Adrian Peterson: "I'm passionate but respect my coach"

Adrian “All Day” Peterson’s homecoming in Minnesota on Monday Night Football was spoiled with a 29-19 loss in the Minneapple.

Making his much anticipated debut with the New Orleans Saints opening day against the team he was drafted and spent 10 years as a professional running back for, Peterson didn’t have the night he thought he would. The man who said he wanted to “stick it to” the Minnesota Vikings was limited to six carries for 18 yards receiving minimal playing time with Saints head coach Sean Payton sidelining him most of the game.

Cameras captured Peterson talking up to Payton on the sideline in what some speculated as a heated exchange.

ESPN chimed in on the situation as well to spark controversy and mocking Peterson’s claim to keep that situation confidential.

After the tweet, Peterson set the record straight by responding to ESPN’s tweet.

“Let’s be clear…I said we need to run the ball up their Donkey. Nothing more. I’m passionate but respect my coach at the same time,” Peterson tweeted Monday night.

Payton confirmed this as well during the postgame press conference.

“We weren’t in any heated exchange,” Payton said about Peterson. “Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, why don’t you ask him?…None that I can recall.”

Moving on through the season Payton is hopeful they will have a better running balance than showcased in week one, saying being down three possessions in the fourth quarter made them one dimensional.

“It’s kind of a catch 22 here, we have a short week and there’s some glaring things that need to be seen so before we just turn the page to New England we have to look at some things on tape from this game,” Payton said.

One of those things may be getting Peterson and running back Mark Ingram more involved in the gameplan.

Gino Terrell

Gino Terrell

Gino Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN number 1 newspaper), KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists (most notable: NABJ Student Journalist of the Year) and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul). He was once the sports editor for The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026
  • Richard Huang

    Yeah. The RB situation is weird in New Orleans.

    • Gino Terrell

      Agreed. If they just limit it to AD and Mark Ingram I think it can work. But a third option for a team that typically likes to pass is too much especially when they have a really good 1-2 punch at RB.

      • Richard Huang

        They need another WR. I dunno if it’s a great idea, but trading for Shepard or Marshall could be an option if the Giants can’t get their offense together.

        • Gino Terrell

          I think that would work. Trading Adrian Peterson for Brandon Marshall 1 on 1 would be a great trade for both teams. I’m a fan of both and would like to see them on the same team, but in terms of gameplanning it seams (it is only week 1) that Marshall not a good fit for Giants (few targets in opener and only 1 catch) and AD doesn’t get the carries he needs in NOLA. AD in NY, B-Marsh in NOLA…that could be a win-win.