EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman doesn't travel as much for in-season college visits as he has in the past, having turned over some of those responsibilities to assistant general manager George Paton.
Spielman has made a few changes to his schedule in the 10-plus months since he was given the position of general manager. One of those was cutting out mid-week trips to scout Thursday or Friday night college games, with Paton taking those trips now. Spielman says he designates Thursdays and Fridays as "college days," instead analyzing game film in his office before making trips for Saturday games.
"What I did, that enabled me to stay in the office more, like I said, to be closer with the team, to be there with coach Frazier, to handle a lot of the other deals that come with this job besides just personnel," Spielman said this week with Minnesota (6-4) on its bye week.
Pulling back even a little bit is a big concession for Spielman, who loves the coll...