Sid Hartman has been a major voice on the Minnesota sports scene for several decades. He writes a column four days a week, and has a weekly radio program on WCCO830 at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. He also can be heard at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. on weekdays.

Posts about Vikings quarterbacks

Hartman Blog: Should Ponder start next week?

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: December 22, 2013 - 6:08 PM

No doubt Matt Cassel deserved all the praise he got last week after he had a great day against the Philadelphia Eagles, winding up with a 116.6 rating in a 48-30 victory.

Well, not to be critical of Cassel, but all the Vikings quarterbacks seem to be having trouble with consistency this year.  The same Cassel who was a big star in the Philadelphia victory completed only 13 of 27 for 113 yards and was intercepted three times for a 32.6 rating, the lowest of any Vikings quarterback this year, Sunday’s 42-14 loss at Cincinnati.

Now coach Leslie Frazier might have second thoughts about putting Cassel in there again next week against the Lions.  He might take a look at Christian Ponder to improve the perception of Ponder before next season.

What a difference a season makes. Last year this time the Vikings were 9-6 and looking forward to a game against the Packers that would put them in the playoffs. They ended the season with a four-game win streak and that playoff spot, and it was a Merry Christmas for Vikings fans.

This year, the fans got a lump of coal.

The Vikings lost that playoff game at Green Bay to end last season, but there was certainly something to look forward to.  That is not the case this year.

Vikings in tough shape at 0-3

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: September 22, 2013 - 5:17 PM

There's plenty to blame from both the offense and defense from the Vikings, who lost to the Browns 31-27 today at the Metrodome.

This game was so different than anyone expected.  The Browns had scored only one touchdown in each of their first two games; they traded their best running back this week; their No. 1 quarterback was injured and they played their third stringer today. But they were able to take the ball, they got it with three minutes left, and march right down the field to score the winning touchdown. 

The Vikings have lost three games, two of them were real heartbreakers.  They led the Bears with 12 seconds to go, and they led this game in the final minute.

When you're 0-3 in this league, you're in tough shape, boy.

I thought the defense would play better.  They got a bad break when Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford got hurt in this game, but they still have to be able to make some stops. They should be able to stop that last drive and win this this game.

The test of a good team is when they finish strong.  There are only three teams that made the playoffs after starting 0-3 since 1990 -- the 1992 Chargers, the 1995 Lions and the 1998 Bills. 




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