Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Spielman Sez: Norv Turner Has Already Put In 10 Plays for Cordarrelle Patterson


Rick Spielman knows people weren’t happy with the way Cordarrelle Patterson was used – or, more properly, not used – by Bill Musgrave in 2013.

Maybe it was Patterson’s slow development or maybe it was Musgrave’s slowness to recognize Patterson’s potential value, but for whatever reason, Flash didn’t see a lot of targets early in the season. And this didn’t sit well with Viking fans eager to watch the rookie show off his skills.

This won’t happen again under Norv Turner, Spielman assured the fanbase during his combine presser on Thursday.

Turner loves Patterson’s talents, Spielman said. So much that, according to Rick, the first thing Norv did when he arrived in Minnesota was draw up ten plays just for Patterson.

Even before his stuff was unpacked, Norv was putting in plays for Patterson. That’s how much Norv loves Patterson!!!

Spielman always has one eye on scoring points from a PR point-of-view, so it was natural that he should address fans’ Patterson concerns in his combine press conference, while also taking another veiled shot at his favorite scapegoat, Bill Musgrave.

I mean it’s pretty clear this is the subtext here, right? Musgrave was a chump who didn’t know how to use Patterson, but Norv, he’s a genius, so he’ll use Patterson all over the field.

“We’re moving on from Bill Musgrave in a big way” has been the secret theme of much of what Spielman has been shoveling out there this offseason, and I’m guessing most fans are happy to hear it.

The happiest guy in this whole scenario will be Cordarrelle Patterson, who should be a featured component of Norv Turner’s new high-octane vertical offense. Now just find Norv a QB, Spielman. And watch this whole thing blow up.

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  • 3kolu

    AMEN! Ryan Mallett for our second 3rd-round pick will give us legitimacy. It shows that the Vikings are willing to take a shot down the field. Two-year prove-it deal. He has excellent height and bulk 6’6″, 245 lbs with an unbelievable release point of eight feet at speeds up to 66 mph. He has been Tom Bradys’ understudy for three years showing maturity and humility. Mallett will come into one of the best offensive situations possible. Starting with Adrian Peterson, will give him great opportunities to throw it down-field. And, having Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, should make this one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. He’ll also have the luxury of whipping it down the seam to Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson. He played with Jarius Wright and Greg Child at Arkansas and could elevate one or both of these young wideouts into stardom. And, he will the advantage of having a really good offensive line headed by Matt Kalil, John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt. Brandon Fusco proved to be a force in the middle as well. And, with Jerome Felton and Rhett Ellison as part of the rotation, Mallett would be well covered. Finding an upgrade is the only issue and they may have that piece in Jeff Baca or they could get a free agent or they could look to the draft

    • David Mallow

      I agree 100 % with this entire write except it will take our second rounder to get him or if Spielman can persuade some thing else to make it our first 3rd rounder.but I say trade the 2nd rounder for Mallett, if Mack is off the board, trade back and get that teams 2nd rounder and possibly 4th… the you hav a 1st,2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths… so you get your QB while keeping a pick in every round while also adding an additional pick… Qb and 9 picks, or QB, Mack and 7picks….either scenerio sounds good to me