Wade Phillips praises Adrian Peterson, plans to be physical with him

AP

On Sunday, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will match wits with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. With a guy like Adrian Peterson on the roster for Minnesota, there could be less matching of wits and more smashing of faces.

“He is physical,” Phillips told reporters on Thursday. “We’ve got to play physical, too. We think we’re physical, too. That’s why you play the games.”

Phillips sees Peterson as one of the best tailbacks to ever play the game.

“He’s in that Hall of Fame class,” Phillips said. “I was lucky to be around Earl Campbell when he started and he’s the same kind of runner. He’s so powerful and so fast. He’s the leading rusher in the league right now. He didn’t play last year and he only made 30 yards in the first game. That just shows you what he can do.”

For Turner, the question becomes when he’ll give the ball to Peterson, and when Turner will instead dial up play-action passes. In Week One, Turner did too much of the latter — and lost. In Week Two and Week Three, Turner opted for the former, and they won both games.

At some point, Turner and the Vikings will need more than rushing attempts to prevail. That could start this weekend in Denver.

47 responses to “Wade Phillips praises Adrian Peterson, plans to be physical with him

  1. The run becomes useless when you are trailing, that should be the case against Denver. MN is actually an easy team to game plan against.

  2. When you consider the Viking OL’s pass blocking and the level of pass rush Denver brings, MN will need to run it just to try to keep Bridgewater in one piece … Good Luck!

  3. I love this stuff!! AP is a game changer, period. I like being counted out already, adds fuel to the fire. Vikings defense will be ready to CRUSH, just like the last few weeks. 49ers were smart, not passing. Manning is a statue at this point, the Vikings defense will predict where he throws the ball or he’s going to get just destroyed. Heck, Stafford barely made the whole game and Rivers, well, Chargers were smart and pulled him.
    It’ll be a good game. Vikings will probably lose, but it should be close.
    If Bridgewater plays well, Vikes win.

  4. All you confident Bronco fans might want to have a little look at what was left of the opposing teams QBs in the last 2 contests…Stafford barely could walk off the field after the game – and Rivers got yanked when the game was out of reach, and he could barely stand after a hit from Barr…how many hits do you think that old fart qb of yours will take? Hmmmm?

  5. Peterson is better than the running back on your team, regardless of who you root for, so keep on talking and looking up stats on AD, but right now there are no other future HOF running backs in the league. Maybe Bell or Charles get to that level one day, but not right now.

  6. cjpackfan
    Oct 1, 2015, 6:21 PM CDT
    peterson is a very good football player….and a total douche as a person, nuff said!

    Great point. And one that can be made about at least 75% of the people employed by the NFL.

  7. When was the last time an opposing coach said before a game that they would need to play physical too to match the Packers?

    Seriously I can not remember a time when the Packers were not a soft, fat, finesse team.

    I give their fans credit for one thing, they sure do love that soft finesses football in Green Bay.

  8. Yeah, absodefinitely, Peterson is the best. Since drafting Peterson and all of his hall-of-fame-ness, your beloveds have compiled a record of 63 wins, 67 losses, and 1 tie (.485 win percentage).

    I hope he plays for another 10 years at least.

  9. When the unemployment office closes, we all end up here, chatting online, about other teams.

  10. Let’s be real for a few moments:

    The Vikings will lose their next three games. At 2-4 people will be calling for Bridgewater’s head. Then they’ll win another game and Vikings fans will be claiming the division, while the Packers will be at worst 6-1.

    Also, the Packers will beat the Vikings by more than two touchdowns in both games.

    Everyone knows it.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    Oct 1, 2015 8:07

    Seriously I can not remember a time when the Packers were not a soft, fat, finesse team.

    I give their fans credit for one thing, they sure do love that soft finesses football in Green Bay.

    ___________________

    Its easy to love, since 2009 they are 67-24-1 with a Superbowl title.

    Tell me how fun it is to watch that physical power run team to hang around .500 for the past 6 years, witha fair amount of those losses coming at the hands of those “soft finesse Packers”

  12. You are correct, sir. They’re already fighting amongst themselves over who the problem in the passing game is.

    Some say Teddy’s terrible and the receivers are great.

    Others say Teddy’s great and the receivers are terrible.

    I suspect after Denver gives ’em a good beating, Zimmer will end up in the conversation as well… and that’s when the dysfunction will really start!

  13. How many games does MN need to win before the Packer fans quit hanging out in Vikings threads?

    Then again it is rather comical that they are in Viking threads more than their own.

    Most people would call that scared!!!

  14. The way I see it is Vikes will score no more than 17 points on that D. They are scary good. The only threat is AD
    and the Broncos know it so they’ll load the box all game. I think the Vikes D will definitely be able to generate some pressure on Manning because that Oline is no better than the Vikes. Vikes need a defensive touchdown again for sure!! But at the end of the day, it IS Peyton Manning and he should be able to outscore the Vikes at the end. Hope Im wrong but DEN 24 MIN 14

  15. purpleandgoldforever says:
    Oct 1, 2015 10:07 PM
    How many games does MN need to win before the Packer fans quit hanging out in Vikings threads?
    __________________

    The first people to bring up the Packers on Vikings threads…. are Vikings fans just like this one… maybe you should just stick to the topic on hand and not worry about whos saying what, you wou;d understand that maybe people enjoy talking about the NFC North.

  16. Phillips wants to get physical with Peterson…??
    Wowwww…not sure how to take that….
    Hmmmmmm…..

  17. Maybe it’s the Vikings turn to suck for 30 years,and in another 20 years we will be laughing at them again.

  18. beerbratscheese says:
    Oct 1, 2015 11:05 PM

    Downvote if I’m wrong, but the Vikings’ two wins this season have come against teams that have a total of one win between them.

    ————

    And the combined win total of the three teams that the Packers have beaten is a whopping 2! What’s your point???

  19. It is impossible to put a positive spin on Bridgewater’s season. He took two steps back from his rather pedestrian rookie season. 1 TD, 2 INT’s, 80.1 passer rating, 168 YPG.

    Wade Phillips would be smart to ignore Teddy altogether. He poses no threat.

  20. credible316 says:
    Oct 1, 2015 9:39 PM
    Fraudgers is NOTHING without his receivers
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    I assume you mean Rodgers?

    Every quarterback would be nothing without receivers. He’d be called a running back, like everybody else.

    I think the first forward pass was made in 1906, or somewhere around then.

    Time for you to catch up I think.

  21. Hey guys, big time VIKES guy here!

    I hope MY MAN PETERSEN can keep it up against good defenses (because the last time a team had a speedy linebacker we got DESTROYED).

    The Teddy experiment seems to be failing.

    At least we have a good defense against bad teams

  22. stellarperformance says:
    Oct 2, 2015 10:28 AM

    credible316 says:
    Oct 1, 2015 9:39 PM
    Fraudgers is NOTHING without his receivers
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    I assume you mean Rodgers?

    Every quarterback would be nothing without receivers. He’d be called a running back, like everybody else.

    I think the first forward pass was made in 1906, or somewhere around then.

    Time for you to catch up I think.
    ___________________________________

    WE GOT ONE!!!! Hope it’s big enough to keep!

  23. The Teddy experiment isn’t failing. I wouldn’t say he is succeeding but he is only 22 years old. A freaking kid. Stop comparing him to QBs who have been league for 10+ years. He hasn’t even played a full season yet. Leave it alone and stop with your irrational, impulsive analysis. It’s annoying.

  24. Wow y’all are giving old man manning way too much love. I’ll say it: the Vikings will beat the Broncos. They will both leave this game at 3-1. The Broncos are the luckiest team in football through three games and that luck is about to run out! Boom shakalaka

  25. Prior to last night’s win by the Ravens, the three teams the Broncos have beaten had combined for a 1-8 record.

    Jamaal Charles put up 125 rushing yards against a Broncos defense that also knew they had little to fear from the opposing QB (A. Smith)

    Broncos haven’t scored a TD in any of their three games until less than 5 minutes remained in the first half.

    This has all the makings of a close, defensive battle. Broncos should win at home, but the Vikings have enough weapons on offense and defense to win a close one.

  26. not hard to defend a one dimensional team . stack the box, no passing attack to worry about. its like a day off for the Denver corner’s.

  27. cheeseisfattening says:
    Oct 1, 2015 8:07 PM
    When was the last time an opposing coach said before a game that they would need to play physical too to match the Packers?
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Getting physical to a Viking fan means getting drunk and picking fights. More out-of-towners arrested at Lambeau than locals. No. 1? Viking fans.

  28. Stellar talking about fans getting physical.hahaha It has been reported before when the packers lose domestic violence in the state of wisconsin increases.

  29. that might be a true statement, I believe that to be true in every state….but there are zero reports of grown men taking a switch to their childs genitals..then basically getting off free…….AP…all perverted

  30. You conveniently believe it is in every state. But what is known for sure it happens in Wisconsin. Be proud.

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