BS If he hasnt the cojones to do whats better to us ,we should fire his ass
Frazier needs to quit worrying about the Cassell/Ponder decision, which should have been made by now, and figure out how to get the defense out of the cellar. Near the bottom in both yards and points allowed. Won't matter which QB plays if he's playing from behind all day.
I think what Frazier said is part of the usual subterfuge. He wants to keep the next opponent guessing a little on which QB they will have to prepare for.
As an example, Ponder had an MRI Monday before leaving for London. The radiologist reads those MRI's for NFL teams right away. They knew Ponder wasn't going to start before they left the states. Cassel knew he was going to start and let his buddy Tom Brady know. Brady spilled the beans.
Frazier and Ponder played the ' I don't know who is going to start' game until Friday when they had to announce their injuries.
I think they already know who is going to start after the bye, but will continue to keep it a mystery. I suspect Ponder will have ongoing rib problems until Cassel lays an egg.
If not, then Frazier is probably in his last year as a head coach.
One other thought. As a defensive head coach he is failing. If he can't figure out a way to fix the defensive woes during the bye, the QB he starts wont make much difference. He has the opportunity, with the bye week, to make some changes on defense. If he stands pat, I think he is toast.
When I think about someone like Peyton Manning scanning our defense before the snap, my blood goes cold. We MUST start mixing up packages and become more dynamic. Using the same ol' same ol' only works against bottom rung QBs (like ours, I bet the defense looks good in team scrimmages).
Look at what Ryan did for the Saints...and you cannot tell me the players on THAT defense improved that much over the off season.
It funny I heard Frazier on Sirius this morning and he, well I hope he was,, trying to be tricky when asked about his starter against the Panthers in less than 2 weeks and he said he wanted them to have to prep for both guys. Well the said truth from the way I see it they just have to prep for Cassel and if Ponder starts just scrap all the coverage schemes at game time cause they won't be needed......sorry to shoot any holes in your craft plans coach but one of your qbs is not very diamensional not sure if you noticed that on the tape
Frazier just said that Ponder is the starter if healthy.
Unlike those of you who believe this is some sort of clever ruse by Leslie....I think he's just stupid enough to do it.
Having watched his team put up a balanced offensive attack for the first time all season -
Having watched his QB throw accurate passes fir the first time all season -
Having watched his receivers actually command the respect of a Defense for the first time all season -
....he's going to go right back to the guy who could do ANY of that....all season.
FUCKING FIRE FRAZIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And take the Wilfs with you!!!!!!!!!!
My gut says Cassel will be starting because Ponder will still be nursing the ribs. Ponder might be nursing those ribs until Cassel has a bad game, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if Ponder starts again even if Cassel continues to play well.
Leslie Frazier vague on Vikings quarterback situation
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