"Patience" Is the Word That Adrian Peterson Must Ignore Next Season

Dave SmithCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 18:  Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a tackle on running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings on first and goal from the two in the fourth quarter during NFL action at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 18, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Ravens 33-31.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I expect to get a lot of controversy on this subject. I'm well aware that most football experts think that running back's should be patient and I'm addressing why it has changed Peterson into a completely different running back.

After his rookie season, Peterson admitted that he didn't really know what he was doing. What he would do is run to where the hole was set up and decide whether it was there or not.

Whenever there was a hole, he would obviously use it and run for decent yardage. Whenever there wasn't a hole, he would find a gap or take off around the line and "Run to daylight."

That's the running back that we need to see. The running back that broke the single game rushing record and tore up the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Instead, our coach Brad Childress would repeat after every game whether Peterson was good or bad, "He needs to be more patient."

I don't blame Childress for trying to be a coach and help a player out, but what I do blame him for is working on the best running back in the league at the time, who was setting records and helping Childress keep his job.

So after Peterson's two seasons, it was goodbye homerun hitting running back and hello average patient running back.

He no longer would take the ball around the line for a big gain. Instead he would run through the hole with a gap and get a decent five to 10 yards at best or he would run through the hole with nothing there, chop his feet until someone took him down for a loss or no gain.

That's how being patient has affected him. We haven't seen the same back since week one of the last season. This isn't his fault for listening to his coach and his critics.

The only thing I can blame him for is fumbling the ball. This is what they can help him out on. His problem is that he doesn't cover the points when he runs the ball and he always runs the ball in his right hand no matter what.

If I were coaching Peterson, I would tell him to run the way he did when he broke the record. If he started fumbling, I would not get in his head every play and have him worrying about doing something wrong. I would just simply say cover the points on this football and run the way you want.

Without NFL coaching Peterson would be the best to ever play the game. He wouldn't have to worry about the average football mind criticizing him about "patience."

To finish off, all I have to say is good luck Peterson and hope you never hear the word "patience" ever again.


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