As part of the remarks from coach Brad Childress at the Scouting Combine on Friday, the fifth-year field boss said that fixing running back Adrian Peterson’s fumbling problems remains a big part of the offseason agenda, per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“We’ll do what we can to rectify it,” Childress told the assembled reporters. (Apparently, Rosenthal was pinching one off at the time.)
Childress also said that he might consider having former Giants running back Tiki Barber talk to Peterson, and that Childress definitely wants to talk to Giants coach Tom Coughlin about the things Coughlin did to get Tiki to stop putting the ball on the ground.
Um, Brad? The Vikings and the Giants are in the same conference. And they play each other again this year, with Coughlin’s butt back on the hot seat. Do you really think he’ll feed you anything other than misinformation?
“Well, Chilly, what you need to do is get some of that lard they use to make french fries and rub it on Adrian’s forearms before every game,” Coughlin should say. “And you know the thing that LeBron James does with talcum powder? Peterson needs to do that, too. But with motor oil. And then when he carries the ball he should hold it by the tip. With two fingers.”
The last time we checked, Childress was being paid anywhere from $4 million to $5 million per year because of his expertise in coaching up football players. Even if Coughlin somehow is willing to help a competitor, we really don’t think Childress should be suggesting to the world that he can’t do his own job without help from one of the other 31 men who apparently know more about doing the job that Childress does.
[UPDATE: And as a reader points out, Childress maybe should also ask Coughlin -- and the other 30 NFL head coaches and perhaps some from college and high school -- how to make sure there are only 11 guys on the field after a time out before one of the most important plays of his career.]