Tag:Adrian Peterson
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:57 pm
 

Tarvaris Jackson, Peterson leave game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On the day Brett Favre ended his streak of 297 consecutive games started, Tarvaris Jackson lasted less than a quarter before he had to come out of the game.

Late in the first quarter, as Jackson attempted to hand off to RB Adrian Peterson, the two banged knees and both hobbled around after getting to their feet.

QB Joe Webb, taking his first-ever NFL snap, replaced Jackson on third down and nearly connected with WR Sidney Rice on a long pass down the sideline.

Jackson and Peterson are expected to return.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: It's time for Tavaris Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

Brad Childress' departure from the Minnesota Vikings organization certainly doesn't mean that Wednesdays aren't FavreDays still -- and so it's now Leslie Frazier handling the press conference questions of reporters while every network in the world livestreams his answers regardless of what else in the world is happening.

Frazier, who's immensely more enjoyable to listen to for 20 minutes than Chilly, said that there hasn't been a decision made on whether Brett Favre will start Sunday. In fact, he said that a decision probably won't come until Sunday, as the Vikings try to figure out if No. 4 can play. He also said that Favre won't start just to keep his streak alive.

"No, I don't think we approach it that way," Frazier said. "Either he can go or he can't go. And when he goes in there, we're of the expectation that he can play for four quarters. That would be the plan. So we wouldn't go into it, get a start, get a couple reps and get out, no."

So, even though Favre hasn't thrown a ball this week and even though he can't lift his arm very far and even though the Vikings offense went ballistic on the Bills once Tavaris Jackson entered the game on Sunday, Favre still gives Minnesota the "best chance to win." Presumably.

But does he?

The upside of Tavaris is that he's extremely mobile, he has a cannon arm and he's absolutely fresh right now. The downside of Tavaris is that he's inexperienced and he frequently makes terrible, inexcusable mistakes.

This differentiates him from Favre in that, um, he's not experienced. Oh, and that he won't be publicly upset if he can't start his 299th consecutive game.

That is to say, if the Vikings were playing to win, they would start Tavaris over Favre. And, actually, if they're playing to make sure that Favre doesn't get literally killed on Sunday, they'll start Tavaris -- the Giants pass rush isn't just formidable, it's terrifying, and they're going to get their hands on the Vikings quarterback, whoever it is.

If it's someone who's mobile instead of someone who's got unbelievable genes and an Iron Man body gripping his extremities by strings -- not to mention a busted foot and/or feet and/or ankles -- they'll stand a better chance of succeeding against a scary defense.

Look, some of Tavaris' success on Sunday came from two things: having Adrian Peterson and having Sidney Rice. Because they played the Bills, Peterson was able to soften up the defense and make Jackson's job easier. And because Rice is as stud, some of the throws Jackson made went from jump-balls to big gains.

But, hey, that's not so different from Favre being under center anyway.

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So, this Cardinals quarterback situation is just a total nightmare isn't it? It's terrible for the fans and it's probably worse for Ken Wisenhunt, who absolutely knows that there's nothing he can do in order to improve his team's chances of winning over the next couple of weeks -- either he starts raw rookie John Skelton, or he keeps throwing Derek Anderson to the wolves.

There's a sound argument to be made from the perspective of "Skelton CAN'T be worse than Anderson -- just play him!" But there's also a sound argument to be made for the other side, as well. Because, you know, if you start Skelton and he gets hurt or stinks the joint up, you're wasting money on Anderson on the bench and getting the same result, with the possibility of hurting Skelton's development long term.

In hindsight, the team shouldn't have been so cheap that they weren't willing to pay Marc Bulger as well (we learned recently that Whiz and the Cards wanted to go after Bulger but didn't want to wait for the Rams to release him) and, instead, ended up with two rookies backing up their de facto starter in Anderson.

The moral of the story? You should always sneak into Kurt Warner's and do your best God voice to convince him to rejoin the team regardless of how morally corrupt that is make sure you have reasonably viable options at quarterback.

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The notion of a "starting running back" is a little outdated in this two-back world we live in, but it still prominently exists. Look no further than the Giants situation where Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have flopped several times as the "starter." Jacobs, who regained the role recently, will continue to start "at this point," according to Tom Coughlin.

The bottom line is that Coughlin's going to keep going with the hot hand, he's going to pound both of these guys with his wide receiver corps banged up, and he'll use the "starter" thing as motivation for both Bradshaw and Jacobs.

And that, right there, is something that deserves a ton of praise -- Coughlin hasn't been scared to make change and motivate these guys in 2010, and that's why the Giants, instead of continually skidding after losses to Philadelphia and Dallas, are tied with the Eagles for the NFC East lead.

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There's been some clamoring for Tim Tebow in Denver. After all, Josh McDaniels is gone and let's see what we've got, people! Unleash the Tebow!!! (Sorry, got excited there for a second.) This is silly.

Eric Studesville needs to win and he needs to win quickly and he needs to do it in a fashion that shows he can win next year as well (with Kyle Orton and his motley crue of wideouts), if he hopes to have a shot at the Broncos gig in 2011. It seems unlikely that he gets that job anyway, but not less likely than Tebow blossoming into a starting NFL quarterback over the next three weeks. So: upside is you have a guy who's not as good as Orton (yet). Downside: Studesville kills any chance of being a candidate in Denver and simultaneously sinks Tebow's trade value even further for next year.

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Pants on Fire! (You see, because we examine hot seats)

John Fox: He's gone. His house, according to people I talked to recently, has been on the market for months. The only question is whether or not Frazier and Jason Garrett in Dallas can lose their jobs in the next three weeks to present attractive openings for a new gig.

Mike Singletary: MUnless the Niners rip off a miracle run, he's toast. And he clearly knows that. Why else would he make the flip-flopping of Troy Smith and Alex Smith "week-to-week"?

Jeff Fisher: Seems kind of crazy, but at this point, if you're Fisher, why would you stay? Your crazy old boss clearly prefers a guy like Vince Young to you (the guy who's been there, winning, for 17 years!) and walking out now, even with the Titans struggling mightily, would mean an easy opportunity to land another head coaching job.

Norv Turner: Once upon about two weeks ago, Turner might have had a shot at running the table and making an argument for COY award. Instead, the Chargers came out completely flat against Oakland, at home, as 13.5-point favorites. If the same thing happens (only with a 7.5 line) against KC, Norv better watch out.

Marvin Lewis: He's hanging out in John Fox's billiards room, obviously.

Gary Kubiak: Primetime struggles against Baltimore (at home, on Monday night) could make things awkward for Kubes. Fortunately, that Denver job's open, so he could potentially "leave" Houston for a "homecoming" and just work something out with Texans ownership where they don't fire him. (And then hire Fisher! The drama! The hatred! DO IT!)

Tony Sparano: There are so many coaches getting canned or sitting squarely on the heater that Sparano gets overlooked, but following up a blowout of Oakland with a terrible loss to Cleveland means he has to beat Buffalo and Detroit at home to close out the season at 8-8, as the Fins travel to the Jets and the Pats as well in the next four weeks. Losing one of those has the makings of a canning.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 4:54 pm
 

Frazier: Favre remains Vikings starter

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After Brett Favre left the game early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, Vikings backup QB Tarvaris Jackson played a big part in Minnesota’s 24-point win against the Bills today – although RB Adrian Peterson was OK (107 rushing yards, three TDs), Jackson went 15 of 22 for 187 yards, two TDs and three picks.

Still, coach Leslie Frazier has not changed his mind.

He told reporters after the game that Favre, as long as he’s healthy enough to play, will remain his starting quarterback.

Frazier also said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Favre has a shoulder sprain but he’s not sure how severe the injury is. As long as he’s ready to play next week vs. the Giants, Frazier said he’ll start Favre.

Favre said, though X-rays were negative, he couldn’t throw the ball and the only way he could have helped the team today was to hand off left-handed. He said it’s a sprained sternum-clavicle joint.

Surprisingly, Favre has never had one of those before.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 11:34 am
 

NFC Inactives, Week 13

Posted by Will Brinson

As always, notable actives right here: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings (he was out on the field testing his mobility earlier and the Vikes apparently decided to give him a go). 

And the INACTIVES:

Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints - Thomas is inactive and will target Week 14 for his return. That means Reggie Bush and Chris Ivory get all the run against the Bengals.

Steve Smith, WR, Giants - No surprise here.

Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings - Now that's a surprise! Harvin was dealing with a "really strong" migraine earlier and won't make it on the field. Still waiting to hear on AP, but the Vikings are pretty banged up.

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Posted on: December 4, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Vikes RB coach Bieniemy headed to Colorado as OC

Posted by Will Brinson

Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is headed west (young man), having accepted an offer to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Bieniemy, who also holds the rank of assistant head coach/offense, played at Colorado from 1987 to 1990 and after a nine-year NFL career, returned to coaching and was an assistant with his alma mater in 2001 and 2002. He'll be the coordinator on a staff run by Jon Embree (currently with the Redskins) at Colorado.

Bieniemy's done a great job with the Vikings running game and has been rumored as a hot name to join the college ranks -- he was Lane Kiffin's original choice for USC offensive coordinator, but Bieniemy turned him down (leading to Kiffin hiring Kennedy Pola and making Jeff Fisher a tiny bit cheesed off) and picked up the extra title for his résumé.

Anyway, you could argue that it's hard not to be a success when you're coaching Adrian Peterson, but the immediate argument as to the work Bieniemy's done has to be this year, as Peterson's returned to form as the obvious top running back in the NFL and cured his fumbling problem, even if he's not finding the end zone as much in 2010.

Minnesota running back Albert Young is the person who first "announced" the news, via Twitter, and as Judd Zulgad reports at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the Vikings have since confirmed the hiring away of their coach, although Bieniemy will finish out the season with Minnesota.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Migraines continue to haunt Harvin

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Percy Harvin has missed the past three days of practice, and coach Leslie Frazier has conceded it was another migraine headache issue, writes ESPN1500.com.

Harvin According to Tom Pelissero, Harvin – who has missed 33 days of practice this year, mostly because of migraine-related issues – was spotted leaving an Edina, Minn., clinic late Friday morning, most likely receiving treatment for his headaches.

The Vikings WR corps in general is in bad shape. Sidney Rice is still trying to overcome his hip, while Greg Lewis is likely out for Sunday with a concussion and Bernard Berrian has missed the last two practices with a groin injury.

Some good news, though. RB Adrian Peterson – who sprained his ankle last week – practiced for the first time today, and he said he plans to play Sunday vs. the Bills.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Vikings should consider resting Peterson

Posted by Andy Benoit
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable this Sunday against the Bills with an ankle sprain. The question is, Should the fact that the Vikings are facing the league’s worst run defense influence the decision to sit or play Peterson this week? It’s a theoretical question as much as anything.

Minnesota is out of the playoff picture, so there isn’t overwhelming pressure to have Peterson’s services the rest of the season. Peterson’s long-term health probably doesn’t factor in either, given that he’s said to be day-to-day, which implies that the sprain is not serious. (Of course, thanks to a certain quarterback, the Vikings may be extra leery of an ankle injury carrying over into next season.)

Still, the Bills have shown that they’re capable of giving up yards to just about any running back this season. They’re allowing 167.4 yards per game on the ground, which is nearly 21 more than Denver’s 31st-ranked run defense. This undoubtedly whets Peterson’s appetite, but the Vikings know they can win by feeding Toby Gerhardt. Considering AP’s value to the club, why not play it safe and give him the week off?

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Peterson has a sprained ankle (good news!)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Minnesota has become the good-news capital of the world the past week or so. You know, the dismissal of Brad Childress, the introduction of Leslie Frazier and the game-winning 10 yard-rumble by Brett Favre as he heroically battled the flu.

Now, it seems that Adrian Peterson’s ankle is simply a sprain and nothing worse.

It is, I’m sure, a huge relief for the Vikings.

"Now, it's just a matter of what he can or can't do," Frazier said on 1500 ESPN today, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We'll know a little more (Wednesday) when he tries to put some weight on it and move around. So we're anxious to find out how he comes along."

After Peterson hurt himself in the second quarter last Sunday, he got his ankle re-taped, and it seemed like he was more than ready to return to the game. But the coaches kept him out, which was a little worrisome. But if his injury is simply an ankle sprain – as long as it’s not the dreaded high ankle sprain – he very could return this week vs. the Bills, even with little to no practice.

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