Minnesota offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said the Vikings’ offense next season will run through All-Pro rusher Adrian Peterson. The news will be welcomed by Peterson, who saw his number of carries decrease in each of the past two seasons. The presence of quarterback Brett Favre played a major role in that, but with Favre retiring — likely for good this time — the Vikings are expected to go back to a run-heavy offense. “We’ll major in giving the ball to Adrian, and we’ll need a quarterback that can keep defenses honest and can have a little bit of movement to himself,” Musgrave said. Peterson ran for just 1,298 yards in 2010, the fewest of his career. He reached double-digit rushing touchdowns for the fourth consecutive year with 12 scores, and added 36 catches for 341 yards. The 26-year-old had a career-best 363 rushes in 2008 – the year before Favre arrived in Minnesota – and used them to register a league-best 1,760 yards.
It’s obvious that Adrian Peterson is the biggest asset the Minnesota Vikings have on their team. It should be to nobody’s surprise that the offense will be built around our playmaker. As Christian Ponder continues to develop the team may rely on him more. Until then, expect AP to carry the load.