Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Looking back on 10 years of Rick Spielman

Spielman's best and worst moves
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(Note: This is a two-part series. The first part focuses on Spielman’s best moves. Part two, an analysis of the worst moves, will be posted tomorrow.)

Earlier this week marked the 10-year anniversary of Rick Spielman joining the Minnesota Vikings. Spielman’s job has evolved over time—he was initially hired as the Vice President of Player Personnel in 2006, replacing the short-tenured Fran Foley in the Vikings’ “Triangle of Authority,” and in 2012 was promoted to General Manager and has acted as the single voice for all football matters since then. Ten years is more than enough time to make your mark on a franchise, so we (okay, technically it was Brett’s idea) thought it would be good to look back on some of Spielman’s best an worst moves at the helm.

Since he didn’t assume full control until 2012, attributing transactions prior to that year directly to Spielman is a cloudy proposition; indeed, it was exceedingly difficult to pin down who exactly in that infamous triangle was calling the shots from 2006-2012. But we can rely on educated guesses to navigate those years, and the assumption is that most football personnel moves have had Spielman’s fingerprints on them since he arrived in town. If conventional wisdom indicates a particular decision was made outside of his control, I’ll note that and categorize accordingly.

Our first installment of this two-part series looks back at Rick Spielman’s best moves.

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Kendricks and Rhodes to Host Youth Football Camp
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When Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and his family launched the Mike Zimmer Foundation earlier this year, they sought to better the lives of children in need. The foundation is already making a difference for countless families, and now, Zimmer’s players are following his lead.

From June 21-24, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and linebacker Eric Kendricks will host an overnight football camp at the University of St. Thomas. They’ll teach both offensive and defensive fundamentals to about 100 players, working on everything from backpedals to proper tackling technique.

The Sports International Football Camp gives Vikings like Rhodes and Kendricks a chance to touch the local community and create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring players. “I am extremely excited about my football camp this summer and cannot wait to start training these young athletes,”  Rhodes said earlier this year.

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Jared Allen Will Retire a Viking
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He’s back! For a day. The Vikings announced today that Jared Allen has signed a one-day contract with the team and will officially enter retirement as a Viking. Allen spent six years with the team and was named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings. 

Allen began his career in Kansas City, but spent his most productive seasons in Minnesota. He came to the Vikings via trade in exchange for a first round draft pick and two third rounders, plus a swap of sixth round picks with the Chiefs in 2008. Allen posted 83.5 sacks in purple, third most in team history. He was part of the NFC North champion teams 2008 and 2009, and in 2011 he notched 22 sacks, which ties for the second highest single season total in NFL history.

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The Vikings offseason is starting to heat up as rumors and opinions are floating around everywhere recently. However, any rumor that was discussed this week was trumped by the news of former Minnesota defensive end extraordinaire Jared Allen announcing his retirement from the NFL.

Allen will go down as one of the best to ever put on a Vikings helmet. His time spent in Minnesota sacking countless opposing quarterbacks could potentially lead to him being presented with a gold jacket in the near future.

  • He has a very long way to go, but what are the chances that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can pass Emmitt Smith as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader?
  • Where did you spend your Valentine’s Day? Minnesota safety Andrew Sendejo might have everyone beat with the greatest destination to take a date.
  • The Vikings hired a new Strength and Conditioning coach this week and his name is Brent Salazar. Most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs, Salazar will attempt to put an end to pectoral injuries occurring in Minnesota among other things.
  • For the first time since 2000, the Vikings could be spending their Thanksgiving holiday on the football field. Randy Moss might come out retirement to play in this one.
  • Will Minnesota re-sign guard Mike Harris this offseason? If they decide to do so, will he end up becoming their starting right tackle in 2016?
  • Draft Season has been doing some outstanding work for us here at Vikings Territory, Their latest mock draft has Minnesota sticking to one specific side of the ball.
  • Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not have an impressive statistical season by any means in 2015. However, he did have one of his best games this year against the Super Bowl champions.
  • Cornerback Terence Newman provided a spark for Minnesota last season. Would re-signing the 37-year-old be in the team’s best interest?
  • As for this week’s Moment of Zen, Jared Allen explains the mystique behind his famous hairstyle…

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Jared Allen hung em up after 12 NFL seasons including 6 with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. He’s one of my all-time favorite Vikings and I eulogize his career during the intro of the show. We then have a chat with Brandon Kraniger (@skolszn) about his All-22 work on the Vikes and what he saw this season.

All that and other “Culinary Academy” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

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