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Spielman says he didn’t mortgage Minnesota’s future

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 21:  General manager Rick Spielman of the Minnesota Vikings watches action prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 21, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Getty Images

As the football-following world continues to digest the aftermath of the stunning Sam Bradford trade, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman is applying a high degree of transparency to the process of explaining why the team did what it did.

One major criticism has come from the perception that the Vikings have fallen victim to a modern-day Herschel Walker fleecing, mortgaging their future by reaching to fill a need on the fly. Spielman believes, however, that the team still owns its own future, even after giving up a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to add a starting-caliber quarterback at a time a starting-caliber quarterback is clearly needed.

“We do have a two, two three’s, two fours and a lot of draft picks,” Spielman said on Wednesday’s PFT Live, regarding the team’s other assets in the next draft. “We have eight draft picks coming up in the 2017 draft, and we have a history of moving up both into the first round and moving back and accumulating picks. You know, the scouting staff has done a great job finding Stefon Diggs and the Danielle Hunter and some of these young guys. Even in the sixth and seventh rounders we’ve found this year, they’re going to be contributors to our football team, so we’ve done pretty good in the second and third days. Where I thought it was going to jeopardize our future is our coaches do a great job developing a lot of the young guys that we bring in here and for us to put the time and energy to draft these guys to develop these guys and then give them away when they’re starting to just hit the prime of their career. To me that’s throwing away the future.”

And that’s apparently what other teams wanted for quarterback not as accomplished or talented as Bradford. Then again, some have a dim view of Bradford’s accomplishments and talents. What does Spielman have to say to that?

“We’ve studied all of his games last year and even what he looked like in the preseason and we thought he played extremely well, especially in the last three or four ball games last year,” Spielman said. “He lit it up in the preseason this year. I think having Pat Shurmur on the staff gave us great insight on his opinion on Sam Bradford, because he had him not only in St. Louis but in Philly as well. I think we have a football team right now that has a good supporting cast around him. I don’t think Sam has ever been on a team that’s been a top ten rushing offense in his career so he’s not going to have to come in here and throw the ball forty or fifty times a game. Our coaches do a great job with their game planning. Whether we’re going to  run it fifty times or throw it fifty times, whatever we have to do, this coaching staff does a great job giving our players a chance to have a chance on Sundays.”

It’s still unknown whether Bradford will be the one giving the Vikings a chance on the first Sunday of the season. Some think the safe play is to go with Shaun Hill while Bradford learns the offense; others (like Titans coach Mike Mularkey) think that the Vikings are simply trying to conceal their plan to get an immediate return on the guy they gave up so much to get.

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57 Responses to “Spielman says he didn’t mortgage Minnesota’s future”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 8, 2016 3:36 PM

    He also said they could do what they wanted to do with Hill. And that Cordarelle Patterson was worth a first round pick.

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  2. skol4life says: Sep 8, 2016 3:44 PM

    He saved the season and maybe next season too. He built this team and hired Zimmer and deserves to take a risk. Great work, and a 1st and a 4th might look cheap when the dust settles.

  3. jbutina says: Sep 8, 2016 3:44 PM

    he can say what he wants . . . fact is, he did!! . . . and for a QB that has never come close to living up to a 1st round pick, he gave a 1st and a 4th . . . lets keep in mind that this journeyman QB (3rd team now) is very very injury prone, so most likely will be done by week 10 at the latest . . . asinine move IMO.

  4. folkcrusader says: Sep 8, 2016 3:47 PM

    How many times in a career do you have that good of a football team? I have no idea whether Bradford can take them to the promised land, but I think you have to try.

  5. shaggytoodle says: Sep 8, 2016 3:54 PM

    It’s not drastic like the RG3, Wentz or Goff trades, but when those players were acquired teams were banking on the upside. They did however trade for an injury prone QB that has produced average stats, and an awful W-L record.

    It wasn’t as good as the Jared Allan trade, and wasn’t as bad as the Patterson trade. I think they should have went after McCown who showed he could run the Bears offense with Big WRs and a good running back. The Vikings were worried about how to maximize the last few years of AP’s career, but I don’t believe Bradford was the answer.

  6. favresthumbdrive says: Sep 8, 2016 3:54 PM

    Blaster, you are the most relentless troll I’ve ever seen. You must literally sit at your computer refreshing PFT every 5 minutes searching for Viking articles. Sad.

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 8, 2016 3:55 PM

    He’s right. Mortgaging the future is what the Saints did to get Ricky Williams, or what the Vikings did to get Herschel Walker. This is tame by comparison. Still overpaid for an injury plagued mediocre QB, but very tame.

  8. pizzasaurus says: Sep 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    Vikings fans old enough to remember Mike Lynn and the Walker trade must be having horrible flashbacks right about now.

  9. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:01 PM

    Oh look – tokyosandblaster/filthymcnasty/hometownzero was the first to post within 3 minutes of the article going live.

    Let’s all give a round of applause to the unemployed!

  10. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 8, 2016 4:06 PM

    Mortgaging the future? I have news for you: The future is now! The Vikings have a team that is ready to win now, but they lost the most important player on the team for at least one and possibly two seasons. Are they going to write off the next two seasons so they can keep one precious first-round pick or are they going to use that pick to fill the gap so they have a chance to win a championship?

  11. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 8, 2016 4:08 PM

    Have to hand it too the Vike’s on this one. They made out about as well as you could expect given the circumstances. They will be good this year, still the team too beat for the division. GO PACK!

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  12. squared80 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:08 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of the trade, but give credit where credit is due. Spielman has been one of the best GMs in football over the last 4-5 years. That includes the Mike Zimmer hiring.

  13. dragonfly99 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:10 PM

    Interesting article from Minnesota’s # 1 fan.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 8, 2016 4:11 PM

    Here’s the irony: Packer fans are constantly ragging on the Vikings because they haven’t won any championships and all we have to brag about is the great drafts we have (i.e., “winning the offseason championship”). Now we have a GM who is willing to give up a potentially great draft pick to have a chance to win a championship, and Packer fans are ripping him because he isn’t going to have that draft pick. I’m glad we have a GM who doesn’t take the safe way of doing things but is aggressively taking a shot at greatness.

  15. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 8, 2016 4:13 PM

    You did mortgage the future. Not saying you destroyed it, but there is no way Sam Bradford lives up to a 1st (2017) and 4th (2018) round picks. Just no way. He has not shown that he has what it takes at any of his stops.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 8, 2016 4:13 PM

    Yeah, it sucks to lose that first round pick. What if we miss out on drafting the next Justin Harrell, Derek Sharrod, Nick Perry, or Datone Jones?

    It won’t be long before we’re adding Kenny Clark to that list.

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 8, 2016 4:15 PM

    No biggie, it was just a couple of bonus picks. I guess.

  18. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:22 PM

    Rick crapped the bed, and was taken advantage of by a competent GM.

  19. j3holden says: Sep 8, 2016 4:25 PM

    This will be a LATE 1st rounder the Vikes gave up still being a 9-11 win team. On top of that I think the Vikes will get back in the 1st round next year if they need to with the use of dealing the EIGHT picks. Say what you want but Spielman usually is on the right end of things.

  20. h0metownzero says: Sep 8, 2016 4:25 PM

    Starting caliber QB???

    You do realize that Philly gave up 5 picks just to move up in the draft precisely because Bradford is NOT a starting caliber QB – right?

  21. purplepackerhater says: Sep 8, 2016 4:29 PM

    This is where Spielman’s drafting genius pays dividends. By stockpiling picks moving back in previous drafts, he now has the extra picks to move back into the 1st if there’s ONE key piece missing. If there’s not a glaring hole on the team, then they can use those extra picks to add depth at other positions. Depth…a concept foreign to Packer fans.

  22. vbe2 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:39 PM

    If Spielman is fired within 2 years, it is due to this trade. I’m not saying he will be, but if he is, it’s because of what he did here.

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 8, 2016 4:41 PM

    HA HA HA. A buddy of mine just sent me a link to an article by AJ Manzier at kfan website. Check it out. Gist of it is that Bradford is most likely a better QB and a better fit for the Vikes. How quickly you vike fans turn on your franchise QB. the anesthesia hasn’t even worn off from the surgery yet.

  24. vikingsarchitect says: Sep 8, 2016 4:51 PM

    The cards have already been dealt. Let’s see how the season plays-out for Bradford. If the Vikings don’t win their division, or at least a 9-7 season, then I say it is time for Spielman to go.

  25. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 8, 2016 4:58 PM

    There’s no manual for what to do when your starting quarterback severs his leg at the knee a week before the season starts. Given the options available, this is the best anyone could do.

  26. yeahiguessso says: Sep 8, 2016 5:29 PM

    Part of the reason Bradford hasn’t been on a ‘top-10 rushing offense’ is because Bradford’s teams don’t score enough points to run later in the games, hence the ’40-50 throws’. It’s not for a completely lack of quality rushers or linemen, though none of them were as good as AP.

  27. wafflestomp says: Sep 8, 2016 5:32 PM

    After the way Slick Rick dealt himself back into the 1st rounds to draft the likes of Patterson and Bridgewater, Barney fans may just want him to stay put in next year’s draft.

    Injuries help absolutely no team.
    But if anyone could have withstood one to their starting QB, it’s the Vikings.
    Seriously, you could have signed a ham sandwich to hand off to Peterson 350 times and toss 12 or 14 Tds, but Speildope allowed himself to get fleeced. Bad.

    I honestly believe Bradford is a decent upgrade over Bridgewater, but he’s just not worth a 1st rounder. Let alone multiple picks.
    And quite honestly, Minnesota isn’t close enough, talent wise, to justify a move like this.
    Rationalize it any way you want. This is going to end badly.

    I hope nothing but the best for TB.
    It sounded like a horrible injury and he’s going to have a grueling 2 years of rehab ahead of him.
    I sincerely hope he’s able to function again and resume his career.

  28. h0metownzero says: Sep 8, 2016 5:47 PM

    Another Viking season – right down the drain.

  29. tremoluxman says: Sep 8, 2016 6:09 PM

    Geez, give it a rest with the pearl-clutching over giving up a 1st round pick. You rubes act like it’s some sort of slam-dunk guarantee of drafting an HOF phenom who will step right in at whatever position he was drafted and set the NFL on fire.
    That happens maybe, maybe 1% of the time. For every Randy Moss there are a dozen lead-handed WRs. For every Andrew Luck, there are a dozen Jamarcus Russells.
    As someone pointed out, this is far from mortgaging the future. Something need to happen now. TB won’t be back for at least one or possibly two season. If Bradford is only as good, he’s still worth the picks so the team can move on. What are they supposed to do? Save the precious picks, hope the guy (whoever he is at whatever position) chosen pans out, and waste maybe two years? They needed a QB now and Hill ain’t the guy. Everyone available was not better than Bradford. Spielman would have been crucified, and rightfully so, if he gave up the picks and someone like Harrison Smith or Barr for one of the other guys. It’s the best deal in a bad situation. Get over it.

  30. skolvikes says: Sep 8, 2016 6:12 PM

    wafflestomp says:

    And quite honestly, Minnesota isn’t close enough, talent wise, to justify a move like this.

    —————-

    Where is Minnesota not close enough talent wise?

    Best RB in the NFL.

    Young talented WR/TE group, this may be your best argument.

    Offensive line is solid, decent depth.

    D-Line, espcially considering depth is one of the top 3 in the NFL.

    LBs, the youth and talent here is scary with Barr and Kendricks

    DBs – Top 5 safety in the NFL, we’re now 5 deep with talent at CB with Rhodes, Newman, Waynes, Munnerlyn and Alexander.

    Special teams – Say what you will about Walsh shanking a 27 yarder, he owned it, and I’ll still take him over 20 other Kickers in the league. Say what you want about Patterson, but he’s still the top KR in the NFL, and Sherels is top 10 PR.

    Where’s the lack of talent?

  31. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 8, 2016 6:20 PM

    Just stop already !!!

    The Walker trade involved 10 PLAYERS.

    The Bradford trade involved 2 players.

    Does that mean EVERY trade involving two players is getting fleeced like the Walker trade?

    The two are NOT comparable.

  32. mediasloppy says: Sep 8, 2016 6:23 PM

    Rick has had the same conversation with many outlets. He has clearly stated in a few the Vikings were looking for a younger QB they thought had potential to back-up Shaun Hill if needed. While talking to those teams they wanted not only draft picks, but a player too. That was a bridge too far so in the end it came to Sam being the guy.

    As a Vikings fan I’d be livid if he gave up a first rounder and some young guy on defense who has spent 2 or 3 years learning the system. Like Anthony Barr.

  33. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 8, 2016 6:35 PM

    With the Herschel Walker trade Minnesota gave up 8 draft picks and 5 players.

    With the Sam Bradford trade Minnesota gave up 2 draft picks.

    Am I the only one that thinks you guys are stretching the cost a little just so you can bring up a nearly 30 year old trade?

  34. coreyn23 says: Sep 8, 2016 6:50 PM

    The price the Vikings paid wasn’t as steep as you think it was. Consider, in 7 years in the NFL, Sam Bradford has had 6 different Offensive Coordinators. He has been on bad teams where the number one receiver would barely be a number 2 on most teams. Seriously, name a receiver that he played with on the Rams that was any good? My point is many QB’s are either better for their surroundings or worse. Sam has been obviously been in some pretty bad surroundings in his career. I think it’s safe to say that this is the best team and coaching staff he’s ever been around and for once he’ll have the fortune of being better because of it. So Packer fans by all means bash the Vikings for giving up a first round pick for a qb that has the potential to be very good, just remember a few of your first round picks over the last 10 years, Derek Sherrod, Justin Harrell, AJ Hawk. My point is 1st rounders aren’t automatic pro-bowlers, it’s a crap-shoot most times. For every Aaron Rodgers or Adrian Peterson there is a Jamarcus Russell or Trent Richardson.

  35. frank booth says: Sep 8, 2016 7:24 PM

    Looking at it after a few days, for a team built like the Vikings, the trade makes sense. It’s a bit of a dice roll on Bradford, but it surely isn’t mortgaging the future. McCown had a nice run throwing to Marshall and Jeffery a couple of years ago, but look at his entire career. He wouldn’t be much of an upgrade, if any, over Shaun Hill.

    Teams knew how bad the Vikings need was at QB, and there aren’t a lot of starting caliber QB’s available. If it’s a failure, Spielman’s not an idiot, and if it’s a success, he’s not a genius. He did the best he could in an adverse situation, and a lot of other GM’s would do the same given where the Vikings are at this point I doubt that the Vikings brass truly knows what to expect here. Bradford has more upside than he has downside.

  36. FlashPatterson says: Sep 8, 2016 7:43 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt
    September 8, 2016, 3:41 PM CDT
    HA HA HA. A buddy of mine just sent me a link to an article by AJ Manzier at kfan website. Check it out. Gist of it is that Bradford is most likely a better QB and a better fit for the Vikes. How quickly you vike fans turn on your franchise QB. the anesthesia hasn’t even worn off from the surgery yet.
    ———————”
    Uh yeah.. because unlike the Packers who lucked into two HoF QBs back to back, the Vikings actually have a good team. Take the QB from GB and you have a 3-13 team tops

  37. wafflestomp says: Sep 8, 2016 7:44 PM

    skolvikes says:
    Sep 8, 2016 6:12 PM
    wafflestomp says:

    And quite honestly, Minnesota isn’t close enough, talent wise, to justify a move like this.

    —————-

    Where is Minnesota not close enough talent wise?

    Best RB in the NFL.

    Young talented WR/TE group, this may be your best argument.

    Offensive line is solid, decent depth.

    D-Line, espcially considering depth is one of the top 3 in the NFL.

    LBs, the youth and talent here is scary with Barr and Kendricks

    DBs – Top 5 safety in the NFL, we’re now 5 deep with talent at CB with Rhodes, Newman, Waynes, Munnerlyn and Alexander.

    Special teams – Say what you will about Walsh shanking a 27 yarder, he owned it, and I’ll still take him over 20 other Kickers in the league. Say what you want about Patterson, but he’s still the top KR in the NFL, and Sherels is top 10 PR.

    Where’s the lack of talent?
    ———————————

    The Barneys have won just 3 games in their last 15 attempts when playing teams with a .500 record or better.
    That’s two full seasons of lackluster play against average/good teams.

    I would think that would speak volumes to you.
    But as I said before, rationalize it any way you please.
    I wouldn’t expect anything else.

  38. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:47 PM

    “…. the Packers who lucked into two HoF QBs back to back….”

    It practically rains HOF QB’s in Green Bay.

    You can’t even swing a cat without hitting a HOF QB in Green Bay.

  39. frank booth says: Sep 8, 2016 8:02 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Sep 8, 2016 7:43 PM

    Uh yeah.. because unlike the Packers who lucked into two HoF QBs back to back, the Vikings actually have a good team. Take the QB from GB and you have a 3-13 team tops.
    ===================================
    How else do you get a HOF QB, unless you obtain one who has already put up HOF caliber numbers?

  40. stellarperformance says: Sep 8, 2016 8:29 PM

    I wasn’t aware Spielman was such an adept tap dancer. He’s pretty good. He reminds me of a stuffy easterner getting off a stagecoach in Dodge City and immediately incurs someone shooting near his feet, humoring him into dancing for his supper.

    He didn’t jeopardize the future. Nope. Not one bit. In fact, if he repeats it enough, he might start to believe it himself.

  41. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 8, 2016 8:41 PM

    You guys need to get used to the idea that Theodore is most likely not coming back. To dislocate a knee, 3 of the 4 ligaments have to be gone, if not all 4. I speak from experience here. Very, very painful experience.

    I don’t think Spielman necessarily got jobbed. The price is the price. Pay it or don’t. Of course, much like this was to be Theodore’s make-or-break year, now it’s Bradford’s make-or-break time. So how long do you give him? He’s been in the league awhile but going to a new team on short notice has to get him a little slack if he stumbles early.

  42. stellarperformance says: Sep 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    The Packers had a better offense than the Vikings last year, and had a down year. Their offense promises to get back on track this season.

    The two defenses are already on a near par with each other, based on 2015 performances. Plus, the Packers made more and better improvements on D than the Vikings did.

    Talk about Hail Mary’s! The Vikings have gone all-in with fingers crossed, wishing and hoping……their normal MO. At least Favre gave them a chance until their soft O-line ended his career prematurely. Nobody will remember Bradford or Hill when the same thing happens to them. At least Farve already had his legacy wrapped up.

  43. skol4life says: Sep 8, 2016 9:25 PM

    The Stellar delusion and purple nightmares continue. Living rent free inside cheese colored helmets feels like home.

  44. Derrick.G says: Sep 8, 2016 9:52 PM

    25+ seasons of hof qb play and only two rings to show for it. Your team is trash.

  45. sportsarepredetermined says: Sep 8, 2016 10:58 PM

    He will end up trading for Kaepernick and they the Vikings will lose Super Bowl 51 to the Colts.

  46. vikingsarchitect says: Sep 8, 2016 11:07 PM

    Squared 80 wrote ‘ Spielman has been one of the best GMs in football over the last 4-5 years. ‘
    REALLY …. Do you really believe that? How many days have you been watching the Vikings? Do names like Ponder, Patterson, Josh Freeman etc etc ring a bell to you? This season alone only 3 drafted players made the 53 man roster, and it was pure luck that Kease was still available in the 7th round. I expected him to be picked in either the 4th or 5th.
    Spielman’s number one job should be assessing talent. Let’s get a new GM who can do just that. Then we can talk about Super Bowls

  47. frank booth says: Sep 8, 2016 11:12 PM

    Derrick.G says:
    Sep 8, 2016 9:52 PM

    25+ seasons of hof qb play and only two rings to show for it. Your team is trash.
    ===================================
    The Vikings got 13 years of play from Fran Tarkenton and won 0 Super Bowls. They had an HOF QB who had one of his better years with 33 TD’s and 7 INT’s and his best rating ever and couldn’t make it to the Super Bowl.

    Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Sonny Jurgensen, Warren Moon- All HOF and without a Super Bowl.

    6 HOF QB’s have only won 1 Super Bowl.

    13 NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl.

    It’s hard to win a Super Bowl, and it more often takes more than a great QB to win one- and sometimes, even that isn’t enough.

  48. stellarperformance says: Sep 8, 2016 11:16 PM

    Derrick.G says:
    Sep 8, 2016 9:52 PM
    25+ seasons of hof qb play and only two rings to show for it. Your team is trash.
    /////////////////

    Sure it is.

  49. beerbratscheese says: Sep 8, 2016 11:36 PM

    As a Packers fan I see where this move had to be made. It’s just a shame that someone not capable of carrying Brett Farve’s jock strap wasn’t available.

    The fact is, if Peterson doesn’t continue to show his decline this year, he certainly will next year. This is the Vikings window, plain and simple. They don’t win it this year, they know they’ll need a QB not named Bridgewater or Bradford. They realize they have to throw all their marbles into the hat this year, or they can kiss a Super Bowl good bye for another decade or so.

  50. xDocOpsx says: Sep 9, 2016 12:42 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 8, 2016 4:11 PM
    Here’s the irony: Packer fans are constantly ragging on the Vikings because they haven’t won any championships and all we have to brag about is the great drafts we have (i.e., “winning the offseason championship”). Now we have a GM who is willing to give up a potentially great draft pick to have a chance to win a championship, and Packer fans are ripping him because he isn’t going to have that draft pick. I’m glad we have a GM who doesn’t take the safe way of doing things but is aggressively taking a shot at greatness.

    ^^^^

    This is also the same GM that thought that Ponder and Patterson were the future of the Vikings. Care to comment about that? I would rather have a GM that would roll with a backup and get the chance to draft the best QB than one that would give away the house for an average QB.

  51. xDocOpsx says: Sep 9, 2016 12:45 AM

    Derrick.G says:
    Sep 8, 2016 9:52 PM
    25+ seasons of hof qb play and only two rings to show for it. Your team is trash.

    ^^^^

    I bet every Vikings player would trade their stats for 1 ring.

    2 rings > zero rings

  52. fmc651 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:33 AM

    pizzasaurus says:
    Sep 8, 2016 4:00 PM
    Vikings fans old enough to remember Mike Lynn and the Walker trade must be having horrible flashbacks right about now
    )))))))))))))))))))))
    packer trolls insisting this is similar are once again showing their ignorance. It is nothing like that trade.
    Same thing every story, packer trolls being obnoxious saying stupid stuff. Speilman did what he had to do under rough circumstances. Could they have done nothing and let Hill start. Of course but you still had to bring in another QB. Why not get a good one like he did. Nobody is giving up their starting QB without a first round pick involved.

  53. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Sep 9, 2016 8:40 AM

    I have never seen so much noise about nothing. Bradford can throw the ball well. He also had crap around him in St Louis. You can argue he didn’t have much better in Philly. Minnesota is arguably the best team he has ever had around him.

    Bradford is easily as good as Bilgewater currently is. You don’t get a starting franchise quality QB for less than a first round pick. A 1st and 4th isn’t overpaying for a veteran with that many starts who was never a backup.

    Comparing it to the Herschel Walker trade is just stupid. It is nowhere near the amount of value of picks, for a player much more valuable than an RB. It also demonstrates the kind of pathetic wrong thinking that a 1st round pick can not bust. 2013 draft anyone? Wake up.

  54. 440Barracuda says: Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM

    xDocOpsx says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:42 AM

    This is also the same GM that thought that Ponder and Patterson were the future of the Vikings. Care to comment about that?

    ————————————

    Ponder was drafted in 2011, Spielman didn’t become GM until 2012. While he was part of the decision making for the 2011 draft, he wasn’t the final decision, so we don’t know exactly who made the final decision on Ponder. As for Patterson, he was and still is an amazing talent when the football is in his hands. Nobody could have foreseen the problems with getting the ball there. Every draft prognosticator had him as a 1st round talent.

  55. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:28 PM

    when you have a general manager that has made outstanding picks the last few years in the first round and mid rounds and has success in free agency, you can go a year without a first round pick.

    or you can be a total failure and cling to one first round pick 11 years ago that keeps you employed despite being completely incompetent.

  56. vikingsarchitect says: Sep 9, 2016 2:47 PM

    Spielman was the Personell Director in 2011, the key guy in charge of the draft. I don’t believe Ponder was his first choice, but he definitely thought he was the guy to pick with the Vikings top ten pick.
    As to later rounds, who thas he picked in rounds 2 though 4 that ever made difference in our team, like an all-pro?

  57. wafflestomp says: Sep 9, 2016 5:13 PM

    440Barracuda says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM
    xDocOpsx says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:42 AM

    This is also the same GM that thought that Ponder and Patterson were the future of the Vikings. Care to comment about that?

    ————————————

    Ponder was drafted in 2011, Spielman didn’t become GM until 2012. While he was part of the decision making for the 2011 draft, he wasn’t the final decision, so we don’t know exactly who made the final decision on Ponder. As for Patterson, he was and still is an amazing talent when the football is in his hands. Nobody could have foreseen the problems with getting the ball there. Every draft prognosticator had him as a 1st round talent.
    …………………………………………
    Yeah, that’s why NFL teams don’t employ Kiper, McShay, or any of the other Yahoos you follow before the draft.

    Any GM worth his salt, relies on his well groomed scouting department, studies game tape and personal interviews.
    You know, actual legit general manager stuff.
    But thanks for the update on what your favorite blogs are writing about your bust wide receiver.
    SkoLOL!

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