I'm not necessarily opposed to your suggestions.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:45 pmSeriously (well, I am serious about Rudolph) I think the most effective thing the Vikings could do to manage the cap would be to fire Zimmer and Spielman. I do agree we shouldn't do it unless we plan to hire someone better ... so I'll give it to you. Mentioned this in the New Orleans thread as well.
Hire Mike Borgonzi, the Chiefs director of football operations, as GM. He's been No. 2 for both the Chiefs and the Patriots, two solid winning cultures. But only hire him on the condition that he then hires Eric Bieniemy as head coach. You don't work under Andy Reid for 8 years without learning a thing or two.
My only observation would be is if Borgonzi is so good, why has he been No. 2 and not No. 1? I don't know him and I don't mean that question to be a dig at your suggestion. If he's a better option than Spielman, maybe he makes sense, but I've witnessed guys like Brad Childress get pulled along by the current of a talented head coach and a successful NFL team and then be elevated to a head coaching role when that guy has no business being in the role because he's an actor in the play and not the director. Just being associated with success doesn't mean the guy had anything to do with creating the success per se. If he's the latter I'll stick with Spielman.
As for Zimmer, I'm not sure. His team has been behind the 8-ball all season, and these last two games in particular he's had to go with a defensive group that I don't think anyone could have coached much more out of. Yesterday was like watching Alabama go up against North Appalachian State in one of those college season warmup games for the big programs. The Vikings were completely out-classed when they were on defense.
If there is a coach in the NFL (or at any level) capable of taking that sorry group of players the Vikings trotted out on defense yesterday and getting them to the level where they could compete with the Saints offense, yes, make that man the head coach and give him god-level control over the team as well. Not sure Bieniemy is that guy but if the Vikings did decide to make a move at GM they might as well let the GM decide who he wants his head coach to be.