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Spielman explains the new power structure in Minnesota

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When PFT Live launched on January 4, 2011, the first guest was newly-hired Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.  When PFT Live celebrated its one-year anniversary on January 4, 2012, the first guest was newly-appointed Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman.

Spielman joined the show to discuss the reason for the change from the former “triangle of authority” to the more conventional strong-G.M. structure, with Spielman overseeing the entire football operations.  He’ll make the call on free agents and the draft; however, Frazier will be responsible for the coaching staff.

Giving Spielman the power also saddles him with the accountability, something he said he’ll gladly accept if things don’t improve.  And even though he’ll be running the show, it will be important for Spielman to work cooperatively with Frazier.  Otherwise, there could be rifts and disagreements and players who are signed by Spielman and never used by Frazier.

Based on their respective personalities, that likely won’t be an issue.  Spielman will try to give Frazier what he needs to be successful, since that will help Spielman be successful, too.

Regardless, some Vikings fans will be skeptical that the arrangement will be successful, given that the changes could be viewed merely as a reshuffling of a king-high poker hand.  For now, we’ll regard the efforts as 20 percent of a Royal Flush.

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  1. mobuccsfan says: Jan 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    That is great and all but what about Favre? He was offered a contract by the Council Bluffs Express…an American Professional Football League team! Ha. Just read the press release I received in my inbox. Ha ha. How funny! T.O. in the IFL with the Wranglers and Favre in the APFL with the Express. Might be fun to watch if both of those guys did agree to play for those teams this spring. Wonder what the over/under would be on the number of interceptions Favre would throw. Bet he takes them to their championship game and throws a last-minute pick-six to lose the game, in classic Favre fashion!

    Oh well, he was a great player regardless and would have not complained to be competitive and in the playoffs at least, as he was for much of his career. Just wanted to share that nugget of information with PFT! Come on PFT, I want to see the full story! More Favre, means more comments for you guys, right? Ha ha!

  2. bcknights says: Jan 4, 2012 5:27 PM

    Nothing has changed! It’s just a title! 3-13 and he becomes the GM! WOW! He has been evaluating the talent all along and look at what it got them 3-13 Get a CLUE! Coach Frazier can’t coach what little talent he has now!

  3. ninefingers9 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:29 PM

    Havent we Vikings fans suffered enough?

  4. gb4mn0 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:40 PM

    In typical puke progressive vikequeen arrogance they go against conventional wisdom and roll the dice with a new management style(triangle of authority) that undoubtedly they thought was going to revolutionize the NFL. That must be why the have so many Lombardi’s in MN, because they are so intellectually superior…….so the dummies think. But as usually is the case they made fools out of themselves again.

  5. knew8411 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:22 PM

    The fact that, success or lack thereof lies squarely on the shoulders of the GM & Coach, instead of this triad should help this franchise. If nothing else it should at least provide accountability to the ownership & fan base.

  6. fertacrit says: Jan 4, 2012 6:40 PM

    I am a vikes fan. I am annoyed by everyone that is upset about this. First if your gonne rip him for the bad stuff, you have to acknowledge the good. NO team hits on 100% of their draft picks. So that argument is soft. Yes he has to do a better job later in the draft. But it hasn’t been all bad: AP, Rice, Gerhart, Rudolph, Griffin (when healthy, not Spielman’s fault by the way just bad luck for Griffin the first two years), Cook, (when he isn’t choking women), Sullivan, Harvin, Ponder. Now I know your gonna say we got “lucky” because AP and Harvin fell in our lap. Guess what, they fell in the lap of the other teams that drafted ahead of us, and they did not take them. So that argument is weak.

    Now to Frazier and Ponder. one word everyone…PATIENCE. First time Head coach, Rokkie QB had ZERO offseason to prepare. I would say the Rookie QB did pretty damn good with zero offseason. Let it play out.

    Last year everyone was fired up about Frazier being hired. Now they want him out. How do you think Cleveland feel about firing Belichek now? Funny, they had zero patience. Now I am NOT saying Frazier is the next Belichek, BUT C’MON, lets give the guy some time!!!! Time to learn, time to become a good head coach. How bout Dungy, he was fired in Tampa, then goes and wins a Superbowl in Indy. Cowher was almost fired in Pittsburgh, Gruden was fired in Oakland. Whats the one common denominator??? They all won A Championship and are considered Phenominal Head Coaches now. Let it play out a little.

    I understand we are in a fast food society now and everyone wants everything “NOW”. So let’s be patient and see where Ponder and Les can take us. Lets give them 2 FULL seasons and 2 FULL offseasons to prove they can do it. Not just 1 full season for the coach and half a season for the rookie.

    PATIENCE PEOPLE, PATIENCE!!!!!!!!!

  7. norseyapper says: Jan 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    Uh oh…looks like gb4mn0 is off his meds again.

    Gosh, wouldn’t you think that having a Packer team that has a legitimate shot at a title repeat would be enough to bring an occaisional smile and tone down the hatred?

    Just a suggestion, but if reading a post about what the Vikings are up to drives you so nuts maybe you should just pass them by?

  8. seananagan says: Jan 4, 2012 6:46 PM

    Spielman should wait to relinquish control of the coaching staff until after Musgrave and Pagac are gone.

  9. cusoman says: Jan 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    gb4mno – does the screen name “pervy harvin” mean anything to you? You sound like a former loud mouthed Vikes fan on these comments, and your obsession level (it’s over 9000) matches perfectly.

  10. riverace19 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:58 PM

    That is one scary looking dude.
    Good luck suckas!!!!!!!!!!!! See ya in L.A.!!!!

  11. wtfru2 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:09 PM

    At least when the next 3 and 13 season rolls around, there is someone there that gets fired! That is better than this year where the fans were the only ones left holding the bag….

  12. contra74 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:14 PM

    gb4mn0, please keep posting on Viking stories! The more you post the more we get moved to the most talked about stories on PFT. Thank you for your continued support of all things MN Vikings!

  13. jimmysee says: Jan 4, 2012 7:16 PM

    I agree it takes patience to build a team.

    This is a good move for the Vikes — the first good move in a while.

    All this from a lifelong Packers fan.

  14. rugdog100 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:33 PM

    “…it will be important for Spielman to work cooperatively with Frazier. Otherwise, there could be rifts and disagreements and players who are signed by Spielman and never used by Frazier.”

    See Brad Childress and Sage Rosenfels

  15. teddysimonvikings says: Jan 4, 2012 7:44 PM

    This Is A Great Move…A guy That believes in Ponder and will build around him….you could put luck back there he wouldn’t be any better…I say we replace the Guards spots…Loadholt is fine Sullivan is fine…give Charlie Johnson another chance..i mean the colts did trust him to protect Mannings blind side!

  16. outlawshark says: Jan 4, 2012 8:00 PM

    Regardless, some Vikings fans will be skeptical that the arrangement will be successful, given that the changes could be viewed merely as a reshuffling of a king-high poker hand. For now, we’ll regard the efforts as 20 percent of a Royal Flush.
    ——————————————

    All the Royal Flushes, full houses, and straights in the world don’t matter when you are constantly folding.

  17. Rob says: Jan 4, 2012 8:09 PM

    Dear Vikings,

    Keep doing what your doing. We can’t wait for the extra home game in Minneapolis, in a new venue in 2012.

    PS

    Lambeau Field West should be the correct name for the new stadium.

  18. bcknights says: Jan 4, 2012 8:16 PM

    To: Fertacrit, I agree to some point on what you said.
    But Spielman’s track record speaks for it’s self, look at his past employment.
    Frazier,
    I was never in favor of him as head coach. They got him cheap! I wanted a true winner that has won a SB! That knows how to win!
    Ponder,
    He may be a great QB, I like the kid get him a “O”Line and see what he can do.
    Spielman knew going into this last season the “O”Line was horrible they let “Brett” get killed! Spielman, Frazier did nothing to fix it. How much more can we as fans take? These guys get paid to figure it out. If they can’t find someone who can. I’m just a fan who wants to see the Vikings win a SB

  19. teamnorsecore says: Jan 5, 2012 4:46 AM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:40 PM
    In typical puke progressive vikequeen arrogance they go against conventional wisdom and roll the dice with a new management style(triangle of authority) that undoubtedly they thought was going to revolutionize the NFL. That must be why the have so many Lombardi’s in MN, because they are so intellectually superior…….so the dummies think. But as usually is the case they made fools out of themselves again.
    …….
    Speaking of making fools out of themself……here you are again. I am embarassed for you…….do you need help……seriously? Something is wrong. Will you EVER contribute anything football related in any of your posts? Do you post anyhere else but the Viking blogs? Do you know your team you cheer for is in the playoffs?

  20. brewdogg says: Jan 5, 2012 10:31 AM

    outlawshark says:
    Jan 4, 2012 8:00 PM
    Regardless, some Vikings fans will be skeptical that the arrangement will be successful, given that the changes could be viewed merely as a reshuffling of a king-high poker hand. For now, we’ll regard the efforts as 20 percent of a Royal Flush.
    ——————————————

    All the Royal Flushes, full houses, and straights in the world don’t matter when you are constantly folding.
    ——————————

    Early nomination for zing of the year. Well done, sir.

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