How Greg Jennings Will Make Christian Ponder a Better QB

March 31, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings finished the 2012 season ranked 31st in passing with a meager 171.9 yards-per-game average. Only the Kansas City Chiefs finished worse, with 169.6 yards.
One reason often blamed for the second-year quarterback's abysmal performance through the air was the run-first approach of Bill Musgrave's offense, which significantly limited the opportunities for Ponder. Adrian Peterson was second in the NFL last year with 348 rushing attempts, trailing only Arian Foster with 351.
But the Houston Texans finished 11th in passing with 239.4 yards per game, so it's hard to completely blame Ponder's modest numbers on the team's coaching staff and dedication to the run.
Aside from Ponder's own development as a starting quarterback, the spotlight shifts squarely to the Vikings' receiving corps. Once Percy Harvin was shut down for the remaining seven games of the regular season, Ponder had few places to deliver the football.
After Harvin'...

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