If you haven’t heard yet, Adrian Peterson has set a lofty and ambitious goal of rushing for 2,500 yards in the 2013 season, a feat that would shatter the single season rushing record set by Eric Dickerson. Although most personal goals may come a distraction for the team, the goal set by league MVP Adrian Peterson is no distraction as far as head coach Leslie Frazier is concerned.
After the Friday morning’s walkthrough, Leslie Frazier stepped to the podium to answer questions and give an update on the team. When asked if players, specifically Peterson, setting personal goals is a distraction, Frazier laughed saying he has no doubts in Peterson.
“Guys in general is one thing,” Frazier said. “Adrian Peterson is another. When Adrian says 2,500 or 2,000 it’s a different thing. It’s a different matter.”
Adrian is coming off a stellar performance after tearing (and setting the new recovery standard much to the dismay of other athletes) his anterior cruciate ligament against the Redskins in December of 2011. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last season, 9 yards shy of the NFL single season rushing record. Frazier has learned to never doubt the best running back in the league.
“I don’t doubt Adrian Peterson.” Frazier said, “If he says he can gain 2,500, it’s possible. If it was someone else talking about predictions and this or that, maybe we’ll have a conversation. But Adrian? Nah. I like to see him achieve his goals.”