Hey everyone, welcome to the Vikings hangout
We'll get started in a minute here, so feel free to line up your questions and we'll get to as many as we can this week.
A little note before we get started: Mackey will be joining at 1:30, so you're stuck with me until that time. If you've got a question specifically for him, throw his name in and I'll know to save it until he gets here.
Heavy hitter right off the bat
This is going to sound like a cop-out but let me explain before I catch heat: It's impossible for me to know if Mike Zimmer is the right guy for the job.
I can look at his resume, as you can, and I think we'll agree he's had some success in the NFL. But a huge part of the equation comes down to fit as a head coach -- leadership, decisiveness, etc. -- that I cannot know without being around him more often or sitting in on the interviews.
That's a good question but I don't know -- I haven't covered any of them. Les Frazier was respectful and generous with his time. But it doesn't have to be a downgrade there.
Not necessarily. But as Judd wrote yesterday for 1500ESPN.com, they can afford to be patient now if they want to. That's especially true today.
Good question. The answer isn't short.
Follow that link and at the very bottom of the page, click on Hour 3. We broke down the possibility of passing on a QB.
The short summary: If you don't get one of the first 3 QBs off the board, prioritizing defense might be wise.
But the whole hour is pretty funny so it's worth a listen ;-)
I don't know but I know this much: They can hold off if they want to. At this point, the Vikings' head coaching job is easily the most desirable job that remains available in the NFL.
From what I heard it was a legit interview, but that was not first-hand information. I would be surprised if teams think they can circumvent that rule in 2014. If it goes against the spirit of the rule, one would assume the NFL would step in to correct that.
I don't think one would NEED to commit to any of those things. Too many variables -- draft, free agents -- for me to say at this point.
Comes down to need and who is available when they're selecting. Far too early for me to guess on January 14.
But you're not the first with that theory. I don't know how valid it is, but some have raised the concern.
I don't want to handicap it until we know who the HC is. This is pure speculation but I would think it's unlikely.
Whenever there's a situation like this I try to think about a standard business and remove sports from the discussion.
If I were chairman or CEO of a big company and I only had to compete against 29 other companies -- an unreasonable restraint in real business -- I would look to hire someone better than what the other companies have. If I am convinced I can find that guy with more qualifications than anybody else, I'd pull the trigger.
But if there's a limited pool of applicants all vying for the same 2 jobs, there's no rush to pounce
tl;dr -- Yes, I agree with Judd
It would take a ransom to trade up to No. 2 in this draft
Really thought they should have looked to someone with prior experience
But that apparently wasn't a highly sought-after qualification among Spielman's 13