Leslie Frazier: Vikings fans won’t be upset if Christian Ponder starts against Panthers


Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday that he wants to see how well Christian Ponder’s injured ribs have progressed through the bye week before he decides who will start at home against Carolina on Oct. 13.

“Christian is still injured but he’s our starting quarterback and we’ll see how he does coming out of the bye,” said Frazier via the team’s website.

Matt Cassel led the Vikings to their first win of the season, completing 16 of 25 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-27 victory over the Steelers in London on Sunday.

“We’ll see how things go this week as well as next week with Christian,” Frazier said. “Matt did a good job. His experience definitely showed up in that ball game and that’s one of the reasons we signed him in the offseason for moments like what we had this past weekend and we were all hoping that he’d play well and he did.”

Frazier is not worried that the fans will be upset if Ponder is the starter against Carolina.

“I don’t think our fans will be upset, they just want the Vikings to win,” he said. “We’ve got great fans, they want the best for our football team and they’ve been so supportive throughout. I would expect our fans to be cheering for everybody that is wearing purple on Sunday when we get back at home.

“We’re all looking forward to getting back in front of our fans. The experience in London was great, there were a lot of people wearing purple in those stands, that was terrific, but to be back at Mall of America Field, I’m sure our fans will be very supportive of our players.”

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  • VikesSuperBowlBound

    If Frazier believes that, then he’s more out of touch with reality than I thought.

  • Craig

    are you kidding? right? you will get booed out of the stadium if you start boy ponder.

  • rick nelson

    ponder sucks.

  • Vikings144

    If they start Ponder they are not worth watching. Listen to the responses of your own players. The comments they are making make it clear who they would rather play for.
    Leadership is one of the many things Ponder is lacking. Ponder has never had a QB rating in his 3 years of playing that was as high as Cassel’s 123. My 11 year old knows that Cassel gives us the best chance to win.

  • Chris Gale

    I was at the Cleveland game, I don’t know where Frazier was because Ponder was booed almost everytime he touched the field

  • Jim

    Ponder Should not even be on the team. the Vikings should have never have drafted him he is not a quarterback!!!! start number 16 end of subject.

  • Tim Cammers

    Frazier needs to go. He is having delusion of grandeur thinking that ponder is a QB. If he starts ponder we will lose and a bunch of other shit will follow. I am tired of stupid. We need a smarter coaching staff and a smarter QB here. Our owner better start listen or reading these articles!

  • Guy Davidson

    bye bye Frazier….it wasn’t good knowing you