Mike Zimmer Wants Adrian Peterson To Prove He’s A Leader

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New Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is all about his players showing leadership and he’d prefer that his best player take the lead dog role.

Zimmer said in an interview with 104.9 The Horn in Austin that he wanted to see how Peterson works before proclaiming him the team’s leader.

“Adrian is the most well-known player on the team,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “That doesn’t necessarily mean those guys are the leaders.”

Was Zimmer calling Peterson out?

Well if he was, Peterson says he’s up for the job.

“I definitely understand where he’s coming from when he says that,” Peterson said, via ESPN. “He doesn’t know me that well. I met him. We talked. We chatted once or twice. I’m sure not only me, but everyone else has to prove that they are leaders of the team. That’s something that I really take pride in as well. That’s all a part of me taking care of my business when I’m away from the facility. It’s normal. It’s a normal routine for me.”