A quarterback mess in Minny

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Christian Ponder #7

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass during pre game prior to playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Gregory Shamus)

So the Vikings have consistently claimed that Christian Ponder is their quarterback, and that's all there is to it. 

So much for that claim.

While the Vikings spent plenty of energy in the off-season shooting down the idea that Ponder's tenure was threatened by Matt Cassel, who was signed as a free agent, the team has finally dropped all pretense now that they've signed form Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman for the remainder of the season. 

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said today that Freeman won't start this week's game against the Panthers or Vikings, and that it will either be Cassel, who started and beat the Steelers in London last week, or Ponder, who missed that game because of a rib injury. 

Beyond that, Frazier wouldn't speculate. Which means that he'll in all likelihood go with the hot hand. So if Ponder, the 12th overall pick of the 2011 draft, doesn't get it done in the coming weeks, he could lose his job to either Cassel or Freeman. 

It's a stunning turn of events in Minnesota, which got to the playoffs last year, although mostly behind the power running of Adrian Peterson and an opportunitistic defense. But to essentially concede that you whiffed on a top-15 pick from the 2011 draft? Wow. 

Looks like GM Rick Spielman may have missed again on a major quarterback decision. Nine years ago, when he was running the personnel show in Miami, he traded a second-round pick to the Eagles for backup A.J. Feeley. Spielman brought in Feeley as the starter, but he was ineffective and eventually lost his job to Jay Fiedler. 

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