It would seem that Spielman is going to take the long game approach to filling the Vikings' head coaching vacancy. On Monday following the firing of Leslie Frazier, Spielman pointed out that he has 13 categories of head coaches to consider. With so many pieces to that puzzle, it can be imagined that the Vikings will be putting in an excessive amount of due diligence to get the job done.
There are two typical routes of approaching a head coaching vacancy. You either hit hard and fast and cherry-pick the available assistant coaching candidates or you play the long game and sit by as other staffs are created with pieces of other organizational schemes that you think can create the perfect recipe of ingredients for success.
In the end, Spielman may have the right philosophy. Brad Childress was with the Vikings before Spielman arrived. Leslie Frazier took over after a late-season firing and showed enough in six games to get the "interim" tag taken off his job description. This is the first time Spielman has been put in charge of laying out the pros and cons of the next Vikings head coach.
He said he expects to have a new head coach selected before the Senior Bowl, which begins Jan. 25 down in Mobile, Ala. That's a long time and, if the list includes a team in the Super Bowl, those candidates will either have to agree now or miss the boat.
For those expecting a quick announcement of a new coach and what assistants will stay or go may be in for a longer wait than they think. The Vikings haven't acted fast to this point. The longer it goes, the more pressure there will be to get it right.
Two of the teams that are in competition for new head coaches accomplished their mission, as Houston announced the hiring of Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and the Buccaneers have reached an agreement with Lovie Smith. Those coaches will immediately start assembling their coaching staffs, which will give both a leg up on the competition looking to land fired coaches or college coaches looking to get into the NFL game before the Vikings have their chance to finalize their own head coach/assistant search.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.