Childress has some ideas for curing Peterson's fumbling

B.Childress-1.jpgAs 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.]

54 responses to “Childress has some ideas for curing Peterson's fumbling

  1. Florio’s ideas on what people want to read:
    Vikings story.
    Couple of random league notes.
    Favre story.
    Report from the combine.
    Childress story.
    Viking story.
    Favre follow up story.
    Note about an arrested player.
    Viking stadium story.

  2. Isn’t it weird that the media always bitches about coaches never saying anything of substance? Could it possibly be because certain bloggers who are running out of stuff to write about because it’s February are going to rip whatever they say? Coaches and players talk all the time, especially in the off-season. Maybe you should write another article about Urban Meyer screwing over Tim Tebow, I’m not sure if we know where you stand on that issue.

  3. With the Vikings club policy that OTA’s and Training Camp are optional (as it is with Favre, right?) my guess is Peterson will start working on his fumbling problem sometime around Sept. 12th.

  4. How about letting LT be AP’s mentor by signing him to take Chester Taylor’s spot?
    LT and AP on the same team? While not as cool as it would’ve been a few years ago, still pretty cool.
    LT could teach AP how to hold onto the ball, and Favre could re-ignite LT’s career by giving him another 50 receptions to his resume!

  5. It is really unfair how much attention is put on Peterson’s fumbling. Or any running back’s fumbling, for that matter.
    A turnover is a turnover. A fumble is no worse than an interception, yet a QB throwing 10-15 picks in a season doesn’t even cause people to bat an eye. A running back who fumbled that many times might as well be a leper.

  6. Just when i was thinking of buying something in your auction, you break out the toilet “humor”, douchebag.
    And when the hell did anyone think Chilly could coach? You act like he’s wearing Super Bowl rings. We know he sucks, douchebag.
    Stop being such a douchebag, douchebag.

  7. maybe AP should strengthen his grip by by given Childress a break and taking over handjob duty on Brett Favre

  8. Instead of carrying it traditionally, he could palm the football with his vice grip hands. Then they would never fall out.

  9. @ delius
    You can’t compare an INT to a fumble, it’s apples and oranges. AP needs to get this fixed or he’s going to get scrutiny for it his entire career, and it’s scrutiny that is deserved. I hope it all gets worked out sooner rather than later.

  10. That’s Chilly for you. Without Favre, this idiot would have been out on the streets after last season, never to be seen again. But Favre saves this nimrod and gets him a $4-5 mil/year extension. Only in America Chilly, only in America.

  11. LT is the best in the league at holding onto the football.
    If he could teach AP not to fumble, that alone would be worth his salary.

  12. Stupid comment from Chilly, but AP isn’t a Pee Wee player. Why hasn’t HE addressed his problem? Wayne Chrebet trained himself to be a sure-handed receiver by keeping a ball in his hands everywhere he went. He didn’t need a coach to tell him to do that. Peterson should long ago have called Tiki himself if he knew Tiki found a way to cut down on his fumbles. And what about the running backs coach? What’s he doing to correct the situation? Does the head coach have to tell these guys how to stand up and sit down, too?

  13. lebowski says:
    February 26, 2010 12:52 PM
    Florio’s ideas on what people want to read:
    Vikings story.
    Couple of random league notes.
    Favre story.
    Report from the combine.
    Childress story.
    Viking story.
    Favre follow up story.
    Note about an arrested player.
    Viking stadium story.
    ——————————-
    Is he wrong? Look at the most-commented posts.

  14. tomlinson could teach AD how to wear a visor and put like a lil biotch on the bench.
    yes, that will work.

  15. tell AP to not do as many bicep curls. Bigger biceps look cool but they make the space that you carry the ball in smaller therefore making it harder to keep it in there. A slightly smaller bicep will make it more natural to hold the ball tighter.
    The key here is to let Favre throw the ball more that way he can throw more picks. It doesn’t matter because Minnesota won’t be back to the NFC title game again this year.

  16. delius1967 says:
    February 26, 2010 12:56 PM
    It is really unfair how much attention is put on Peterson’s fumbling. Or any running back’s fumbling, for that matter.
    A turnover is a turnover. A fumble is no worse than an interception, yet a QB throwing 10-15 picks in a season doesn’t even cause people to bat an eye. A running back who fumbled that many times might as well be a leper.
    ——————————
    Yeah, INTs and fumbles exactly the same… Except that you need to actually let the ball leave your hands in order to complete a pass. And there’s always more defenders than offensive offensive players trying to catch the ball. And two people need to be on the same page (passer and receiver) rather than just one guy holding onto the ball.
    On other note… Peterson’s been in the league 3 years. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time AP All Pro selection. Comparing him to a leper is just a tad outrageous. I don’t know how many “lepers” have been voted to the Pro Bowl every season.

  17. “Ah-oh …..listen up boys, move the betting lines that AP fumbles every 8th carry from 2/1 to 2.5/1 odds because Coach Chilly is gonna coach him up”
    Las Vegas Sports Book Authority

  18. Prior to this article, I didn’t think Childress could get any dumber. Now, there is proof there is almost no limits to the depth of his stupidity.
    Here is the best part; the Vikings sign this certified idiot to a long term contract extension. That means, even if the Viking tank this year, Ziggy is not going to fire his dumb ass. To have this bozo at the helm until they move out to LA is becoming a very real possibility.

  19. Here’s the solution:
    Add a line in his contract that says “Every time a ball is fumbled, AP gets fined $300,000.”
    That would solve the problem pretty quick, methinks.

  20. As long as Wisconsin has an insatiable hunger for Vikings news Florio will continue to stuff his site with endless non-stories on the subject. I like reading tidbits on my team and all but this is just…not news quite frankly.

  21. Delius – that is a very interesting point about comparing INT’s to fumbles. I think there’s an argument that Turnovers Per Attempt should be the real metric – so passing attempts for QB’s and rushing attempts for RB’s. Based on 2009 season numbers, the fact is that Adrian Peterson fumbled only once in every 52 attempts (which puts him about 12th worst among RB’s with at least 100 attempts), whereas only 5 out of 32 starting QB’s bested that ratio (many average about 1 pick per game which is pretty weak). Put simply, you’re right: QB’s turn the ball over more, and more frequently, than RB’s. I realize this is an uneven comparison because of the relative difficulty of completing a pass versus holding on to the football, but it seems like the attention to AP’s fumbling is a little exaggerated. That said, I think the real issue is the timing of his fumbles – two in the championship game when he hadn’t fumbled once in the postseason.

  22. That you fools do not think coaches talk to each other about stuff like this is only proving your ignorance further.
    I feel sorry for all of you.

  23. Now if he can only find a way to stop brett from throwing away NFC Championship Games he would be a hell of a coach
    Brett 2 Championship games in 3 years tosses an INT to cost his team the game 2 in 3 years

  24. Once again, it is posts like this why I wonder how in the world ESPN could ever take a dump on such a gem in the sports world…Mike Florio and his little blog site….
    what a pathetic peice of crap…once again left wondering why i check this site out once a week…cutting back as we speak…yep pretty much done

  25. The reason that he is being paid $4million as a coaching expert is because he is willing to look outside of his own ego to find a solution to a problem. That is what all good business leaders do. Stop being a moron Florio.

  26. Butter fingers…
    Don’t let it wreck your season…oh shit too late.
    The arena league is coming back…oh shit they don’t really run the ball….
    Lots of good jobs in LA.
    LA viqueens 2011!
    skoal

  27. Question: How do you stop a Viking from fumbling?
    Answer: give him a ball that is shaped like a penis. You could go one step further and glue a big mane of pubic hair on it to further entice a Viking’s natural desire. After all, they are sailors!

  28. Nice try on the humor Florio. Don’t let these guys get you down. Next time you paint the mental picture you’ve just got to dress it up a little more. Instead of saying, “pinching one off” perhaps you could say “he had to pinch off a loaf.” See how that works. Just by adding “loaf” you help the reader invest more imagination into actually picturing Gregg taking a shit.
    Hope this helps, no need to thank me everyone!

  29. CanadianVikingFan says:
    “Instead of carrying it traditionally, he could palm the football with his vice grip hands. Then they would never fall out.”
    ________________________________
    They? You mean Childress last remaining Homer Simpson hairs on the top of his head? They fell out this morning.
    Brad Childress = Gargumel – The Smurfs

  30. i would like to thank florio for covering the vikings news.if the only bad thing you can say about the vikes is Adrians Fumbles then we must be in good shape to keep kicking your teams ass.see ya next year after another rookie of the year go vikes

  31. So, Mike, sorry to stray off-subject, but you do realize you wouldn’t be able to post this kind of cheap bathroom humor if you realized your insane dream of making American football an Olympic sport? I mean, the gold medal team wouldn’t even be allowed to celebrate by popping open a bottle of champagne … which is traditional in American football. No cigars either. The IOC “investigates” that kind of outrageous behavior.

  32. MAN as a packer fan(ie dont trash my team when we dont win or stop supporting them when they dont win) I must say I am sooooo upset that the Queens won the division and beat us in the REGULAR season two times. That really really hurts. But you know what would really hurt? Getting to the NFL championship games and choking like the piss poor Queens franchise has always done. Great job Queens you had a 12 win REGULAR season and another playoff disappointment. Great job on that Chilldress extension too him and Brent combined are really going to get you that SB you all said was a guarantee LAST YEAR
    but hey we all know the Queens fans shit talking method: next year next year next year next year year next year next year next year next year next next year next year……..notice a pattern?

  33. Yes, Peterson was the 12th worst back in football in fumbles per attempt and more importantly is the most fumble prone “good” running back out there.
    But people do overstate it. He had a costly fumble in the Bears game but it was caused partially by a pretty vicious facemask that didn’t get called. The fumbled exchange in the playoff game hurt big time. The other two fumbles in the playoff game didn’t cost the Vikes anything at all and people forget the fact that the Vikings offense generates more runs per and points per play with him out there than him not. He is the best back out there even with the fumbles because he forces the defense to focus on him more than any other.
    ——
    People prove their ignorance when they say “favre threw the game away with the int”. If he throws the ball away it is overtime anyways unless Longwell makes a low percentage field goal. Plus overtime doesn’t automatically make you lose.
    The Giants game when he was a packer he threw it away. The int put the Giants in easy FG range during overtime. Rodgers fumbled the game away as the play led directly to them losing. Favre’s play was quite frankly different. It didn’t even occur during the losing period of the game. We were tied before and after the play. It hurt the team’s chances but not much more than the two zero yard gains before it and not much more than an incomplete pass and definately not more than the 12 men.
    Even the 12 men cost us only a chance at a 50 yarder. Christ they are executing the two minute drill with a full field and came up a hair short. We were only in the position because Favre made some awesome throws off his bad ankle. It isn’t like we were on the 20 and Favre audibled out of a run to hot dog it. The Vikings just failed to execute the 2 minute drill successfully and then the refs hosed them in overtime.
    The sooner you Packer fans come to grips with the FACT that Brett coming to MN was 100% awesome for us and 95% nightmare for you the sooner you guys can quit spamming out threads with the same stupid crap over and over. Get over it. We won. You lost. There is always next season. Quit trying to convince yourselves that last year wasn’t a complete nightmare in almost every way for Packer nation. Giving up 52 points in a playoff game. Weak sauce.

  34. S-K-O-L V-I-K-I-N-G-S says: February 26, 2010 3:46 PM i would like to thank florio for covering the vikings news.if the only bad thing you can say about the vikes is Adrians Fumbles then we must be in good shape to keep kicking your teams ass.see ya next year after another rookie of the year go vikes
    see ya next year…….always the same from fans of a team THAT HAVE NEVER WON A BIG GAME

  35. Hahaha. Yeah, Aaron Rodgers is a nightmare. Thanks for explaining that to us, sando. I really miss Favre tossing 29 INTs and then waiting all offseason to decide whether to play or not.
    Ahhh, the good old days.

  36. It was Sean Payton that fixed Tiki’s fumbling. Maybe Chili could call him?!?!?!?!
    Sean Payton was coaching with the Cowboys when Tiki Barber corrected his fumbling problems.

  37. well feel free to call me stupid but i say tell a.p. to hold on to the ball first and try to make the big play second and he shouldn’t fumble as much anyway.and no i am not a coach.but if brad childress really said that then maybe i have a shot at being one

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