I’m taking a different approach with this week’s Quote of the Week, going behind enemy lines to get a sense for San Francisco’s Week 1 preparations. Since I technically live in 49ers country, and work just minutes from their new stadium, I hear the chatter almost every morning on my way to work. And this week’s radio waves were filled with talk of stopping Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
On Friday, 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini addressed The Return and spoke to Peterson’s unrivaled abilities, which fans will get to see for the first time since the All-Pro running back took the field in September 2014:
“(Peterson) tests the integrity of your front,” Mangini said. “And there are plenty of examples on tape where things have broken down, and he generates something that a lot of backs can’t generate.
“Plus, he’s a guy that gets stronger as the game goes on. It’s not like he shoots his gun early in the game and slows down. He builds tempo.”