I want to make it abundantly clear that I am all for the Minnesota Vikings having a general manager who will be in charge of making personnel decisions.
What I am completely against is who was put into that position.
Rick Spielman was given the position without even the consideration of bringing in some fresh blood—something this front office desperately needs… more so than the coaching staff.
His track record is not that impressive either.
Go ahead and make the case for him pulling off the trade for Jared Allen, but it’s not hard to send a team a first-round pick and three total picks for a guy who’s already a star.
He also was instrumental in drafting Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, right?
The truth is, both of those guys fell into the Vikings lap and there was no way those picks could be screwed up.
Not to mention, the true test of a general manager and a V.P. of Player Personnel is their ability to draft in rounds three through seven—something he’s struggled with to say the least.
When it comes to those crucial mid-to-late round picks, Ray Edwards, Brian Robison, John Sullivan and Joe Webb are all he has to show since joining the team in 2006. Webb is a backup.
People can argue Everson Griffen was a big fourth-round catch, but the book is still out on him.
Take those players and then look around the league and compare to the likes of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Mario Manningham and Brandon Carr just to name a few, and you wonder how Spielman consistently missed out on players like this.
If he hits on just one of those receivers, the Vikes WR issues aren’t issues at all.
Instead of drafting Carr in the fifth round of the 2008 draft to help solidify the secondary, the Vikings took quarterback John David Booty.
Booty Booty Booty! More like doody doody doody. Carr went three picks later, and now the Vikes are left with hoping they can make a play for his services during free agency.
Owner Zygi Wilf should have Spielman on a short leash. He and the rest of the front office should all be on notice.