Minnesota Vikings Leslie Frazier’s job is safe through 2014

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP

Minnesota Vikings General Manager, Rick Spielman has gone on the record by saying that head coach Leslie Frazier will be part of the vikings organization through the 2014 season.

“Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere,” Spielman said. “I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff. And we’re committed to our players, and everybody is working extremely hard to get this thing turned around.”

The problem is that Spielman can’t be sure that anyone else’s job is safe, because he can’t say for sure that his own job is safe. If the second half of the season in Minnesota is as much of a debacle as the first half has been, everyone’s job is in jeopardy.

Spielman has indicated that the goal for the rest of the year is determining whether Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman or Matt Cassel will be taking snaps as the starter for the vikings has what it takes to be the team’s starter in 2014 and beyond.

“I know by the end of the year we should definitely have idea on what direction if we have a franchise quarterback on this roster right now, or do we have to go into the draft potentially and look for a franchise quarterback, or where do we go at the end of the season,” Spielman said. “But if you don’t have them in your building to get a fair assessment and true evaluation, this will give you a clearer picture of the direction you have to go at the end of the year.”

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Minnesota Vikings: We Know Who Isn’t Starting At Quarterback

Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier, watching Matt Cassel, is reticent about his QB situation. Photo: Matt Dunham, Associated Press

Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier, watching Matt Cassel, is reticent about his QB situation. Photo: Matt Dunham, Associated Press

At the present time, we don’t know who exactly who will be starting at quarterback for the Vikings when they travel to Jerryworld this Sunday to take on the Dallas Cowboys. We do know however,who is won’t be starting.

At Tuesdays press conference, Leslie Frazier announced that quarterback Matt Cassel would not be the team’s starting quarterback this Sunday.

“I don’t want to discount Matt [Cassel], but Christian [Ponder] did some good things in that ballgame. There were some things he could obviously do better, but that has something to do with it. He has led us to some wins in the past,” Frazier said. “Josh [Freeman], we brought him here to evaluate him and determine whether he could be a guy that could be a potential player for us in the future.”

“That’s what goes into trying to evaluate the both of them.”

Personally, this is quiet a shock. When I first heard about this, I was certain that it would be Christian Ponder who’d be the odd man out. This is, as we say, a charlie foxtrot of the first degree, and will likely continue to be throughout the rest of the season. There’s no way for this team to really start fresh until 2014, so strap in folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Minnesota Vikings Jersey Starts to look Like The Cleveland Browns

We’ve all seen now famous Cleveland Browns quarterback jersey, which to be honest, is quite a spectacle, showcasing the Browns last 20 starting quarterbacks, and it gets updated with very new gunslinger the team puts under center.

Now, the Vikings’ QB situation has become so disastrous that they have followed suit with a makeshift jersey of their own. However, this one only comes with half as many names (11, if you count Ponder as two).

Probably by the end of the season, they might have to update that jersey yet again, as I see them drafting or at least signing a free agent quarterback. It looks like Christain Ponders time is up in Minnesota.

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Minnesota Vikings Josh Freeman Expected to Practice Friday, But Won’t Dress Sunday

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Julio Cortez, AP

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Julio Cortez, AP

So we all know that Christian Ponder will probably be the starting quarterback for the Vikings this Sunday. So why is Josh Freeman possibly going to practice this Friday.

After being diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday, and continuing to struggle with symptoms from the effects, why is he being cleared to possible practice this week.

Head  Coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that Freeman could return to practice on Friday, but that Freeman won’t dress on Sunday.

It’s not a shock.  With a concussion suffered on Monday night and with Freeman missing practices at a time when he definitely needs to practice, it makes no sense for him to play. If the Vikings plan to have him as a quarterback of the future, they should keep him out of practice until next week to play it safe.

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Minnesota Vikings Josh Freeman Out With Concussion, Christian Ponder Please Stand Up

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder throws a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder throws a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

The Quarterback situation in Minnesota is starting to get bad, to put it simply,

Josh Freeman, who played as bad as one could imagine from a first start with a new team, had a bad outing in starting his first game with the Vikings on Monday night, has suffered a concussion, and may not be able to play this week against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed today that Freeman’s status is in doubt, and if Freeman can’t play, Christian Ponder would resume the role of the starting quarterback when the Packers come to town on Sunday night.

Although the Vikings won’t have any official word on Freeman’s status until he goes through the league-mandated concussion protocol, Frazier said the Vikings are currently preparing as if Ponder is going to be the starter.

It’s not clear when Freeman suffered the concussion, but Frazier said he didn’t see anything on Monday night to make him think Freeman was showing any symptoms of a head injury.

Assuming Freeman isn’t cleared to return, Ponder will get his first start since Week Three, and Matt Cassel will be Ponder’s backup.

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Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Situation

In this Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of an NFL football game  in Tampa, Fla.  The Buccaneers have released Freeman, Thursday, Oct. 3. 2013, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.  (AP Photo/Chris

In this Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers have released Freeman, Thursday, Oct. 3. 2013, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. (AP Photo/Chris

With the addition of Josh Freeman and the second straight start for Matt Cassel, the quarterback situation in Minnesota is interesting to say the least. I sat down with Philadelphia Eagles blogger, Billy Peterson for his thoughts on the Vikings quarterback situation.

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It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do, with Matt Cassel getting the nod this week, and Freeman in the wing, Christian Ponder could be looking for a new venue to play in.

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Minnesota Vikings Make Quarterback Change

The Minnesota Vikings have decided to make a change in Quarterback. Adam Schefter of

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) attempts to recover his fumble as Buffalo Bills' Bryan Scott (43) chases him during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills' Jamie Blatnick recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) attempts to recover his fumble as Buffalo Bills’ Bryan Scott (43) chases him during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills’ Jamie Blatnick recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

ESPN is reporting that Matt Cassel will start over Christian Ponder this Sunday as the Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers battle it out in London. Possible reasons for the change can be found in Ponders performance the past couple days along with the possible rib problems hindering him from practice.

We all remember Cassel, who was solid in the one season  as he took over for Tom Brady in New England. When Brady went down in Week 1 during  the 2008 season with a busted knee. Cassel’s threw for  3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions along with a 63.4 completion percentage that helped get him the starting job in Kansas City.

However, Cassel was never able to achieve the level of success he had in New England while under center for the Chiefs, putting up  sub par numbers and low a completion percentages except for one strong season in 2010.

Cassel, who came over to the Vikings this offseason, has been the backup to Ponder, who is going through his own struggles as a starter. Ponder, who is  currently in his third year with Minnesota, has completed just 59 percent of his passes through the  season, throwing just two touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s been a tad underwhelming the past  two seasons, with the Vikings relying on the running game of Adrian Peterson.  With Ponder is dealing with a rib injury, coach Leslie Frazier has said the injury is the only reason Ponder would not start over Cassel.

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Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder Told To “Suck It Up”

After losing to a surprising Cleveland Browns squad lead by third string quarterback Brian

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder walks off the field after a 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder walks off the field after a 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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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