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Pull him out in favor of who?
Webb is a QB/WR but does neither.
There is no veteran backup with 100 miles left in the tank. There is no hotshot rookie champing at the bit.
In the old days teams spent years grooming QBs.
Its only recently that 1st round QBs were overpaid and expected to win instantly.
I dunno guys. Harry's got it right. Expecting Ponder to be ready this year, let alone last year, was asking a bit much. I personally think that with the right development he can turn into a quality NFL QB. Hopefully it's not still too late for that.
In retrospect (and this might look like 20/20 hindsight, but let's face it, pretty much everyone thought the Vikings reached for Ponder at the time he was drafted) the Vikings easily could have drafted Solder or Castonzo at #12 and no one would have questioned their choice, and then picked up Ponder in the second round. Leave McNabb in all year or put Webb in while letting Ponder sit on the bench. Then, assuming that they finished 2011 with the same record (because none of those players would have been an instant fix), this year they could have drafted Justin Blackmon or traded down and picked up one or two of the later first round receivers, and more OL help.
Under this scenario they don't get Kyle Rudolph, but I think you all agree that a deep threat is more valuable than a tight end on a team that has Adrian Peterson. Plus they got Ponder a year of experience, some experience on the OL, and someone to throw to.
I actually think Ponder, developed correctly, will be a pretty good NFL QB. But throwing him out there with no protection and no one to throw to isn't going to do it. Hopefully it's not too late, because even though I'm a Packers fan, I do want the Vikings to be competitive.