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Mike Zimmer blows off Adrian Peterson’s ‘outcoached’ comments

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer made it clear he doesn’t put much stock in Adrian Peterson’s critical comments on how the team was “outcoached” in Sunday’s 38-7 thrashing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.

In fact, Zimmer indicated he really doesn’t care much about what anyone has to say about anything.

“I don’t really worry about other people’s opinions,” he said, via the Pioneer Press. “I just worry about what I think.”

The lopsided nature of the game — one in which the Vikings found themselves down 21-0 at halftime — resulted in Peterson carrying the ball only 8 times for 18 yards. When asked if the team should have remained committed to the running game despite the score, Zimmer bluntly stated, “Probably should.”

Peterson made his comments in shortly after the demoralizing loss.

“Give credit to Seattle,” he said, via the Star Tribune. “They did a good job coming in and forcing us to do things differently, and they were just a better team. They were more aggressive, played more physical and they outcoached us as well.”

Peterson seemingly spread the blame around, including crediting the Seahawks and blaming the players. But this isn’t the first time the running back has expressed frustration with the game plan and/or coaching staff in the wake of a loss.

Following Minnesota’s stunning loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, Peterson felt compelled to say the “reset button has been pressed” after reports indicated he was uncomfortable rushing out of the shotgun-heavy scheme favored early on this season by offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Despite the loss Sunday, the Vikings nevertheless sit at 8-4 and control their own destiny as it relates to a playoff berth. But it must be concerning to the team that whenever it faces an upper-echelon opponent, the team mostly has failed to show up. This includes an ugly loss to the Green Bay Packers a few weeks ago as well as the blowout Sunday.

If the Vikings hope to prove themselves to be legitimate contenders, the team better put on a great performance against the formidable Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.