Vikings running back Adrian Peterson offered a candid assessment of his team’s performance against the Seahawks last Sunday when he said the team was outplayed and outcoached in a 38-7 loss that knocked them out of first place in the NFC North.
Peterson didn’t back off of those comments during a Tuesday conference call ahead of Thursday’s game against the Cardinals. Peterson said he “addressed how I felt about the situation” and pointed out things that he could have done better as a way of illustrating the need for the entire team to look for ways to improve moving forward.
Peterson only had eight carries in the loss to Seattle, something he talked about on Sunday and something that coach Mike Zimmer said “probably should” have been different while saying he wasn’t bothered by Peterson’s comments. Peterson revisited the lack of touches during the conference call as well.
“That’s the mindset of a player who wants to be great,” Peterson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “You want to be able to when your number is called to make plays. Of course, I’d be frustrated when you think about eight carries. … I don’t have anything to prove. I feel like I’ve been doing it for a long time. They know what I can do. It’s about going back and watching the film and seeing what we could have done better as an offense, and you move on from there. That’s what we did. I came in Monday with a smile on my face, ready to roll and thinking about Arizona.”
With the defense missing defensive tackle Linval Joseph, safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr at practice again on Tuesday, the Vikings are probably going to need a lot more from their offense to get on the right side of the scoreboard on Thursday. Getting a lot more from Peterson would be a good place to start that effort.