At least it will be something different. Personally, I'm tired of watching Ponder screw the pooch so badly. He is not a good quarterback to watch play the game from a fan's standpoint. I watched Peyton the other night and man was that a revelation as to how bad Ponder is. If Cassell falls on his face, maybe Bethel guy can come in and be the next Kurt Warner.
If Ponder started:
16-27 237 yds. 1 TD, 2 Int, 1fumble lost
19-25 275 yds. 2 td 1 int
Not much difference in my estimation except that Ponder is such a bad QB and he is unable to hit open receivers or throw the long ball, teams play 8 and 9 man fronts all day against the Vikes. Cassel (if he has anything left) can hit open guys and teams will have to relax and allow AD to run the rock
I think the move makes sense. Expectations are not real high, but hopefully his experience will at least lead to more confidence in his play. If the rest of the team continues to fail then not sure better QB play will be enough to make it up.
Maybe the injury is real:
Fantasy Football News - NFL.com
Ponder has a fractured rib and will not play Sunday against the Steelers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "They just made a decision for what's best for me and my health and this team," Ponder said. "It stinks but it is what it is. But I'll be back for Carolina."
Impacts: Matt Cassel Will start with Ponder out. A CT scan showed the broken rib is near Ponder's heart, so doctors were worried about him doing more damage. As a result, it doesn't seem a given he'll be back in two weeks, plus it's possible he could lose the starting job if Cassel plays well.
Or should I just root for a top-five pick now? ;)
Look, Cassel might be just as bad as Ponder, but the difference will be we KNOW that now. It will make the undeniable case that the Vikings need to draft a QB next year.
I was horrified when a friend of mine suggested that Ponder might get this whole season to stink up the field, and they signed Cassel to 2 years, so he gets NEXT year. Just imagine THAT without vomiting a little in your mouth...