Adrian Peterson takes swipe at Redskins over offensive approach
The Washington Redskins are watching their season spiral out of control, and Adrian Peterson has no problem calling attention to the fact that many of their wounds have been self-inflicted.
After his team’s embarrassing 33-7 home loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, Peterson was asked for his thoughts on facing one of the best defenses in football. He basically said Bill Belichick dumbed things down against Washington and was just content to let the Redskins “mess up.”
Adrian Peterson, asked about the New England defense, gave his own team a delightful burn.
"They showed a lot of exotic stuff on film. But against us, they didn’t really. You know? It was like, hey, we’ll sit back here and see what you guys do, allow you guys to mess up."
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 6, 2019
It’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a shot at his own teammates and — to a greater extent — coaching staff. Washington head coach Jay Gruden made a somewhat controversial decision to start Colt McCoy over Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, and it did not work out. McCoy completed just 18-of-27 passes for 119 yards and an interception. The Redskins had more success rushing the ball with 145 yards, but Peterson had just 18 of those yards on seven carries.
We can probably assume that Peterson isn’t the biggest fan of Gruden after some of the things the coach said about him at the start of the season, and any negative feelings are bound to become magnified with the Redskins now 0-5.