Zygi Wilf decided it was time for the Vikings to have some “organizational structure” (his words). So he created a GM position and gave it to Rick Spielman. Now instead of just being the VP of player personnel – a glorified draft wonk, in essence – Spielman is in charge of the whole enchilada. We presume. Time will tell how much authority Spielman actually possesses in his new role. It’s one thing to give a guy a new position, but quite another for him to use that position in a meaningful way.
Who knows, maybe Spielman will take to the GM role like a duck to water. But it’s also possible he will be totally lame in that position and make no meaningful changes to anything. Does Spielman have a vision for the future? Can he lead the team to a championship as Wilf thinks? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let’s see how he manages the roster and how he drafts. He has some decisions to make regarding high priced veterans with time left on their contracts, guys like Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera and Cedric Griffin. He also has to figure out what to do with the #3 pick. Leslie Frazier will still have input, but now it’s Spielman making the calls. If the plan fails it’s on him.
Good luck with that Rick.