Vikings give GM title to Rick Spielman

The Chicago Bears didn’t perform the only front-office shakeup in the NFC North.

The other team in the division that did not qualify for the playoffs also made a move. Rick Spielman, who has been the vice president of player personnel since 2006, has been given the title of general manager by the Minnesota Vikings.

That puts Spielman over top of all football-related issues now.

“This establishes the organizational structure that will lead to the long term success of the Vikings,” owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement released by the team. “Having watched Rick over the years, we have the utmost confidence that he will help us reach our ultimate goal of winning championships.”

The Vikings have had an interesting power structure with Rob Brzezinski serving as the vice president of football operations. He’s basically managed the cap and contracts for the club but was on what appeared to be equal footing with Spielman. Now, it appears Spielman is at the top of the food chain for Wilf. Whether or not that creates significant change in the organization, time will tell.

Leslie Frazier will return as coach in 2012.

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