Leslie Frazier's rationale for starting Christian Ponder this Sunday makes absolutely no sense

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Frazier's ship is going down, yet he refuses to change captains. Ponder will start again Sunday.
Stop us if you've heard this before: Christian Ponder was terrible last Sunday during an ugly Vikings loss, but he'll once again be the Purple's starting QB this weekend.

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That sequence of events is nothing new, but the explanation Frazier offered up for stubbornly standing by Ponder this time around was especially preposterous.

Here's what the embattled head coach of the 2-8 Vikings had to say about his decision during a news conference today: In fact, Ponder was so bad in Green Bay last year that his performance prompted this classic postgame "fire everyone!" rant from KFAN's Paul Charchian. He completed 12 of 25 passes for 119 and threw two ghastly interceptions during the Vikings' 23-14 loss. On that December day, the Vikings' passing offense was so pathetic that they became just the eighth team since 1960 to have a running back run for 200 yards in a losing effort (Adrian Peterson had 210).

Ponder also got the start when the Vikings visited Green Bay during his rookie year back in 2011. During that November game, the Vikings were absolutely annihilated by a 45-7 score. Ponder completed 16 of 34 passes with an interception and as many touchdowns as the City Pages staff had.

In sum, to put it mildly, Leslie was speaking falsely when he said Christian has "had success at Lambeau."

Frazier also offered up this gem of a response today when he was basically asked which one of his pets $3-million-dollar-man Josh Freeman killed in order to get permanently banished to the bench: So we're supposed to believe Freeman has "exceeded" whatever expectations Vikings officials had for him when they bizarrely signed him to a one year, $3-million contract last month -- yet despite Christian Ponder's oft-demonstrated terribleness, he can't get on the field?

We can't help but wonder whether Leslie's been dipping into Jerome Simpson's stash. Short-term memory loss is a side effect, after all.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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30 comments
Scott Conrad
Scott Conrad

Any high school qb with a palse would be better

Adam Epps
Adam Epps

I'm not a Vikings fan (thank god), but I would start joe Webb over these losers.

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

I'm tellin y'all, I think Christian knows something REALLY incriminating about Leslie. That or they're having an affair lol

Bill Wyers
Bill Wyers

Time for the both of them to go.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

It's time to fire Frazier & his staff he has loss his mind if he thinks Ponder gives them the best chance to win. Cassel or anyone would be a better choice. He must know that he's lost his job after this year.

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

I hope we keep losing! It only hurts the team if we win games at this point.. We need to Secure a good draft pick (hopefully 1st or 2nd pick) and get a good QB. Am I not right Vikings fans?

Joel Holden
Joel Holden

Who should start? ANYONE but Ponder.

Tony Ray
Tony Ray

Since the question is who so we think should start I'll go with...... Tommy Kramer.

Audrey Johnson
Audrey Johnson

Freeman, at least it was entertaining last time. And that's what it's about yes? Look they may have a shot as the Packers are so done in but really? They suck so suck it up and do something fun that day!

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

its quite evident that the awful play calling from the sidelines was predetermined before the season started. the demise of this team is an inside job. the question is why? musgrave you really suck. i mean, really, really suck. 10 yr. olds on madden can do better.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Let's start Rick Spielman. Because he knows EVERYTHING about football.

Brandi Stillings
Brandi Stillings

I'm so sick of his excuses each week. It's the same damn story!

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

Ah, the first City Pages article that makes sense! Normally it's the usual libtard ranting that drops the average American's IQ about 30 points.

L.p. Loveless
L.p. Loveless

absolutely no sense, just like anything frazier has ever done

yoopie93
yoopie93

@Christopher Smith   I would shudder to know just how low the average IQ is for the kind of troll who uses the term "libtard."

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