The Vikings have hired a new coach to lead the franchise. And the reigning face of the franchise has a keen interest in the direction of the franchise.
Running back Adrian Peterson said in the aftermath of the hiring of Mike Zimmer that the 2012 NFL MVP is paying attention to what’s happening.
“Trust me, I’m watching,” Peterson said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “I’m watching to see exactly what we’re doing, just to see exactly what direction we’re headed in. I’ve been keeping my eyes open with the head coach; I knew he was probably the guy they were going to go with. It wasn’t too much of a surprise. I’ve been watching for the coordinators — are they going to keep Bill Musgrave around or what direction they’re going to go with. With a new coach, that’s when things start happening, too, that’s all part of the process.”
Musgrave most likely will be gone, and he’ll most likely be replaced by Norv Turner. Regardless of who’s running the offense, Peterson wants the team to be multi-dimensional when it has the ball.
“When I play offense, I want to be able to have you on your toes, where you’re not really expecting what’s coming,” Peterson said. “Being versatile offensively [is the biggest thing I’m looking for].”
If the Vikings can’t become versatile offensive, the biggest thing Peterson may be looking for at some point is a trade. Not long ago, he mused about playing for one of the Texas teams. Those musings could at some point become demands, if the Vikings don’t become a team that can command more respect as a passing offense.