The media has forced Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier to answer questions about the potential (or lack thereof) benching of quarterback Christian Ponder . "I really haven't thought about pulling him for a game and taking him out for a series or anything like that," Frazier said. "There are times where he needs to stay in the pocket a little bit longer. He needs to stay patient." The second-year QB has thrown eight INTs in his last five games. For what it's worth, Joe Webb is Minnesota's backup QB.
The Vikings have lost three of their last four after a hot 4-1 start. An early season win over San Francisco may have inflated expectations for a team few thought had any realistic shot at making the playoffs. I say this to put Minnesota's skid into some kind of context. After completing 69-percent of his passes through seven games, Ponder's completion percentage has plummeted in his last three games (51.3%). If second-year QBs can't have the occasional bad stretch, most teams wouldn't have a quarterback at all. Ponder remains a decent backup but his remaining schedule (Detroit, Chicago twice, Green Bay twice, St. Louis, and Houston) is about as tough as it gets.