With all the speculation surrounding Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins heading into the offseason, the future of Rick Spielman has gone relatively under the radar. The general manager and head coach have been closely linked throughout their time with the Minnesota Vikings and developed a nice working relationship, so if one goes, the other might follow in the not-too-distant future.
Spielman has rightfully earned a strong reputation when it comes to recruitment. Some of his high-end draft picks haven’t worked out as expected, but it’s been a pleasing part of the process overall.
Even if this hasn’t resulted in a championship or Super Bowl appearance.
As stated previously, the Vikings face some significant challenges in the coming weeks. Tearing everything completely down and starting from scratch might seem unrealistic, but ownership has to allow Spielman a chance to pick and work with another head coach or let him walk entirely.
One doesn’t have to look far across the NFL to see how quickly this becomes an issue. It’s normally a total reset in most cases – which would be a drastic approach – but after so many years of mediocrity, perhaps there will never be a better time.
There doesn’t appear much to suggest Spielman won’t be around in 2022. But the time for change could be coming in the front office if things don’t start trending in the right direction.