Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    singersp's Avatar
    singersp is offline PPO Newshound
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    52,212

    Passing fancy? Not the Vikings

    Passing fancy? Not the Vikings, who have been struggling anew to move the ball through the air

    Passing fancy? Not the Vikings, who have been struggling anew to move the ball through the air - The Washington Post

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

  2. #2
    smegmavike is offline Coordinator
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    859
    Quote Originally Posted by singersp View Post
    Passing fancy? Not the Vikings, who have been struggling anew to move the ball through the air

    Passing fancy? Not the Vikings, who have been struggling anew to move the ball through the air - The Washington Post
    One of the problems, Frazier said, is that Peterson’s production has actually attracted blitzes designed to fill the gaps and stop him.

    Frazier said he’s not concerned about his second-year quarterback’s ability to make the right play against the blitz — and make it count.

    “He’s grown so much when it comes to dealing with pressure, whether it comes from a guy coming off the edge or somebody in his face,” Frazier said. “And he’ll get better as time goes on.”
    Ponder reacts adversly to pressure and falls apart from what I've seen. He bails out the back end of the pocket instead of stepping up and getting rid of the ball. He pulls the ball down and runs too often and makes bad decisions and throws when flushed. He also doesn't see the open receivers downfield at times although the receivers aren't open that often.
    I expected to see Ponder go through these struggles this year and learn from them. But I have concerns when the head coach appears to be casting the blame elsewhere.

    Harvin said the Buccaneers talked after the game about sending all the blitzes they had in their playbook, confident the Vikings didn’t have enough time in a shortened week to prepare for them all.
    They used every blitz in their playbook because Ponder can't yet handle pressure. The rest of the team needs to play better, but improvement by Ponder would make this team much better.

    If Frazier thinks they are blitzing Peterson and Ponder is handling the pressure well, the Vikings have far bigger problems than execution.

  3. #3
    singersp's Avatar
    singersp is offline PPO Newshound
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    52,212
    Christian Ponder’s 6.65-yard average per attempt ranks 25th in the league.
    “Everything’s fixable, so we’ve just got to fix it,” Ponder said.
    Question is, what are they going to do about it to fix it? For the most part our passing offense is digressing, rather than improving.

    first 4 games: Comp %: 68.2, Avg: 6.8 yds/game, TD's: 4, INT's: 0, Fumbles: 2, Rating: 96.5
    last 4 games: Comp %: 60.0, Avg: 6.2 yds/game, TD's: 6, INT's: 7, Fumbles: 1, Rating: 70.3

    Frazier is claiming AD is attracting attention by defenses who are plugging gaps & trying to stop him. Is he first figuring this out now? Hello! This has been happening for 7 years now.

    Again, what is he & Musgrave going to do to counter it? More short passes obviously isn't working.

    I found this to be telling also;

    “If it’s a 12-yard route, not cutting it short at eight yards. That just throws off the timing of the quarterback,” Harvin said, adding: “The plays are there. We look on film, and guys are open. We’re not clicking at the same time.”
    If guys are indeed open, which is contrary to what many of here originally thought, why isn't he seeing them?

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

  4. #4
    kingpin9995 is offline Starter
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    175
    The fact is teams are compressing the field against Ponder. They are going to force him to throw the ball down the field instead of giving him the flats and short passing game. D coordinators don't believe he as the strong arm to zip into small windows, and I do not believe the Vikings believe it either. They never throw the ball between the hash marks. Everything is on an island or behind the line. It could get very very ugly against the Seahawks defense. If Ponder continues like this he's not going to be starting very much longer. He never ever throws the ball on time. It's always 5 steps and hesitate. He never plants his back foot and lets it go. Looks like another Duante with a weaker arm but a better brain.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •