Hiring from within, Vikings promote Spielman to general manager

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2012 - 6:52 AM

After years of making collaborative decisions, the Vikings promoted Rick Spielman to be general manager.

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jfrostJan. 3, 12 9:46 PM

I agree with the need to appoint a GM, but I strongly disagree with their choice. The Wilf's personnel/leadership decisions seem to get worse each year. We need an innovative, forward thinking GM (and coach). Not some re-tread Dolphins flunkie.

hanguyen55Jan. 3, 12 9:48 PM

Long time Vikings fan living in Atlanta. Time for me to cheer for Falcons-Vikings won't be a good team as Spielman a GM.....

elo_62Jan. 3, 12 9:50 PM

Geez, same old people. Same old results. Nothing is going to change for the better. Vikings fans cannot catch a break. We fans have been forgotten. We needed new blood ... not the same. Failure continues ...

norsemanrun1Jan. 3, 12 9:51 PM

You've got to be kidding me. Well, the Lions are good and on the rise now, after a horrible span under the direction of Matt Millen. His eight-year tenure as head of the Lions franchise led to the worst eight-year record in the history of the modern NFL (31-97)... so a couple observations: 1) It can't ever get worse than that, and 2) It'll have to end someday, right?

badgrantJan. 3, 12 9:58 PM

GM in this organization stands for ... (G)utless (M)anagement

brotherandreJan. 3, 1210:03 PM

Wow. How many other businesses would promote someone who has overseen such a colossal collapse of the brand/product as the Vikings have experienced? It is mind-boggling, especially in the midst of pushing for taxpayer funding for a new stadium.

somguyJan. 3, 1210:17 PM

Oh good...can't wait to see what Spielman does with our 3rd pick. A punter perhaps? Maybe some Division 2 project like Tavaris Jackson? It won't surprise me in the least if we find yet another botched draft by the Vikings. I just hope they remember to wind their clocks beforehand...we cannot afford another "clockgate..."

yoyoyouyoJan. 3, 1210:22 PM

Promote the guy who essentially assembled the team? What a joke. After the last few drafts and lack of talent acquired through FA, I'd fire Spielman and Frazier yesterday. I don't know who was in charge, but it sounds like both. McNabb, Ponder, extending Longwell, Erin Henderson, Cook, Loadholdt, McKinnie/Johnson, Greenway contract, AD contract, ALL THE SAFETIES, keeping Berrian, moving up to take Gerhardt, TJack, Moss, Aromashadu. ARE YOU FN KIDDING ME? SPIELMAN A PROMOTION? EFFFF YOUUUUU ZYGI!

jpweisserJan. 3, 1210:27 PM


martiankingJan. 3, 1210:30 PM

I'm with yoyoyouyo and somguy. One of the people in charge of this debacle of a team is given more power. At least when things don't improve, we can put the blame on a particular person instead of this triangle of authority. Problem is it might take a couple years for the Wilf's to chuck the whole group out. Of course, they might have that new stadium they want and sell the team for a billion or so dollars then, so it might not be their call.


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