Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson Is Also Impressed By Complexity Of New Offense


Greg Jennings said Wednesday that Norv Turner’s new offense was so complex it was enough to make your head spin.

At the same time strongly implying that Bill Musgrave‘s offense did not tax the players’ brain cells quite as much.

Adrian Peterson talked about Norv’s system on Thursday, and he seems equally bewildered by its complicated, non-Musgrave nature.

The analogy Peterson drew is bizarre and I don’t quite understand it, but at the same time it makes Turner’s offense sound very impressive.

Per Tom Pelissero, Peterson said learning Norv’s system is like “performing heart surgery without having the license to do so.”

Peterson and Jennings, these guys aren’t exactly kids. They’ve played for multiple coaches over the years, in multiple systems. They’ve seen a lot of stuff.

And they both are clearly a little overwhelmed by the amount of information Norv’s system requires them to digest.

This is good news, I guess, for people who thought Bill Musgrave’s offense was way too simple and predictable.

The advantages of a complicated offense are obvious. The more formations and plays and variations of plays the players learn, the more things you will have to throw at a defense. The more adjustments you will be able to make over the course of a game. The more good match-ups you will be able to create.

The downside is that you need players who are smart and disciplined enough to run the offense. Peterson and Jennings should be fine, but do we know about all the other guys on the team?

Time will tell.

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  • Gregg Z

    I take AD’s analogy to mean “We are running this offense but we have not yet been properly trained to do so.” Hopefully we get the analogy that means he is up to speed soon “the dog is barking at midnight with a bag of Popcorn” or something equally confusing.

  • Skolviking75

    Thank you Bill Musgrave for letting the offense order off the kids’ menu these last three seasons. Now we can see how an actual offense is supposed to be run.

    • Bjorn Lestrud

      hahahahaha – awesome

  • Stryker

    So that explains why the offense and defense never adjusted in the 2nd half of games over the last couple of years. There was nothing to adjust to. I’m so glad we have a new coaching staff. Looking forward to a great winning season. Skol Vikings!!!!!

  • William Holz

    It’s really weird seeing support for what a lot of us believed (that Musgrave’s offensive system was really subpar) but all these other articles pushing for us to take a QB with pick 8.

    I’d argue that it’s very possible that a number of our players (yes, even Ponder) were poorly served by the old system and because of this many are making a lot of assumptions about player quality that are just as likely to be COACH quality issues.

    If there’s a draft where we should trade down or go for BPA . . this is the one.

    • Cool Jack

      Great commentary on the coaching issues I believe the Vikings were missing…which also says alot about former advisers (Bud Grant) using good wisdom and holding his tounge…A motivational coach and OC that we have now will increase the players talent exponetionally…(Thanks Spock)…I love being a Viking fan on crazzy Dan Zalinsky”s web page and I appreciate all the loyal fans who also share my thoughts..