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Ponder 'light years' ahead in 2012

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08:00 AM ET 07.03 | Having endured the end of the Favre era and the failed attempt at turning over the keys to Donovan McNabb, Vikings fans are understandably looking to Christian Ponder to right the ship. This was an extremely important offseason for [Ponder], and no one was more aware of this fact than his position coach, Craig Johnson. ... We recently discussed Ponder's progress, and the expectations for the second-year quarterback, with Johnson. Q. How far has Ponder come from the end of last season until now? A. "I think there's no question, he's come light years. Obviously getting a chance to work out a lot of the kinks, a lot of the problems that you find out as a young player, that's when you get a chance to work on them is usually in the first offseason afterwards."

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July 3, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Does it really matter? Last place is still the reality for them.

July 3, 2012  08:08 AM ET

The Packers are quaking in their boots...

July 3, 2012  08:13 AM ET

With the new stadium deal going through in Minnesota, Los Angeles breathes a sigh of relief.

July 3, 2012  08:17 AM ET

"Light years"? Of course, he started before the Big Bang...

July 3, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

With the new stadium deal going through in Minnesota, Los Angeles breathes a sigh of relief.

One purple and gold team Minnie transplant is enough.

July 3, 2012  09:17 AM ET

I'm amazed how 1 1/2 seasons make it a Favre era.

July 3, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I'm amazed how 1 1/2 seasons make it a Favre era.

Spend one winter in Minnesota and it will feel like an era to you, too.

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July 3, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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Spend one winter in Minnesota and it will feel like an era to you, too.

I grew up in Wisconsin so it isn't too bad. I remember when we transferred out of Hawaii, we were driving cross country and stopped somewhere in MN for gas and some guy saw my HI tag and said "wow, that's quite a drive."

July 3, 2012  09:33 AM ET

That is nice, but the injury to AP put them back two galaxies further.

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July 3, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Spend one winter in Minnesota and it will feel like an era to you, too.

Cabin fever in the Metrodome.

July 3, 2012  09:48 AM ET

We're comin'! We're comin'! Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear!

July 3, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Light years of progress in the offseason? Before training camp? Makes no sense...

not even on paper

July 3, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Things will change once they get a New Stadium! Right!

July 3, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Ahead of what?

July 3, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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We're comin'! We're comin'! Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear!

Yeah, but for the Packers, Bears and Lions, they're still in the rear-view mirror.

July 3, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Yeah, but for the Packers, Bears and Lions, they're still in the rear-view mirror.

The Vikings can see the other teams in their rear-view mirror. They are about to get lapped.

July 3, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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The Vikings can see the other teams in their rear-view mirror. They are about to get lapped.

And here I thought it was because they were going backwards.

 
July 3, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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I grew up in Wisconsin so it isn't too bad. I remember when we transferred out of Hawaii, we were driving cross country and stopped somewhere in MN for gas and some guy saw my HI tag and said "wow, that's quite a drive."

That sums it up pretty well for MN.

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