Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota Vikings have promoted Rick Spielman to general manager, the team announced Tuesday morning.
Spielman leaves his previous role as vice president of player personnel, which he has held since his hire in May 2006.
The team said Spielman will oversee all football-related activities, but did not specify as to whether he would have the power to hire and fire coaches.
Even without that clarification by the team, Spielman said after the announcement that Leslie Frazier will remain the team's head coach and that Christian Ponder will be the team's starting quarterback going into next season.
The move is the first in a very important offseason for the Vikings, a team which finished a franchise-worst (3-13) this season.
There has not been a true general manager in Minnesota since the 1980s, but owner Zygi Wilf reverted back to the team's old structure after seeing the team go (9-23) over the past two seasons.
"This establishes the organizational structure that will lead to the long-term success of the Vikings," Wilf said in a statement on Tuesday. "Having watched Rick over the years, we have the utmost confidence that he will help us reach our ultimate goal of winning championships."
Posted by Zach Schneider