Jared Allen isn’t just a vocal leader on the defensive side of the football, he is a leader in the locker room. Allen wants to win a Super Bowl just as bad as anyone in the league, and he knows it takes consistent quarterback play to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
“I tell him all the time, you have to be the guy,” Allen said in regards to third-year quarterback Christian Ponder on Jim Rome’s show. “Adrian can carry this team so far, our defense can carry this team so far. You know, you look at teams that historically win championships and they have consistent play from the quarterback position.”
Last year Ponder struggled with inconsistent play, especially in the middle of the season when the Vikings went 2-7 with wins against the Cardinals and Lions. Ponder, 25, finished last season with 2,935 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a QB rating of 81.2. He also finished three games with less than 100 total passing yards – a less than stellar stat.
In order for the Vikings to make the next step they will need Ponder to play with consistency throughout the year. Of course he will need to remain healthy as he missed the Vikings vs Packers Playoff game due to a bruised arm, which was caused by a hit during the Vikings final regular season game.