Adrian Peterson: I could’ve said, ‘I love you,’ but no issue with Sean Payton

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Adrian Peterson admits he didn’t tell Sean Payton “I love you” on Monday night. But the running back also insisted multiple times that he and the Saints coach are not at odds and did not exchange words during the game.

“I could’ve said, ‘I love you,'” Peterson said, via Josh Katzenstein‏ of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But it’s no issue. We have bigger fish to fry.”

ESPN cameras showed what appeared to be a sideline exchange between Payton and Peterson. Payton also denied any confrontation.

“We weren’t in any heated exchange,” Peterson said. “I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? I think he was into it; we were all into it. There was none that I can recall, and I’m being honest.”

Peterson, though, couldn’t deny it was one of the worst games of his career. He said he played only nine snaps, and his six carries matched a career low, while his 18 yards were the third fewest of his career. It likely hurt worse that his replacement in Minnesota, rookie Dalvin Cook, rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries.

“Not too much to evaluate,” Peterson said when asked to evaluated his performance.

Mark Ingram had six carries for 17 yards and five catches for 54 yards, while rookie Alvin Kamara contributed seven carries for 18 yards and four catches for 20 yards.

37 responses to “Adrian Peterson: I could’ve said, ‘I love you,’ but no issue with Sean Payton

  1. I’ve watched every Vikes snap since the 1973 season. The world will (finally) find out what all of us in Minnesota know. Peterson was done before this season ever started.

    Skol! Dalvin!

  2. No real mention anywhere of how the Vikings smoked the media darlings in New Orleans and are a legit squad whether they like it or not, just a bunch of gossip.

    No one cares about the New Orleans Saints. They are terrible, this is especially true if the Vikings suck, which I’m assuming most people incorrectly assume.

  3. Both Peterson and Eddie Lacy did not do much in their respective homecomings playing for their new teams. Early results suggest the Packers and Vikings knew what they had when each decided to move forward.

  4. Regardless of whether he ends up helping out or not this season, Peterson hadn’t had a good opening week in at least 7 or 8 seasons. And, that was when he was an undisputed starter, and now he is sharing time. Anyone that actually expected him to have a big game yesterday was fooling themselves.

    Ingram and Kamara are both a much better fit for the Saints than Peterson.

  5. Pretty much brought in to be your inside the 20 guy. 4 trips to the red zone with 2 1st and goals and you only give this guy 2 total carries???? I’m no expert but I’d say a certain coach is out coaching himself

  6. When Peterson signed with the Saints, the majority of us on here said he won’t like his role and will pout.
    But I didn’t think it wouldn’t even last one game, even against the Vikes.
    He’s probably the 4th or 5th best RB I’ve ever seen play.
    Now he’s probably the 4th or 5th best RB on his team.

  7. Adrian would rather win an MVP over a Super Bowl, been a me first guy his entire career so didn’t understand why he went to the Saints with Ingram. He isn’t the brightest guy out there so that might’ve played a part but was great seeing him with that blank look on his face while standing on the sideline for the majority of the game.

  8. Any top notch player at his position as long as AD was would be frustrated with his involvement last night. I understand the Aint’s had to abandon the run game because they were getting slaughtered, but AD is capable of breaking a long run for a TD at any time as we Vikings and Cheese fans have seen the past 10 years

  9. Payton looked in over his head last night. Tried to be too cute, run too many different formations, and put too many personal matchings together. The game isn’t rocket science, and the play calling was foolish. You have AP in your backfield and you give it to a 215-pound back instead of an established one, lol makes plenty of sense.

  10. His postgame interview was a classic story of a dude past his prime, watching the young bucks riding by, not yet being honest with himself.

  11. You wanna talk about a coach looking in over his head? Jeesh that guy Sean Payton. Tried to outsmart the Vikings at every chance with these cute little formations and personnel pairings and it failed miserably. Funny to watch a coach make simplistic football look like rocket science and the running back rotation stifled the back’s from getting into any type of rhythm. Hopefully, the play calling will be better next week, because that performance was putrid and little blame could be placed on the players.

  12. Saints with AP gained 18yds of turf but lost miles in black & gold “family” values. All for $7M.
    Enjoy.

  13. We all observed the mouth and the eyes, no I love you in either, Peterson has shown once again the true Peterson.

  14. They used him wrong. Remember famine, famine, FEAST?
    The power runnng game and AP wears defenses down. Can’t do that on half a dozen carries. Regardless of his age, I am not sure he will be effective in spot duty. I will surprised if this works down there and question why they signed him.

  15. youngnoizecom says:
    September 12, 2017 at 9:44 am
    You wanna talk about a coach looking in over his head? Jeesh that guy Sean Payton. Tried to outsmart the Vikings at every chance with these cute little formations and personnel pairings and it failed miserably. —- His time outs before the half really backfired. Changed the game, and not in his favor.

  16. It was never smart to play Peterson against the Vikings. The Vikings a top 5 defense and AP has been in the Saints system for less than a year. Not only that, but he has played with the Vikes for 10 years, and they practiced against him every day. They know all his tells and exactly what he is capable of. So it is no surprise to me he was shut down and never utilized.

    I’m more happy that they kept the 4th best redzone scoring team to no Touchdowns (until garbage time) despite being there 5 times.

  17. johnnytarr says:
    September 12, 2017 at 10:20 am
    youngnoizecom says:
    September 12, 2017 at 9:44 am
    You wanna talk about a coach looking in over his head? Jeesh that guy Sean Payton. Tried to outsmart the Vikings at every chance with these cute little formations and personnel pairings and it failed miserably. —- His time outs before the half really backfired. Changed the game, and not in his favor.
    —————————–
    I honestly couldn’t believe he did something so stupid. I called it the first timeout. And the second one he took I laughed.

  18. twinfan24 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Regardless of whether he ends up helping out or not this season, Peterson hadn’t had a good opening week in at least 7 or 8 seasons. And, that was when he was an undisputed starter, and now he is sharing time. Anyone that actually expected him to have a big game yesterday was fooling themselves.
    ________

    Just for the sake of accuracy, I think you mean he hasn’t had a good opening week the last three seasons. Here are some of Peterson’s opening week performances before that in the last 7 or 8 seasons:

    2013: 93 yards rushing, 18 yards receiving, 3 touchdowns
    2012: 84 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns
    2011: 98 yards rushing
    2010: 87 yards rushing, 14 yards receiving
    2009: 180 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns

  19. Well, looking on the bright side of things, his $7 million contract for 2 years works out to $218,750 per game. So with 18 yards on 6 carries, he averaged $12,152 per yard or $36,458 per carry. That ain’t bad!

  20. AD is right the media tries to start stuff all of the time. Especially in the TC market they are well known for trolling the local teams there. They weren’t big fans of AD to begin with there. So they are going to try to start something. Same as always.

  21. A lot of armchair quarterbacks breaking down AP’s numbers in comparison to his contract and referring to him as trouble. I have some questions. How are you supposed to get rolling when you get taken out after every carry? That sounds like a play calling issue to me, not a player issue. Also, how is he trouble? Football is an emotional game, and players butt heads with coaches every day, what makes AP different?

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