The backup quarterback scorched the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and Leslie Frazier's reluctance to put him in may be the final nail in his coffin as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. (PHOTO: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
During the entire 2013 season, the Minnesota Vikings have played musical chairs at quarterback. While that sounds like a blast, it hasn't resulted in winning cakes or cheap toys (or football games for that matter).
Instead, it's cost the Vikings several games and lead them to the 4-9-1 record that will likely relieve Leslie Frazier of his duties as head coach. But what exactly caused his demise? Could this have been prevented?
The answer is yes. All Frazier needed to do was cut ties with Christian Ponder and trust Matt Cassel.
Frazier went down that road originally when the team started 0-3 and decided to play Cassel after Ponder "broke his ribs" against the Cleveland Browns. All Cassel did was secure the team's first victory of the season over the Pittsburgh Steelers and give the offense a threatening dynamic through the air.
Still, it wasn't enough for Frazier as he decided to pull Cassel after a brutal loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 6 in order to execute the one-week Josh Freeman experiment.
After that failed miserably, Frazier had to make his choice between Cassel and Ponder once again.
Instead of going with the guy that looked amazing against the Steelers and ran into the red-hot Panthers defense, Frazier gave Ponder one last chance to do what he does best: Underwhelm.
Somehow, Frazier decided that throwing three-yard passes and a comically short Hail Mary gave the Vikings the best chance to win.
What he didn't realize is that Cassel was the one that got the most out of their offense. While he's not a franchise quarterback, he is the guy that has been utilizing their $42 million receiver, getting sustained drives out of the offense and using his weapons to their full potential. These were things that Ponder wasn't doing.
While it may not have turned some of these games into wins, it might have swung a game or two in the Vikings direction and turned them into surprise contenders in a weak NFC North.
It's another blunder in a long list for Frazier during his tenure with the Vikings. He's kicked several pieces of key talent out (Bryant McKinnie, Percy Harvin) to "send a message" while compiling a 7-22-1 record when the 10-6 playoff run from a year ago is thrown out.
Frazier is not the answer for the Minnesota Vikings, and a change on "Black Monday" will become the official end of an error.
Chris Schad is the Minnesota Vikings Lead Writer for Pro Football Spot. He also serves as the NFC North Division Manager and has had his work featured on the Yahoo Contributor Network. You can follow Chris on Twitter @crishad.