This means the same to me as a father telling his son he has 100% confidence in him. It's just something he has to say. Maybe he really thinks his son isn't very good, but he has to wait for the right moment to tell him maybe it's time to move on and try something else.
Ponder's upside was that he was suppose to be smart. He's smart all right. He's smart enough that when he drops to be very quick to get out of the pocket and not hit. Watch Ponder, he is terrible at reading the field. Rarely does he ever throw the ball on time in the pocket. He drops, hesitates and then adlibs and makes mistakes. He is in that mode of throwing to open guys, not throwing guys open. There is a big difference. Duante was another one that did the same thing. Good NFL qb's throw guys open and if you can't do that , you can't be a starting qb in the NFL.
Imagine, Ponder has the best running back in football by far with stacked boxes and HE STILL CAN'T SUCCEED..... He's another T Jack just a different color which will keep him a job a few extra years than T Jack since they wasted a first round pick on him.
Everybody should go look at the statics for the first three years that Drew Brees was in San Diego. Give Ponder some time, as not every quarterback in the NFL is a superstar right out of the gate.
Look at Cam Newton last year. He was changing the way the game was played! Then look at him this year. Early, immediate success is not a sure sign of long term success and viability.
Ponder's arm strength is about what Brees and Rivers have.
2: Ponder's color will have ZERO bearing on how long he starts. That's simply a foolish assertion. His draft position will have more impact, only because the teams financial investment is higher.
3: Ponder has NO receivers to throw to, and has a crap HC and a moron at OC. Not exactly a recipe for success.
That said, Ponder also has failed to play to a level that illustrates that it IS the receivers/OC/crappy scheme, and not him failing.
As I said a few weeks back, we're stuck with him for the rest of the season, but unless he starts playing like he belongs here, I would advocate seeking another QB option.
Rivers had/has one of the best arms in football????
Ponder does have receivers to throw to. Harvin & Rudolph have proven time & again to be worthy targets. Jarius Wright looks promising. It's not like he's stuck throwing to Troy Williamson & Aundrae Allison.
I think Simpson & Carlson are busts, but it's not like other receivers aren't open. Ponder isn't throwing to them. Harvin was quick to point that out a few weeks back. Game film showed receivers were getting open, but not getting targeted.
Isn't stating "NO receivers to throw to, a crappy HC and a moron at OC" just making excuses for craptacular QB play?