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Is Spielman on board with Favre acquisition?

So where does Vikings V.P. of player personnel Rick Spielman stand on the acquisition of quarterback Brett Favre?

It’s a good question, and we don’t know the answer because Spielman has kept his head low and mouth shut throughout the extended courtship and ultimate acquisition of Favre.

The fact that Spielman didn’t attend Tuesday’s press conference introducing Favre has caused some to conclude that Spielman disagrees with the move.  And we’re hearing some rumblings indicating that perhaps he isn’t completely on board.

But don’t get your popcorn ready.

“Rick is a company man,” one league source told us.  “He won’t say a thing about it.”

Still, there’s reason to think that Spielman would have preferred to go forward with the quarterbacks on the roster, especially since Sage Rosenfels, who is in Minnesota due in large part to Spielman’s efforts, seemed to be in position to win the job.

Regardless, Spielman doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who’ll cause trouble in the wake of Favre’s arrival, whispering negative thoughts into the ears of ownership if the team struggles.

Besides, Spielman doesn’t need to.  “Chilly” (as Favre calls him) has gone all in on this one.  If it fails, Chilly is the one who’ll be out in the cold.

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41 Responses to “Is Spielman on board with Favre acquisition?”
  1. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 19, 2009 10:24 AM

    Childress mine as well pack his bags now rather than waiting til January. He’s lied to his team multiple times and has undoubtedly lost his team with what little credibility he has in the first place. Sure, the players will give the company answer to the medial, but to listen to this guy or follow him while he tries to keep the Favre circus from being a distraction will fall on deaf ears. This train wreck is going to be fun to watch!!

  2. ZombieRevolution says: Aug 19, 2009 10:25 AM

    So rather than trying to contact Mr. Spielman, you throw out this observation fueled with some speculation. Way to pound the media pavement Florio.

  3. purple haze harvin says: Aug 19, 2009 10:25 AM

    Florio…what is your fasination with Favre calling Childress chilli? Its not like Favre came up with that moniker. People around minnesota have been calling him that for 4 years!

  4. Thestral says: Aug 19, 2009 10:31 AM

    My wife is best friends with “Chilly’s” daughter. Before any of this Favre nosense started “Chilly” did not think he would last another season with out being fired, at least thats what I have heard via my wife. So he had no choice to but to go all in.

  5. Thestral says: Aug 19, 2009 10:32 AM

    My wife is best friends with “Chilly’s” daughter. Before any of this Favre nonsense started “Chilly” did not think he would last another season with out being fired, at least that’s what I have heard via my wife. So he had no choice to but to go all in.

  6. Nevisyakker says: Aug 19, 2009 10:34 AM

    It has to be a bit tough on him since he went out and did what he needed to do to bring Rosenfels in, but the bottom line is going to be DOES IT WORK? If Farve bring wins, everyone wins. If the Vikings lose, Chilly is out and the house is swept clean. This is a gamble that should have all of the Vikings power structure holding their breath.

  7. Ralph Gre Nader says: Aug 19, 2009 10:37 AM

    If Spielman opens his mouth publicly they will simply send him packing because this is one of those touchy scenarios when it comes to public opinion.

  8. john baker says: Aug 19, 2009 10:40 AM

    Spielmann’s personnel decisions set the Dolphins back 4 years (at least). He is the only person I know that it worse at personnel than Dave Wandstadt. If Spielmann is against Favre then it’s probably a good decision.

  9. Wicksy says: Aug 19, 2009 10:40 AM

    Mr Florio…I was watching the Favre press conference last night and at the conclusion of Brett’s remarks he left the stage. A local TV station followed him off the stage and into the crowd. Brett walked right past Rick Spielman. They nodded and exchanged smiles.

  10. beyondclarity says: Aug 19, 2009 10:41 AM

    I don’t think Chilly has lost this team at all – the fact is both QBs got injured in the 1st two weeks of practice and couldn’t be relied upon – that is why he made the call. It’s called insurance.
    Anyone who would prefer to have Sage #1 and TJack #2 instead of Favre #1 and Sage #2 is a fool.

  11. Nevisyakker says: Aug 19, 2009 10:41 AM

    Say Whatthe…..way to long a moniker: You know how much players care about the process and the media circus? Nada….they want to win ’cause that puts the glory and the money right where they want it. Everything else is media BS and fodder for small minded J-offs.

  12. patsSB44champs says: Aug 19, 2009 10:45 AM

    If this doesn’t work, Childress will be fired for sure. Not only has he failed to lead the Vikings past the first round of the playoffs, but he has undoubtedly managed to alienate Jackson and Rosenfels because both were promised a chance to compete for the starting job. I would want out right now if I were either of those guys.

  13. Idle Hands says: Aug 19, 2009 10:48 AM

    I think the bigger question here is what is Florio’s disgust with Childress? We all know he LOVES Belichick and we all know he can’t stand Childress. The only question is……….. WHY??

  14. TheDPR says: Aug 19, 2009 10:49 AM

    So just how well do Chilly and Favre have to do to keep Chilly’s job?
    Is another 10-6 playoff appearance enough?
    Or do they have to win at least one playoff game?
    Or is that not even enough?
    This team is no better with Favre than they were last week. It may even be worse now.

  15. ParkerFly says: Aug 19, 2009 10:53 AM

    purple haze harvin says: People around minnesota “have been calling himt hat for 4 years!”
    And so has Florio.

  16. madM100 says: Aug 19, 2009 10:55 AM

    He hasnt lied to his team. He has however lied to the media as much as he wanted. It seems as though most of the veterans players whose word means anything seemed to still think favre was coming. All the players had said is they would love him if he was here, but if he doesnt come they were confident in what they had. (a total cop-out answer, im aware) Trust me there is nothing that will tear this team apart i’ve watched them in training camp and seen them out at t-wolves games together, they are the closest vikings squad chemistry wise i have ever seen. T’WOLVES games for god sake. you only go a depressing place like that with your best friends

  17. Jon says: Aug 19, 2009 10:55 AM

    Do you think maybe it was a ploy all along? Maybe they had an agreement back when “the contract was all set” a few weeks ago, but they agreed not to sign it until after training camp broke. Its not completely off-base to think Farve didn’t have the playbook, calls, and other info prior to his signing and the team knew he was coming in. Or am i just one of those people that thinks the moon landing was filmed in CA?

  18. DePack says: Aug 19, 2009 11:00 AM

    Christ they called him Chilly when he was in Philly.
    Florio has such a hardon for Favre that he will throw anything he can at him to see if it will stick. Any REAL football guy would know that Childresss has been called Chilly for years.

  19. Darby says: Aug 19, 2009 11:00 AM

    Spielman was at the presser, he just didn’t talk at the podium. He’s standing by the Wilf’s to the right of the little stage.

  20. zygi milf says: Aug 19, 2009 11:01 AM

    whatthehelliscrawlinginmyass says:
    August 19, 2009 10:24 AM
    “Childress mine as well pack his bags now rather than waiting til January. He’s lied to his team multiple times and has undoubtedly lost his team with what little credibility he has in the first place. Sure, the players will give the company answer to the medial, but to listen to this guy or follow him while he tries to keep the Favre circus from being a distraction will fall on deaf ears. This train wreck is going to be fun to watch!!”
    ***********
    Good god – do you even read what you type before clicking submit?
    “Childress mine as well…”
    How about Childress MIGHT as well….?
    “answer to the medial”
    How about MEDIA?
    BTW, you moronic Puker fan – Big shock – a coach lied to the media. As if the other 31 coaches don’t lie or hide the truth.
    Also – why wouldn’t the players buy into it? I’m not a big fan of this signing, but Favre is at least a mild improvement over what they had. The players know this. They WERE buying the company line that they were fine with the Sage/Tarvaris situation.

  21. jimicos says: Aug 19, 2009 11:11 AM

    http://www.madison.com/wsj/media/helmettoss/index.html

  22. jimicos says: Aug 19, 2009 11:14 AM

    purple haze harvin says:
    August 19, 2009 10:25 AM
    Florio…what is your fasination with Favre calling Childress chilli? Its not like Favre came up with that moniker. People around minnesota have been calling him that for 4 years!
    —————————-
    Do any of those people also report to him? Maybe they do, but I’ve never heard of Jared Allen calling his coach “Chilly”. Or Tarvaris Jackson. Or anyone else.
    That’s the angle.. That Brett’s relationship with his coach is not a typical coach/player relationship. Favre views himself as an equal to his coaches, which is why he does as he pleases. I think it’s also why he attempted to assume GM duties in Green Bay.

  23. jwinn006 says: Aug 19, 2009 11:27 AM

    Does anyone else find it eerily similiar that the way Favre refers to Childress as “Chilly” is the same way the President Bush refered to the FIMA guy Mike (?) Brown “Brownie”?

  24. Wiscdave says: Aug 19, 2009 11:44 AM

    My dog is best friends with Chilly’s dog and he says that the daughter’s best friend is full of it.

  25. rtorchin VIKES says: Aug 19, 2009 12:00 PM

    Favre was the best addition for the team this offseason. Jackson and Sage simply suck and no one wants to watch them blow big games. So we get Brett, who will have 10x easier time playing in a familiar system that HE ACTUALLY WANTS TO PLAY FOR. I dont buy the Jets crap bc the pack sent him there unwillingly. You cant blame Chilly for wanting him either, if you were an NFL coach, wouldnt you take Favre over Jacksonfels?

  26. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 19, 2009 12:00 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t think there is a significant fracture throughout the Vikings organization because of this signing is simply delusional.
    (Delusional Vikings fans??!? NO! I don’t believe it…who woulda thought?)
    You KNOW there is a pro-Sage camp, and a pro T-Jack camp (hard to believe, I know), and a slobber-for-Favre camp.
    Favre’s Pack-past, womanly indecision, failure to report to training camp, and diva-y behavior of the past, present, and future is going to really turn some of the players against him.
    (And just wait until he throws his first game-losing pick!)
    Of course, no one in the Vikes will be anti-Bratt outwardly–to the media (they won’t talk to THOSE guys, nor would they speak), but they’ll have a cold heart to him where it matters–in the locker room, among their peers, in the huddle, and on the field.
    Given the epic enormity of the distraction involved in this signing, coupled with the Williams drama, Harvin scrutiny, pressure on Childo, and the 10000 other forms of dysfunction and in-bickering and scandal that abound in Queenville, this coming season is already well on its way on the southbound express toward total trainwreckage.
    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my many, many moons on this planet, it’s that nothing great comes easy.
    Buying yourself a hodge-podge team comprised of marquee names doesn’t win you doodley-SQAUT–never has, never will…ask the Raiders and Redskins and Cowboys and even the Eagles.
    It takes a great TEAM to win, not just a great collection of NAMES.
    There’s no such thing as a shortcut to success, especially in the NFL.

  27. DCViking says: Aug 19, 2009 12:05 PM

    You can doubt the wisdom of the move (acquiring Farve) which I do, but coaches and the front office will dump/replace/dump on people in a heartbeat if they think it will make their teams better.
    The owners expect the coach / front office to win — not to make their players feel good, safe, secure.
    I understand there are chemistry to consider as well the fact that adding a “better” player doesn’t always produce better results (see Owens, Terrell), but I don’t think Childress can be faulted for adding a player he thinks will make the team better, regardless what’s been said previously…

  28. Wiscdave says: Aug 19, 2009 12:17 PM

    I guess it took them a while to recover, but I see that the Packer trolls are out in force today. Bob Nelson (“Favre will never sign with the Vikings”) has not made an appearance yet, but that will happen when he gets his foot out of his mouth and can type again.

  29. sand0 says: Aug 19, 2009 12:24 PM

    It is odd how bad of a rep that Chilldress has. He came to the Vikings to completely change the way they do things. They had a poor first season and have improved each subsequent year. He has built a very impressive team and his relationship with Farve helped land that player as well. This is Chilly’s team and it looks very good. I for one am happy that my team’s coach and ownership has put together an awesome looking team that is the hottest thing in the NFL right now.
    As much as Packer and Bears fans like to flood these boards with their insecurities it does not change the fact that Vikings fans are very excited for this upcoming season. Bears and Packers fans certainly have hope but by week 8 there will be a clear cut leader in this division and it will be the team with the most talented players, by far, the Vikings.

  30. madM100 says: Aug 19, 2009 12:29 PM

    Once again i have watched the vikings at training camp this year and i have never seen such a close group. Been going to training camp for 12 years. Every veteran that means anything on the roster has said they wanted favre. Once again i have seen first hand that it is a tight knit group and they have all publicly shown respect for brett favre in the near past. Minny will dominate the NFC and you are really getting desperate if you are banking on a team rift to weaken the now complete team of the purple

  31. promichael says: Aug 19, 2009 12:34 PM

    So who cares what Rick Spielman thinks about an NFL quarterback. When Spielman was with the Miami Dolphins he made the rediculous decision the give up numerous draft picks for a third string QB with the Eagles A.J. Feeley. Rick
    thought Feeley would be a future #1 NFL Q.B.
    Spielman is not the type of GM you give final decision making power!

  32. Wyoming says: Aug 19, 2009 12:43 PM

    He was called worse than “Chilly” in Philly, ask TO.

  33. RossyRoss says: Aug 19, 2009 2:10 PM

    All you Queens fans are on crack. HE’S WASHED UP IDIOTS! Didn’t you losers hear/see what he did last year. NOTHING. $25 mill for 2 years will see who has the last laugh.

  34. jimicos says: Aug 19, 2009 2:19 PM

    Wiscdave says:
    August 19, 2009 12:17 PM
    I guess it took them a while to recover, but I see that the Packer trolls are out in force today.
    —————————
    Clearly you weren’t here yesterday.

  35. Wiscdave says: Aug 19, 2009 2:56 PM

    jimicos,
    You’re always here, just like you’ll always be living in your mama’s basement.

  36. jimicos says: Aug 19, 2009 3:33 PM

    Wiscdave says:
    August 19, 2009 2:56 PM
    jimicos,
    You’re always here, just like you’ll always be living in your mama’s basement.
    —————————
    If by “your” you mean “my” and by “basement” you mean “vagina”, you’re correct.

  37. Tomb says: Aug 19, 2009 3:42 PM

    Hey Asswound, instead of bagging on Favre, shouldn’t you have your lips firmly clamped around Cutler’s dick?
    Don’t upset him or he may demand a trade.

  38. RagnartheViking says: Aug 19, 2009 3:54 PM

    Jimi:
    That was a weak comeback.
    But then again, that’s business as usual for you.

  39. jimicos says: Aug 19, 2009 4:36 PM

    Ragnar:
    You’re an idiot. But that’s a stock comeback when you’re involved.

  40. jimicos says: Aug 19, 2009 4:37 PM

    My point is still valid.. If you think the Packer “trolls” weren’t here yesterday you ought to go back and check those 10 or so Favre posts. There were plenty of us around.

  41. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 20, 2009 2:13 PM

    spielman has historically been a poor personnel guy, so i don’t really care what he “thinks” about anything.
    maybe he can send a second-round pick to another team for their 3rd string QB like he did in Miami. :rolleyes:
    Is AJ Feeley still on a team somewhere? Maybe you can get Spielman to give you a first

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