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Spielman Talks the QB Spot, Joe Webb, and More

General manager Rick Spielman had a pretty good interview in which he talks about the obvious – Joe Webb, the QB spot and young players. Here’s just some of the interview.

On the quarterback position: “I think the quarterback thing is the biggest question. We’re looking at all avenues. Is there anyone in free agency, if there is a free agency, that you can fill a hole? Is there anyone from a trade aspect, if there is trades, that you can down that route? We’re in this process of this draft right now. Do you feel very strongly about any of these kids in the draft where you want to take on at 12 if you’re still there at 12? Or is the draft that deep where you maybe go into the second and third rounds and just go with the best available player at 12 and then maybe feeling very strongly about a guy you can get later in the draft?” (Then he cites this year’s deep draft class)

On Joe Webb: “I know we’re very excited about some of the things that we’ve seen in Joe Webb and the potential he has, too. From the arm strength, from the athletic ability and some of the positives that he’s really shown through the last part of the season last year.”

On building around young pieces: “I think there is a good young nucleus on this football team. I also think there were some older guys on this football team. We have a lot of unrestricted free agents up, you say you would love to keep them all back but that’s not the reality so we are going to make some tough decisions.”

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7 Responses to “Spielman Talks the QB Spot, Joe Webb, and More”

  1. Man of the Norse says:

    All of these gave good answers/predictions/insights for some big questions. My favorite is how he goes on to say that we will pick the BPA, wether it is a QB or not. This was a fear of mine because I am not a big fan of any of the “1st round” QBs and I’m hoping we go with O-line or secondary. However, some Viking fans seem to believe our FO has been handcuffed by our current QB situation into taking a QB in the first round, a theory I’m glad that’s been laid to rest.

    • Wayup North says:

      Or it’s all just a smoke screen and they fully intend on drafting a particular QB and are hoping that a team in front of them passes . . .

      I don’t have a clue what they are planning but anything said now has to be pretty much taken with a grain of salt

  2. Lost Viking says:

    Hard to take Spieman seriously. Come on, Dick, you knew you’d need a couple of QBs in 2011 when you made the Rosenfels trade.

    You make situation sound unexpected when its been this way since before JDB. So, now your exploring all points of the globe in search to find the ultimate replacement. “Could be trade, could be free agency, could be draft, could be…..”

  3. sb says:

    I still think the fear of drafting a first round qb because ther is a history of busts is exaggerated. At the end of the day you when you look around the league the seemingly set teams are teams with first round qb’s who are the cornerstone of their team (manning, rivers, rodgers, vick, roethlisberger, ryan, flacco etc). Even those who seem to be on their way to turning around their franchises; stafford, bradford and freeman.

    Now i know that everyone will be quick to pointout the qb busts drafted in the first round ie jamarcus russell (who mayock said shouldn’t be drafted in the first round), ryan leaf and then go on about how tom brady was drafted 199th or whatever, but what we tend to forget is the countlesss qb’s who have been drafted in the later rounds as project qb’s that never eventuate. Even those few who werent drafted in the first round (brees and favre) were both drafted with the first pick of the 2nd round.

    So if a QB is there in the first round who we think can be the face of the franchise you have to take them. I’m not saying you reach for one or take one out of desperation.

    Sorry for the rant, I just think at some stage the vikes are going to have to draft a qb in the first round maybe this year, maybe next. I mean they are drafted there in the first place for a reason.

  4. Lost Viking says:

    Draft ’11 selection at qb made more complex as top talents (Mallet, Gabbert) don’t pass the character tests. Difficult to invest in candidates when they are not seen as ideal Peyton and Eli-type team leaders.

  5. Lost Viking says:

    Everyone says we need Sidney Rice locked up in ’11 but what is the cost? If he’s franchised as top five his comparisons are folks like Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Miles Austin, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Marshall?

    Ouch. That’s a pretty good payday for a very good receiver. Might as well just re-negotiate the new deal.

    And just take a look at top receivers only two years ago. Reads like where are they now:
    Randy Moss
    Steve Smith
    Terrell Owens
    Marvin Harrison
    Torry Holt
    Roy Williams
    Chad Johnson

    Risky business.

  6. 4eversteve says:

    We may have to let Rice walk Greenway is to valuable to this defense and Rice has Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, not worth the trouble to deal with this sport agent look how he messed up T.O. in advising him. Make an offer and if they counter with numbers that are far apart, let him test the waters Rice hasn’t put together a very long body of work to command top ten receiver pay IMO. I’m sure a lot of GM’s are with me in this school of thought especially coming off an injury to his hip! Only wished that they would have listen to me about Berrian, what a bust this guy is. Berrian has fragile hamstrings and very well could be the softest receiver in the NFL right now. If they cut him loose this year it would cost them 2 million against the cap because they have already paid this worthless receiver 14 million of the 16 million portion of his contract that was guarantee.I maybe wrong about the cap money situation as it pertains to Berrian but I’m not wrong about him being the softest receiver in the NFL!

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