Vikings still mulling options at quarterback
The Minnesota Vikings are still sorting through their options when it comes to a quarterback in free agency.
After drafting Florida State’s Christian Ponder in the first round, the Vikings have set themselves up for the future. The question is do they need a veteran to bridge the gap to the future? If so, who fits into that picture?
The problem the Vikings have is they don’t have an established veteran with a little bit of experience on the roster. If they don’t bring in an experienced player, Ponder will be relying on his coaches and coaches alone for guidance.
“It’s created more discussion amongst us,” coach Leslie Frazier said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We had an idea back in April what direction we wanted to go. In May we thought about some things. Now we’re into June and we’re still discussing what’s the best option for us and for our quarterbacks. What you don’t want to do is put a guy in harm’s way to the point where his confidence is affected for the future. We’ve got some different things we’ve got to talk through and figure out based on when we start football."
The Vikings want to build their offense around Ponder, and that might make their sales pitch not as appealing to some candidates. There isn’t going to be a big chance moving forward for a veteran.
"In our situation if we were to go that route to bring a veteran in, whatever time that would be, that veteran has to understand how important the chemistry of it is because eventually either Joe (Webb) or Christian is going to be our long-term answer," he said. "So it would have to be the right veteran. It goes beyond just knowing the system and playing in the National Football League because you’re trying to build the right locker room also. There are more dynamics involved than just a fact he’s a veteran quarterback.”
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