Adrian Peterson got a lot of attention on Fox’s “NFL Sunday” show. Following a feature story by Pam Oliver in which A.D. gave his offensive lineman a lot of kudos and restated his goals of running for 1,800 yards and winning Rookie of the Year, Jimmy Johnson paid him the ultimate compliment by saying he should have been the first pick overall in the draft.
Johnson: “He’s the lead dog. When you talk to people around the league, it’s a consensus that he should have been the first pick in the draft. You hear them say, ‘I knew he was the one. We should have taken him, on and on.’ Victories have a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.”
Osborne answers questions: Nebraska interim athletic director Tom Osborne was a guest Monday on Barry Switzer and T.J. Rives’ XM Sports Nation, XM 144, radio show. Osborne answered a few questions:
Will you coach Nebraska?
Coaching is a high energy deal and I like to be the offensive coordinator, which requires a lot of film time, although when I speak to (South Carolina coach) Steve Spurrier, he says being actively involved is what makes it fun for him. But I think when you are getting a little older, it’s harder to maintain that pace so the short answer is no I won’t be coaching again.
Will Bill Callahan be fired?
Bill Callahan is the coach right now we will evaluate the situation after the next four games. Bill Callahan is a very hard-working guy and his staff has done a good job recruiting and I like him personally and we’ll have to just wait to make a decision.
Do you miss coaching?
The first few years out of coaching was agonizing, but I have been out out it so long that I’m actually inoculated now, but I do cherish the relationships that I made with the players are still there and they are very important to me. It was intriguing and fascinating like a glorified chess game, the wins and the losses. I really enjoyed the game.
Switzer called Les Miles lucky for going a touchdown in LSU’s win over Auburn.
Switzer: “Any other coach in America would have kicked a field goal and/so he is just a luck, lucky son of a gun.”
Young Gundy imitator: Mike Gundy’s rant against Jenni Carlson has been parodied ad nauseam on youtube and other Web sites. One of the youngest imitators has got to be Matt Holliday’s 3-year-old son Jackson, who made a brief appearance last week on Fox’s “Best Dan Sports Show Period” while the hosts interviewed Matt, the Colorado Rockies star outfielder.
After a clip was shown of Gundy, saying, “I’m a Man. I’m 40. Come after me or one of my assistants,” Holliday was asked if his father, former OSU pitching coach Tom Holliday, would have said something to that regard. Matt said it was possible. He later mentioned his son Jackson goes around saying, “I’m a man. I’m 40.”
In the background, Jackson is playing on the Rockies’ field. The hosts then talk Matt into convincing his son into come on camera. As only a 3-year-old can do, Jackson says in a soft voice: “I’m a man. I’m 40.”