The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 12, 2012

Rueda column: Vikings have quarterback questions to Ponder


So what’s the best course of action?

There’s not much to do except stick with Ponder the rest of the way. Sure, he can be replaced if the team gets way ahead or way behind in any particular game but, until the Vikings are mathematically eliminated from the postseason, it doesn’t make much sense to sit him down.

If the second-year quarterback’s performance does not improve from now until the end of the season, the coaching staff will have a tough decision to make.

Do they continue to ride Ponder despite his body of work to date? Or do they look elsewhere for a player, either through trade, free agency or the draft, who can be an upgrade at the position?

These last three games may provide the answer.


Jim Rueda is the Free Press sports editor. To contact him, call 344-6381 or e-mail him at

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