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Updated: October 20th, 2011 12:49pm
Did McNabb get a fair shake? 'I don't think so,' Adrian Peterson says

Did McNabb get a fair shake? 'I don't think so,' Adrian Peterson says

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson was complimentary of rookie Christian Ponder in his remarks since the Minnesota Vikings decided to change quarterbacks.

But Peterson stopped short of saying veteran Donovan McNabb deserved to be benched for his play in the Vikings' 1-5 start.

"Do I think he got a fair shake? I don't think so," the All-Pro running back said, repeating a reporter's question in the locker room on Thursday.

"But it is what it is. You can call it how you see it. Everybody got their own opinion. But like I always say, there's things that we all can do better, and I'm sure when he looks back, he knows that, 'Hey, there's some things that I could have did better and maybe I wouldn't be in this position.'

"I'm sure that he looks at some things like that, and there's some things that I can do better. At all positions, guys can really improve on their play. It is what it is. It's a decision we decided to join. So, you have to take it for what it is."

A day after being told of the decision, McNabb said on Wednesday he was surprised and quarterbacks across the league take too much blame for their team's struggles.

"Yeah, quarterbacks take more heat," Peterson agreed on Thursday. "You hear people say, 'Oh, it's a quarterback-driven league.' All this is on the quarterback. When they feel like you're not performing, well, you're going to take heat."

That said, Peterson praised Ponder's decision-making, quick release and most of all his speed, saying he could see the rookie "like a younger Steve Young."

Asked if it feels like a new season starting on Sunday, Peterson said, "You kind of get that sense, because the expectations -- you don't know what to expect. You're looking forward to Sunday just to see how things pan out. So, that's kind of the feeling that I have, and I'm sure a lot of other guys would agree."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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