Jun 17, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs with the ball at practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson On Leslie Frazier: ‘A Lot Of Guys Can’t Respond To Him’


Tom Pelissero has a nice Q&A with Adrian Peterson up this morning on USA Today. Topics covered include the current state of the Vikings (“stable” according to Peterson), how it feels being the old guy in the room (he doesn’t seem too bothered) and that whole LeSean McCoy thing (he gets why LeSean said what he said).

And, Leslie Frazier comes up too. I found Peterson’s take on Frazier kind of interesting. I wouldn’t say Peterson throws Frazier under the bus, exactly, but…this is what he told Pelissero when asked about the higher volume level under Mike Zimmer and whether it’s better to have a coach who gets on guys than one who leads quietly like Frazier:

Yeah, it is. When you think about little league football, high school and even on to college even more so, you’re dealing with a lot of guys that are prideful, that think they’re the best, a lot of alpha males. So, typically, you’ve got to have a guy that can control those guys and, when he talks, they know he means business. He’s a serious guy. A lot of guys are so used to that, because that’s what they grow up on. Me personally, I could play for a guy like Coach Frazier and go out and still give 110 percent. A lot of guys can’t respond to him.

Peterson says Brad Childress could get fiery at times as well, but with the new regime it’s not just the head coach raising the volume, it’s the entire staff across the board. Peterson seems to believe that the Zimmer approach is a good thing, that players aren’t bothered by having the coaches in their face and are actually enjoying it.

That’s easy to say now, but will guys still be having fun with the Zimmer approach when it’s halfway through the season and they’re not getting the results? Losing has a way of making good relationships go sour.

How long will the honeymoon last between fiery Zim and his so-far eagerly receptive players? We shall see.

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  • Bob T

    when its halfway through the season and they’re not getting results? LOSING has a way of making good relationships go sour? I hope your getting paid by the number of posts, because you get that. Wow.

  • Jake

    I don’t think Zinski is actually a Viking fan. I think he’s just some dumbass who got the job. No real fan of the team would be talking about them having a losing season at this point in the year.

  • Daniel Laxen

    Look this guy has his take on what the Vikings should or shouldn’t do. I try to respect that. Few people agree with everyone and when I see what they post it makes me queasy, to say the least…If this guy gets you pissed off, then that’s what he’s trying to do. It inspires debate, even if that debate is about his comments…He’s correct in one aspect. If the Vikings blow again, and the coach that is demonstrative and vocal, he can lose a locker room pretty fast. People will tune him out. Right now the players have to buy in to his plan. If that plan turns out to be 1-7, or some ridiculously bad start it could be problematic to get those guys to believe…I for one am ready to see Teddy take the reins, as soon as he’s judged ready to go…

    • MikeH123

      True for some of his articles but the negativity seems to come out of nowhere in this article.

    • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

      I disagree, they won’t tune him out. It will get under their skin even more, and if they are fighters they will fight back, If they are cowards then they will Rebel, and they don’t belong on the team. This isn’t about making everyone happy. It’s about getting fired up and winning games!

  • Fro Buntu

    Dan Zink articles format:

    1st: Info from another website about the vikings
    2nd part: Summary of more info from a 3rd party website
    3rd , last part: Baseless hate and skepticism.

    I’ve only read 4 or 5 of his articles and i’ve gotten to the point i can pretty much guess all he’s going to say from the title of the article

  • Bob T

    I think the guys that really want to win will always understand the philosophy behind the shouting of Edwards, Turner and Zimmer. IMO, the calmer style may leave a question mark in the minds of the players searching to reach a larger goal. I believe the staff will be equally verbal over a pick 6 or a we fooled them there for 6 on offense. Not just a head nod or half assed fist pump. The tougher the practices, the easier the game. SKOL VIKINGS

  • Cool Jack

    Come on Dan…I was on your side for half the article…..lets get positive….new staff,new players,new stadium,new hope for the loyal Viking fans……you write like this stuff is going to happen….well it hasn’t so today is a new day ….you can join the critical bandwagon when it goes south,……..!