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Frazier, Ponder will sink or swim together

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While the dust has somewhat settled on the Vikings latest loss to the Green Bay Packers the fan base has continued to come ever so close to the edge of the cliff when it comes to many facets of the current team.

"I'm pissed," said Paul Charchian in his postgame commentary following the game. "And if you care about the Minnesota Vikings, you should be too."

Charchian's two minute tirade calling for a changing of the guard at every coaching level of the organization along with a quarterback switch had been building for weeks as Christian Ponder's play on the field has gone from bad to unwatchable and the coaching staff refusing to make a move was the tipping point. He isn't alone. Hundreds of opinionated fans took to our FOX 9 Morning News facebook page to vent their frustrations.

"I would like to know what changed from the beginning of the year until now," said viewer Sue Korbel. "I like Ponder but he needs to be benched. It can't be much worse than it is now. Also like Fraizer but a coaching change may be in order at the end of the year!"

The head coach continued to cover for his quarterback during his day after press conference.

"In my mind you don't want to get into a situation where you're not sure who your number one is," said head coach Leslie Frazier during his Monday media press conference. "We believe Christian is our number one and we've gone through off-season, training camp, during the season. That being said, if things get to a point where it is really costing you some situations that could preclude winning, you do have to do what's best for the football team."

There is an underlying theme and a question that has yet to be raised. Does Frazier really believe Ponder can lead this team, or is he being told by Vikings brass that Ponder is the guy no matter how badly he plays?

Either way, the Frazier is getting pummeled by fans and media because of his lack of making a change in a position that touches the ball every offensive play. Is the decision to bench or not to bench a tough one?

Maybe, but maybe not.

Quarterbacks are a funny bunch both physically and mentally. No other position boasts players with such fragile psyche. They are glory bound when playing well and have the biggest target on their backs when times are rough. That is where the young Ponder finds himself.

The situation that has reached defcon 5 status and with the team returning home Sunday against the Bears the scene could get ugly if Ponder throws an incompletion in pre-game warm-ups. So as the fan base continues to clamor for the most popular man on the team, the back-up quarterback, Ponder will go about his business this week in practice. If last week was a must win game to preserve the season, this week is a must win game to preserve his career and potentially that of his head coach who is going to sink or swim with his starting quarterback.

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