So, any takers on when the excitement turns to excrement?
Frazier came out and said that if Ponder is healthy on Sunday he is our starter, if not Cassel will get his second start. Is that some sort of smoke screen that sneaky old Frazier thinks he can get away with?
This signing means to me that Ponder is headed to the IR and the staff don't seem to believe in Cassel. So what does this staff do when Cassel lights up the Panthers this Sunday?
My guess is that this little quarterback thing will cause Ziggy to gut the staff at the end of the year.
So who will be our next GM and Coach next season?
Cassell $3.7M, Freeman $3.0M, Ponder $2.7M cap hits for this year. Money won't determine who plays.
I told you. I don't like his footwork and i don't like his mechanics. he doesn't follow through on his throws and I also don't like what I see from the way he went about his business for his years in Tampa. If you don't put in the time and if you take a bad attitude and quit on your team then that is not the kind of guy I want to bring in and kick the tires on. The fact that the players came out and said they would rather have Glennon because he was putting in the time in the meeting room certainly doesn't do much for my confidence that he will come in, crash the books, and learn the offense right away.
Look, had they done this in the off season and had him in camp, preseason etc and gave him a chance to compete openly for the job I would have been all for it. But for the FO to tell us they had the right guys when we knew they were questionable at best and then sitting through preseason and the whole watch the tape, fix some things while sitting ponder like he was Manning only to go through the whole watch the tape, fix some things for the first 1/4 of the season only to blow it all up and bring in a guy who is not proven to be better than the backup you have and risk splitting the locker room I just find it impossible to see anything positive.
At best he comes in, plays half decent and they think they have the next Montana and we don't draft a QB in the next draft only to find out he isn't the answer either in 2 years and be back to this point again. At worst he comes in, stinks it up and the team self destructs at a time we should be building on a 10-6 record and a playoff berth.
Other than that it's all good.
Matt Cassel is making 3.7 million(and 3.7 million next year if both sides agree).
Josh Freeman is making 3.0 million
Ponder is making 2.7 million(and 3.2 million next year is all guaranteed)
Since I've been so negative, I'm going to try this "glass is half full" thing.
I am glad the coach and GM have discovered Ponder just isn't working out, though they are staying very PC on how they discuss him. But reaching for Freeman tells us far more than anything they will say in front of the microphone.
The Freeman contract also says they have very little confidence in Cassel, which I also agree with. Yes, I've been pounding the Cassel drum, but only because we were comparing him to Ponder. If we are going to throw the season to a "let's see if this guy has the stuff", the more upside is with Freeman, and he should get the remainder of the season to make it or break it.
But what if he is just "ok"? I have no confidence the staff has the ability to see the end of the road when it comes to QBs.