There's nothing Mark Craig enjoys more than a coaching search, unless it's stepping on a Lego in bare feet while walking down a hallway in the middle of the night. He also loves the speculation about the 214 coaching candidates for the Vikings job. So leave your questions for Mark, who will be in a fantastic mood when he starts answering them at noon ... Oh, and another thing he loves? Draft questions! Let's do this!
Now that Cmill has warmed up the masses, grab the pitchforks, the torches and let's roll ...
Haven't heard he's the best man for the job. Spielman's MO is to turn over every rock before selecting one. Jack's just one of the rocks at this point.
If it was his best chance as a head coach in the NFL, yes, he would come here with no reservations.
All of the assistants need written permission to leave. I'm pretty sure it's a safe bet that Musgrave and Williams can get their release about 2.1 seconds after they ask for it.
They don't need someone who has played the position. There are plenty of examples of people who haven't played the position who have landed franchise quarterbacks.
You don't select based on the initials in front of the guy's name on his combine card. If you think a great quarterback is there at No. 8, you take him. If you think there's a great outside linebacker at No. 8, you take him. Great at one position trumps good at any other position, regardless of need.
No. The man was asked who made the decision. He answered the question. The Wilfs were standing 15 feet away, so I think he was just answering the question as to who made the final call. Naturally, Spielman was involved in the discussion. He's the GM.
Priefer will get an opportunity, whether it's here or somewhere else. Extremely doubtful that it's here. When you fire a head coach, you've made a decision to move on from pretty much everything to do with that coach. And Les' demeanor wasn't the problem. He was the same way on the sideline a year ago when they were winning four straight to reach the playoffs and cap a seven-win improvement from the year before.
It's a shared responsibility. I know that answer doesn't satisfy people who need to determine 100 percent fault and 100 percent forgiveness. But, yeah, the quarterback situation is on Rick's head. He admitted that yesterday and many other times. But perhaps coaching could have been better. Remember how bad Alex Smith was in San Francisco until Jim Harbaugh was hired. Now, a team like the Vikings would love an Alex Smith.
As long as I'm sitting indoors.
No. There was no hidden agenda. Leslie Frazier was trying to win games. That's what coaches do. Ponder actually did play a little better during that mid-season stretch. Remember Washington? Early on against Dallas? Heck, remember Cordarrelle Patterson dropping the touchdown pass that would have won the Green Bay game? No, I don't think Christian is the long-term answer. But he did do some things that warranted sticking with him, especially given the options Frazier had.
Yes, the QB is on Spielman's head. But what about Patterson, a guy he traded back into the first round to get? People seem to like him. What about Harrison Smith, a guy he traded back into the first round to get last year? People seem to think he's pretty good. Xavier Rhodes? Um, Adrian Peterson. Jared Allen. Yes, until Spielman gets it right at QB, we should retain some skepticism. But let's not go overboard and say he's too stupid to tie his own shoes.
I would be surprised if they gave away the picks needed to move up in the draft. That's not Spielman's style.
Amen. Outdated and needs exceptional players at every level playing well and staying healthy. I'd like to see defenders charging forward rather than dropping back in critical situations for a change.
There's only 32 of these jobs in the world. None of them is a bad job. Although Cleveland might be an exception.
With Allen and Kevin Williams unlikely to return, now would be the time to do it.
My initial reaction would be, yeah, unload him before he teases the next coach into thinking there might be a chance. But I think the next coach has to make that call, and will be given a chance to make that call.
I'm a fan of Les' too. But I remember a story about how a bus driver got the old Browns lost back in the 50s. The bus driver apologized to Paul Brown. Brown said, "I don't blame you. I blame whoever hired you." Les was responsible for the assistants he brought in.
No. I think this is how things are structured when you have a general manager. Wilf opened up with the reason he felt the team did what it did. Then he turned it over to his football guy. It would be great if Zygi held court like Jerry Jones, but not all owners are the same. The Glazers in Tampa didn't even have a press conference. They just issued a one-paragraph statement that Schiano had been fired.
They're looking for a QB. My goodness, they signed one in the middle of a season so they could evaluate the guy heading into free agency this offseason. That's how desperate Spielman is to find one. Not every team gets Peyton Manning for 14 years, takes a one-year free fall, gets the No. 1 pick and ends up with Andrew Luck for the next 14 years or so. Timing is a big part of finding the right QB.
Everything you just said could have been said about the Kansas City Chiefs on this date a year ago. A 2-14 team. Boy, it's going to take a long time to rebuild. Woe is them. This year? 11-5 and in the playoffs. This is the NFL. Down usually is next year's up.
No. Spielman values the picks too much. People forget, but he's landed four long-term starters in the past two first rounds. And that's not counting another one who could join them (Sharrif Floyd).