Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher watch warm ups before the game with the Tennessee Titans at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Spielman Told Josh Freeman What to Say During Their Conference Call? Huh.


City Pages has uncovered what might be the conspiracy of the century: During Monday’s introductory Josh Freeman media conference call, according to the sleuths at City Pages, if you listened very closely you could hear Vikings GM Rick Spielman whispering in Freeman’s ear what to say in response to reporters’ questions. City Pages has thoroughly examined the recording of the conference call and unearthed several shocking examples of Spielman coaching Freeman on exactly what BS to recite.

For instance, at one point Freeman was asked by some meanie reporter about what exactly happened between him and Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano (Freeman and Schiano clashed a little bit down there in Tampa dontcha know). Freeman evidently had trouble conjuring an answer for himself so Spielman apparently whispered to him, “Everything was great down there.”

This helped break the log-jam in Josh’s brain, allowing him to give the proper baloney answer: “I had a lot of great memories there, a lot of good times with the fellas.”

See? He answered the question without answering it. The essence of the Spielman approach! The good news here for Viking fans? Josh Freeman is eminently coachable. A couple sessions with the boys at the PR office and Josh will have the whole routine down. He won’t even need Rick to whisper him the answers anymore. He’ll be able to talk bullcrap all by himself.

There are allegedly more examples on the recording of Rick feeding answers to Freeman in a whispering voice. Should you care to examine this mystery for yourself, there is a copy of the conference call at this link. I advise you to be very very careful and not get sucked too deep into this particular puzzle. Have you ever seen the movie Blow Out with John Travolta? Don’t let that happen to you.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    What was he supposed to say? Someone in Tampa released his medical records. I wonder if that’s any reason to keep one’s cards close to the vest? That, or something being taken out of context?. That never happens either. If you want him to tell you that Schiano was a dickhead, maybe go out and have a couple beers with him. Wait that would be news too. Then you could tell us how big a drunk he is…C’mon man!

  • Daniel Laxen

    I bet if your boss told you to say something, you probably would utter it word for word…

  • No

    What was the point of this article?

  • Jake

    Another completely pointless article from Dan Zinski.

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