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Adrian Peterson Upset With Amount Of Second Half Carries

September 27, 2011 by Nick in CONTROVERSY
After the three losses with double digit leads in the first half the Vikings running back is starting to sound off.  Peterson’s father is reporting that Adrian Peterson is not happy with the amount of carries he’s receiving in the second half of the game.

“I see the agony on his face,” Nelson said of his son. “He was frustrated that they weren’t going to him. He wanted to help them win the game. Five carries in the second half? That’s 2-1/2 carries per quarter. He thought that, with a 20-0 lead, he was ready to lead them to a victory. He’s being a good sport about it, but he’s upset.”

Peterson is a stand up player and it’s not surprise that he isn’t willing to publicly complain about the coaching.   That is where Vikings fans step up.  I will be the first one to stand up and say the coaching has been absolutely atrocious.  We have the best running back in the league and we abandon the run with 20 point leads?  Seriously!?  That seems to go against ‘football basics’ which includes clock management.  Granted the carries A.P. received in the second half weren’t going anywhere you still have to trust your $100 million dollar man.

The Vikings offense needs to figure out their passing game so A.P. can continue to flourish this season.  Not even Peterson can carry this team all by himself.  Fix the passing game and run the ball down the defenses throats.  This needs to come at any price – even if it means firing anyone on the coaching staff.


  1. EricSeptember 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. The first person they should fire is whomever said Gerhart should take the ball on 4th and 1. Gerhart is a good RB, but come on. AP can gain 3-4 yards even on a bad play. That call was absurd and a huge momentum shift for the Lions.

    • NickSeptember 27, 2011 at 1:20 pmAuthor

      100% agree Eric. I think the Vikings should have taken the points (as un ‘fan friedly’ as that decision is). In the NFL you can’t leave points off the board. Who knows, maybe that would have been enough to avoid overtime all together?

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