Opposing Defenses Do Not Want to See Adrian Peterson Join Aaron Rodgers
From Brian E Murphy, Packers Insider Senior Editor
~Forget the pundits who say “Adrian Peterson’s running style is a bad fit with the Packers’ offense.”
This is nonsense.
Anyone who says that fails to realize that the “styles” of running between Eddie Lacy and Ty Montgomery, Christine Michael and James Starks are dramatically different.
What matters most is this: What does it do to the overall offense, and what do all the opposing defenses do to defend against it?
Starks and Lacy are somewhat similar to Peterson in their running style. Starks has terrible hands.
Michael can’t remember his assignments. And Montgomery is a wide receiver now playing running back, and doing a fine job. But he’s not a workhorse. He never has been, and he never will be. Most aren’t.
Michael was just re-signed, but his deal is a cheap one and he’s not expected to be the main man.
Peterson would be “the man”. And the defenses do not want to see him lining up in a green number 28 jersey, behind the best quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers. You don’t believe that? Ask the Bears’ and Lions’ linebackers and defensive backs.
Some armchair quarterbacks are saying that “Peterson sucks now”.
“Did you see him last year in Minnesota? He was terrible!”
Well, did you see their offensive line? Did you review the film and see the blocking? Did you notice the Vikings have let 3/5th of that offensive line go?
Did you notice the eight and nine-man fronts constantly gearing up to stop Peterson?
Do you think those defenses feared and game-planned for Sam Bradford (and Teddy Bridgewater before him) like those defenses would with Aaron Rodgers at QB? No. Defenses against those Vikings had 11 guys with their eyes and mind on #28 anytime he lined up behind the QB.
With Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb all showing they are capable of making long catches, and now tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks brought aboard, the defense has to pick their poison.
Adrian Peterson still commands the respect of every defense.
With that respect comes choices to be made. If they move some defensive backs and linebackers up too much, Nelson and Bennett are going to make them pay by running past them. Or Cobb or Adams.
If those defenses worry about Nelson, Adams, Cobb and Bennett too much, Peterson will find more space than he’s seen in years, and pound them.
Peyton Manning won his last (his second) Super Bowl behind a good running game. So did John Elway. Brett Favre should have won his second Super Bowl with Peterson leading the way. Last year, Tom Brady had running back LeGarrette Blount scoring 15 touchdowns with his bruising running style. Remember, Blount had been thrown out, given away by a few teams before the Patriots brought him on board.
Marshawn Lynch, Jerome Bettis, and Marshall Faulk won Super Bowls with their second NFL teams.
How fitting would it be for the Packers to take a play out of the Vikings playbook, and sign the former Viking, and win the Super Bowl this season? Remember, the Super Bowl is in the Vikings beautiful new Stadium. And remember, they have still never won a single Super Bowl.
If Peterson gets one in his first year in the enemy uniform, in their stadium, that would be the ultimate salt-in-the-wound for Grape Ape Nation.
Ted Thompson, please do it. The possible upside is well worth the risk.