Josh Freeman, where art thou?
The Minnesota Vikings signed Freeman earlier this season, and it appeared to be a matter of time before he took Christian Ponder’s job. Freeman was pushed out the door in Tampa Bay, but the Vikings agreed to pay him around $3 million after signing the quarterback in October.
However, it appears Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano may have been correct in his football assessment of Freeman.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Ponder will start against the Green Bay Packers during his press conference on Wednesday. Ponder will make his fifth consecutive start this season on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to watching him perform and lead our team to a win on Sunday,” Frazier told reporters. “I’m sure some of the follow-up questions will be why? I believe he ... like in every decision we make, you try to make decisions based on who you think gives you the best chance to succeed. In our case, we think that’s Christian at this point. He’s had some success against Green Bay’s defense. He’s familiar with their team and their personnel. He’s had some success up … he’s played in Lambeau before. So, it should be a good opportunity for him, a good opportunity for our team.
“Josh and Matt (Cassel), they’ve done a good job for us in practice, and they will continue to do a good job and continue to work as hard as possible to help our football team win. But at this point, Christian is going to be our starter.”
Frazier said there might be a time when he turns to Freeman, but he is sticking with Ponder.
In other words, Freeman is not as good as Frazier thought he might be.
Ponder completed 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards (no touchdowns or interceptions) during a 44-31 loss against Green Bay earlier this season. Ponder is 1-4 against the Packers, and has thrown six touchdowns and five interceptions all-time against Green Bay. Those numbers should not increase Frazier's confidence heading in Sunday's game.
Minnesota was ready to show Ponder the door after Freeman’s arrival. That was until Freeman completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards and one interception against the New York Giants in Week 7. Frazier’s move means Freeman is either struggling to grasp the playbook or lacks the physical or mental attributes Vikings coaches thought he had.
For now, it will be easy to find Freeman.
He is on the bench.
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