After 90-yard run, Adrian Peterson disappeared

AP

Rarely if ever does a player who had a 90-yard touchdown run not have a 100-yard game. It happened on Monday night for Washington running back Adrian Peterson.

In the second quarter, and on the first snap with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, Peterson went 90 yards for a score. He had eight other carries on the night, for a total of eight yards.

After the touchdown, Peterson touched the ball only five times. Five times, with Sanchez at quarterback.

Think about that one for a second. Peterson shoots out of a cannon for a “he’s loose!” homerun that proves he can still bring it like he always has, and then he gets five total carries after that, even though the quarterback was a guy who hadn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game since January 1, 2017.

Whatever the game plan was for the night, the plan should have changed dramatically when Johnny Butt Fumble entered. With one of the best running backs in NFL history available, and with that running back busting a career-long touchdown run on the first snap taken by Mr. J.B. Fumble, why not keep pounding and pounding and pounding Peterson?

It made no sense, and it reinforces this “woe is us” notion that Washington seems to be adopting in the face of so many injuries. The best organizations (a group that clearly doesn’t include Washington) never allows excuses to be made when injuries happen, by anyone. They expect a high level of performance from everyone on the roster, and from everyone on the coaching staff.

The coaching staff blew it last night, not pivoting to what the obvious strategy should have been.

“I don’t know how many times we really had chances to run the ball,” coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game. “We had the ball backed up one time on our own one-foot line. We tried to run, almost got a safety, and second down I think we ran it, then third down we were going to keep [it], and I think they had great ball control for the most part. So, we didn’t get a lot of opportunities really. Hey, let’s run two tight ends, or three tight ends, and pound the ball right up the middle. And then our guards go down and we didn’t really have a plan for all that. We should’ve run the ball more, I guess.”

That doesn’t really inspire much confidence in the real-time decisions being made by the coaching staff. If anything, Gruden seems resigned to the disintegration of his team. He should instead be committed to doing everything he can to get the most out of what he has, with no excuses or long faces or sob stories about a season derailed by injury.

60 responses to “After 90-yard run, Adrian Peterson disappeared

  1. “He had eight other carries on the night, for a total of eight yards.”

    So the 90 yard TD was, maybe, possibly, a fluke, and not typical of what we could expect to see from Peterson all game long?

  2. Other than the 90 yard run, Washington’s RB’s combined for 6 yards on 12 carries. Maybe that played into the decision making as well…

  3. I agree the game plan should have changed, but the multiple cheap shots at Sanchez are unnecessary and show a lack of professionalism.

  4. Typical Gruden. Redskins’ fans are used to (and sick of) the “maybe we should have run the ball more” line after losses. It seems to never dawn on Jay to actually run the ball during the games. And he’ll do the same thing in the next game, and the next game…

  5. I did not watch the game, but I’m going to guess the Eagles were putting at least 10 guys in the box to stop the run game. That’s what I’d do.

    And cut the Redskins some slack. “The best organizations never allows excuses to be made,” but how many of them have had their starting QB and backup get their legs broken in the same season and done anything?

  6. When Johnny Butt Fumble comes in, the defense is going to dare him to pass, especially after the running back went 90 yards on the first carry after JBF came in. The rest of the time, Peterson had 8 carries for 8 yards, which is par for the course with him. You have a defense selling out to stop the run and a running back that isn’t doing anything except for one long run and you’re losing in the game. I’m not sure the prescription for victory is necessarily running the ball more.

  7. Washington is still in a position to reach the Post-Season (record wise anyway). They should be willing to try anything and that includes signing Kaepernick. While I disagree with Kaepernicks assessments on Castro, Cops, Collusion and Social justice I am very intrigued to see if he can play. At the bare minimum, he can win some games with his legs. I don’t think Kap and I would agree on many things, but I’m fine with him playing for any of the 31 teams that aren’t my favorite team. Sign him and lets see what he’s got

  8. You answered your own question bucko…outside of the 90yd run…he was averaging 1 yard per carry…because we were no threat to pass the ball!!!…do you know how many 1st downs you get averaging 1yd per carry…? Would you continue to run the ball on 2nd and long…or 3rd and long…? against 8 man boxes…

  9. waldoampere says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Mark Sanchez should be Exhibit A in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion trial.

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    I think that people have misconceptions about what collusion really is.

    If all 32 owners got together in a room and took a vote to keep Kaep out of the league, that could be considered collusion.

    If none of the 32 owners want to hire him because of football and/or non-football reasons that IS NOT collusion.

  10. AP’s resurgence has been one of the darling stories of 2018. Pounding the rock and playing ball-control football is – and will continue to be – Washington’s only chance of competing in a game. Inexcusable usage of a running back who’s done nothing but show that he still has gas left in the tank…PS – check downs to Chris Thompson was also totally useless…

  11. Look at the frickin Oline hes playing behind….as soon as he got those handoffs there were 3 or 4 guys in the backfield. They finally make some blocks and he goes for 90. Always AD’s fault!

  12. 10. Washington (6-3; No. 13): One brother could be the best coach in the league this year, and the other brother could be the exact opposite
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    This is from Week 11 Power Rankings, when PFT actually published an article to the entire world that stated that Jay Gruden was one of the best coaches in the league this year. Laughable

  13. MyCommentIsAwaitingModeration says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:12 am
    waldoampere says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Mark Sanchez should be Exhibit A in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion trial.

    —————-

    I think that people have misconceptions about what collusion really is.

    If all 32 owners got together in a room and took a vote to keep Kaep out of the league, that could be considered collusion.

    If none of the 32 owners want to hire him because of football and/or non-football reasons that IS NOT collusion.
    ———

    People know what collusion is.

    People also know what deflecting and trying one’s hardest to avoid discussing the elephant in the room, because acknowledgement requires changes; changes that those who deflect want no part of, as it will affect THEM in the end.

  14. The third string o-line. Lets call this the Kirk Cousins and Ruben Foster karma. The franchise goes out of its way to screw Cousins and then claims Ruben Foster. Clearly, management is obtuse to the social climate of the country.

  15. Left guard Jonathan Cooper tore his bicep and right guard Tony Berstrom left with an injured ankle.

    Running the football requires TEAMWORK and for the offensive line to open up running lanes. Already having a patchwork line going into last night, they lost another TWO starters. The OLine barely held up in pass protection – it was clear this group wasn’t able to open up the running blocks.

    It’s almost like you guys don’t watch the game before posting nonsense.

  16. dirtysouthironmen says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:00 am
    I agree the game plan should have changed, but the multiple cheap shots at Sanchez are unnecessary and show a lack of professionalism.
    ——

    Like a player eating a hot dog on the sideline? That kind of lack of professionalism?

  17. This game had a close score for a while but it wasn’t really that close. This 90-yard run and Norman’s goal line pick were two huge swing plays that masked how badly Washington was being dominated. The rest of the game was Washington trying to hang on by the skin of their teeth.

  18. You would think that a team that is down to Sanchez as their only remaining QB, would stick to letting AP, their best weapon, run the ball. He obviously has a lot of gas left in the tank. If this is how Washington is going to play it, they’re toast.

  19. Definitely should have run more. In Gruden’s defense though, he’s right about their lack of success and their field position. Our run defense when we are nearing full strength on the line and with then LB’s is really tough, too. The other thing is either a defense of Gruden or an indictment: Washington flat-out quit at the end of the 3rd quarter. I don’t know if that’s Gruden’s fault or not. Their injury situation is even more ridiculous than ours.

  20. “They should be willing to try anything and that includes signing Kaepernick.”
    ________________

    Too late in the season to bring in ANYBODY who has no previous experience in your offense. They’re down to 4 games left with no byes and neither Gruden nor the OC Matt Cavanaugh has ever worked with Kaepernick before. Unless their offense is extremely similar to what Kaep was running with the Niners it’d take the rest of the regular season just trying to get him acclimated.

  21. MyCommentIsAwaitingModeration says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:12 am
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    Dude, look up the word collusion in the dictionary because you obviously have no clue what it means…..

  22. bradygirl12 says: “If this is how Washington is going to play it, they’re toast.”
    ============================

    They’re on their 3rd quarterback already. Same with the offensive line – they’ve lost for the year Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao, Geron Chistian, Jonathan Cooper, etc. Nsekhe, Moses, Berstrom and Williams are all hurt and missed multiple games.

    Pretty safe to say their season is done whether they choose to run the ball or not.

  23. pioniere says: “I feel sorry for Redskins fans. With any team it all starts at the top with the owner, and they’ve got a real idiot in charge there.”
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    Right, because having two quarterbacks out for the season because of leg injuries is the fault of ownership…

  24. waldoampere says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Mark Sanchez should be Exhibit A in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion trial.
    ================================

    Look .. it has already been established that the NFL doesnt want kaep because of the kneeling .. we know ok? you can stop talking about it now .. the subject is mark sanchez, NOT kaep .. stop telling us that the sky is blue, we KNOW that!

  25. waldoampere says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Mark Sanchez should be Exhibit A in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion trial.

    ———————————————-

    When you’re in Kaepernick’s current position, you have to do what your employer asks (in this case, stop protesting and play football). Kaepernick refuses to comply and chooses to be a martyr, hence his unemployment. Sanchez comes in with a positive attitude and is willing to do what he’s told. That alone makes him more attractive to any team than Kaep. That’s how it works in the real world. Only on Twitter can a person be defiant, break the rules, and be respected.

  26. This happens every year to a hand full of teams. Things go bad and they sort of just give up. The Browns have been doing it for years. Unless ownership freaks out over it very few folks will lose their jobs.

    Jay Cultler on line one. Jay Cutler on Line one.

  27. waldoampere says:
    December 4, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Mark Sanchez should be Exhibit A in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion trial.

    ———

    Why? Did Kaep somehow learn to read a defense in the past two years in which he hasn’t been playing?

  28. Sanchez never recovered from Pete Carroll’s correct assessment before the draft that Sanchez was not ready. Think what you will of Carroll, but he was right then, he is right now because Sanchez wasn’t and isn’t ready.

    Calling Kaepernick on line……Oh, never mind.

  29. I’m just throwing this out there. The other fund aside from the 90 yards resulted in what 1 yard per carry? Seems like the right path to take is to throw the football. Seemed like the success they had on that one play was not likely to occur again. With Sanchez in the game the smart play for the defense is to overload against the run and make them throw it. Is it possible that is actually what happened? I think Gruden is sharp enough to dial up runs if they are likely to result in moving the ball. But hey I’m just a guy.

  30. I’d respect this take more if it wasn’t politically motivated. We get it. You hate the Skins until they change the name and hate them more for who they claimed off waivers. On another note, I do feel the Bengals really are playing the woe-is-me game with their injuries.

    They clearly had a terrible defense this year and were falling apart, but recent injuries to Dalton and Green are getting blamed for the collapse. Every week some no-name player gets thrown on IR to inflate the total injury number.

    Then after the season, the Bengals will release stories on their site, talking about “all the injuries” when they retain Marvin Lewis yet again. It’s sooo frustrating. Write a story about it Florio. Help us Bengals fans.

  31. al1829 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

    What would expect from an organization that welcomes criminals..

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    Tell me where Ruben Foster was convicted of anything other than judgment in the court of public opinion?

  32. This is why the Vikings got rid of him. The occasional home run was not worth the number of drives that he killed with his 1 yard gains and inopportune fumbles.

    There is a reason that no team with Peterson on it has ever made the Super Bowl.

  33. You’re on the right track. But it entails more than just lining up big bodies and give it to AP. They should have been running jet sweeps to both sides. Then faking jet sweeps and running AP inside. Throw in a flea flicker. Maybe a pass option on one of the jet sweeps. Run a QB sneak or two off an AP run fake. Those are the ways to get AP going in a stacked box looking for the run. And to obviously protect yourself from the inevitable when the Butt Fumbler is your QB.

  34. Guys – Mark Sanchez is not “exhibit a” regarding Kap. Sanchez is not going to be a lightening rod of media attention or cause half the fan base to go ballistic. That alone is enough reason to refrain from signing Kap. Add to that Kap hasn’t played in years now. Add to that, he wasn’t good enough to beat out Blaine Gabbert when he was playing 2 years ago. That’s more than enough reason to stay away from him. Especially for the Redskins who have already stepped in a steaming pile of cow manure with the Foster waiver wire claim.

  35. iowanderingwonderer says:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:28 am
    This is why the Vikings got rid of him.

    There is a reason that no team with Peterson on it has ever made the Super Bowl.
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    The Vikings didn’t get rid of him because he couldn’t play or because they believed he was holding them back.

    Dumbest comment I’ve read today. If you think Peterson is the reason the Vikings didn’t go to a SB I want what you have been smoking.

    How many SB do these guys have:
    Barry Sanders
    Ladinian Tomlinson
    Eric Dickerson
    Bo Jackson

    Are they also the reason their teams didn’t ever make a SB?

  36. dirtysouthironmen says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:00 am
    I agree the game plan should have changed, but the multiple cheap shots at Sanchez are unnecessary and show a lack of professionalism.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So is the refusal to call them by their legal name/trademark, and comments like this: “The best organizations (a group that clearly doesn’t include Washington)…”. It used to be a humorous kind of snarky back in the day but now it is vindictive and politically based garbage. I like to think that is due to the political beliefs of the network but it is looking more and more like Florio is just a DB snowflake.

  37. This is basically Jay Gruden being typical Jay Gruden, you have Adrian Peterson even if the defense Stacks the Box you give Adrian Peterson the ball

  38. If there was no threat to run pass the ball with Sanchez then they should be running. Makes no sense. Daring him to throw creates RPO options, but occasionally they should run it to open up the pass poss. If you can’t pass and won’t run wtf are you going to do? Punt?

  39. Offering Kaepernick a contract could test how serious he is about wanting to get back in the NFL. With the condition of the Redskins’ O-line, signing on as their QB would take a lot of guts… or desperation.

  40. Another dumb critical analysis.
    The Skins played the way the game dictated.
    They did NOT abandon the run. They ran to no avail. And passed because runs on first down resulted in losses or no gains.

    And the Peterson 90 yard run only occurred due to lousy Philly defense.

  41. Watch the game tape…that run would have gone for 10-11yds if Grugier-Hill wasn’t held. Joke.

    Skins are cooked.

    But, I will say I was impressed with AP’s deep speed…or dare I say, un-impressed with the clown show corners that are the Iggles’ secondary.

  42. I’m no fan of the current Skins regime or their personnel decisions, but saying “The best organizations never allows [sic] excuses to be made” is wrong. Every organization, when hit by injuries, will blandly recite that “injuries are no excuse” and then talk about the challenges injuries present – and rightfully so because injuries DO affect teams. No one can expect players that were sitting around for months to be signed, come in and play at a real NFL level, much less on a week’s notice.

    And while I don’t think Gruden is great shakes as a HC, he’s a lot more qualified to make decisions than someone who sits behind a computer or microphone.

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