As the Minnesota Vikings prepare for a very different meeting with the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers this week, quarterback Christian Ponder has been under some scrutiny for his play in week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. Trying to move forward toward this coming week’s game is running back Adrian Peterson.
In a recent interview with Fox Sports, Peterson was asked about his support of Ponder and offered the following words:
“I actually have confidence in Christian Ponder,” Peterson said. He then went on to talk about how he could have helped his team more so than he did last week.
“I don’t feel like last week I was as consistent as I needed to be, but it doesn’t show up as much because I’m not throwing the ball 30 times,” Peterson said. “When you’re inconsistent at quarterback and you get it picked off, that stuff gets highlighted. As a running back, when you miss a hole, it gets overlooked at times. I’m not as critical of the quarterback position because I know how much comes with it and I know how much scrutiny comes with it and how they are viewed in the public eye.”
Wow. What an impressive and humble passage there by Peterson. One of the league’s best, and probably already a top back of all time, Peterson has all the right in the world to be upset with his quarterback’s play.
But what does he do instead?
He points out his own faults and areas he can improve upon, assuring us all that there are indeed times where he makes mistakes. As the Vikings get ready to take on the Packers in a season much different from last year, Peterson knows that all it’s about now is staying competitive and showing your passion for winning and for the game.
“One thing that hasn’t been lost is the will to win,” Peterson said. “Even though we don’t have a lot of W’s, guys are out there and we’re playing football. We’re out there competing, and we believe in what Coach Frazier has to say.”