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.

Show More

Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

Related Articles


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

    1. No I don’t think so… I think Johnny was the only person that RSVP’d… night games, big games tend to mean nobody shows up to live chats

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

        1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. I don’t really see any reason to have three QB’s active, since the rules allow you to play your QB3 anyways if it comes to that. I was thinking Cole might end up active today, filling in for McKenzie.

      1. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Relax Tomb. Relax. Leslie’s got this.

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

          1. 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.

        1. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

      1. 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)

  7. 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.)

  8. 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!

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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)

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