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2013 Has Begun… With A Quarterback Conundrum

Even with plenty of concerns about whether or not Christian Ponder has what it takes to be a long term solution at quarterback, the Vikings brass has done a great job of keeping quarterback controversies at bay for all of 2012.

Welcome to 2013.

Numerous rumors and “reports” are floating around that Christian Ponder’s “questionable” status was actually more legitimate than many originally thought.  Apparently his elbow bursitis, and the need to drain that elbow, could be enough to keep him off the field tonight.

Yes, that means Joe Webb is being rumored to start against the Packers in the biggest game of the year.

We’ll know a concrete answer soon enough, but if you weren’t anxious enough about this game, these rumors are certainly making life interesting for Vikings fans on this Saturday afternoon.

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Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

Yep, it’s looking like it wasn’t some sort of misleading by Fraizer and Ponder may be sitting this out.
One word Ponder;
Cortizone!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

We going to have a live chat today Adam?

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  Adam Warwas
8 years ago

I’m cool with that. Such a huge game, it’ll be hard to take my eyes off it.

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  Fran the Man
8 years ago

I have people coming, I just assumed you were showing up, Fran.

Oh well, I’ll drink your whiskey for you. Cheers to a Viking victory!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  Tomb...
8 years ago

I just checked Alaska Airlines Tomb, sorry can’t make it.

Dan T
Dan T
8 years ago

The cold weather isn’t going to do that elbow any favors. They already had some interesting decisions to make on deactivations today since Winfield may not get through the entire game. I assumed they would fill McKenzie’s open spot with Burton (the CB), but if they are going to let Ponder try it they should probably have JBT active today as well.

Dan T
Dan T
Reply to  Adam Warwas
8 years ago

Adam I believe they eliminated that rule on the #3 QB when they increased the # of active players a team could have by one last year. The list won’t be out for a while yet.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  Dan T
8 years ago

Is there an active list out yet Dan?

bjohnny
bjohnny
8 years ago

Things could get very interesting if Webb has to start. I sure wish Webb could have seen some action during the year, he has to be rusty as hell.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  bjohnny
8 years ago

Luckily, Webb got quite a few touches with the 1st team this past week, so at least he won’t be going in totally cold, if he has to go in.

Skol12
Skol12
8 years ago

We can just have AD start at qb, it will save us the handoff.

Brett Anderson
Admin
8 years ago

Just having some minor panic attacks… no worries.

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  Brett Anderson
8 years ago

I didn’t plan on having a drink until an hour before gametime, but had to crack a beer an hour ago. You know, something to do while I’m pacing.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  Tomb...
8 years ago

I’ve been boxing with my new xbox. I’m good to go.

B. Grant
B. Grant
Reply to  Tomb...
8 years ago

Relax Tomb. Relax. Leslie’s got this.

You start beers now and you won’t even see Blair’s game winning kick.

Skol12
Skol12
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

Yeah Tomb, its not like he can do any better than BR

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  Skol12
8 years ago

Webb is awesome, except when he’s atrocious.

I have NO idea how this game is going to go, outside of heavy doses of AD.

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

Don’t worry Coach, Tomb’s been practicing his gametime drinking all season long, and I’m fully prepared for postseason drinking. You should see my halftime adjustments.

The stuff of legend is what it is.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

If you guy are following the twitter feed at the bottom of this page, it says Joe Webb is on the field as I write this, throwing to Simpson. They are the only 2 players on the field. Saw a short clip of Ponder throwing 30 minutes ago and he looked real weak (Throwing) and none too happy. Smart money says Webb is our starter.

Dan T
Dan T
Reply to  Fran the Man
8 years ago

I was going to mention I really love that feature on this website.

CSlinde
CSlinde
8 years ago

I hear a collective ‘FAA-aaaa…..’

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  CSlinde
8 years ago

……ck

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

Webb and MBT are now on the field throwing to Rudolph and Simpson. No sign of Ponder.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
8 years ago

The thought of Webb starting makes me excited and nervous at the same time.

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  c.carterhof
8 years ago

That is EXACTLY where I’m coming from Cart.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  c.carterhof
8 years ago

Just think how it makes the Packers D and D-coordinator feel.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

I can’t believe how non-nervous I am about this game. Seriously, I can’t believe it. I have watched every single playoff game and SB appearence the Vikings have ever been in and I was out of my mind nervous before each and every one of them. Today; calm.
Weird.

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  Fran the Man
8 years ago

…still on your pain pills Fran?

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  Tomb...
8 years ago

No, but it’s mighty tempting since I quit drinking lately (My Doctor told me I had to stay off my face for a couple weeks)

B. Grant
B. Grant
8 years ago

This isn’t all bad. That Packer defense now has to change their whole train of thought (doubt), and these kinds of adjustments are not good in the mind of a player going onto a playoff field. Or, maybe they relax thinking “no way we can lose now”… that works in our favor, too. And remember, Webb, Wright (behind Percy) and Simpson (suspension) have had no small amount of time together on the practice field earlier in the year, and as previously mentioned, more reps this week.

We got nothing to lose here, makes the game that much more entertaining, in my mind. (Tomb, put that second beer back in the cooler for a while.)

B. Grant
B. Grant
8 years ago

PONDER INACTIVE!!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

Come on, whats with the 2 exclamation marks?

B. Grant
B. Grant
Reply to  Fran the Man
8 years ago

Yup. Caps AND two ex marks. I win!!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

DAMN! I hate losing!

Tomb...
Tomb...
Reply to  Fran the Man
8 years ago

Coach is a drama queen sometimes. Excessive punctuation and all.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

PONDER INACTIVE!

Tomb...
Tomb...
8 years ago

Ponder’s formally inactive. Wow.

Norseman66
Norseman66
8 years ago

Ponder is inactive. Spider gets the start.

Tomb...
Tomb...
8 years ago

jinx

B. Grant
B. Grant
8 years ago

LOL – That’s awesome Fran!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

Pretty cool

B. Grant
B. Grant
8 years ago

We are a sprained ankle away from having McLeod Bethel-Thompson QB our first playoff game in 3 years. His first action as an NFL QB could be in a playoff game. You can’t make this stuff up. I don’t even know his number!

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

I don’t even know what he looks like

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

So Coach, now that you’ve had all of 10 minutes to digest this news, what is your feel, matchup wise, for Green Bays Defenss against Webb, with no time to prepare?

B. Grant
B. Grant
Reply to  Fran the Man
8 years ago

Not feeling its all that much different, Fran. If anything, they have to focus even more on his ability to run, which is RG III like. Of course, his passing isn’t, and my greatest concern in the cold weather is the center and running back exchanges. Bur remember, the Packers have seen exactly zero 2012 game film on him, so I think the mental aspect is in our favor there. One thing I often see is that every member of the Viking offense becomes that much more focused when this happens, so that may be a good thing.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  B. Grant
8 years ago

Good thoughts, hope you’re right. Webb is faster too. By the way I think everyone may have moved over to Adams latest thread. . .See you over there (Just go to the VT home page)

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
8 years ago

Just in case you guys forgot what an athlete Webb is;

CSlinde
CSlinde
8 years ago

Maybe, MAYBE J. Wonder can repeat his perfomance in PHI a while back….
SKOL!!!!

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