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 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 Claim Shaun Prater

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, right, catches a pass in front of defensive back Shaun Prater (38) during NFL football rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium, Friday, May, 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, right, catches a pass in front of defensive back Shaun Prater (38) during NFL football rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium, Friday, May, 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

The Minnesota Vikings will be sticking with newly promoted Josh Freeman as their quarterback for Week Eight, but they’ve decided to make a change at cornerback.

The Vikings announced Tuesday that they’ve claimed Shaun Prater, and then promptly released Jacob Lacey. To be the Giants, as he didn’t play in the game. It’s also has no bearing on anything Lacey did in any other Vikings game since the team had just added him to the roster late last week.

Prater was waived by the Eagles on Monday when they signed linebacker Emmanuel Acho off of the Giants’ practice squad. Prater played one game for the Eagles, who claimed him off of waivers from the Bengals at the end of the preseason.

Prater will join a Vikings secondary that has allowed opposing passers to complete 65.5 percent of their passes this season, so there should be an opportunity for him to get on the field at some point this season.

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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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