Childress talks about Peterson issues

Brad Childress addressed Adrian Peterson's absence from minicamp and his fumbling issues during a radio interview on KFAN.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said on KFAN radio Thursday afternoon that he and running back Adrian Peterson have cleared the air regarding Peterson's absence from minicamp. Peterson skipped the mandatory three-day camp in June to attend Adrian Peterson Day in his hometown of Palestine, Texas.

"I had a good talk with him," Childress said. "… You let bygones be bygones. And I know how he feels. He knows how I feel."

Childress originally expressed frustration with the situation, saying in June "the work is here," referring to minicamp at Winter Park. On Thursday, he said minicamp is required of players in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but that Brett Favre's situation was different.

That said, Peterson and Childress have resolved their differences on the issue, or at least are moving on.

"You communicate. You over-communicate clarity. I told him quite frankly how I felt. He told me how he felt. You agree to disagree and you keep going," Childress said during the hour-long pre-training camp session on KFAN.

The head coach said he isn't concerned with Peterson's yardage total or average per carry going down in 2009 to 4.4 yards per carry (from 4.8 in 2008 and 5.6 his rookie year).

"The name of the game is points and however you're putting them up there. … I think we were second in points. The bottom line is getting in the end zone," Childress said, pointing out that Peterson was also one of six receivers with 40 catches or more.

But when it comes to Peterson, the hot topic seems to be his seven fumbles, which led the league among non-quarterbacks last year. He was credited with two more in the NFC Championship Game.

"Adrian is such a prideful guy. He'll do everything he can to rectify that. There's not some magic elixir," Childress said. "… He's a violent runner who pushes and squeezes for extra yardage."

"He is who he is. We drafted him. We drafted that package. Doesn't mean you can't buff it up and make it better. He's all for self-improvement. I know he's had a great offseason. I've laid my eyes on him."

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