The Saints announced they’ve signed running back Adrian Peterson to a two-year deal, and Colin doesn’t think the signing will have any major impact.
At 32, Peterson is well past the 30-year old mark that usually spells the end for running backs in the league, but Colin never viewed AP as a valuable player.
Some of this is due to Colin’s long held theory that quarterbacks win games in the NFL, while running backs are largely interchangeable parts. Peterson’s production never led to any team success in the playoffs, and even at his best, he would only move a Vegas line by a point.
Much like Russell Westbrook in the NBA, fans and the media have always been in awe of Peterson’s jaw dropping ability, but conveniently looked past his flaws. Looking past the highlight runs and dynamic ability, Peterson has had a chronicling fumbling problem, is an unnatural pass catcher, and isn’t a great pass blocker. He’s a two-down back in a passing league.
New Orleans took a chance on Peterson, Belichick passed. Colin would have, too.
“I think he’s the most overrated football player in the league in the last 20 years.”
Listen to Colin’s rant on Peterson to the Saints: