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Continued: Souhan: Ponder still a mystery, but Cassel fits all the requisites

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 21, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Cassel belongs to the class of quarterbacks who needs to find the right team, the right offense, at the right time in his career, and he may have.

“My family and I have had a great experience here,” he said. “The fans have been great to us. The organization, the people inside the locker room, have been great. That’s why I came here in the first place, because I thought it was a great fit for me, and my family, and my skill set.”

Passer rating is a highly imperfect statistic, but Cassel, if he had enough attempts to qualify, would this season rank ahead of Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler, Ryan Tannehill, Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan, Carson Palmer, Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck.

The Vikings prayed that Ponder would be just good enough to run their offense. It turns out that the guy they signed as Ponder’s backup can do more than that.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN.

His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib.

jsouhan@startribune.com

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