Insider: Peterson is best story in football

Posted Nov. 25, 2012 @ 6:06 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity:

• “Watching how Adrian Peterson has worked his butt off to get back to where he is — gutting it out at the beginning of the year to get to the bye week. He’s the best story in football. It’s always been an attitude with him. It’s a mentality. He’s unrelenting. It is a nightmare for defenses to account for. … (QB Christian) Ponder has hit the wall. There’s no consistency week to week.”

• “The name that floors me hearing it come up for the Carolina (GM) job is (Ravens senior personnel assistant) George Kokinis. Could things have gone much worse than they did when he was in Cleveland? You tell me how many GMs have failed somewhere and gone on to have success somewhere else. What are the odds on regurgitated GMs? If you do the research, you’ll find out it’s not very good. … I think Baltimore would just like to clear him out of the building — you’d be surprised how often that happens in the league. The guys getting recommended for these jobs are not the best candidates in the building. Most GMs I know want to keep their best people hidden. They recommend the greatest threats out of insecurity and  promote people they want to lose.”

• “(Former NFL executive) Mike Lombardi looks like he lost 30 pounds, and he is quiet as a mouse right now. That tells me something. … When he left Cleveland years ago, he was a hated man. Time heals all wounds. He was a young guy when he was (in Cleveland), and he caught the brunt of the heat because they moved the team. He is not the black sheep he has been made out to be … Mike is very creative, but if you give him too much power, he can go crazy.”

• “The problem with (former Raiders LB) Aaron Curry is that he was a strong-side linebacker who couldn’t rush the passer. There’s not a lot of value there. I still think he could be good on the weak side if he could stay healthy.”

• “I’m surprised the Bears have not tried (ORT Gabe) Carimi at left tackle. That’s what he played at Wisconsin. Chris Williams looked better than Carimi at right tackle, and Williams had to be bailed out from playing on the outside. He couldn’t get it done at tackle or guard.

• “I’ve heard talk about (Eagles GM) Howie Roseman already meeting with (Oregon head coach) Chip Kelly. Obviously, there are no rules preventing a GM from talking to a college coach during a (school) visit.  I think San Diego would be a better fit for Kelly, myself. The run-and-shoot (scheme) worked at first back in the 1990s, and the Lions drafted Andre Ware and were plucking players to run it. NFL staffs were pulling out all the stops to figure out how to stop it, and once they did, it fell hard and hasn’t worked since. If you want the blueprint for how to stop Kelly in the NFL, watch the Stanford game. I guarantee you NFL coaches are calling up (Stanford head coach David) Shaw and saying, ‘Send me that tape.’ With Oregon’s running game trickling to the NFL, (NFL coaches) need to snuff it out.”

• “The problem with a lot of players that come into the league is that they have been the best player on their team since they started playing the game. They have been babied all their lives at every level. Players need to be held accountable. What you see at places that are winning right now are coaches and GMs that are willing to take some chances on talent with issues. The important thing is — they stay on them, manage them and help them develop or move on.”

• “(Chiefs QB) Brady Quinn’s problems are that, No. 1, he is not accurate, and, No. 2, he does not take chances. He plays it too safe. The game does not come natural to him. He does not have pure football intelligence. I think he lacks true confidence. I don’t think he’ll ever be able to carry an offense.”