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07:30 AM ET 01.17 | Before the Vikings fired Leslie Frazier, running back Adrian Peterson was among the coach's most ardent supporters, and that appears not to have changed. [Peterson] planned to talk to ownership about his desire for Frazier to remain in charge. Peterson got a chance to do that in a brief conversation before Frazier was fired, he told ESPN.com on Wednesday, but he quickly knew his input wasn't going to steer the Vikings' decision-makers in a different direction. ... "Trust me, I'm watching. I'm watching to see exactly what we're doing, just to see exactly what direction we're headed in," Peterson said. "I've been keeping my eyes open with the head coach; I knew he was probably the guy they were going to go with. It wasn't too much of a surprise. I've been watching for the coordinators."

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January 17, 2014  07:34 AM ET

Did he suddenly just pull his head out of his --- about being critical???? Whatever..but they are getting some good coaches in place now.

January 17, 2014  07:43 AM ET

Don't worry AP .........the Master Zimms is the coach now, things will change with his Forrest Gregg attidude.......the past coach's you had where just stand-ins inmitating a head coach.

January 17, 2014  07:54 AM ET

Talk to Emmitt Smith, AP.


You're gonna love Norv Turner.

January 17, 2014  08:14 AM ET

Change is good, I believe the coaching staff being assembled will have a more positive result. Norv Turner is a great offensive coach and Zimmers will put all the necessary pieces into place on the defensive side of the field. The receivers will have a field day if teams stack the box against Peterson and as a result Peterson will have a more discipline offense to operate within. However, the Vikings need to find a running back that can take some of the carries away from Peterson allowing Peterson to extend his career and be more fresh at end of games where he can have more of an impact, Norv does that well.

January 17, 2014  08:25 AM ET

This change may be what keeps him in MN.

January 17, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Talk to Emmitt Smith, AP. You're gonna love Norv Turner.

So if Norv loves AP and AP falls in love with Norv.
Does that mean they'll do some Pondering together?

Awesome puns aside, AP is looking for the championship, unless the Vikes have a good couple of years in the draft and FA (and I don't see many pieces dropping their way or even being available where they need them) then AP will need to look for another franchise to get him it.

January 17, 2014  08:42 AM ET

You've got to admit, All Day, that Frazier didn't bring you a championship, and the Vikes have been drifting further from the playoffs every year.

Friendship is nice, but it's about winning.

January 17, 2014  08:51 AM ET

AP is under contract for the next 4 years. Made a mistake with this one = 7yrs 100mil -36mil guaranteed. I think he'll try to get trading in the next two years if Minny is still stuck on stupid.

January 17, 2014  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You've got to admit, All Day, that Frazier didn't bring you a championship, and the Vikes have been drifting further from the playoffs every year.Friendship is nice, but it's about winning.

I'd probably axe the GM over Frazier. He's let all notable defensive players leave over the years and the only notable aquisitions I can think of over the past 5 years have been Greg Jennings Owho wanted revenge against the Pack as well as money), Jared Allen (wanted a strong interior line that utilized his 4-3 capabilities) and Steve Hutchinson (paid).
Compare that to the loss of Darren Sharper, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, (CB I can't remember who retired after being cut by seattle this offseason), Bryant McKinnie and Matt Birk who have all gone on towards individual success (expect for Percy-too early to say). I'm sure there are more and I'm excluding drafted players as they're forced to sign with them.
Points being Frazier can only make lemon juice from lemons, if you want fruit punch you got to get the fruits.

January 17, 2014  09:20 AM ET

The Vikings played in the 2012 NFC playoffs and with a new signal caller and a little help on defense by the way of free agency or draft picks they could be right back there in 14.

January 17, 2014  09:24 AM ET

*Traded

January 17, 2014  09:44 AM ET

They really gotta fix their QB issue ASAP. They might get lucky in the draft who knows but until they they are toast.

January 17, 2014  09:54 AM ET

"A.P. getting critical of the Vikes"

A.P. should **** ... otherwise he might find himself N.P. (Not Playing).

January 17, 2014  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Did he suddenly just pull his head out of his --- about being critical???? Whatever..but they are getting some good coaches in place now.

But they are planning on hiring Norval who has a rep for being a good OC, undeserved IMO lately. He never made good use of LT (at least not as good as others). And his insistence on the vertical passing game even when he doesn't have the receivers to make it work was harmful to Rivers at the end of his reign in SD. I don't think AP will be happy with him as OC.

January 17, 2014  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

But they are planning on hiring Norval who has a rep for being a good OC, undeserved IMO lately. He never made good use of LT (at least not as good as others). And his insistence on the vertical passing game even when he doesn't have the receivers to make it work was harmful to Rivers at the end of his reign in SD. I don't think AP will be happy with him as OC.

Norv's true unspoken role in the league is developing young QB's. He basically helps young QB's understand the game more and take them from being a crap player, to a slightly above average one. That's what his role has always been. He'll only be with the team this season until the Vikes find a coach they really love to take the reigns of the franchise.

January 17, 2014  10:40 AM ET

AD's feelings were hurt when hid buddy got canned.

He'll forget about it once he meets Norv Turner (you'll notice AD never has commented on former OC Bill Musgrave).

January 17, 2014  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Norv's true unspoken role in the league is developing young QB's. He basically helps young QB's understand the game more and take them from being a crap player, to a slightly above average one. That's what his role has always been. He'll only be with the team this season until the Vikes find a coach they really love to take the reigns of the franchise.

Take the reigns of the franchise? He's OC, not HC or GM. Crack is whack, dude.

January 17, 2014  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

AD's feelings were hurt when hid buddy got canned.He'll forget about it once he meets Norv Turner (you'll notice AD never has commented on former OC Bill Musgrave).

I'm not sold on Norv being good for the Vikings offense.
I think Matt Cassel is their best option next season (keep Freeman as a backup while he learns the system) and he doesn't suit Norvs style of downfield passing (though he did have a wicked throw to Greg Jennings toward the end of last season) and AP might be disappointed to learn he'll be running without Jerome Felton on 60% of his runs.

January 17, 2014  11:01 AM ET

What took so long?

 
January 17, 2014  12:27 PM ET

Man...I hate those purple pants.

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