Fumblicious is my new name for Adrian Peterson, but I’m not the only one that thinks the guy needs to change the way he carries the ball. Peterson had plenty of wake up calls this year, and plenty of fumbles that should have told him carrying the ball like a cardigan sweater just wasn’t going to cut it when it came time for the NFC championship game. Many folks have chatted about Peterson’s ball handling skills, but Tiki Barber (who was known to fumble a time or two himself in the beginning of his career) actually called Peterson a “liability” for the Vikings.
Barber got over his fumbling problem by working closely with coach Tom Coughlin, who helped him change the way he held the ball. A simple matter of fundamentals and – poof! – fumbling problem was solved.
At this time, I have to question Brad Childress as to why he wasn’t doing the same thing with Peterson before the championship game. He had to know that fumbling would likely be an issue. Barber tells NBC sports that someone needs to talk to Peterson and give him the what-for. He said:
“I think with Adrian Peterson, he needs somebody with authority — with a strong voice — to tell him, ‘Look, as great as a player as you are, you’re a liability.’ And that’s what Tom Coughlin did with me. He said ‘Tiki, I love the way you play the game of football, but you fumble and you’re a liability.’ It hits your pride in a way that makes you want to correct it, and I don’t think anybody’s ever done that for Adrian Peterson yet.”
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