Report: Peterson upset with lack of second-half carries

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The Vikings built a 20-point lead against the Lions on Sunday.  So with Adrian Peterson in position to churn up the clock and with a defense supposedly forces teams to move down the field in slow, time-consuming chunks, not even Brad Childress could screw that one up, right?

Somehow, the Vikings blew that 20-point halftime lead, seven days after blowing a 17-point halftime lead and 14 days after blowing a 10-point halftime lead.

The Vikings relied on Peterson only five times in the second half, and on a key fourth down play Adrian was a multi-millon-dollar decoy.

And Adrian isn’t happy about that.  According to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Peterson’s father, Nelson, said that Adrian was frustrated by the manner in which he was used.  Or wasn’t used.

“He thought that with a 20-0 lead, he was ready to lead them to a victory,” Nelson Peterson said.  “He’s being a good sport about it, but he’s upset.”

Peterson has only 66 second-half yards this season.  In the first half of three games, he has gained 230.

The Vikings seem committed to fixing a situation that possibly has gotten into the heads of the players, and the coaches.

“We don’t want, in a close ball game, for him to only carry the ball five times,” coach Leslie Frazier said, per Fowler. “I have to remind myself of this, even if Adrian gets stopped for negative gain or two yards because they’ve got so many people at the line of scrimmage, he’s such a great player that even against eight-man fronts he can still make something happen.  You can’t ever forget that.”

If the Vikings don’t figure out how to hold the leads that they’ve been building, they can forget about their chances in 2011.

81 responses to “Report: Peterson upset with lack of second-half carries

  1. Maybe the Vikings should lower his first half carries to even it out?

    Seriously, the team should trade while they can get a boatload for him. They won’t compete for a Super Bowl anytime soon, it’s such a waste of a career to keep him around.

  2. It is pretty ridiculous that they don’t use their best player during crunch time..I think they will fix this problem this Sunday..They can’t keepl blowing these halftime leads.. 6 total points in the second half is..shall we say? sub-par.

  3. Teams are stacking against the run in the second half, and we are not able to make them pay because our QB has run out of gas by then. Never saw a player with his mouth open sucking so much wind.

  4. How did the offensive coordinator get this job??? heck, how did the head coach get this job??? I guess their philosophy is “if it ain’t broke, fix it anyways” MORONS

  5. Maybe McNabb can tell AP to do what he did when the Eagles were down and in need of leadership…

    Ask for a “financial apology”.

    Because he’s “classy”…Suuuuuuuuuure he is.

  6. He should be upset. Hes their best player and he was having a great start to the game. 20 point lead and you let McNabb throw it? Why???

  7. This reminds me of the story Mike where you said if Peterson wasn’t signed long term before the season started he was leaving the Vikings.

    Seriously, do you just make this stuff up or what?

    Terry Bradshaw must be rolling over in his grave.

  8. Why would it take 3 games where you gave up a 10+ point lead to realize that you need to start grinding away the clock with the best running back in the league?

  9. 35% of touches went to Adrian Peterson in the first half.

    31% of touches went to Adrian Peterson in the second half.

    When your offense can’t convert on third down, and can’t stay on the field, that’s what happens.

  10. What a misuse of a beast of a player? I guess chilly dik wasn’t so bad… lmao its funny though lions r learning how to win and the vikes r learning how to los…. oh wait never mind.

  11. He had another 2 carries that were called back by penalties and a catch to go along with it. Considering the Vikings only ran about 15 plays the second half before the end of the game, that’s not necessarily a bad ratio.

  12. And this is 1 reason the Vikings are a joke. It’s funny seeing the big weapons like Peterson & Harvin get ignored in the 2nd half. Would Mike McCarthy have give the ball to Gerhart on 4th & 1? No way, he actually has a brain unlike Leslie Frazier.

  13. 5 carries, 5 yards….

    Should they have given the 4th and 1 to Peterson probably.

    Should they have given him the ball on 3rd and 1 earlier…probably.

    But the real problem with the Vikings is they think it’s still 1970 and that you win by running the ball.

    Since Childress showed up he declared they would run the ball and stop the run first and foremost and Frazier reiterated he would stay that course. They have been incredibly successful with their strategy as they have amazed some 2000 more rushing yards than their opponents. The result one game better than .500. And the only year they had any success is when Favre ignored Childress and threw the ball down the field….the only year since Childress that the Vikings actually passed for more yards than they gave up and also their worst rushing year since Childress.

    So please – no more just give Peterson the ball. If you can’t pass in this league you can’t win.

  14. Lions held Peterson to only 78 yards on 17 carries and 19 yards on 4 carries. If you take away the one big 43 yarder he averaged only 2.2 yards per carry. AD was not a factor in this game because the Lions played him great and the Vikings don’t know how to use him.

    But I also think people are ignoring the fact the the Lions did what they did and are talking to much of the Vikings blowing the game. The Lions did a lot to win the game, more than what the Vikings did to lose it.

    3-0 baby!!! Cowboys your next.!!!

  15. Peterson should be upset, lord knows the fans are.

    Take a look at their schedule. Take a look at how they did last year. Take a look at how they still had/have holes to fill on their roster. Take a look at a new HC, OC & QB. Their chances in 2011 weren’t particularly good to begin with; at 0-3 they’re down right dismal.

    They’ll need to cut some dead weight, keep key veterans and shore up the OL, WR, DB and get some depth @ LB and in a couple of years they can be back in the thick of things.

  16. Hopefully he is becoming a vocal leader that ACTUALLY gets pissed off with the way they have played. I am tired of the “polite cliche’s” we are always fed by athletes. I think it is funny…or sad, depending how you look at it, that fans get 100 times more upset over a loss than the players on the team. It would just be nice to hear a player actually voice their frustration.

  17. If the Vikings are so hell-bent on passing, they’ve got to use Peterson, if only to keep 7-8 men in the box (and 4 or fewer in the secondary for coverage), and if they use him enough, they can make the opposing defense bite on play-action. Who is running their offense that doesn’t understand this?

  18. hahahahahaha vikings…….its the farve curse …..ever since that interception when the vikings were a incomplete pass into the stands away from a superbowl….to this!!!!! lmao!!!!!!

  19. kremis says:
    Sep 26, 2011 10:17 PM
    hahahahahaha vikings…….its the farve curse …..ever since that interception when the vikings were a incomplete pass into the stands away from a superbowl….to this!!!!! lmao!!!!!!
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    I wonder what it’s like to be so full of hate.

  20. LeGarette Blount said the same thing when Detroit beat Tampa Bay in week one. Is this going to be the go-to excuse when a team loses at home to the Detroit Lions?

    Maybe Detroit just got a little bit tougher to run on this season.

  21. pretty stupid of the Vikes. You have the best running back in the game and you don’t run him down the opposition’s throats when you’re up by double digits??

  22. As a Lions fan, I am obviously Pleased with the comeback win!

    But, if they had put the ball in Peterson’s hands more (like the 4th & 1) it MAY have been a different game. Either way, got to give the ball to your best player!

    Either way, the Vikes are not a bad team. They have struggled in the passing game, but other than that, they are solid. The Defense is as tough as anyone, but the offense needs to keep them off the field in the second half. SPecial teams, and the defense gave them great field position, but the offense would settle for field goals. If the Vikes has Stafford as their QB, they would easily be 3-0.

  23. And this is 1 reason the Vikings are a joke. It’s funny seeing the big weapons like Peterson & Harvin get ignored in the 2nd half. Would Mike McCarthy have give the ball to Gerhart on 4th & 1? No way, he actually has a brain unlike Leslie Frazier
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    Ahhh yess…thats why he took alex smith over rodgers, only to be rewarded with rodgers and superbowl title. It truly is, better to be lucky than good

  24. Good thing they locked him up for a few years.

    The Vikings went all in 2 years in a row, and they went for broke.

    I just wonder if they will be able to rebuild a winner, before Peterson loses all the tread on his tires.

  25. mikemccarthyisfat says:
    Sep 26, 2011 11:36 PM

    Ahhh yess…thats why he took alex smith over rodgers, only to be rewarded with rodgers and superbowl title. It truly is, better to be lucky than good
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    Actually QB coaches don’t draft its the GMs job. He had some input on it, but its not him calling the shots.

    Its also not to better to be lucky and good, if you are good you sometimes you can create ur own luck.

  26. From what i can tell. We were trying to take what the defense was giving us. They were stacking the box heavy to dare us to throw the ball. Which is no suprise, but we needed to capatalize on that, and couldn’t. but it still doesn’t mean don’t give the man the ball. he gets consistent yards even with that many in the box. keep feeding him and you will move the ball.

  27. kremis –
    I wonder what it is like to live in the United States and not know how to speak/write the english language.

    “its”??? “a incomplete”

    BTW – the “incomplete” pass you are talking about would have resulted in a 50 yard field goal attempt – idiot….

  28. goawayeverybody says:
    Sep 27, 2011 12:09 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings: Determined to suck ballz since 1960.

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    If you only knew how stupid and inaccurate that comment is. But then again, I can guess what fan base you belong to. That would explain everything…

  29. A real QB will pick a defence apart when they put 8 or 9 in the box…….Mcnobb is old,fat, cannot throw the ball, cannot make a read and doesn’t care. Other than that he is a solid QB

  30. It doesn’t matter if they hand the ball to Peterson or not, Teams can put 8 in the box all day long and not have to worry to much because McNabb will underthrow, overthrow or throw behind the reciever, and even if the reciever catches the ball, he’s not able to get yards after the catch after adjusting to the throw.

  31. ……..and so is the rest of the planet, but until our qb can sustain any sort of drive in 2nd half, receivers other than Harvin show up and get separation with one on one coverage, and defenses continually stack 8 or 9 in the box, this will be the continuous outcome. i was at game & continously saw 8 or 9 in box all second half & we will not be able to run against that cause our offensive line simply cannot handle it. we have not had a wr pass play over 15 yards yet and until we do, there is no reason for a defense to think we can.

  32. Not giving AP the ball on 3rd and one and 4th and one was just crazy. If you don’t think a guy getting paid to be a star can get you that one yard when you need it – trade him or cut him.

    But – the reason the Vikings lost is penalties. That last unsportsmanlike conduct, the late hit (after the play) after the Lions final punt … that’s what cost you guys the game. You guys were within about 10 yards of being in Ryan Longwell FG range. It was a very stupid foul.

    Psychologically … that’s also where you guys lost the game. The frustration of that penalty took all wind out of your sail.

    And yeah, I think dumb penalties are also a coaching failure. So you can put it on the same side of the chaulkboard as not giving the ball to AP on 4th and one.

  33. shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 27, 2011 1:11 AM
    Its also not to better to be lucky and good, if you are good you sometimes you can create ur own luck.
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    Brilliant take, shaggy.

  34. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Sep 26, 2011 10:54 PM
    kremis says:
    Sep 26, 2011 10:17 PM
    hahahahahaha vikings…….its the farve curse …..ever since that interception when the vikings were a incomplete pass into the stands away from a superbowl….to this!!!!! lmao!!!!!!
    __________

    I wonder what it’s like to be so full of hate.
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    I wonder what it’s like having a Super Bowl trophy case so empty

  35. mikemccarthyisfat says:
    Sep 26, 2011 11:36 PM
    And this is 1 reason the Vikings are a joke. It’s funny seeing the big weapons like Peterson & Harvin get ignored in the 2nd half. Would Mike McCarthy have give the ball to Gerhart on 4th & 1? No way, he actually has a brain unlike Leslie Frazier
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    Ahhh yess…thats why he took alex smith over rodgers, only to be rewarded with rodgers and superbowl title. It truly is, better to be lucky than good
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    By that logic better get rid of Frazier right away he picked Ponder got McNabb and is Unlucky
    Maybe you should worry about how the team we root for plays.Instead of insulting a coach that has won a Super Bowl ,with 15 players on IR, both with your comments and your name. You idiot

  36. Vikings choking away 3 consecutive double-digit 2nd half leads is too funny. How it’s a bad time to be a Minnesota fan right now with the Vikings 0-3 on their way to LA after this season, Gophers are the biggest joke in College Football while in Wisconsin, both the Packers & Badgers are undefeated & Matt Kenseth chasing a Nascar cup title. Wisconsin is so much greater than Minnesota.

  37. pack13queens0 says:
    Sep 27, 2011 3:39 PM
    Vikings choking away 3 consecutive double-digit 2nd half leads is too funny. How it’s a bad time to be a Minnesota fan right now with the Vikings 0-3 on their way to LA after this season, Gophers are the biggest joke in College Football while in Wisconsin, both the Packers & Badgers are undefeated & Matt Kenseth chasing a Nascar cup title. Wisconsin is so much greater than Minnesota.
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    Thats great. So by your logic, India is a better country than the USA because their cricket team is a bunch of winners! Youre such a homer.

  38. Vikings choking away 3 consecutive double-digit 2nd half leads is too funny. How it’s a bad time to be a Minnesota fan right now with the Vikings 0-3 on their way to LA after this season, Gophers are the biggest joke in College Football while in Wisconsin, both the Packers & Badgers are undefeated & Matt Kenseth chasing a Nascar cup title. Wisconsin is so much greater than Minnesota
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    then NEVER cross the river and never touch a web page that has anything to do with us. You r so stupid & ignorant you need to hit the lowest of the lows of your opponents just to prop urself up and make urself feel better like the rest of your state, which is completely TYPICAL of your state. dont worry, i dont expect u to understand what i am talking bout

  39. contra74 says:
    Sep 27, 2011 3:43 PM

    Thats great. So by your logic, India is a better country than the USA because their cricket team is a bunch of winners! Youre such a homer.
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    What I should have said is life is good in Wisconsin. I don’t mean to be such a homer but it is true. You gotta admit if AP was being used better he’d be top 5 MVP candidate but obviously A-Rod is #1. As far as cricket, I could care less. Football & Nascar are the only 2 sports I pay attention to.

  40. minnysoda says:
    Sep 27, 2011 1:55 PM
    I wonder what it’s like having a Super Bowl trophy case so empty
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    You have a Super Bowl trophy case? Huh…must be nice to own an NFL team….

  41. vikefan says:Sep 27, 2011 4:19 PM
    “then NEVER cross the river and never touch a web page that has anything to do with us. You r so stupid & ignorant you need to hit the lowest of the lows of your opponents just to prop urself up and make urself feel better like the rest of your state, which is completely TYPICAL of your state. dont worry, i dont expect u to understand what i am talking bout”

    umm…. go on the Dayrn College Whitehouse article and see all the whiney viking fans wishing packer fans get jumped in parking lots…

    At least when we trash talk, we have a leg to stand on (13 titles/3-0 start).
    Typical Hypocritical Viking fans, worse fanbase in sports.
    So Sidney’s a probowler with you, but now that he’s gone, he isn’t?!!?…pfff!

  42. pack13queens0 says:
    Sep 27, 2011 3:39 PM
    Vikings choking away 3 consecutive double-digit 2nd half leads is too funny. How it’s a bad time to be a Minnesota fan right now with the Vikings 0-3 on their way to LA after this season, Gophers are the biggest joke in College Football while in Wisconsin, both the Packers & Badgers are undefeated & Matt Kenseth chasing a Nascar cup title. Wisconsin is so much greater than Minnesota.

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    So you are basing your self worth and your overall quality of life on the accomplishments of others who happen to work, go to school, or live in the same state as you? Ummmm….ok then….

    I am from neither MN or WI but have lived in both states….to be honest from an outsiders prospective….not much difference between the two imo….

  43. sevensixtwonato says:
    Sep 27, 2011 6:49 PM

    So you are basing your self worth and your overall quality of life on the accomplishments of others who happen to work, go to school, or live in the same state as you? Ummmm….ok then….

    I am from neither MN or WI but have lived in both states….to be honest from an outsiders prospective….not much difference between the two imo….

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    Not much difference between the two? The quality of life is better in Wisconsin than it is in Minnesota, Wisconsin is God’s Country. And in Wisconsin, you get a much better education. Plus, anything you can find in Minnesota, you can also find anywhere in the State of Wisconsin except “Rainbow Bars”.

  44. pack13queens0 says:
    Sep 27, 2011 3:39 PM
    Vikings choking away 3 consecutive double-digit 2nd half leads is too funny. How it’s a bad time to be a Minnesota fan right now with the Vikings 0-3 on their way to LA after this season, Gophers are the biggest joke in College Football while in Wisconsin, both the Packers & Badgers are undefeated & Matt Kenseth chasing a Nascar cup title. Wisconsin is so much greater than Minnesota.
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    Excuse me? Perhaps you haven’t heard about the Western Conference Champion Minnesota Lynx? They are going to put a beatdown on the Atlanta…whatevers in the WNBA Finals! Winnersville, USA, baby! How is your WNBA team doing? Oh, that’s right. I’m sorry, I know that’s a sore spot with you.

  45. So you are basing your self worth and your overall quality of life on the accomplishments of others who happen to work, go to school, or live in the same state as you? Ummmm….ok then….

    I am from neither MN or WI but have lived in both states….to be honest from an outsiders prospective….not much difference between the two imo….

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    Not much difference between the two? The quality of life is better in Wisconsin than it is in Minnesota, Wisconsin is God’s Country. And in Wisconsin, you get a much better education. Plus, anything you can find in Minnesota, you can also find anywhere in the State of Wisconsin except “Rainbow Bars”.
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    we have much better gods country with a norhtern border much better & farther north than yours

    your education is better? yeah, you have the teachers that are more concerned bout themselves and getting in a picket line than actually doing their jobs getting to the classrooms & teaching the student, OURS show up for class & teach

    yes we do have a state built on equality, your version is cows & sheep

  46. AP is not getting the carries in the second half because our offense is having a 3 and out on every possession. if you watch the games, what is happening is teams are stacking the box with nine guys by the second half and we still run the ball and get nothing. then we automatically try to pass the ball but donovan is terrible so that doesn’t work at all. seriously i know everyone talks smack about tjax, but i would way rather have him back there than mcfatt.

  47. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Sep 28, 2011 1:54 AM

    Excuse me? Perhaps you haven’t heard about the Western Conference Champion Minnesota Lynx? They are going to put a beatdown on the Atlanta…whatevers in the WNBA Finals! Winnersville, USA, baby! How is your WNBA team doing? Oh, that’s right. I’m sorry, I know that’s a sore spot with you.
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    You know it’s pretty pathetic when fans are bragging about a WNBA team. It’s bad enough if fans bragged about World Series, NBA & NHL titles. Only 3 titles matter. Lombardi Trophy, BCS National Championship & Nascar Cup. Exactly how many of those does Minnesota have? Wisconsin will have all 3 after the Badgers take care of business in January.

  48. Excuse me? Perhaps you haven’t heard about the Western Conference Champion Minnesota Lynx? They are going to put a beatdown on the Atlanta…whatevers in the WNBA Finals! Winnersville, USA, baby! How is your WNBA team doing? Oh, that’s right. I’m sorry, I know that’s a sore spot with you.
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    You know it’s pretty pathetic when fans are bragging about a WNBA team. It’s bad enough if fans bragged about World Series, NBA & NHL titles. Only 3 titles matter. Lombardi Trophy, BCS National Championship & Nascar Cup. Exactly how many of those does Minnesota have? Wisconsin will have all 3 after the Badgers take care of business in January.
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    only 3 titles apperently matter to U dumb azz!! the rest of us still have a life that does not involve skoal & grain belt

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