Adrian Peterson doesn’t appear to be too happy with his workload.
Peterson, playing in a revenge game against his former team the Minnesota Vikings, appeared to chew out Saints coach Sean Payton late in the third quarter of the Saints’ 29-16 loss Monday night.
With the Saints trailing 19-6, Peterson was seen on the sidelines staring down Payton before proceeding to scream at the 53-year-old coach. Payton then turned his head and responded to Peterson before walking away from the 2012 MVP running back.
Adrian Peterson doesn’t appear to be happy with his new team.
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Peterson signed a two-year deal with the Saints this offseason after spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Vikings.
When asked about the altercation after the game, Payton made a point to clarify there was no ‘heated exchange’ between the two.
“We weren’t in any heated exchange,” Payton said. “No. Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? He was into it, we were all into it, there was none that I can recall. And I’m being honest.”
Peterson backed his coach’s comments on Twitter after the game, explaining he was simply being ‘passionate’ and he will always respect his coach.
“Let’s be clear…I said we need to run the ball up their Donkey. Nothing more. I’m passionate but respect my coach at the same time,”Peterson wrote.
Fans had some fun with Peterson’s apparent disdain for Payton’s offensive game plan on Twitter.
“If I’m Sean Payton of the @Saints and @AdrianPeterson is looking at me like that? I’d send him right on the field. Even for defense,” @thekevinryder wrote.
Others opted to use memes and gifs to express their amusement with the situation.
The Saints have long been a pass-first team and that doesn’t appear to have changed, even with the addition of Peterson, a 7-time Pro Bowler.
Peterson finished the game with just six carries for 18 yards.