Tag:Adrian Peterson
Posted on: September 9, 2010 5:33 pm

Chris Johnson: 'I am the best back in the league'

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Adrian Peterson pointed out to the world that he believes he is the superior running back to Chris Johnson. As Andy noted, AP is wrong . However, he's totally allowed to be "confident" and "willing to think he's the best" and whatnot; he's still wrong though.

And, you'll never believe this, but CJ didn't just let AP's drift meaninglessly along. Nope, he wants to make sure everyone's aware he's the best, and he said as much on the Dan Patrick Show (via Titans Insider ).

"I feel like he is a good back, and any time he plays he is a player I like to watch play and things like that," Johnson said. "But when it’s competing against him as a player, I don’t think there is a back ahead of me."

Johnson was, however, willing to concede that Peterson might be bigger (which isn't really a concession anyway, since it's, you know, a fact), but added that "I wouldn't say he's stronger or faster."

You won't find a ton of people who will agree with Peterson here -- although "stronger" and "bigger" he can probably have -- and the reality is that there's only one to solve it: production this year.

Johnson obviously won the contest for "better back" in 2009, and I'm pretty confident he'll win it again in 2010 (although, actually, I think Maurice Jones-Drew ends up being the most productive back in the NFL, for whatever the hell that's worth). But any speculation is moot -- if AP wants to be considered the best back in the NFL, he needs to prove it on the field this year.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:52 pm

Adrian Peterson is wrong

Posted by Andy Benoit

You gotta love Dan Patrick. No interviewer is better at getting to the point and asking someone exactly what everyone wants them to be asked. Patrick did this Wednesday on his radio show with guest Adrian Peterson. He asked the Vikings running back if he is a better player than Titans running back Chris Johnson. Peterson’s response? Yes. A. Peterson (US Presswire)

"[He's] not faster, stronger, anything," Peterson said. "You've got to understand…that's just the mentality that I have. I have ultimate respect for the guy and he's a heck of a player. I remember at one point and time me talking on the phone to Chris Johnson. He was telling me, 'I'm just a big fan of yours. I like your style.' Some [of the] advice that I gave him was, 'I play this game to be the best player ever to play the game. That's my mentality.'"

It’s worth noting that in July, Johnson told The Sporting News that there's "no way possible there should be a debate about who's the best running back in the NFL."

Since these two can’t seem to sort out the argument themselves, we’ll do it for them.

It’s actually not that complicated. First off, Peterson is NOT faster than Johnson – no running back is. But, obviously, Peterson is indeed stronger. That, however, may be the only distinct advantage he has.

Johnson has the better hands (both in terms of catching passes and not fumbling). Neither player is a very good blocker (though Peterson is less of a weakness than Johnson in this sense). Johnson is quicker, both in his first step and lateral agility. He’s more elusive. Johnson is also a smarter, more patient runner, primarily in the way he sets up his blocks and times his burst. Because of this, he’s the better inside runner. (If you’re crying B.S. at this assertion, you should know that Peterson averaged 4.2 yards per carry up the middle last year, while Johnson averaged 5.8. Inside running is more about vision and patience than power).

To be fair, Johnson runs behind the superior offensive line. But his speed and ability to outrush angles buttresses that offensive line.
Peterson is a great player. He’s the most violent runner in the game today (and perhaps in this era). But he’s not the best.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:37 am

Favre plays one series; result: Meh

B. Favre reacts after taking a sack from P. Willis on Sunday (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With all the talk about Brett Favre and Vikings coach Brad Childress – and how selfish Favre is and how much money he’s making and blah, blah, blah – we overlooked one thing Sunday night. How did he actually play in his first action of 2010?

Against the 49ers, Favre started and played one series and took four snaps. He hit Adrian Peterson on a swing pass for a 13-yard gain but then lost 10 yards when San Francisco LB Patrick Willis crushed him for a sack on a block missed by Peterson.

Here’s what Favre said after his brief appearance (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune ):
"I don’t know if we accomplished a whole lot," Favre said. "Like last year when I came in against Kansas City, I didn’t expect a whole lot. I really wanted to call plays in a game environment. I completed the first pass, a swing pass, which can be the hardest throw in football. Got hit a little bit, which I could have done without. Had to get it out of the way sometime."

Favre said he wishes he could have had another series.

"I would have liked to but I understand the situation," he said. "San Francisco is a very good football team. Probably the worst I felt all year physically overall was against these guys last year. We were fortunate to win on the last play. They’re a very physical active football team. Their scheme puts a lot of one-on-one blocking on our offensive line so I knew it would be that type of game. Really just kind of get in and get your feet wet."

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:24 am

How much more $ will Favre make this year?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We haven’t posted anything on Brett Favre in, oh, about 17 hours. Which is a blatant violation of the Facts & Rumors mission statement (the punishment, of course, is having to wear Wranglers out in public for two hours). So, that’s our bad. And to make up for it, here’s a new Favre post even though he hasn’t done anything new since Tuesday.

There’s been some talk about how much more money Favre will receive from the Vikings to play this season. Originally, that number was a $7 million raise from $13 million to $20 million. Now, says Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune , that number might be closer to a $16.5 million base (and another possibility for $3.5 million of incentives thrown into the mix to reach, you guessed it, $20 million).

Of course, Favre says it’s not about the money, and maybe that’s true for him. But it’s not for the rest of his teammates. Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com makes a good point when he writes there are plenty of other Vikings who want a pay increase as well.

(It’s) a team that has three starters entering the final years of their contracts: linebackers Chad Greenway and Ben Leber, along with defensive end Ray Edwards. No known discussions are underway with any of those players, nor do the Vikings appear close to deals with another trio of players who have made noise about a possible extension, including running back Adrian Peterson, receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:32 am

Norman Tugwater, Adrian Peterson's fantasy lawyer

Posted by Will Brinson

I think Vitamin Water is pretty tasty. Particularly the stuff with Taurine in it (that's the speedy ingredient that comprises the "wings" part of Red Bull). But that's not the point here ... What is is that I thought that Vitamin Water made a HUGE PR blunder when they sponsored LeBron James' "The Decision" with a special flavor of drink called "Decision Water."

Really, it would have been simpler to just name it "Stab Cleveland the Face and Back Simultaneously Water." Less transparency and whatnot. So I'm glad to see that the creative types got back to the roots that 50 Cent would want (really, what's more creative than back-to-back hits "Candy Stick" and "Magic Shop"?) with the below commercial, featuring an angry Gary Busey playing the role of "Norman Tugwater," the world's first fantasy football lawyer.

He's repping Adrian Peterson and he's cheesed. Which is good, because, really, the only kind of Busey you want is Crazy Busey. Bonus for the Shaquille O'Neal cameo.

Posted on: August 5, 2010 5:21 pm

Tarvaris Jackson a different player now, he says

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

T. Jackson (far right) will start for Minnesota if B. Favre doesn't return. S. Rosenfels (left) and J. Webb (center) also will be at the position (AP). I was on the Around the League video segment with Lauren Shehadi this afternoon, and we talked about what would happen if the Vikings had to play with Tarvaris Jackson as their quarterback.

I said I thought he was a decent-enough player but the fact that Minnesota was trying so hard to woo Brett Favre back to the team was a pretty good indication of what the front office thinks about Jackson (upon reflection, this might not be a completely fair statement. After all, Favre is a first-ballot Hall of Famer coming off an amazing season. Of course , the Vikings would do all they can to get Favre back on the field.)

Yet, the Vikings have shown they don’t fully trust Jackson. True, he led the squad to an 8-4 record when he started during the 2007 season, but he didn’t look particularly impressive while doing it (he completed about 58 percent of his passes, threw for less than 2,000 yards and completed 12 interceptions against nine touchdowns).

I don’t think Jackson is a great solution, though my impression was formed during 2007. Jackson tells KFAN in Minneapolis (via sportsradiointerviews.com ), though, he’s a different player now than he was three seasons ago.

“I know I have grown a lot since then,” he said. “I feel like whenever I get my chance to go out there and play, I will prove it. It is easy for me to say it, I just got to go out there and show everyone. I understand the situation with everyone (who doesn’t) think I can do it, but it don’t really bother me a lot. As long as my teammates believe in me, I believe in myself. That is the big thing. If I believe in myself and stay confident and even-keel like I am, I will be fine.”

What works in Jackson’s favor is the number of outstanding skill players he has around him now. In 2007, he could count on running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns that season, but his best receiver was Bobby Wade. This year, the Vikings boast one of the best WR trios in the NFL with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian. That’s quite a large difference in talent from three years ago.

“I feel like our offense has grown and we have just grown as a team,” Jackson said. “Our offense is together now and I feel like if I get a chance to go out there and play now, I feel like I would be a lot better.”

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 4:46 pm

Adrian Peterson reignites contract talk

On Wednesday, Adrian Peterson said on KFAN radio in Minneapolis and that he would like to “at least talk about” a new contract with the Vikings. Peterson did not cite any specific demands, making it clear that his agent is responsible for the business side of things.

There have been reports all offseason that the fourth-year pro would like to redo his rookie deal. The league’s leading rusher over the past three seasons is set to make $3.64 million in 2010 and at least $10.72 million in 2011.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 3, 2010 12:12 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

T. Jackson likely would take over for Minnesota if B. Favre retires (Getty). If, as is being reported all over the place (and on the Facts & Rumors blog), Brett Favre does retire – and there’s some healthy skepticism that he will, no matter what he says – what happens with the Vikings offense?

Obviously, they’ve still got some of the best young wide receivers in the game with Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. WR Bernard Berrian is solid and dangerous as a deep threat. Those guys will make a mediocre quarterback look better than he actually is. And running backs? Two words: Adrian Peterson. Meanwhile, second-round pick Toby GerhartChester Taylor’s replacement – is a Doak Walker Award winner who will take a few of Peterson’s carries, especially when Minnesota needs a physical inside runner.

At the skill positions, there’s no question the Vikings have the talent to win the NFC championship. The quarterback position is … well ... a different story.

If Favre retires, they’ll have a couple problem areas. First, Minnesota doesn’t have the greatest run-blocking offensive line – which is a bit surprising, considering the talent the team has on this unit – and without Favre, the Vikings will need to run the ball more effectively to make up for the lack of Favre-ian like talent at the signal-caller position (more on this below).

Favre, at least in my opinion, is still a top-five quarterback , especially considering the season he had last year (68.4 completion percentage, 4,200 yards, 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions), and Minnesota would lose one of the most important players in the game.

So, who would replace him? Most likely, it’d be Tarvaris Jackson – an athletic quarterback who hasn’t figured out how to become a successful NFL quarterback. He started 12 games in 2007, and though the Vikings went 8-4, he wasn’t particularly impressive. His accuracy was mediocre, and his decision-making was questionable. If you’re comparing him to Favre, Jackson is more mobile but not nearly as strong in every other facet in the game.

If not Jackson, the team could turn to Sage Rosenfels. He’s never been a full-time starter, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. In fact, if Favre stays, Rosenfels might be on his way out of town, depending on how rookie Joe Webb is performing in practice. 

Rosenfels is often too aggressive, leading to too many avoidable interceptions. He’s the prototypical backup. He doesn’t look bad on the sidelines while wearing a ballcap. But if you have to throw him in as the starter, that’s not a great thing for your team. Webb, meanwhile, was slated to be a wide receiver, but he’s played well enough in practice for the Vikings to keep him with the quarterbacks. At this point, though, you certainly don’t want Webb starting games for your team.

If Favre doesn’t return, like he’s apparently saying right now, the Vikings wouldn’t face a disaster if Jackson was their man. But if it’s Rosenfels or Webb, there’s no way this team can make a deep run into the playoffs. For their sake, the Vikings have to hope this latest Favre news isn’t true. Otherwise, their Super Bowl hopes have just taken a huge hit.

--Josh Katzowitz

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