Harrison: Post-draft Power Rankings
After the 2013 NFL Draft, Elliot Harrison updates his Power Rankings, with plenty of teams moving up and down the board. More ...
Spielman sees quarterback Christian Ponder as a main reason for the internal optimism. The GM said the team is "expecting a step forward" from Ponder next season, and Spielman doesn't seem to possess the doubts so many others have about the third-year quarterback.
"I give him just as much credit for getting us in the playoffs as Adrian (Peterson)," Spielman said.
That is a bold statement. Peterson came back from a shredded knee and put the Vikings on his back for 16 games, rushing for more than 2,000 yards and earning MVP honors. Ponder had six games where his passer rating was south of 75.
Still, it all smells like an over-sell. Ponder can be proficient, but can he consistently be effective? Spielman's job might ride on it.