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08:03 AM ET 11.08 | Joe Webb says he prepares each week as if he's going to play, which is something fans in Minnesota would like to see in action. Christian Ponder has heard the boos and the calls for the Vikings to change quarterbacks. ... [Webb] is taking his turn as the most popular guy in town -- the backup to a struggling starter -- as some of the Vikings faithful want him to reprise his role from the end of last season, when he replaced Ponder in three games and sparked the offense in two of them. Only the Vikings are less willing to give him that role this season. Coach Leslie Frazier repeatedly has backed Ponder, saying he hasn't thought about lifting the second-year quarterback.

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November 8, 2012  08:05 AM ET

The most popular player on a bad team is the backup quarterback.

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November 8, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I say give Ponder the first half in Detroit. It's too early to give up on the kid.

Agree. There's still plenty of time to give up on him.

November 8, 2012  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The most popular player on a bad team is the backup quarterback.

The most important player on a bad team, however, is the punter.

November 8, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Not good to have a revolving door at QB. For better or worse, Ponder is the man, and unless he is injured, you've got to let him work through the rough patches - it's the only way he'll get better.

November 8, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Don't blame his girlfriend.

November 8, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Amazing how a month or so ago he was being praised. How times have changed for Ponder. At least he has a hot girlfriend.

November 8, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Well, when your receiving group consists of one legitimate receiver, followed by a guy people know from an awesome flip, a castoff fourth wide receiver from a division rival, and a tight end that went from getting a touchdown a game to not having so much as a catch in a game, eventually you stop winning.

His girlfriend is hot, though.

November 8, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Frazier , like any HC, plays the guy who gives him the best chance of winning. He sees both of them everyday in practice and film rooms and meetings. His job is on the line too. The vikings already exceeded expectations, but d not confuse them with real contenders.

November 8, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Let's get back to his hot girlfriend, shall we?

November 8, 2012  09:17 AM ET

People have got to remember that this team is coming off a 3-13 season. You start the season winning some games and people start thinking of making the playoffs, but it not going to happen, because the teeth of the schedule is ahead with two games with the Pack, two with the Bears, and a trip to Houston.

November 8, 2012  09:23 AM ET

As per usual, this nugget is from a Charley Walters column, which means its connection to the truth or any actual reporting is tenuous at best.

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November 8, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Claudia Romani over there ---------------> is a worthy addition to the Hot Clicks tradition.

November 8, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Replace him with who? Get him some talent, he'll be fine.

November 8, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Who are they gonna bench him for??? Just curious... maybe the Minny fans wanna tank for the draft...

November 8, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Claudia Romani over there ---------------> is a worthy addition to the Hot Clicks tradition.

A fine improvement over the offerings of the past few days.

November 8, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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Bring back McNabb!

Joe Kapp.

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November 8, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Who are they gonna bench him for??? Just curious... maybe the Minny fans wanna tank for the draft...

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