AP to ESPN: 'I wasn't feeling good about being here in Minnesota'
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson opened up in a story posted on ESPN.com's NFL Nation about the end of the Leslie Frazier era. He says he's happy now that Mike Zimmer and the new staff has taken over and the Vikings added some players. But he didn't always feel that way, according to the story.
Peterson was on the record as being very supportive of Frazier, so when the former Vikings coach was let go, it's possible it didn't sit well with the star back.
Here's what he told ESPN's Ben Goessling:
"I wasn't happy. I wasn't feeling good about being here in Minnesota at the end of last season," Peterson said in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN on Thursday. "Coaches change, but everything was shaken up.
"That changed when these guys came in, and draft picks and different things like that. [I] bought back in, and I'll let it ride out."
Whether it's Antoine Winfield, Kevin Williams, or any other veterans who have left, Peterson in the story acknowledged that "if you can't do anything for an organization, they're going to ship your butt up out of here."
From reading Peterson's quotes in the story, it sounds like winning a championship is a prime motivator for Peterson. But he also talks about the impermanence of an NFL star staying in one market for his entire career.
"I feel like we have the right pieces to be able to accomplish winning a championship. I can't be foolish and say, 'Oh, I'm just going to stick around forever,' if we have no hopes of winning a championship. You've got to be able to be smart and take advantage of the time you have. ... But right now, I feel like we have the right pieces, the right coaches, to get it done."