Sean Payton regards in-game communication from Adrian Peterson as “positive”

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On Monday night, Saints coach Sean Payton said he was aware of no “heated exchange” with running back Adrian Peterson. By Tuesday, Payton still believes there was no such incident.

Per a league source, Payton acknowledges that there was an interaction, but that he interpreted Peterson’s words in a “positive way.”

After the game, Peterson explained himself with a since-deleted tweet: “Let’s be clear . . . I said we need to run the ball up their Donkey. Nothing more. I’m passionate but respect my coach at the same time.”

Watch the video. The one word that an untrained lipreader can discern from Peterson’s comments is “ass.” Let’s run the ball up their ass. That was the message.

So there’s no problem, for now. Really, there shouldn’t be. What did Peterson expect when he made the surprising decision to sign with the Saints? The Saints under Payton have always used multiple tailbacks, dating back to his first season as coach of the team — which also happened to be the rookie season of the guy who was supposedly the next Gale Sayers.

The Saints didn’t force the ball to Reggie Bush in 2006, and they won’t be forcing the ball to Adrian Peterson now. While Peterson’s extreme confidence may have caused him to think that once the Saints see what he can do they’ll change their approach, that’s always been the approach.

In May, Payton said Peterson’s role will be “very clear and defined.” Surely it was. And surely the clear and defined role that he’ll be playing is the role he played on Monday night.

Six carries for Peterson, six carries for Mark Ingram, seven carries for Alvin Kamara. Each would have had more if the Saints either would have scored touchdowns instead of field goals in the first half or would have stopped the Vikings from scoring a couple of touchdowns in the second quarter. By the time the game was slipping away, it was time to primarily pass the ball.

However it goes from here, Peterson has no basis to complain about no longer being the workhorse because that’s the role he signed up for. And while what he did last night may have flowed in part from his desire to have more of a chance to stick it to his old team, it was a far cry of the true heated exchanges we’ve seen between coach and player over the years.

24 responses to “Sean Payton regards in-game communication from Adrian Peterson as “positive”

  1. Seeing as how the Saints only had 60 net rushing yards, maybe Peyton mistakenly heard AP say lets just run into their asses.

  2. what is he going to say? AP is a jerk and have drama for 16 more weeks?

    You don’t sign on with the Saints and expect to be a power running team. This is Drew’s team, and he is going to get his 5000 yards.

    You need to just try to contribute or ride the pine.

  3. Wow. Peterson must’ve really wanted out of Minnesota badly to enable the situation he now finds himself. He’s going to waste away just watching from the sidelines. Payton should’ve at least given the winds of fate a shot.

  4. Phew. I’m glad we got clarification he said a$$ as opposed to “donkey.” Thank you detective lip readers. Its possible AP was trying to use donkey to censor his tweet in case kids follow him or something. BUT THANKS TO PFT WE GOT TO THE BOTTOM OF IT!

  5. Saints need to jettison AP and move on. AP has the same problem as Vick- both are low life’s now seen for who they are. They certainly aren’t leaders and in my book neither is a real man. Just pathetic little subhumans that like to beat up on the defenseless.

  6. Liberalsruineverything says:
    That’s not the offense for him
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    Watching that game last night had me thinking the same. AP is a horse, and they needed to get him into the flow of that game. A spot carry here and there is not the way to utilize him.
    I don’t understand why they even signed him.
    N.O. might be looking at a top 10 draft pick next spring. They looked horrible.

  7. That sounds like a recipe for mediocrity doesn’t it Big Mike? The reason they signed Peterson was so Brees doesn’t have to throw for 5,000 yards. Peyton tried to get too cute last night and it led to disaster. The personnel matchings and play calling were more about Payton saying, “look at me I’m smarter than everyone,” than him trying to win.

  8. The signing made no sense to me nor did the way they used him last night. You can’t run AD 6 times and expect any production. You have to run him 20+ times and 18 of those runs will be for between -5 and 2 yards, but 2 are likely to be for 30 or more. Of course, not sure he has anything left in the tank, but that has been his MO with the Vikes for years. Everybody knows it. Except for the Saints, apparently. It’s almost like the Saints are just a bad football team all around.

  9. I said it when AP signed with the Saints and I will say it again. The Saints have just as bad of an offensive line as Minnesota had last year. Going to the Saints made no sense simply because things were not going to be any better for him there. He is a Saint because they are the only team to offer him anything!

  10. Adrian Peterson needs 20 carries just to get warmed up. Then he might actually break a long one. The problem with that is your team will be down by at least two touchdowns by the time you get him his 20th carry. I don’t see what team he would fit in with.

  11. I am jot much of an AP fan, but he carried a pile of defenders for about 5 yards yesterday. My wife is a die hard Saints fan, and she turned off the game. The personnel packages make the defense sub to match up, but also tips your hand as to what plays you are gonna run. There was no rhythm except for the subs. As bad as the line performed, this Seahawks fan would do anything to see as much talent on the Hawks’ line.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    September 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Wow. Peterson must’ve really wanted out of Minnesota badly to enable the situation he now finds himself.
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    As you well know, Peterson would have loved to stay in Minnesota but they elected to move on from him by not offering him a new contract.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    September 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    Wow. Peterson must’ve really wanted out of Minnesota badly to enable the situation he now finds himself. He’s going to waste away just watching from the sidelines. Payton should’ve at least given the winds of fate a shot.

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    Otherway around. MN didn’t want him anymore and wasn’t willing to resign him. He actually wanted to stay. Reality hit him and he took the “shop around” narrative.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    September 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    As you well know, Peterson would have loved to stay in Minnesota but they elected to move on from him by not offering him a new contract.
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    Actually, I was under the impression Peterson had been shopping himself around. If not, it was a good discard for the Vikings. He would’ve worked out well only if Bradford had been around five years ago.

  15. Sean Payton has exchanges like this all the time from RB’s last night was mild Mark Ingram gets way more amped up. Last year Ingram was going off vs. SF and got upset and threw his helmet when his rushing got the team down the field and Payton changed the personnel package in the red zone and Tim Hightower got the TD.

    If a Saints defender was yelling at Payton ok fair enough the defense is garabage and frankly more people should be yelling; the Saints offense is in the top 5 on a yearly basis. Sean Payton is the best offensive play caller in the NFL. Anyone that plays for Payton at an offensive skill position knows your going to go in and out based on packages. He takes what defenses give him. The saints were getting nothing on run plays despite over pressing the issue.

    AP knew what he was signing up for he still knows. This is a big deal about nothing. Heck Cooks is traded for pouting he didn’t get the ball in a blowout of the Rams last year. It is what it is and it works.

    Defense is a different story.

  16. He absolutely needs to be used less and differently at this point in his fading career. When the Saints, and before the Vikes, start his plays so darn far behind the line of scrimmage, well behind the QB, it’s so freaking simple for defenses to diagnose what the play is, how could they not stop him 99% of the time??? He’s most likely not as fast as he was early with the Vikes. I can’t see him getting many runs with positive yardage unless it’s against a team with awful run defense.

  17. I happen to read lips for a living. This is what AP was communicating to Coach Sean Payton, and I quote: “Give me the ball Coach… Or I’m gonna have to give you a good switchin'”

  18. While AD might have wanted to run the ball right up the gut. I don’t believe they could do it against the Vikings defense.

  19. The Saints have just as bad of an offensive line as Minnesota had last year.
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    Saints ranked in the Top 10 for offensive line production in 2016. No one thought they would regress as much as they did in the offseason. A lot of it was a product of playing a Top 5 defensive line and opening on a Monday night in Minn against their hall of fame RB. I don’t think the Chiefs could’ve beaten the Vikings in Minn in their season opener on Monday night either.

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