Ponder is not a long term solution in my humble opinion. However, benching him is unlikely to solve much at this point.
He can make a nice pass every now and then, but as others have observed, he seems to:
-Stare down receivers
-Exhibit awful awareness in the pocket
-Lack zip on the outs and slants
-Lack confidence and accuracy on the deep ball. I have the unsettling sense that whenever he goes deep, he's essentially chucking up a prayer. Great WR play (one of the sole bright spots of the young season) has bailed him out to this point.
His main upside is his surprising scrambling ability. However, is ability to buy more time to throw is poor, and bad things always seem to happen when he extends plays to pass. Plus, he's no RGIII, Michael Vick or even Joe Webb on the ground, so this silver lining is pretty dull indeed.
Total cleaning of the house is what is needed but I got a bad gut feeling that it won't happen for a couple of years. The fact that we are going to be playing outdoors for the next two years is my reasoning that we will have the same staff next year minus some important players.
He can't run as well as Ponder and he also has problems delivering the ball.
But, if the offense can establish a running game, he may be able to game manage and play the small ball that Musgrave is so enamored with.
Cassel isn't the answer, but I believe he would win more games than Ponder, providing the O-line can remember how to run block, and establish a sound ground game.
According to Channel 9 this morning Ponder has sore ribs and may not play in London.