Sure sounds like Spielman told Josh Freeman what to say during QB's introductory interview

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Spielman (right) is apparently both the Vikings' GM and their unofficial interview coach.
Yesterday, Vikings brass introduced their shiny brand new non-Christian Ponder quarterback, Josh Freeman (pictured above at left), to the Minnesota media in a conference call.

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General Manager Rick Spielman talked for about 15 minutes before turning it over to Freeman. But if you listen close, it sure sounds like he didn't totally turn it over to him. At the beginning of Freeman's remarks, and also when he was asked a couple of tough questions later on, you can hear Spielman whispering sweet nothings to him about what he should say.

Spielman's whispering voice is audible at least three different times during Freeman's portion of the interview, which you can listen to here.

The first instance, at the 14:32 mark, comes just as Freeman is making his opening remarks. Spielman can be heard saying something like, "Just say you're excited to be here." Freeman then says, "I'm pumped up to be a Minnesota Viking."

The second, at 16:35, comes after a reporter asks Freeman, "What happened between you and Greg Schiano?" Schiano is the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Freeman's former team, and some sort of irreparable rift between them culminated in Tampa making the unusual move to release Freeman, their opening game starting quarterback, in the middle of the season.

As Freeman struggled to answer that question, a whispering Spielman can be heard saying something like, "everything down there was great." Freeman then says, "I had a lot of great memories there, a lot of good times with the fellas."

The last instance, occurring at the 26:30 mark, comes after Freeman is asked if reports he only wanted a one-year deal with the Vikings are true. Spielman can be heard whispering something to Freeman about "your business." Then Freeman says: "I didn't really take a whole lot of interest in the actual negotiations. My main focus was where can I go to better myself the most."

Let's hope Freeman receives equally thorough coaching from Leslie Frazier and company when it comes to trying to resuscitate his once-promising career on the field.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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29 comments
Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

um, they article wasn't about the Vikings QB situation per se. Why is that so hard to understand? Oh wait... your a Packer fan.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

If he was Preezy O,  he'd have a teleprompter.  Besides, who cares, at least Freeman has earned his money.    


curtmax
curtmax

1) Unless a player goes all Riley Cooper at a concert, we'll never get to hear what they really think. They're all coached on what to say.2) Spielman and Freeman's agent sound almost identical. So there's no way to know which of them was coaching Josh on what to say.That said, shame on all 3 of them for not realizing it was being recorded or for not caring. Sheesh!

Joey Peters
Joey Peters

Haha I was wondering if anyone else caught that

marcobresba
marcobresba

@chipscoggins so Rick doesn't trust Josh to answer the simplest questions but has faith the guy can read opposing defences.

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

respect to spielman for not throwing the bucs under the bus... when we all know sciano is a garbage coach digging his own grave

D939
D939

@citypages Thanks for noticing. It was beyond tacky and terrible. At least ponder always can handle the media

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

It's simple... They want Freeman to be their new guy at the helm, but he needs some time to understand the playbook. Cassel should start Sunday, they'll release McLeod Bethel-Thompson or Ponder and then it's Freeman's show and the 1 year deal is more of a tryout contract than anything else. What's so hard to understand? Go Pack!

bjensen
bjensen

@marcobresba @chipscoggins I can trust a guy to mow my lawn, do I trust him to answer my phone too? Some people are best left to what they know best.

Andrew_Krammer
Andrew_Krammer

@rothmeier91 That's obvious. What's newsworthy is he was caught on audio during the call. Coach him up beforehand. Freeman's no rookie

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