Adrian Peterson Is Also Impressed By Complexity Of New Offense


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

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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