The Minnesota Vikings took a chance on Kirk Cousins and that has been a bet that has paid off significantly.
Since Cousins’ first season with the Vikings in 2018, he has completed 732-of-1,050 (69.7%) pass attempts resulting in 7,901 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions in 31 regular-season appearances. He has led Minnesota to a playoff win in each of two trips to the post-season.
According to Mike Sando of The Athletic, an NFL defensive coach made it clear he doesn’t view Cousins as a game-wrecking talent that is to be feared heading into an upcoming matchup.
“You don’t ever go into a game going, ‘Boy, I don’t know what we are going to do about this fu* Cousins,’” one said. “Doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. Legit starter, but needs some sh** around him.”
There have been some critical factors that have benefited Cousins during his time with the Vikings. He has flourished in Kevin Stefanski’s offensive system, who is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Being able to throw to standout wideouts such as Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs has certainly a benefit for Cousins, too. Additionally, the success of the Vikings’ running game with Dalvin Cook setting the tone has provided important layers to the offense as well.
The Vikings still have Thielen and Cook well in the mix heading into the 2020 season, but there is uncertainty beyond them. However, both Stefanski and Diggs are now elsewhere, and it will be fascinating to see how Cousins can perform with that being the case.
For the Minnesota Vikings to continue to contend for the NFC North title, Kirk Cousins will be needed to play at a high-level. He will now be able to prove more of his detractors wrong by thriving more relying on his individual talent, if successful, of course.
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