LaDainian Tomlinson is Not Wrong About Adrian Peterson

I’m not sure if LaDainian Tomlinson‘s remarks about Adrian Peterson actually qualify as controversial, but they do certainly qualify as interesting.  Case you missed it, here’s what LT had to say about AD:

Jim Brown was telling Peterson he’s the best runner he’d seen in a long time. I was sitting there reading it thinking, “Wow.” The difference with me is you can put me out on that field and there will be nothing I can’t do. I won’t have to come off the field. Adrian has to come off sometimes on third down. Running routes, he’s still not there yet. Great downhill runner, powerful, fast, all that stuff. … But anything on that field you want me to do — throw it, block — I can do it. That’s what I pride myself on is not having any weaknesses. And that’s what makes me the best back.

Horn-tooting aside – I guess LT figures he has to do it himself, since no one wants to do it for him – tell me what’s wrong with what Tomlinson said?

I say there’s nothing wrong with it.  I say he’s right about AD being lacking in certain departments, especially the blocking department.  And I think at least one guy – Brett Favre – agrees with Tomlinson and other people’s negative assessments of Peterson’s pass-protecting skills, especially after AD missed a block Monday night and caused Brett to have to hit the deck.

If Peterson doesn’t get better in that department, Brett is going to get even more negative about it, perhaps to Peterson’s face.  And we are going to see even more of Chester Taylor, who may not be as sick a straight-up runner as Adrian, but is definitely a more well-rounded player.

It’s Adrian’s third season in the league.  It’s time for him to fill in the missing pieces of his game and become not just the #1 fantasy football player, but the #1 player in the real world, where people care about wins and not fantasy points.

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Topics: Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Jim Brown, Ladainian Tomlinson, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Jim

    I guess if LT could stay healthy long enough to complete a season, then he could argue, but he always lets his team down when they need him most. He is way too much of an injury liability to be considered a great back, the season lasts 16 games….sorry LT.

  • drew

    thanks jesus for you, completely right.

  • John

    Clearly AD does need to work on some things, but the original comment said ‘the best runner’ and not the ‘best overall RB’. No one competes with AD for best runner, but he is not the best complete back….yet.

  • jeff

    With Jimmy K. out with a hand injury and no blocking tightend for him, its a perfect time for LT to make the equation.
    Maybe some day LT can run up and down the field and make Adrian look bad, but I wont waste my time waiting.

  • Brady

    LT went eight seasons without missing a game, if thats not durability the wat is? he didnt actually start wearing down and getting hurt until the end of his eigth season, but peterson came into the league with a lingering collarbane injury from that “freak” endzone accident in college, hahaha
    not to mention he’s gotten hurt twice since then
    get your facts straight, jeez

  • Lou

    i have to agree with John, adrian is a better runner…… but LT is the better “overall RB” in the game. yet adrian is young and will probably surpass LT this year or in a few years

  • Hosway

    There’s only one thing I have to say to LT, just shut up, be quiet, sip it. Okay that’s three. But you get the point, this is very sad especially coming from LT. It seems to me like he’s bitter, for not being able to help his team when they needed him the most(In the playoffs) and he’s the only one to blame. LT was great, key word “was”, past tense, AD is great, present tense. Just stop with the hate and give honor where honor is deserve