Once again, I solicited questions from you guys and spent some time thinking about the answers. Here are the results:
Adam, to what degree do you think poor offensive line play and a weak receiving corps are having on the performance of Christian Ponder?
Football is a team sport, no doubt about it. The thing is, however, that football is a unique team sport in that one position is far and away more important than all of the rest. Argue all you want, but quarterbacks make and break football teams in the modern day NFL.
Now, I’m not making excuses for the receivers dropping the football or for failings in pass protection, but Christian Ponder has to embrace the leadership role he is lucky enough to have before he flat out loses it. He has to gather the troops, make clear his expectations, lead by example and demand more of himself with every lesson learned.
I think, especially with Harvin sidelined, Ponder has indeed drawn the short straw when it comes to receiver talent. However, that offensive line is better than people are giving credit for, and if he stopped imagining non-existent pressure causing him to flee the pocket (and, thus, creating pressure by changing directions) I think the line holds up better than most realize.
Also, apologists can make all of the excuses they want for Ponder, but he has the best running back in football right now making life a heck of a lot easier on him than it could be.