In an effort to stray away from all of the "shocking" news about Harvin being placed on IR, and after watching a clip from yesterday's "A Football Life: Barry Sanders", I got to thinking about Adrian's place. Our very own Adrian's place on the list of the best RB's to play the game. On a bit of an aside for all those who are upset about us placing Harvin on IR, we weren't going to the playoffs this year. I think the Vikings coaching staff, (as sad as it is to say) knew that. Had we been 8-4 or 9-3 going into this week. I think they reconsider it and give Harvin a few more weeks, or as much time as he needed to get his ankle right. But with being 6-6 and having the toughest slate of games remaining in the NFL with the only person on offense really bringing his all every single game, we are out of the conversation. We're not mathematically eliminated yet and we wouldn't be for the next few weeks. But seeing the kinds of games Ponder has been putting together (or lack thereof), it was the right move.
Now most of you, and probably rightfully so, think that this post is extremely premature, seeing as Adrian is only in his 6th year out of Oklahoma, and he, by God, has a lot of football left to be played. But when you think of how Barry went out, in his prime as most considered, and how the direction of the Detroit Lions organization led him to that decision, you really have to think about the direction of ours in the same light if you will. It makes you wonder when, or if he too would make the decision to walk away. In my opinion we are still 1 to 2 years away from being a legitimate playoff contender. Or Adrian's 8th or 9th season, respectively. Yes he is a cyborg, and be that as it may, should our mediocrity at QB continue, we will be even farther away until we pull the plug on Ponder. We all remember what this team accomplished with Brett Favre but some (or one as of now) of our key playmakers have really made it clear that they don't want to play for a team that can't win. We CAN win. We've shown the ability to make good plays. But not good plays consistently. Hats off to our defense this year, the offense is simply not picking up any yardage through the air. The Vikings WR's and more appropriately Ponder or Musgrave just refuse to win. Do they want to win? Of course. But when you aren't putting together a cohesive gameplan or executing properly, as judged by Ponder's two daggers in the red-zone last week, even on top of Mr.Cyborg's huge day. Little things like that can just kill you, and they have. But, I've got a bad feeling about Harvin leaving this team. Should that be the case, we still need playmakers at the WR spot and we have GOT to stop kidding ourselves with stop-gap players. (Berrian, Carlson, Simpson). This is ALL in correlation to my main topic, because now it just seems like I'm rambling.
My question to ALL of you, is where is Peterson's place right now on the list of best RB's to ever play the game? With spectacular backs leading the way in the likes of Payton, Smith, Brown, and Sanders among others, I think he definitely has to be in the top 10 or even the top 5 when he finally hangs it up. But watching the Sanders spot really showed how a teams inability to win football games can just suck the life right out of you. We know what our offense looked like with a good QB. And our offensive line has opened up holes for Peterson to run, and he's running himself on pace for a career year. I just hope that for his sake, that he isn't quick to retire without getting the ring he deserves. This man deserves a Super Bowl. Whether it be here, or any other team. In the next few seasons, we've got to come together as a team and make it happen. Once Peterson is done, we probably won't have another game changing RB playing for our team, maybe in my lifetime. In my opinion Peterson is number 5 behind all of the other game changers I mentioned above. I don't write many articles on here much anymore, but this has been stuck on my mind. Thanks fellow norsemen. SKOL.