Ponder opened the season strong, but has struggled lately including Sunday where he completed just 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards. Ponder has thrown four interceptions to two touchdowns in his last three games. As he continues to struggle, fan support for the second-year quarterback has waned. As Ted Glover of the Daily Norseman wrote, not many fans are standing in Ponder's corner right now.
In defending Christian Ponder as the starting Vikings quarterback, I kind of feel like Custer must've felt when he came over that last ridge, at least in a metaphorical way--I'm surrounded, everyone is shooting and firing arrows in my direction, and my fellow Ponder supporters are rapidly dwindling, one by one.
And after his dismal performance yesterday, I'm rapidly running out of ammunition to defend myself with.
After completing at least 60 percent of his pass attempts in each of Minnesota's fist six games, Ponder has completed less than 55 percent of his passes in the Vikings last three. Glover said the Vikings will need to stick with Ponder this season to see if he can bounce back from the string of poor performances, but Glover admits his view might be different if the circumstances were changed.
If I am being honest with myself, and I were to replace the name 'Christian Ponder' with 'Donovan McNabb', I would be screaming for a quarterback change.
Ponder will try to rebound on Sunday against Detroit as the Vikings attempt to stay in playoff contention.