exactly what I expected to see, even as late as a few weeks ago. I keep thinking the Cardinals will go down every series they play, but here they are.
But I’m not a quick learner, so I’ll keep picking against them. Gimme the Texas Rangers in six.
As for who I’m rooting for? First and foremost, I’d just like to see a seven-game series, just like fans in Minnesota and the country witnessed 20 years ago.