10 things i think i think
Purple and Gold—and a Little Green Around the Gills
10 things i think i think

Purple and Gold—and a Little Green Around the Gills

Jared Allen on his least favorite rule, AD going for 2,500 and what makes him want to vomit
(John Biever/SI)

1. I think we know Adrian Peterson is capable of going for 2,500 yards, which is what he says he wants, but I don’t expect numbers from anybody. I expect him to help us to win, like he always does.

2. I think if I have to hear any more about the Jets, I might vomit green and white. Nothing against them, but how much media coverage do you have to get on the Jets? Didn’t the Giants win the Super Bowl a couple years ago?

3. I think the most rewarding thing I did this summer was spend two months in Hawaii with the family. I had shoulder surgery and knee surgery so all I did was soak up the sun.

4. I think my Tuesdays off have changed a lot. I have a toddler, so I just spend time with the family and recover. I used to hunt white tail or pheasant every off day. That’s calmed down a bit. I do old guy stuff now, like playing golf, or sitting outside, doing nothing. Now that’s a good hobby.

5. I think losing Antoine Winfield to free agency was a big blow. What Antoine did for us, I don’t know if that’s something you can replicate. He didn’t care how big you were; he was going to saw you down. But this league’s about change, so you have to deal with it and move on.

6. I think we had some young guys in key positions last year who had that bewildered look. Now they know what to expect, and we know what to expect from the coaches. We just have to be more consistent.

7. I think Jordy Nelson is one of the most underrated guys in the NFL. He doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. He should’ve been on the Pro Bowl team a couple of years ago and he wasn’t even on the ballot.

8. I think the most underrated position in the NFL is that one great cover guy on kicks. Every team has that one guy who’s just legit. Unfortunately, with the new Pro Bowl, that guy gets eliminated from the equation. As a defensive player, that guy is invaluable to us.

9. I think if I could change one NFL rule I’d change the stupid thigh pad, knee pad rule. And I’d let us be able to hit people again ... But the pad rule is driving me crazy. It’s a marketing scheme so Nike can sell the kids all the pads. I want to see the stats that say knee pads are saving ACLs.

10. I think this league will humble you. It doesn’t matter what’s said in the media. In the end, you have to get out there and perform.