Posted on: June 22, 2010 5:43 pm
We enjoy covering the NFL. We enjoy reading the Onion. We enjoy laughing.
That’s why we’re linking to the satirical web site today. In an article entitled “Vikings not going to tinker with the way Adrian Peterson fumbles ball,” the Onion staff details how the Minnesota coaches will continue to encourage Peterson putting the ball on the ground.
Said Vikings coach Brad Childress in the mock news story: "When you have a great natural fumbler like Adrian Peterson, you don't want to mess with that. That's just raw talent right there. Nobody can expose the ball exactly the way he does. You can't teach that."
The Onion does have a point. In the past two seasons, Peterson has combined to fumble 16 times (twice in the NFC Championship game last year while flubbing another handoff en route to a benching in that important game). It’s the reason why Peterson has worked this offseason with a 14-pound football.
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Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:48 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 11:52 pm
Adrian Peterson has been training with a 14-pound football to help cure his fumbling woes. At first blush, this seems backward. Obviously, carrying a heavy ball would make a regular ball feel lighter. Wouldn’t a player be more inclined to fumble a lighter ball? Peterson’s fumbling issues were never because he lacked the strength to hold the ball.
But Solomon Wilcots wrote an explanation on NFL.com:
"Weighted balls are often used to increase muscle memory at all three pressure points — the hand that covers the point of the ball, the opposite end of the ball under the elbow, and the top of the ball against the chest — for greater ball security. It’s impossible to maintain possession of a heavy football if it’s held out and away from the body. The goal is to train the muscles to remember all three pressure points, so that eventually it’s naturally kept high and tight."
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