Shaun King: 'Frazier really wasn't in favor of bringing Freeman in'
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From the outside looking in, it appears Christian Ponder's time as a starting quarterback in Minnesota is finished. The Vikings insist otherwise, with head coach Leslie Frazier going so far as to say he still feels Ponder has a "bright future" in the organization.
To paraphrase: It may look bad on the surface, Frazier said, but it's really not a big deal to have three former starting quarterbacks vying for the starting position, with Josh Freeman the man, it would seem, as a favorite to eventually win the job.
General Manager Rick Spielman also did his best to put out the fires on a conference call introducing Freeman. Now, former Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King may have fanned the flames in the Vikings quarterback conversation.
King was a guest on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE radio in Tampa and talked about Freeman, who was recently run out of town in Tampa before joining the Vikings.
"I talked to some people within [the Vikings] organization, they pretty much made up their mind on Christian Ponder," King told the radio station. "They like Matt Cassel but they think Matt Cassel's a backup, so they're going to give Josh [Freeman] every opportunity to prove down the stretch the rest of this year that he should be their quarterback moving forward."
My take: That's logical, but intriguing that King says he got that from the inside.
Back to King: "It's interesting there, Leslie Frazier won't handle it like Greg Schiano did but Leslie Frazier really wasn't in favor of bringing Josh Freeman in. This is Rick Spielman and the owner who overruled the head coach and said, 'No, we've kind of figured out what Christian Ponder is. We want to see what Josh Freeman can bring this team.'"
King, who does radio hits and has contributed to the football blogging website Pro Football Talk, downplayed a potential controversy, though. He said that Frazier is capable of handling the situation much better than Freeman's head coach in Tampa.
"I don't think Leslie will make it an abrasive relationship. Now that [Freeman] is there, [Frazier] will accept it and he'll embrace Josh... This was management kind of overruling what the head coach wanted."
Josh Freeman signing" href="http://www.620wdae.com/media/podcast-ron-and-ians-podcasts-RonandIan/shaun-king-with-ron-and-ian-23822616/" target="_blank">Here's a link to audio of the interview.