NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings may fire Rick Spielman if he fails to find quarterback

Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman addresses the media as he introduces the 2013 1st round draft picks at a press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman addresses the media as he introduces the 2013 1st round draft picks at a press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have officially ended an era and are currently sitting in limbo. The team is set to play the next two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota while a new ultra-modern stadium is built in downtown Minneapolis.

One man who may not be there when the ribbon is cut on the new stadium is general manager Rick Spielman. After doing a better job than most thought he would putting together a young roster of talent, Spielman appears to be on thin ice thanks to one glaring flaw on his resume — the failure to ever be able to find a franchise quarterback.

Ben Goessling from ESPN.com states that if Spielman fails to find a quarterback again this year, he may be on the outs in Minnesota.

But the stigma of his misses at quarterback still follows him around, and if he can’t get the position right this time around — especially if he makes what turns out to be a bad investment with the eighth overall pick — he likely won’t get another chance to change his reputation. General managers can often survive at least one coaching change, but the best ones extend their careers by finding quarterbacks.

Spielman’s failure at finding a quarterback date back to his days with the Dolphins when he shuffled through Ray Lucas, Brian Griese, A.J. Feely and others before coming to Minnesota. Since being with the Vikings, the team has shuffled through Brett Favre, Tavaris Jackson, Matt Cassel, Joe Webb, Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder to name a few.

The Vikings need a franchise quarterback and Spielman needs to break the streak and find the first one in his entire front office career.

Topics: Minnesota Vikings, Rick Spielman

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  • Frank Weems

    He should have already been fired long ago

  • Jake

    Why do you guys keep quoting this guy as though he has some sort of inside knowledge? He’s just a blogger. He’s making all of this stuff up as he goes. Everything he says is all just speculation. Just because ESPN publishes his wild speculations does not make them any less speculative.

  • David Mallow

    Actually Zygi and the entire front office drafted Ponder so you can’t pay that one solely on Spielman. He wasn’t the acting GM yet. And why should he have been fired long ago?he has drafted extremely well, and brought in reliable free agents with the little money they have had in the last few years. This year with Zimmer helping him see that the changes in schemes, that other options that Rick would’ve passed on before are now options to be on this team. Isay trade for Ryan Mallett and not waste a pick on aQB from this class ( overrated) draft all defense with exception of a G and possibly a WR in the latter rounds. This team is ready to exceed expectations

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