Vikings GM Spielman: ‘No One Is Satisfied’ With A 7-9 Record


Although the Minnesota Vikings failed to reach the playoffs or even have a winning record during the 2014 season, there is still a lot of hope for the future of the franchise amid the fan base.  While some fans are pleased with the progress that the Vikings are making, not everyone is pleased with the results of the 2014 campaign.

In an article from the Star Tribune, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman spoke about the results of the 2014 season:

"“No one is satisfied with the 7-9 record, but there’s a lot of optimism,” Spielman said. “I think we have the right head coach in place. He did a great job this year."

Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

While Spielman is right that a losing record is never good, he’s right to be optimistic.  After a solid hiring of Mike Zimmer as the team’s head coach, hopefully finding their guy at quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, and turning the defense around, things are looking up for this Minnesota Vikings squad.

Plus, the team dealt with numerous injuries and other issues through the season, but head coach Mike Zimmer never used that as an excuse

"“He never made an excuse,” Spielman said. “We lost the tight end, we lost three offensive linemen, we went through the situation with Adrian Peterson, and when you look back, those are some hard things and adversity to go through.”"

To me, losing valuable pieces of a team isn’t an excuse, but valid reasons.  Still, to hear that Mike Zimmer expects his team to play at a very high level despite everything that the team went through is a testament to how this team works hard to prepare for each and every game.

Hopefully, the Vikings can continue to improve and find themselves with a playoff birth in 2015.

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