As if the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback conundrum wasn’t bad enough, this happened. Recent signee Josh Freeman has divulged having concussion-like symptoms following the Monday night defeat to the New York Giants. Vikings head coach Leslie Frasier stated today that Christian Ponder will have his starting job back this Sunday if Freeman’s status does not improve.
Freeman reported the symptoms on Tuesday afternoon. The Vikings staff thinks he suffered the concussion in the third quarter of Monday’s 23-7 defeat. Freeman played the entire game without showing symptoms of concussion, completing only 20 passes out of 53 attempts for 190 yards and an interception.
Ponder returns to the starting quarterback position for the first time since Week 3. He suffered a broken rib in the loss to the Cleveland Browns and was held out of the following game with concerns that the rib would puncture his lung from an awkward hit.
Matt Cassel led the Vikings to their only win of the season so far, but remains at the bottom of the depth chart at the quarterback position.
If Ponder plays well against the Packers on Sunday night, coach Frazier didn’t say he would be the permanent starting quarterback moving forward.
Facing a complex dilemma, fixing the Vikings’ offensive woes starts at the quarterback position. They seem to have almost all the right pieces put together for every other offensive position, but lack consistency throwing the ball. It’d be easy to blame the quarterbacks for the 24th ranked passing game, but poor coaching can be held accountable for the abysmal Minnesota offense.