Childress puts Peterson's fumbling into perspective

Posted Feb. 27, 2010 @ 8:52 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

When asked about his star player's fumbling problems, Vikings head coach Brad Childress wasn't about to deny its existence. But when talking about RB Adrian Peterson, Childress took a measured approach and said it's important to look at what Peterson has done to date and how he'll try to improve going forward. "It's still part of our offseason study," Childress said. "We know that there's been a lot said. I'm not going to discourage that guy from running the ball with the style that he runs the football with. I'm not attempting to take his spirit or take his heart or any of those things. It's easy to compare him to Walter Payton, who fumbled once every 22½ times he carried the football in his first three years, whereas an Adrian is a once every 44½ times. I know we're living in 2010 right now and we're just off a heartbreaking fumble here or there during the season. He's a good enough athlete and we're good enough coaches that we'll look at him and do what we can to rectify it. Usually when he sets his mind to something, he's pretty good at taking care of that business."

 

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