Mike Vrabel gives honest assessment of Adrian Peterson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Adrian Peterson is having a very solid year.

TitansFlameballWallHe is the NFL’s seventh-leading rusher with 221 carries for 923 years with a 4.2-yard average and seven touchdowns.

Most coach speak would head the direction of Dean Pees, who said: “the guy’s still got it.”

So we must pause to appreciate a rare moment of real candor from an NFL head football coach talking about a 33-year old NFL running back, who’s been a God-send for Washington but is not exactly what he was 10 years ago.

“He’s not the same player,” Mike Vrabel said. “I mean he was explosive and fast and physical. When I knew I was on my way out, he stiff-armed me in a preseason game. I think I was in Kansas City and I fell. I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re getting close to the end here.’ He was a young player and I was an old player.

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"But, to be able to do what he’s done as a running back, I don’t mean to discredit that. He’s had a phenomenal season. He’s averaging 4.2 yards per carry with 900-something yards. It’s just when you saw him in his prime, the explosiveness and the power—go put on a highlight film from Oklahoma. Go check out the YouTube clip. Just the raw explosion that he had as a player when he was younger. He runs hard. He’s physical. He still has speed. But, not like when he rushed for 2,000 yards.”

Per the man’s request:

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