Adrian Peterson on disappointing loss: ‘Reset button has been pressed’
Adrian Peterson says he has let go all the anger that arose in the wake of the Minnesota Vikings’ humiliating 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in front of a national audience Monday night. And by doing so, he has a refreshed perspective on what he needs to do to improve upon his inauspicious return to NFL action after a year away.
Peterson admitted he was extremely frustrated in the days after the game — “I had those wrinkles all day yesterday,” he said — but indicated he’s already turned the page and moved on after being used so sparingly in the loss. After all, no one expected Peterson to gain only 31 yards on 10 carries in his first game back. But all that’s in the past, says Peterson.
“Yeah, the reset button has been pressed,” he said.
Peterson may be citing how he mentioned after the game he felt uncomfortable rushing out of the shotgun-heavy scheme favored by offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Peterson has since expressed faith in Turner and said he can adapt.
“It comes down to making sure that your alignment is right, you’re being patient, you’re reading it quickly and you’re responding quickly as well,” Peterson said Thursday. “We’ve been getting a lot of reps in the gun since OTAs and I think we’ll continue to get these looks in the game, in live action. So we’ll just be able to improve as a unit, being on the same page.”
Peterson also indicated that despite the small sample size, he did some good things when he did carry the ball, saying it “felt like it was just an OK job.”
The Vikings obviously need a productive Peterson to take some pressure off Teddy Bridgewater, who looked hurried and anxious — and as a result, erratic — on Monday night, something even the quarterback acknowledged.
Considered a trendy pick to reach the postseason, the Vikings will have to rely heavily upon a hungry Peterson in the backfield for any chance at success. And if he can replicate his numbers from season’s past, perhaps all is not lost in Minnesota just yet.