Wednesday, January 24, 2018

george paton

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are at home watching the playoffs like the rest of us, but we’re still here (freezing our butts off) pontificating about how the Purple can reload for 2017. We open the show with a few loose thoughts: Why the Sam Bradford trade was the right move, the REAL reason the Vikings running game was so anemic this year, and why you should keep a close eye on what happens with assistant general manager George Paton.

Later in the show, Andrea Hangst (Sports on Earth, The Comeback) swings by to expand on Adrian Peterson’s future, the upcoming quarterback issue the Vikings may face, her thoughts on free agent targets Andrew Whitworth & Kevin Zeitler, and what Mike Zimmer needs to work on to become an upper echelon NFL head coach.

All that and more “We Shouldn’t Have Fired Jeff Davidson I Guess” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint


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When it comes to the forty yard dash, former Northern Iowa wide out Terrell Sinkfield is either a myth or a legend, depending on your level of skepticism. The Vikings signed Sinkfield on Friday and, regardless of your opinion on his reported 4.19 second forty yard dash time in 2013, there is no denying that they have added some serious speed by doing so.

The Minnetonka native is listed at 6′ 1″ and 192 pounds and has experience running the ball, as a return man on special team, and also as a pass catching deep threat.

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Following a 3-13 season, many wondered if it was wise to promote Rick Spielman to General Manager without exploring outside options.  Once again, the Wilf family has opened up their wallets, however, to keep the staff they have in place.

Director of Player Personnel George Paton has been one of many candidates interviewed for the General Manager position in St. Louis.  According to some reports the Rams had narrowed their search down to two guys and Paton was one of them.  Some other reports suggest that Paton actually got offered the position, but instead he opted to stay with Minnesota.

Deciding to stay with the Vikings was probably made easier by their willingness to promote him to Assistant General Manager. 

Rick Spielman has worked with Paton not only with the Vikings, but also in their time spent in Miami and Chicago.

“George has been an integral part of our personnel department since he arrived in 2007,” Spielman said. “His work ethic, leadership, professionalism and keen eye for identifying talented football players will continue to be a major asset for our organization as we take on the challenges of competing in the NFC North and winning the Super Bowl.”

Les Snead, from Atlanta, is now going to assume the role of General Manager in St. Louis.