Adrian Peterson hits “reset button,” not worried about shotgun

AP

Adrian Peterson didn’t run it enough last week to know whether he liked or didn’t like the way he was used.

So he’s not going to lose any sleep over it, saying: “the reset button has been pressed.”

I felt like it was just an OK job,”  Peterson said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I only had like 10 carries and they were kind of spread out here and there. But watching the film, I think on a couple I wasn’t patient enough. On some, I was patient. But I just look at those things and try to improve. That’s what I’ve been doing this week.”

In Monday’s loss to the 49ers, Peterson had just 10 carries for 31 yards, so he wasn’t sweating the fact that four of those carries and 7 of those yards were from the shotgun, which is something new to him.

It’s probably wise on his part, since offensive coordinator Norv Turner has always been very running back-friendly.

“It comes down to making sure that your alignment is right, you’re being patient, you’re reading it quickly and you’re responding quickly as well,” Peterson said of running the ball out of the shotgun. “We’ve been getting a lot of reps in the gun since OTAs and I think we’ll continue to get these looks in the game, in live action. So we’ll just be able to improve as a unit, being on the same page.”

They’re hoping he can as well, as Sunday’s game will be his first of the season at home, after missing the final 15 games of last season on the commissioner’s exempt list.

63 responses to “Adrian Peterson hits “reset button,” not worried about shotgun

  1. Good to hear he hit the reset button and not his son. He’s done had some good years but is a zero as a human and a parent.

  2. I guess as a fan I was hoping for more out of the shotgun formation and time will tell. Though one would think that after a few more stinkers they will either be questioning Adrian’s abilities or Norv’s running back friendly offense.

  3. He’s done.

    Whatever the Vikings were offered before and during the draft, they should have taken. His value will be nothing to the team when he is released after the season.

  4. Receiving the ball from the shotgun is new to him. It’s a good thing he didn’t play in the preseason….he might have learned something.

  5. While there are those that will question the reasons why but guaranteeing him all that money at 30 years old was not so uncommon for the previous bell ringers of the Vikings. J. Allen contract as well as K. Williams were both paid in full. Not offered to re-sign but the kept their word for their original contracts. Greenway has twice reworked his so he can retire a Viking and I think that showed in the 49’ers game. Youth at linebacker or just plain slow play by the linebackers killed us.

  6. There’s no way Adrian can run as well out of the shotgun as he does out of the I-formation. If the QB is under center, Adrian can start running toward the hole as soon as the ball is snapped. He has momentum going as he gets the ball and he hits the hole as soon as possible. In the shotgun, he has to wait for the ball to get back to the QB, then he has to take the handoff from a standstill. By the time he gets to whatever hole may have been there, it will probably be closed because the offensive line is terrible and can’t hold their blocks that long.

    Because of the offensive line, however, they’re better off being in the shotgun when they need to pass because Teddy gets some extra time back there. I don’t know how they’re going to work this out so that the pass and the run can both work without the defense knowing what’s coming. This O-line is going to have to get their act together fast.

  7. So he averaged less than 2 yards per carry out of the shotgun and 6 yards per carry otherwise and the plan is to do more shotgun? Since running out of the gun and Norv’s offensive scheme is new I am surprised he didn’t take a few snaps in preseason.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 17, 2015 2:15 PM

    Because of the offensive line, however, they’re better off being in the shotgun when they need to pass because Teddy gets some extra time back there. I don’t know how they’re going to work this out so that the pass and the run can both work without the defense knowing what’s coming. This O-line is going to have to get their act together fast.

    ———-

    This is what I’ve been saying all along. Except, I don’t see the O-line getting their act together because they weren’t that good before Sully’s injury and are much worse after. It’s also why I’ve been laughing at all those picking the Vikes to make the post-season. Nice Analysis, Teddy!

  9. Professional Sports, regardless of the sport, is 80% mental, dude. You already know the technical aspects of what you do. Just try and get into that mental “zone” where you become invincible.

  10. those saying “he’s done” after one game obviously didn’t watch the game. He was running with burst, agility and at one point carried the entire 49ers defense 6 yards on his back.

  11. The OC is an idiot they get the ball in great field position in a tied game (0-0) and they run 3 straight pass attempts…All I have heard about is Teddy is so ACCURATE but to me he looked like one of the most inaccurate QB’s in the league on Monday

  12. Such silly packer fans. No matter what their team does , they just have to reveal how classless they are. So the Vikings had an off game? No big deal, they will bounce back

  13. He’s done. Stick a fork in him and wish him well in retirement.

    For the delusional Vikes fans, sure, Adrian may have been great… But that’s well past him now.

    He wasn’t going to beat Father Time any more likely than: Emmitt, Dickerson, Brown, LaDanian, Bettis, Riggins, Shaun Alexander, Priest Holmes, or any of the hundreds of running backs that bottomed out at 30 before him.

    Face it. He’s done and it’s Teddy’s team now. Time to move on and utilize McKinnon’s talents before he creeps up on 30 as well.

  14. If this was week 7 then i would be worried, he hasn’t played football in almost a yr, sat out all of preseason…smart for them to only give him 10 carries, this week he will get 15 and the following week 15-20 then you let him loose…..don’t panic yet viking fan

  15. bazookajoeflacco says:
    Sep 17, 2015 2:39 PM
    those saying “he’s done” after one game obviously didn’t watch the game. He was running with burst, agility and at one point carried the entire 49ers defense 6 yards on his back.

    ——

    That was as much Rhett Ellison dragging him forward as it was AD carrying the defense. But, that’s okay, lots of time old people need help crossing the street, too!

  16. The Vikings are going to need Peterson or they’re really screwed. Heard on sports talk radio (KNBR) here in the Bay Area yesterday that the Niners’ defensive players were saying that Bridgewater actually did a pretty good job of diagnosing what the defense was doing – but said the issue they found was he simply wasn’t able to make the throws.

    This is starting to make more sense. He might anticipate a brief opening – but won’t pull the trigger because he has concerns about his ability to fit his throws into a tight window. Teddy Checkdown seems more and more apropos.

    I’d be starting to get really worried if I was a Vikings fan. Luckily, I’m not.

    GoPackGo!

  17. Right, enjoy the season starting this week and going to the playoff. While, Packers are 1-0 but might be 1-1, 1-2, 1-3 and done. One game and people are freaked out. Sure they have work to do but I’m confident Zimmer will get it fixed and ready this time. It’s not going to be anything near last Monday. Bet on it!!!

  18. He and Viking fans everyone else on that team wishes they could hit the reset button, and get a do over on MNF. The only thing the Vikings had going for them were Special Teams in the first half.

    My question to Viking fans is it that,Peterson isn’t comfortable in this new system the Vikings have been using for the past 2 seasons or is it that the coach isn’t comfortable with Peterson to run the system he has been using the last two seasons?

    When you have a player like AP who is argued to be one of the most athletic RBs to ever play the position. You find a way to get him the ball. Especialy when the offense is struggling as much as it did.

  19. coltsreign
    Sep 17, 2015, 1:46 PM CDT
    QUESTION:
    Who also averaged 3.1 yards a carry?
    He was traded for a 1st rounder 2 years ago

    ———–

    That’s awesome! Trent Richardson? Do you think Grigson would do it again? Because that would be great!

  20. Yeah, one more game like that and we will be hearing how the Vikings are intentionally trying to embarrass him, directed by the League of course

  21. codythao35 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM

    Right, enjoy the season starting this week and going to the playoff. While, Packers are 1-0 but might be 1-1, 1-2, 1-3 and done. One game and people are freaked out. Sure they have work to do but I’m confident Zimmer will get it fixed and ready this time. It’s not going to be anything near last Monday. Bet on it!!!
    ///////////////////////

    Well, there you have it folks. Vikes fans have no reason to worry, because Cody says so.

  22. I have NOT been impressed with Norv Turners Offense either This Year OR last. The Vikings could at least Move the ball before he got here.
    I like Zimmer but if they don’t get away from the
    predictable offense the “Old Man & Scott his Son QB Coach”, have Got to Go! As an example,
    last years final game over the Bears couldn’t muster 20 points against a dreadful Bears team!

  23. The 49’ers and the rest of the NFL are not dumb.
    Peterson does not play on passing downs.
    If he is there in the shotgun it is going to be a hand off.
    Defenses also do not respect Baby Hands arm strength or the offensive line.

    I wish the vikings would give Rick Spielman a contract extension. I want him to be GM of the vikings for another 10 years.

  24. Are you people blind and deaf. Have you not been watching Adrian since we drafted him?! His strength is not out of the I formation….it’s running from the single back formation. That’s where most if not all his success comes from. Get it together! On another note, hoping to see a totally different Vikings squad this weekend! Here’s to putting the last game behind us and starting fresh. Play as a team and have fun doing it, the rest will come!! SKOL!!! 🍻

  25. luvmnsports2012 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:19 PM
    Are you people blind and deaf. Have you not been watching Adrian since we drafted him?! His strength is not out of the I formation….it’s running from the single back formation. That’s where most if not all his success comes from. Get it together!
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    If the people are blind and deaf.. what does that make Norval,? who is paid big bucks to put that offense is a position to succeed. Under the new system Peterson ” the most gifted back the league has seen “back that averages 53 yards a game at the moment. I am sure AP will eventually improve those numbers. Time will help with all that, but Norval has worked with another HOF RB in his career, unfortunately he didn’t get to retire with a Super Bowl win either.

  26. shows how smart Zimmer is, he based the whole season on the ability of Peterson not knowing what he had left in the tank and not even playing him in 1 pre-season game. poor management again, maybe Peterson will come around after several games but the hole might be too deep by then to dig out of.Viking fans should stop worrying about Eddie Lacy who looks pretty good already and worry more about Peterson.

  27. Again, a whole lot of people making a big deal off of one game. Just like Teddy, AD will be fine. He may no longer be in his prime, but he’s still one of the best RBs in the game.

  28. One of the best RBs in the league having 30 yards rushing. The only thing worse about Peterson on MNF was the fact felt he could earn redemption on the football field for what he did.

    When the fact is the only people that can redeem him for his actions, are his family.

  29. Viking fans should stop worrying about Eddie Lacy who looks pretty good already and worry more about Peterson
    ——-
    Rodgers is your team, not Lacy. Nobody is worried about Lacy. I’ll bet AP finishes the season with more yards, but that doesn’t really matter either.

  30. The 49’ers and the rest of the NFL are not dumb.
    Peterson does not play on passing downs.
    If he is there in the shotgun it is going to be a hand off.
    Defenses also do not respect Baby Hands arm strength or the offensive line.
    —–
    That was under different coaches. He was playing on third downs Monday. Also, AP’s career receiving numbers are on par with Lynch. Is Lynch a one dimensional back? Your fiction will not prove accurate.

  31. conormacleod says:
    Sep 17, 2015 8:16 PM

    Rodgers is your team, not Lacy. Nobody is worried about Lacy. I’ll bet AP finishes the season with more yards, but that doesn’t really matter either.

    ____________________

    You’re right! yards don’t matter, Wins do. Packer fans don’t care if the Vikings have the better RB heck I will even let you say Peterson is hands down the most gifted RB to ever step on an NFL field. As gifted as he is, he still has only been able to help his team beat the Packer 4 times in his career.

  32. h0metownzero says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:00 PM

    It’s only week 1, but the excuse machine is in midseason form.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Who’s making excuses? They Sucked last Monday Night! I have been a Vikings fan since the mid 60’s and I have never seen a more pathetic excuse of a game, It is the first time I have seen players standing while the play was still going.
    Teddy even ran into his Left Tackle STANDING in the backfield and not even blocking!
    If I didn’t know better I’d say it was a fixed game!
    I’m Pissed, because the way they played, they couldn’t beat ANY NFL team! My biggest worry is which team puts the 50 spot on them first!

  33. tokyofilthblaster
    As you can see, much like their team, Viking fans have a lot of quit in them.
    ____________________

    Um, who’s quitting? Most Viking fans know not to read too much into one game, especially the first, and against a team on which there is no real game tape. Packer fans seem to think they’ve already won the Superbowl. However, most knowledgable fans know that the Packers are a one man team. Without Rodgers, they win, maybe, 6 games. So perhaps you Packer fans should worry more about your own team and stop commenting on Viking articles.

  34. pzebich says:
    Sep 18, 2015 8:47 AM
    No wonder most everyone else considers Packer fans the worst in the league. Can’t wait until their next 30 year drought!
    /////////////////////////////////////

    First of all, it was 23 years, not 30. Second of all, they had a losing record in 15 of those 23 years, not every year. Thirdly, in all that time, in the power vacuum handed to the Vikings on a silver platter during those 23 years, the Vikings accomplished every bit as much as the Packers. Which was…..wait for it…….nothing.

    During the darkest 20 years in the 70’s and 80’s, the Vikings beat the Packers 15 times, and the Packers beat the Vikings 14 times.

    You have NOTHING to brag about. Nothing.

  35. h0metownzero says:
    Sep 17, 2015 5:00 PM

    It’s only week 1, but the excuse machine is in midseason form.

    )))))))))))

    Wait until u lose to Seattle again. Over/under on Clay’s tackle total – 6. You recall he only had 6 last year in the NFC Championship game that went into OT. It is at the beginning of the season so he should be fresher. I think it will be over because of that reason but it is Clay. What about Rodgers more picks than TD’s again? Or Over/under on passing yards 178?

  36. Viking fans spend way too much time obsessing over the Packers. you need to get a life.
    __________________________

    Posted by a guy on a VIKINGS thread!

  37. Last year the Packers were destroyed by Seattle in the first game of the season. The Packer fans were constantly talking about how one game didn’t matter, the team would bounce back, etc.

    Now the Vikings start 0-1 and suddenly it is a different story. The team is washed up, the team needs to fire this person or that.

    What a crock!

    I can’t wait until the Vikings put the Packers in their place. I suspect they will go 1-1 this year, but will beat the Packers consistently head to head for years to come.

    (watch the thumbs down clicks pile up. Packer fans pay more attention to Vikings threads than they do their own)

  38. I’ll bet Peterson’s 4 year old son wishes he could press a reset button and eliminate the nightmares he has over being abused.

    The fact that the Viking fans support this level of mental illness in exchange for the promise of 2500 yards is beyond comprehension but that just shows how low one could go.

  39. purpleandgoldforever says:
    Sep 18, 2015 7:05 PM
    Last year the Packers were destroyed by Seattle in the first game of the season. The Packer fans were constantly talking about how one game didn’t matter, the team would bounce back, etc.

    Now the Vikings start 0-1 and suddenly it is a different story. The team is washed up, the team needs to fire this person or that.

    What a crock!
    ___________________

    Well if the Vikings were division winners multiple time and in the playiffs for 6 straight years and winning a Superbowl during that span, prior to that awful game, they could get the benefit of the doubt.

    Most teams with a 2nd year coach and QB don’t get that benefit of the doubt. Especially when their “Superstar” RB and leader of the offense put up “spelled RB” yards. I believe AP can bounce back as a player, but the Vikings have had plenty of games where he has played above average and weren’t able to get the win. Esepcially against the Packers.

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