After losing to a surprising Cleveland Browns squad lead by third string quarterback Brian
Hoyer, Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson went to Christian Ponder’s defense saying it was unfair to boo the quarterback.
Craig Johnson, the teams QB coach, sees it differently.
“The bottom line is — and he knows this — if you do not win the game, you’re getting the blame,” Johnson said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “That’s just the way it is. Suck it up. You’re no different than quarterbacks in every other part of the country. When you lose, you’re getting the blame. That’s part of the deal.”
Johnson believes in Ponder stating that the quarterback “has done a lot of good things,”. But he is the starting quarterback, and this comes with the job. It’s to be expected that when you go 0-3, and lose to a team that most people though you’d win, you’re most likely going to get some criticism.
While Ponder admits to being frustrated, he has said that his confidence hasn’t suffered with the three losses to start the season. Belief and confidence in him will likely dissipate if he and the team doesn’t start to get back on track. Even though it is his third year in the league, and still showing improvement, if there isn’t change with in the coming weeks, we may see a change in quarterback in the near future.
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