Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder needs to have a big 2013 season if he wants to keep his job. (Andy King/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Vikings were rock bottom in the NFL last season in passing yards, 31st in yards per attempt and their quarterback combined to throw 18 touchdown passes.
Ponder was responsible for those 18 touchdown passes, but also threw 12 interceptions. Despite that, the Vikings did make the playoffs and lost in the Wild Card round to their division rivals the Green Bay Packers.
"I tell him all the time, you have to be the guy." Allen said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Adrian (Peterson) can carry this team so far; our defense can carry this team so far. ... You know, you look at teams that historically win championships, and they have consistent play from the quarterback position." "You should kind of have things down in your third year," Allen said. "We've got some good weapons for him. I hope he makes leaps and bounds, and has a phenomenal year, and we have a phenomenal year."