Spielman Talks QBs At Combine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 24, 2011 – 1:12 pm

Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman spent much of the late morning and early afternoon in the media center meeting with reporters, appearing on radio shows and speaking at the podium. He addressed a number of topics and we’ll try to touch on a few of them right here on the Blog throughout the next day or so.

We’ll start with a hot-button topic for the Vikings this offseason – the QB position. Many of the questions Spielman fielded were QB-related and he did a good job of speaking in general terms about the topic without giving away any specific opinions on players or strategies the Vikings have with regard to addressing the position.

Spielman said he feels this is a strong QB draft class that is deep not just in the 1st round but also in later rounds. He was also asked about the difficulty in evaluating QBs who didn’t play in “pro style” offenses in colleges. One example is the QB who many regard as the best in this year’s class – Blaine Gabbert. He took most of his snaps in college from the gun formation. Another example is Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, who played in the “pistol” offense in college.

“What happens with a lot of these guys,” Spielman explained, “just knowing the agents these guys have, is after their season they go to these training centers and they start taking snaps under center, they’re working on drops (drop backs), they hire ex-coaches and things like that to work with these kids. By the time they get to your facility, it’s not the first time they’ve taken a snap.”

Another factor to consider is the learning curve college QBs face when entering the NFL. Whether a QB was in a pro style offense or not in college, he has a lot to learn at the NFL level. Let’s look at 2 examples from last year’s draft in Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy. It was Clausen who came from a “pro style” offense in college and McCoy who came from a spread attack. Yet by most accounts, McCoy had the better rookie season. Neither player was anything to write home about, but McCoy fared a touch better than Clausen despite not coming from a supposed pro style offense.

Ultimately, though, the question is “How will the Vikings address the QB position this offseason.” Only time will tell that answer, but clearly the Vikings are committed to addressing the issue.

“We’re going to look at all avenues when it comes to quarterback,” Spielman said. “Whether it’s a trade, whether it’s a UFA (unrestricted free agent), whether it’s the draft or whether it’s Joe Webb. We’re excited about what Joe Webb brings to the table, too.”

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  1. By TJack4HOF on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I choose Joe Webb… for now, worst case scenario is drafting a QB and having him turn out to be a Joe Flacco type, which can win a Super Bowl, but only happens about once every 10 years (and that was before all the rule changes to accomodate QBs – really check the last 20 Super Bowl winners, all were great QBs except Brad Johnson, Trent ‘I Know How to Play QB’ Dilfer, and Eli Manning). So the late round QBs just don’t really excite me either – we need to push all in on a guy this year or next. Need a top 5 QB if we want to consistently compete.

  2. By Bigfan1 on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe fans polled took Mallet over Newton, 45 to 15 percent, don’t these people watch college football or the “Heisman” presentation. Mallet can’t hold a candle to Newton, not even in the same league. If the Vikings in their philosophy of picking best player have an opportunity to pick Newton it is the biggest no-brainer in Viking’s history. I think people participate without knowing what they’re voting for.

  3. By ALViking69 on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    No matter what the Vikings do, we can be sure Spielman will do his best to get the right positioning to get the best players out there for our team. Rick is a stand up guy who has had a lot on his shoulders in the past and continues to work some great magic at helping put a team together. Maybe this year, with a coach that lets the front office do their jobs, we’ll get right back to where we were two seasons ago.

  4. By TJack4HOF on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Plus imagine if we start Webb, completely tank and get a top 3 pick and somehow end up with Andrew Luck – our division would include Rodgers/Cutler/Stafford/Luck – sick

  5. By vikings4life on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Joe webb, Im so happy spielman is a fan because joe webb is the future of the vikings, itll be good to draft someone hopefully in later rounds to compete with him and to have a a valuable back up but ultimately Joe will be the starter and we will win the NFC North, We could easily get 10 wins with our opponents next year

  6. By crazyviking on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes need to stick with Webb, he was impresive in how comfortable he was in the pocket and when things broke down he has the skills to make a good play from a busted play. Plus i liked what i saw in his arm, accurate and strong. What more could you ask for, all he needs is the start and many snaps. Webb needs to be the man, get a vet in free agency to back him up. Get OL in draft and maybe a DB then Vikings will be back to the playoffs.

  7. By EternalVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Spielman follows his instincts (which have been good). This team is once again a QB and Secondary away from a Superbowl… We need Secondary and to bring in a guy to who does not turn the ball over at QB. SKOL VIKES

  8. By KeybotheViking on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t see how everyone can be so HIGH on Joe Webb. I don’t understand it, yes the guy is one HECK of an athlete……..but a great QB? Or even turning into a great QB? Lord, if we keep him, please let me be wrong……..but I do not see him being our QB of the future like you guys think, I just don’t see it!! Sorry……


  9. By Parody on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    KeybottheViking – What do all great QBs have after their first 3 starts that you didn’t see from Webb? Give the kid a chance. We need to have some patience for once and allow a young QB to develop or a few years before we pass final judgements on them.

  10. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    In the “What have you done for me lately” department….Last week Kendra announced she was pregnant and madly in love with Hank……This week she says she’s dumping him…. The guy must be a Baskett case.

  11. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I think the news put him on the I.R.

  12. By Bigfan1 on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with the writers who tout Webb, he’s a weapon and has all the ingredients to be great, but the Vikes drastically need depth at QB, face it without a competent QB to lead the team they have no chance.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


    Yours was the most sane comment on the QB position I have seen in in several months.

  14. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Sanity knows no bounds.

  15. By RINO on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    with the first pick viking draft Jake Locker from Washington I know a lot of people will disagree with me but I believe is going to be the vikings quarterback of the future. vikings oc will implement a Atlanta type offense which will focus on AP and give Locker time to develop I see him starting the season. Joe Webb ran more than he threw he is a receiver not a starting qb. I have no doubt vikings will pick him up if he is still there. newton and Gabbert overrated. expect vikings to be very active

  16. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    RINO– sounds okay by me— I can only really judge someone when I spend time in conversation face-to-face with him— Spielman, Frazier and company will make the right choices after they actually see, listen and talk with these up and coming athletes. There are many players that have promise who meltdown to wannabes and many so-so players who turn into hall of famers. People change. What matters most is if a player has a teachable spirit and a hard work ethic.

  17. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Or a guaranteed contract.

  18. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Or a slab of prime rib for a certain dog, named Sonja.

  19. By tre on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I think we should draft andy dalton first

  20. By RINO on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    thanks Titus I watch both college and NFL and I like Jake Locker overall vs the rest of the QBs in the draft yes he will need some work but who does not no one comes in and becomes good they train and i believe he is capable of that. everyone saying superbowl this I like frazier mind set he said they need to find key players to get there unlike brad frazier is trying to establish a franchise team not a make it or break team. they have so many great player on their roster but a player does’ not win championship teams do GO vikes fan for life

  21. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Albert Hainsworth has neither a “teachable spirit” nor a “hard work ethic” and what mattered most, to him, is HE’S FILTHY RICH!!

  22. By RINO on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    tre I love andy dalton that guy is awesome have u seen him play good football smarts. I would like to see both of them on the vikings roster I think he will be a qb of the future but not for the vikings he would be a good qb give him 3 to 4 years and he will be ready very very raw talent getting too would be a steal and maybe in three years we could get a 1st and 2nd rounder for him Go hornfrogs

  23. By SoCalVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Cam Newton is a” entertainer/icon” in his own words……….gimme a break!

  24. By RINO on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Cam Newton= jamarcus russell

  25. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    A slab of prime rib is good for Sonja and her owner, Titus!

  26. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I think Newton will be a great QB.

  27. By RINO on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    i dont know about that but I could be wrong not really fun of running qbs but only time will tell

  28. By RINO on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    laters everyone

  29. By tru-blu on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


    You said we need a top 5 qb. You also said that the late round quarterbacks don’t excite you. Does Tom Brady ring a bell? Round 6 pick 199.

  30. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    RINO, you may be right– a lot of “experts” make the same comparison. Truth is, Russell could have been great. Newton does have all the tools. Locker could be the next Montana– who knows? Maybe Favre could be the next Favre.

  31. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Then again the Vikings next great QB may be someone we have never heard of before !

    In the mean/time lets get bizzy finding some football players to develop COMPETITION at every position. Those were Frazier’s words in his HC acceptance presser.


  32. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


    I was watching NFL football before they came out with films !

  33. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    @ Frederick Jones, you are so right. Heck maybe one of the bloggers, like Be Sane and Serious could be our next great quarterback.

  34. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    @ Frederick Jones, I was watching NFL football before there was

  35. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


    Mike Ditka came out with an article about the 18 game schedule on The Huffington Post today. (Dated Feb. 25th 2011.) He said some of the same things I did in my recent posts.

    He said the whole thing is about OWNER’s GREED. Anything else is just a lie, and they do not care about player safety.

  36. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, you may be right. Eighteen games does not make sense. Unless, the league continues to soften the game–

  37. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll get trashed for this:

    It’s also about FANS GREED.

    Poll the players ! They are the ones that have to deal with the extra
    ACLs, MCLs, etc. that you have FOR A LIFETME.

    You can talk about your bye weeks, and extra players on the roster, it’s not going to prevent ACLs and broken bones.

    FANS GREED OWNERS GREED Players Bleed ! ! !

  38. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    And with an 18 game schedule, you get more low quality games.

    Did you chance to see this year’s Pro Bowl? We’ll start having games like that one. Hecccck they may ALL be like that soon with an 18 game schedule.

    Mike Ditka
    Head Coach of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears

  39. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    FANS’S GREED? Fred, the fans come last in a fight between millionaires and billionaires!!!!!

  40. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    —— I still think there is more to the 18 game schedule than they are saying in the papers. It is a STRATEGY being used by the owners to get more of what they really want…money. They do not expect to get the 18 game schedule.

    Goodell himself is a victim of football injuries that ended his playing career. They KNOW that 18 games is crazy.

  41. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I think Fred means greed for games– fans want to watch a longer season. Because, we sure know the fans are not wanting to spend more money, nor do they receive any money for being a fan— money is drained from the fans.

  42. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Nova, that’s not what I mean.

    Some fans want 2 regular season games instead of pre season games.
    That way they don’t have to pay the same price for pre-season games.

  43. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, you missed your calling. You should have become a player’s agent.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I do not want the 18 game schedule.

    Why should I want it?

  45. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    No, Fred should be a talk show host.

  46. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Why should pre-season games cost as much?

  47. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


    Man I would love to be a player’s agent ! ! !
    I would do it without a law degree.

  48. By Titus on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    If we get rid of two pre-season games and make them real games, why not?

  49. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Pre-season games should not cost as much as regular season games.

    They SHOULD let fans in FREE to see the Pro Bowl. Actually they should PAY fans to see the Pro Bowl.

    What a farce that was, the Pro Bowl Touch Football game.

  50. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


  51. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Get rid of 2 pre-season games. No problem.

    2 pre-season games, 16 regular season games, no first round byes in the playoffs. Perfect!!!

  52. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Bring back the 12 game schedule! That should be the players argument strategy in the CBA meetings.

  53. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Make a 100 player roster to give more opportunities to young players, create more jobs with players and all the support staff, expand the teams to 46 teams, to make sure most states are represented (Wyoming Coyotes and Idaho Spudnicks) and play a 32 game schedule with two months of playoffs and a round robin tournament Superbowl– perfect.

  54. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply


  55. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    play the Superbowl in the stadium of the team with the best record– and because the season is so long, no matter where the game, the weather will be warm since the Superbowl won’t occur until late March.

  56. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Just don’t give L.A. a franchise, it will never last.

  57. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply


    Have you ever been in Minnesota in late March?

  58. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick Jones have you ever been in Minnesota in early February? There is a difference.

  59. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    I admit I like the idea of 46 teams. Maybe I could help out with the Strength and Conditioning.

    Heck, everybody could play on an NFL team. No more college, or high school. No more jobs, everyone could join an NFL team in some capacity.

    Not bad !

  60. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    My guess is it’s not ” Paris in the Springtime”.

  61. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Well, enough playtime– I have to meander to ze bed — I wanted to be asleep by now– lots to do tomorrow. Good night Fred, Nova, and Sonja.

  62. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply


    Are we going argue about the weather?

  63. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Sonja is a dog.

  64. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Nova…Goodnight. Sonja….(sigh)…..

  65. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick— I know Sonja is a dog, a red Doberman to be specific who enjoys poodle meat.

  66. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    It’s time for bed here. Good night to Nova, Titus, and THE Dog…Sonja.

  67. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    I am wondering if this is the real Fred Jones– lately he has been acting strangely.

  68. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    @ Titus

    Good Morning ! ! !

    No that was really me.

    It seems like I am always in the 10% that agree on something unpopular.

    1. Fire Brad Childress – Jones against it
    2. Dump TJack – Jones against it
    3. CBA not a factor in New Stadium? – Jones disagrees
    4. 18 game schedule – Jones against it
    5. Dump Sidney Rice – Jones against it
    6. Dump Percy Harvin – Jones against it
    7. Pro Bowl was okay? – Jones disagrees
    8. WR List, all were bad in 2010 – Jones against it
    9. Pick QB first in draft – Jones against it
    It’s early in the morning, I can’t think of any others.
    So it’s like for me.

  69. By N. Martin on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Vince Young as mentor/starter
    Kaepernick or Mallet in the second
    Webb/Bomar to battle for other roster spot.

  70. By narnax on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    wheres daunte?

  71. By narnax on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    seriously, vince young would be the best bet for the vikes to get back on track. Get him on board, draft a qb (im for either luck, mallet, or newton) and let them compete with webb for starter. Most importantly – concentrate on improving that offensive line dag burnit. If a qb doesnt have time to throw the ball, a team cant win. Getting guys in there who can protect the qb should be #1 on the vikings to-do list. And taller does not mean better

  72. By Titus on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Well, Mr. Jones, I stood against the Chilly haters as well– not easy to take a stand against the popular opinion– history has shown that the majority is usually wrong.

  73. By DRS on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick Jones, yes Bring back the 12 game schedules, and get rid of all the touch football rules that coddle the high dollar player, How about using the 1960’s rules during the games and no more over time games during the regular season, which would make it safer for the players.

  74. By Steve on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Web is not the answer to our QB problems. he is a wonderful athlete but, not an Aaron Rogers. Favre showed us what an elite QB looks like in 2009. Too bad he was at the end of his career.

  75. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply


    Yes it sometimes very hard to understand the “in the grasp” and late hit rules sometimes. If you weigh 280 pounds can you stop on a dime because the quarterback used his quick release?

  76. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply


    Joe Webb MIGHT BE the answer to the Vikings quarterback problem. Why not put your best athlete at quarterback?

  77. By jason on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    We DO NOT need Cam Newton….look closely at cam newton….the vikes already have a more proven Cam Newton on our roster…..JOe Webb, heck T-Jack is similar too…sure Newton is taller, but they are teh same style QB….and that is not what the Vikes want…..We NEED a pocket passer that can mvoe and roll well….thats it! ……We Dont need Newton we already got Joe Webb!

    DO NOT Take a QB in the 1st round….nobody is really worth that high of a pick this year…..take a QB in the 2nd or later rounds, heck draft 2 if youd like….but take the best available player (DB/DL/OL/LB….WR if Rice dont come back) with the #12 pick!

    The Vikes #2 need is at Safety…..plain and simple Madieau/Abdullah/Johnson…etc are all decent backups but none of them are truly starters…none of them has any game changing ability…..and cornerback could be another disater area as well…..Griffen and Cooks injuries, Winfield and Sheppards age……Beyond that its offensive line…..We need consistency badly……AP cant run the ball very far without blocking…..McKinnie is lazy, Hutch is getting old and injury prone, and the rest of the line is either young and unproven, or over the hill and mediocre……no wonder Favre is a cripple now.

  78. By jason on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    VY????? Vince Young are you guys INSANE….Vince Young is an absolute MORON!!!!! We do not want Vince Young on our team…… If we get a Vet, we get McNabb or Hasselback…..we get a guy who can hold down the fort and lead our team while our young QB’s can learn from a true professional….what is VY really gone teach a young QB? how to pout and throw fits when he is losing, or hitting guys in Nightclubs cuz they Raz him about his college team…..Just say NO to Vince Young!

  79. By Purplefan24 on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    For those Joe Webb fans. I know he’s athletic and can run but since when has an running QB won a superbowl? The problem with running QB’s is they play totally base of their talents only. Once defenses start scheming to stop them, they don’t have the smarts to overcome what the defense is attacking them with. Just look at Michael vick. As good as he was last year, he eventually choked in the playoffs because he wasn’t able to indentify where the defense was attacking him from and counter it. He just plays off talent and that can only take you so far at the QB position in the playoffs. You’ve got to have the brains also as all the elite QB’s do. Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers.

  80. By Purplefan24 on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    why not put best athlete at QB? Because thats Adrian Peterson’s Job to run. Not the QB.

  81. By vikes4life09 on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Just because Newton is an athlete and great college quarterback does not mean he translate to the pro game (vince young anybody??) You should know better than to put Newton ahead of Mallett (who was a great passer in a pro-style offense) just because he ran for 20 td’s and Mallett didnt..

  82. By Paris Allen on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    We have alot of complimentary and support players, now we need to draft difference makers, superstars, and people who can take and keep us at the next level. Otherwise without these kinds of players so that where not just depending on Adrian Petersen alone, we are going to loose Adrian Petersen and we will never be able to make it to the big dance (SUPERBOWL) and we will forever be the best man in the NFC, instead of the GROOM. This draft is key from alot of aspects, because we have the opportunity to take out team to the next level based upon the key picks we choose. As I said earlier, we must draft true impact players will be able to assume the position in a year or maybe two and make a major impact, and not just probable players or players that could possibly do this in a few years. We need a sure thing, to compliment are sure thing with Adrian Petersen, and this is why we need core & franchise players at the major positions. We still have the tallent and team to make some major noise as proven by what weve done the last few years, but we can’t rebuild with a view to the future, we must rebuild with a view to now!

  83. By Austin Pulczinski on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I agree completely with your statement but I think that with Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook coming back next year we will be set at CB. Safety is our main concern other than QB.

  84. By Austin Pulczinski on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Jason, I think your right about our need for safety but I think your way off as far as the need for CB. Antoine Winfield is still playing at a high level and with Griffen and Cook coming back we are set for a few years. It would not be a bad idea to draft a replacement though.

  85. By PAUL M. on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply







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