The whole "this year is a make or break year" is pretty ridiculous. Some guys get 1 year, some get 5 and some get 2 weeks. If the coaches don't see the potential, they will grab the hook. Not his production, but his potential. Obviously they still believe Ponder has the potential to be a starting QB, but that could change very quickly and now they have someone that they could actually put in the game to take over if Ponder continues to flounder.
Like I say to Singer, you cannot compare Ponder and TJack. They were completely different QBs and we were looking for different things to improve with each of them.
I still have hope that Ponder will pan out... I just wouldn't bet money on it.
34 starts (17-17), 625 comp, 1053 att (59.4%), 7075 yds (6.72 avg), 38 td, 35 int, 89 sack, 77.7 rating
159 rushes, 643 yds (4.04 avg), 5 td
Jackson with the Vikings
20 starts (10-10), 354 comp, 603 att (58.7%), 3984 yds (6.61 avg), 24 td, 22 int, 47 sack, 76.6 rating
119 rushes, 535 yds (4.50 avg), 4 td
26 starts (12-14), 458 comp, 774 att (59.2%), 4788 yds (6.19 avg), 31td, 25 int, 62 sack, 77.1 rating
88 rushes, 472 yds (5.36 avg), 2 td
Do you see a difference? They're statistically identical. If anyone had wished we kept Tjoke, don't worry, we did. If anyone was anti Jackson there's no way in hell they can be pro Ponder. If you didn't think Jackson had any potential then what do you see that makes you believe Ponder has any potential? Just because he was drafted higher? Neither have what it takes to be an effective starter and neither are going to lead a team to a championship.
Ponder showed improvement from year 1 to year 2, although he did have some crap games, he also had some promising performances. We don't know where his ceiling is. As long as he keeps getting better, we should keep him around.
It is also a question of what their last games were like. Like it or not, Ponder played OK in weeks 14-16 and very well in week 17. We then had a chance to see what the team would look like without Ponder in the first playoff game, and it wasn't pretty. Jackson never really finished on a high note, or gave us any reason to have hope.
Ponder hasn't shown any consistency at all. Say what you want about him, whether fair or not, QB's in the NFL are on a short leash. Until Ponder can pick apart defenses, hit the deep pass with consistency, and lead this teams like a true franchise QB should, then he to should be on a short leash. This was a 10 win team last year, you can't stay the same or regress just so you can give your QB enough time to "get it"
And while there's some truth in that Ponder & Jackson can't be judged apples to apples 100%, the criteria for judging both isn't worlds apart like NP wants us to believe. It's the same WCO and the difference isn't so great that one can be judged after 6 starts, while the other demands 42. A wee bit of a difference there.
The other thing everyone keeps forgetting, because it doesn't fit into their agenda is that I didn't want Jackson here for 5 years, I wanted him to play all of 2008 rather than benching him & if he didn't pan out, move on without him. I share that same feeling with Ponder. We would be so much further ahead.
I get ridiculed for saying 14 starts wasn't enough by the same people stating 26 starts isn't enough.