Originally Posted by Bronco X
That's an overstatement, but I do agree it's apparent that whatever unremarkable assets Ponder brought weren't given enough credit for the Vikings success this season. Ponder has been particularly maligned in arguments in favor of Peterson as MVP (i.e. Peterson has carried a team into the playoffs with an incompetent deadbeat as a QB). Not that Ponder is a QB of the future obviously but the Vikings with Webb and Peterson probably would have won about as many games as they would have with Ponder and an average running back.
Not really. It says as much about the need to give back ups reps in practice. I remember Elway saying that the back up used to get 30-40% of the reps at practice when Shanahan was there. This is why. For whatever reason, however, it's prevalent for teams to give their back ups no reps. Webb has looked good in other games when he knew he was going to start.
Ponder isn't very good. This idea that he's been elevated because of yesterdays game is laughable.