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Vikings promote Rick Spielman to General Manager

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The Vikings have given Rick Spielman a promotion.

Spielman, who has been with the Vikings since 2006 as Vice President of Player Personnel, has been promoted to General Manager, the team announced today.

Spielman will oversee all the Vikings’ football operations. The Vikings, who six years ago infamously implemented a “triangle of authority” featuring vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski, director of player personnel Fran Foley and head coach Brad Childress, have now picked one personnel man and and will let him do the job.

This establishes the organizational structure that will lead to the long term success of the Vikings,” Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “Having watched Rick over the years, we have the utmost confidence that he will help us reach our ultimate goal of winning championships.”

Spielman will make the call on how the Vikings use the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and a major order of business for Spielman will be determining the future of the quarterback position. The Vikings thought they had a plan in place last year, when they drafted Christian Ponder and acquired Donovan McNabb, but McNabb was a disaster and late in the season head coach Leslie Frazier opened the door to Joe Webb potentially beating out Ponder as the starting quarterback. After the Vikings got it wrong at quarterback with McNabb last year, this year they have to get the quarterback position right.

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  1. farmmbig says: Jan 3, 2012 10:50 AM

    Finish 3-13 and get a promotion.

    It’s a good gig if you can get it!

  2. apooster says: Jan 3, 2012 10:50 AM

    Someone shoot me.

  3. neer music says: Jan 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    finally!

  4. Derty Ernie says: Jan 3, 2012 10:55 AM

    I would be shocked if the Vikes pass on griffin III.
    Yes they have a lof of needs and I think the move to Spielman was one of, we know its time to get rid of the old guys, and its your job to clean house.
    So they have a lot of needs the next three years.

    1. The linebackers were slow and ineffective this year.
    2. The defensive backs are either too old and or not talented enough.
    3. They really have two back-up QB’s that are trying to be starters and it ain’t going to work down the road. Neither is talented enough in the North Division to get the job done.

  5. packhawk04 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:56 AM

    Packer fans everywhere are saying “great hire”

  6. richm2256 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:04 AM

    This has got to be a horrible day for Vikes fans.

    Does Wilf know that his team SUCKED this year, and that a lot of it has to do with the personnel moves this clown has made?????

    I actually feel BAD for Vikings fans after reading this. They may be azzclowns and dooshes, but NO ONE deserves this.

  7. raiderredleg says: Jan 3, 2012 11:05 AM

    After seeing Justin Blackmon torch Stanford last night for three TDs, I wouldn’t be surprised if they took him in the first and address their other weakness (OL/LB/DB) in the second round.

    #3 is really high to take a OL/LB and not sure there is a DB available to justify taking that high.

    Could also trade with a team needing a QB (i.e. Redskins) and stockpile. With Matt Barkley staying there is going to be a scramble to grab RGIII (if he comes out) and it might be a chance for the Vikings organization to excise the demons from the Herschel Walker trade by fleecing someone else.

    Either way Rick Spielman has a huge task in front of him.

  8. realitypolice says: Jan 3, 2012 11:06 AM

    The good news with the new rookie scale is that it won’t be like they wasted alot of money on Ponder. Maybe they can flip him for a pick.

    I know people are saying that the Vikings have alot of needs and they just drafted a QB, but if results in the league are teaching us anything, it’s that nothing is a surer bet for success than a stud franchise QB.

    If RGIII is there (or Luck if someone decides RGIII is better) they need to take him.

  9. swede700 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:08 AM

    Derty Ernie says:Jan 3, 2012 10:55 AM

    I would be shocked if the Vikes pass on griffin III.

    ———————————————————-

    What? That’s the most ridiculous idea I’ve seen written anywhere. If the Vikings drafted RGIII, that would be the biggest mistake ever, considering RGIII hasn’t proven anything other than being a good college QB, because he hasn’t spent a lot of time under center. Don’t confuse him with Cam Newton, who surprised many people, including myself, with his ability to adjust to the pro game. Just because Cam did it, doesn’t mean that RGIII will. And I especially wouldn’t want to see the Vikings take him, because Ponder hasn’t proven to be just a “backup QB” like you state he is.

  10. jcusa514 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:10 AM

    this guy ruined the dolphins when he was there (2000-2004). if im a chicago, GB, or detroit fan, i am pleased with this

  11. fwippel says: Jan 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    Oh my Lord. Bill Polian was just fired yesterday, and I was hoping that Wilf would have had the brains to at least interview (if not outright hire) a GM who has put together a consistent winner. How many consecutive playoff runs did the Colts put together prior to this season?

    What has Spielman done to deserve this promotion?

    I used to think Wilf was serious about building a winning franchise. After this inexplicable move, he looks like just another owner who cares about turning a profit, while discarding the concept of building a championship caliber franchise.

    This is a VERY bad day for the Viking franchise.

  12. fargovikesfan says: Jan 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    we do not need to throw another 1st round pick at a QB. We NEED someone to protect their blindside. Tom Brady or Drew Brees would have problems if they kept getting killed every play.
    Kalil has to be the pick if he’s still there, otherwise there’s probably someone that would be willing to trade up to get RGIII, we can move back a few spots and grab Jonathan Martin.

  13. test2402 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:16 AM

    It’s going to take more than this guy to stop Tim Tebow.

  14. sikkcaden says: Jan 3, 2012 11:17 AM

    This guy traded a 2nd round pick for AJ Feely….Koy Detmers back-up….soooooo.

  15. locutus says: Jan 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    Finally, a step in the right direction. Last year was the first year Spielman, along with Frazier, had complete control of the 53 and the draft. Prior to that, it was that Napoleonic Childress that had complete and/or final say. There was a power struggle throughout the tenure.

    As well, regarding his days in Miami, let’s hope people have the capacity to “learn” from their mistakes. Sheesh, some people on here are just dumb as wood.

    Now we will see how he handles his duties and if not good, goodbye. First order of business is getting a new DC and defensive coaching. Spags and/or Del Rio should be first on the list.

  16. ninefingers9 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    Wilf MAY have a ton of money, made off of real estate investments…BUT he has no business owning an NFL team. Not to mention that no coach on this staff has any business being in their particular position. Again, this is on Wilf!

    Every time I think the Vikes have sunk to a new low…the pull out another shovel!

  17. ricardorobertasq says: Jan 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    He can definitely do this. The Dolphins went to and won many Super Bowls under his reign.

  18. locutus says: Jan 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    And people, just because you have the ability to comment, does not mean you should. Important concept, that!

  19. joenash72 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:22 AM

    Could the Seahawks possibly interest the Vikings with a Tavaris Jackson for Christian Ponder trade ?

  20. farminfool says: Jan 3, 2012 11:23 AM

    i like it he has had some very good drafts, and some that didn’t turn out but thats the way it goes. Also I’m intrigued by the Blackmon from osu that man was a beast

  21. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 3, 2012 11:24 AM

    Dolphins fans everywhere feel for you Minny. Not really. We’re actually laughing very hard. We only wish he was New England’s GM. Oh well.

    Have Rick call us and offer us $1.00 in exchange for $0.25. Lord knows he owes us.

  22. briggsweatbird says: Jan 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    Wow. You have to be kidding. Too bad for Vikings fans. Now, the Vikings can be called Miami North. Or, after a move to L.A., Miami West. Cruel, to name this guy, who has no record of success, to the most important position in the organization. At least he is well groomed, at all times.

  23. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    Could do worse. He has made some mistakes but don’t forget about Jared Allen.

  24. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 3, 2012 11:30 AM

    Is there some reason why the vikes refuse to interview more than one candidate for critical positions within their organization?

  25. coleman121280 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:33 AM

    Ponder is good. great foot work and pocket presence. the hip injury held him back because unlike most rookie quaterbacks he uses great mechanics when throwing thus the hip couldn’t be used properly, unlike tavaris jackson who would just hop and throw off his back foot.

    It comes down to this. Spielman needs to make the tough decisions faster than last years goof troop team effort such as, Mcnabb should never of been signed, are we really thinking Winfield is going to come back to his 08 form? After he signed his extension in 09 when Favre came in he has missed at least half, if not more, of the last three seasons. I love him, but hanging on to him and Players like EJ Henderson who is the slowest MLB in the league is ridiculous. The Bernard Berrian fiasco that lasted way too long. Why he even made it to the starting day one roster still to me proves how inept this coaching staff, who was handpicked by Frazier, really is. from them not performing well to just not even listening is a slap in the face to a coach.

    There is no way that happens with Bill B. I love my vikes but water is still wet, sky is still blue, and i’m just not got hold my breath anymore.

  26. enutpenfry says: Jan 3, 2012 11:33 AM

    I am surprised Spielman was promoted when Matt Millen was available for the job.

  27. phinfan says: Jan 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    Miami Nation just gave a hardy laugh!

  28. mnjoemama says: Jan 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    I can’t believe what I just read ? this guy has destroyed our drafts for years. To say that he Ignored our needs at wr/secondary/0-line is a under statement. The best part is he always talks about addressing these needs every year and never has any answers when he doesn’t. Bottom line he put out the worst secondary ,O line and wr core known to the NFL . This now means ponder will start cause Rick won’t give up on his brainstorm #12 for RG3. Plus he is gonna get taken to the cleaners for the 3 pick! “it can always get worse” skol Vikes

  29. purpleguy says: Jan 3, 2012 11:53 AM

    Spielman can be judged on the Dolphins drafts of the past, but not the Vikings’ past drafts, since Klink controlled those choices until he was canned. Spielman can be judged on last year’s draft, which finally added depth in the lower and upper levels (Klink’s drafts were successful at the top, not the bottom). He caved on McPuke due to Frasier’s insistence, probably one reason he was promoted as a check to the coach’s authority. This move isn’t great, but it doesn’t suck either.

  30. locutusthebusybody says: Jan 3, 2012 11:54 AM

    locutus says:
    Jan 3, 2012 11:21 AM
    And people, just because you have the ability to comment, does not mean you should. Important concept, that!

    ____

    Are you the leader of the borg collective or yoda? I think you need to pick a bit and stick with it…

  31. fground says: Jan 3, 2012 11:57 AM

    This is a disaster for any Viking fan. Spielman’s record is pathetic. He was in Mia from 2000-2004 as VP Pro Personnel and finally GM. When he showed up the Dolphins were a perennial playoff contender – by the time he left they were a 4-12 team and has 16-32 record the next three years after he left with the cupboard bare. The Miami drafts in his years were pathetic.

    His first controlled draft in Minn – he takes Ponder with the 12th pick and doesn’t land one impact player of any kind in the entire draft.

    The guy is one of those types management thinks looks and sounds the part and somehow covers up his failures by passing off the blame to others.

    I think Minnesota will be one of the league doormats for years to come. Not sure I want to cheer for a team that is so stupid.

  32. bwerickson82 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:58 AM

    I actually like this move. The guy has helped bring in talent ever since he was hired. Lets not forget you can’t predict every guy you was good in college to have the same success in the NFL. Some men just can’t do it. Switching from the Triangle of Authority to having just one man in charge means Vikings are actually starting to do things right. When Chilly was around, he ended up handpicking his own QB, just like Frazier did with Ponder. How did Tarvaris Jackson turn out!!! Terrible!!! Guess what?? Since it was Chilly’s handpicked QB he felt he needed to stick with him. Ended up setting the Vikings back for years at the position. Not saying the samething will happen with Ponder, but who knows with Frazier. If drafted by a GM maybe Chilly would have felt like, “Wow, this Jackson guy isn’t very good. He SUCKS.” No this is how it really went, “WOW Jackson isn’t terrible but he isn’t any good. I need to save my ass”
    I am a Vikings fan but sometimes they know just how to piss me off. They need to look at what the Packers are doing and maybe we will start being good. Eventually…….

  33. purpleman527 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:12 PM

    Not a good move. You are supposed to reward people when they perform well and to hold them accountable when they fail.

    There is now NO motivation for Spielman to put a winning team together. Wilf should have said, “If you take us to the superbowl, I will give a $2 million dollar bonus”.

    Foolish.

  34. briannasdad says: Jan 3, 2012 12:18 PM

    Hopefully, he has the authority to fire Leslie Frazier immediately!!

  35. dramah says: Jan 3, 2012 12:20 PM

    Whether or not this is the right guy for the job isn’t the issue. The fact that there is now ONE guy that will take the heat for all personnel related decisions is a win for Viking fans everywhere. The amount of finger pointing going on over the past few years has been insane.

  36. athleticmedic says: Jan 3, 2012 12:21 PM

    I am curious as to the reasoning behind this move, but I don’t think Viking fans will get an explanation. However, I have a couple thoughts:

    1). The LBs weren’t “slow” nor is the problem with the defense across the LBs. Greenway going into the last game was 3 rd in the league in tackles! They need a DC who can put the front 7 in a position for success…and they desperately in need of CBs!

    2). Ponder will be fine, assuming we can get him an OL to block! I am impressed with the center…I disn’t think he would amount to anything, but watching him the last few games, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

    3). I hope they move Winfield to SS and draft/ bring in some FA CBs…

    4). If Kalil is at 3, you gotta anchor that line, but will he be there at #5 so the Vikes can pick up another 1st rounder?

  37. locutus says: Jan 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    locutusthebusybody says:
    Jan 3, 2012 11:54 AM

    Somebody that spends way too much time on here, apparently.

  38. locutus says: Jan 3, 2012 12:25 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 3, 2012 11:30 AM
    Is there some reason why the vikes refuse to interview more than one candidate for critical positions within their organization?

    Congratulations Carl, you just said the first thing I that I agree with you on. Gosh, the world probably is ending in 2012.

    This is a start, at least, and we’ll see how he pans out.

  39. contra74 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:33 PM

    contra74 says:
    Jan 3, 2012 12:03 PM
    So does everyone forget that Spielman was at the helm of the previous years when the vikings improved each year by 2 games? Not to mention his track record with the draft? No right? Nobody remembers that. I think its a good move.

  40. prior0knowledge says: Jan 3, 2012 12:36 PM

    Learn from the ‘Skins mistake:

    2 backup QBs not = 1 starter

  41. fwippel says: Jan 3, 2012 12:36 PM

    We’ll see how Spielman does with the draft, with him having sole authority this time. But even bigger than that may be free agency. There’s no way this team covers all it’s needs in the draft.

    Justin Blackmon, Matt Kalil, both would be great picks that also fill a need. Between Ponder and Webb, one of those guys should emerge as the starter. The team needs to consider moving Cedric Griffin to safety, since he’s slowed since the surgery. Winfield is too small to play the position, and unfortunately, too fragile at his age. At least two new corners are needed.

    We’ll see. But this was not the best move Wilf could have made. I don’t know how you look past Bill Polian with his record of success, to choose a man who doesn’t have a record of success.

  42. Nevis says: Jan 3, 2012 12:46 PM

    People laughed when the 49ers player of personnel Trent Baalke was elevated to GM. Now he’s a candidate for Exec of the Year.

  43. briano2095 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:54 PM

    They had a triangle of authority – so theres no way to blame spielman for any or all of this mess.
    It was a stupid way to do business. McNabb was Frazier’s deal. At least now there’s one voice going forward. Wouldn’t mind if they traded back in first round. They have about 10 players worthy of being on an NFL roster.

  44. sikoix says: Jan 3, 2012 12:58 PM

    I like this move. He’s been involved in all the major moves that helped the Vikings like Allen, Favre, (and Hutch?) and Childress seems more to blame for draft trouble in the past. I still see Ponder as the 2012 starter, and looking forward to it. Would be happy with Kalil in the draft. Get well soon, All Day.

  45. frankdatank23 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:25 PM

    poor viking fans…

  46. brewdogg says: Jan 3, 2012 1:29 PM

    Let us reserve judgement until we see how he handles this offseason. We know there are major areas of concern. Now it is his job and his job alone to make sure that they get fixed.

  47. lioncrazy says: Jan 3, 2012 1:44 PM

    Sorry Vikes fans!…………(not really)

    Welcome to the first day to the end of any hope, enjoyment, and success!

  48. blaz0037 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:47 PM

    I would be shocked if the Vikes pass on griffin III.

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    Well, get ready to be shocked.

  49. favreblows says: Jan 3, 2012 1:50 PM

    This is just great. Spielman is a joke…..the only reason Zygi hired him is because he watched him on ESPN and figured that meant something. Wilf is a horrible owner who merely hires the big names. This will set the Vikes back even further. Big day for GB, Det and Chi. LMFAO!

  50. brewdogg says: Jan 3, 2012 1:52 PM

    mnjoemama says:
    Jan 3, 2012 11:34 AM
    I can’t believe what I just read ? this guy has destroyed our drafts for years. To say that he Ignored our needs at wr/secondary/0-line is a under statement. The best part is he always talks about addressing these needs every year and never has any answers when he doesn’t. Bottom line he put out the worst secondary ,O line and wr core known to the NFL . This now means ponder will start cause Rick won’t give up on his brainstorm #12 for RG3. Plus he is gonna get taken to the cleaners for the 3 pick! “it can always get worse” skol Vikes
    ————————————–

    So, if you hold him solely responsible for the past 3 drafts, then you can’t claim he ignored the team needs you say he did. 3 CB, 2 S, 4 WR/TE and 4 OL in the last 3 drafts. Last year was the first time since 2004 that the Vikings didn’t use a pick in the first 3 rounds on a DB. It’s not like he spent a top-10 pick on a WR 3 times in 4 years and ignored the rest of the team’s needs…..

  51. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 3, 2012 1:58 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 3, 2012 11:30 AM
    Is there some reason why the vikes refuse to interview more than one candidate for critical positions within their organization?
    _________

    Just be glad the Wisconsin DOT didn’t interview more than one candidate when you were promoted to Chief Roadkill Scraper.

  52. rugdog100 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:04 PM

    Frazier insisted on McNabb… nobody else in the organization wanted him.

  53. brewdogg says: Jan 3, 2012 2:07 PM

    fground says:
    Jan 3, 2012 11:57 AM
    This is a disaster for any Viking fan. Spielman’s record is pathetic. He was in Mia from 2000-2004 as VP Pro Personnel and finally GM. When he showed up the Dolphins were a perennial playoff contender – by the time he left they were a 4-12 team and has 16-32 record the next three years after he left with the cupboard bare. The Miami drafts in his years were pathetic.
    —————————————
    So who is responsible for Matt Roth, Jason Allen, Derek Hagan, Ted Ginn, John Beck, Phillip Merling, and Chad Henne since he left? Or JJ Johnson, John Avery, Yatil Green, and Daryl Gardner before he arrived? If you ask me, the problems in Miami went a lot deeper than the guy at the top.

  54. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 3, 2012 2:12 PM

    pick 6 ponder.

  55. jimmysee says: Jan 3, 2012 2:13 PM

    Vikes fans — calm down — this is a good move — but you need patience.

    This team will not turn around very fast — and you do NOT need a QB.

    Three years of good drafts will restock the Vikings — and give Ponder or Webb the time it takes to develop into a pro-quality QB.

    There are no quick fixes in this league.

    But one tip — do not sign any free agents — it pollutes your system and interferes with development of your own young talent.

    Learn something from what they’re doing in Green Bay.

  56. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 3, 2012 2:47 PM

    In 2004, Miami (Spielman was GM) had the #20 pick, Minnesota had the #19 pick, and New England had the #21 pick.

    Minnesota PLAYED Spielman by convincing him that New England was going to trade up to take Vernon Carey. Minnesota took our 4th round pick and swapped the 19th pick for the 20th.

    You would think that the people in Minnesota would remember that, wouldn’t you? In 2004 Minnesota picked the DE Udeze at 20, and he was good, but sadly got sick. The 4th round pick was Mewelde Moore. Not a bad deal.

    And New England? They stood pat and picked Vince Wilfork.

    Of the three teams involved in that situation, I’d say Spielman was the big loser, wouldn’t you?

  57. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 3, 2012 2:53 PM

    Good move

  58. durazor says: Jan 4, 2012 4:17 AM

    Spielman as GM??? This is bad news….Reeeeeeeal bad news. We are so F*$@ed! If I sucked at my job there would be no way that I would be promoted to GM, what are they thinking??? The Wilfs are making Jerry Jones look like a freakin genius!!!

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