USAToday- Peterson, whose glare at Saints coach Sean Payton during Monday night's game against the Vikings became one of the viral images of the first week, said he thought he would be used more than he was in the opener.
"I didn't sign up for nine snaps, though," Peterson told reporters Thursday. "But unfortunately that's the way the game played out. In my mind, personally, I knew it was gonna take some adjusting. You know, me and Mark (Ingram) played in the last preseason game, and AK (rookie running back Alvin Kamara) didn't even play that game. So with all three of us being out there, I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted."
As far as the stare at Payton, Peterson said the moment was overblown.
"It was definitely overdramatized," Peterson said. "Of course, with the heat of the game, me being back in Minnesota and things like that, just catching that look – that intense look on my face, like I had – I actually got some laughs out of some of the memes that were made."
Whew, what a relief! I don't know about you, but I couldn't even sense the ittiest-bittiest hint of resentment in that answer. I mean, can you imagine if that contentious moment between an aging player and his head coach of less than one half was a bad sign of things to come? Obviously it wasn't the greatest visual in the world, but - with a defense that had 'Captain Checkdown' boldly emptying the chamber like he was the love child of Yosemite Sam and Brett Favre - I can't imagine that the Saints will end up in a similar position where carries become scarce.
As far as I am concerned, Adrian Peterson voicing his frustration an hour into the season was just a one-off. An example of the moment getting the best of him while facing the team that cast him aside on primetime television. Yup. Definitely, definitely not a glimpse at the conscious effort that is required to appease three deserving running backs when that is one of the few positions on the team that is too damn talented to require a high level of maintenance. I'm sure the 1,000 yard rusher coming off a career year and the first ballot HOFer totally understand that it was just the unfortunate, temporary circumstances of being a pretty bad team that looks destined to do a lot of playing from behind that had them getting easily out-snapped by a rookie. I can't possibly foresee another scenario in which the snaps become sporadic and Mark Ingram and/or Adrian Peterson are unable to push their competitive spirit to the side.
In all seriously, I have no choice but to come clean and admit that I was in favor of the addition of Adrian Peterson when it happened. Unfortunately, that's when my view was of Sean Payton as an offensive genius that always gets the most out of his players, and before I failed to take notice of the steaming pile of crap I was stepping into on Monday night. I'm not ready to toss AD on the trading block after all of six carries, but if that game was a courtesy to the flushing of another season down the toilet then I'm a hell of a lot more worried about the state of the backfield swirling into a shit storm. I do think that the sideline situation was wildly overblown (though the spite in the eyes of the person responsible for it was absolutely not), and I still think the running back rotation has the potential to work in the team's favor. However, I'm far less optimistic after watching it return nothing other than a viral distraction during yet another Week 1 disaster...