Apparently in an effort to increase comments to their articles, select writers are suggesting there should be a QB controversy in Minnesota. No, there should not, and I assume there will be not. Fans, and devious media members, are very short-sighted, and have decided that the turnover numbers from Christian Ponder's last two games now make him unacceptable as the QB of the future for the Vikings. That is silly.
I believe Coach Frazier benched Ponder for several reasons yesterday...
1. He was not 100% healthy.
2. His psyche had taken enough of a hit for one day.
3. A subtle message was delivered that even rookies can make too many mistakes.
4. Joe Webb had practiced with the first unit all week.
5. Perhaps a different look would be a problem for the Lions' defense (i.e. 65 yard TD run)
Ponder is an intelligent, competitive, and driven young man. He will not stop trying to win games, and when you are down 28-7, it seems like every pass must be thrown regardless of the risk. He now knows that only puts gasoline on the fire. I can assure you that the team remains fully behind Ponder as their leader, and I assume that when Christian Ponder is healthy, he will again practice and play as the number one QB, as it should be. Joe Webb can be an effective back-up, providing a different look to a team who has not prepared well enough for him. I doubt he would be effective as a 16-game QB, and I doubt that the Vikes see him as that.
BTW, did anyone else notice the similarity with his final INT to the one thrown by a certain Hall of Fame QB at the end of a certain NFC Championship game two years ago? Those throws can look SO open, and close SO quickly.