Vikings’ new offensive coordinator praises Kirk Cousins

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The bad news for the Vikings is that their three veteran quarterbacks are due to hit the open market. The good news is that the Vikings can sign any quarterback they want, whether he played for the team last year or didn’t.

The best news could be the Kirk Cousins is one of those available quarterbacks.

Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, appearing on Friday with Paul Allen on KFAN in Minneapolis, was asked to describe what he knows about Cousins.

“Obviously, I know a pretty good deal about him because we’re in the same division you know the last two seasons,” DeFilippo said. “And I’ve had to compete against Kirk at some other places I’ve been. So obviously Kirk’s a heck of a football player. He’s got a lot of skills. He’s accurate. He’s got plenty of arm strength, and does some really nice thing. I mean, Kirk’s a very good quarterback.”

While that’s a far cry from DeFilippo saying “we’re going to pursue Cousins,” it keeps Cousins in play for Minnesota, if the Vikings will be accepting Cousins’ input when the time comes to pick a quarterback for 2018 and beyond.

And, yes, DeFilippo probably should have said nothing about Cousins. Even though DeFilippo’s comments were general and measured and ultimately not a direct expression of interest, Washington is currently motivated to get something/anything other than a 2019 compensatory draft pick for Cousins. One way to do that would be to file tampering charges against anyone/everyone who crosses the line or even comes close to it, especially since the punishment of the offending team in a tampering case sometimes works to the benefit of the victimized team, via for example a flip-flop of draft picks in a given round.

So while it’s always smart to never comment on a player currently under contract with another team, it’s specifically prudent not to talk about Cousins for the next three weeks, because Washington surely is waiting, watching, and listening for any chance, legitimate or flimsy, to secure a “win” as it prepares to lose Cousins for good.

42 responses to “Vikings’ new offensive coordinator praises Kirk Cousins

  1. It would be tempting for any team to look at signing Kirk Cousins. Especially if you have a QB that is on the decline. Like Aaron. He’s old. And broken. My Packers need a QB for the future. Because we always kick ours to the curb.

  2. As an Eagles fan, I too have seen a lot of Kirk Cousins . In most games vs Philly he has been great. Some games he’s looked like Montana. lThat said , he struggles in the red zone and late in games . He has also made some really boneheaded plays. I remember one time where he took a knee instead of spiking the ball when they were in field goal range at the end of a half. He has been in the league too long for that to not be a concern .

  3. irishgary says:
    February 18, 2018 at 10:20 am
    So if Cousins is so good why didn’t the redskins give him a long term contract?
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    Because Cousins wants play for a CONTENDER! He has simply turned down every Contract offer from the Skins so they have been tagging him (against the reason for the franchise tag which is to give time to actively get a player signed to the team. So if they try it again this year he can challenge it and walk with no compensation to Washington!
    He will be signed by the Vikings 1st week of FA.

  4. upnorthvikesfan says:
    February 18, 2018 at 10:33 am
    Cousins is no better than Keenum. In fact, I think Keenum is better and he can be resigned for less money I’d bet.

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    Can I have a puff of what you’re smoking? Keenum was good for us and could be had for less, i’ll give you that. But to say Case and his 13 games as a starter vs Cousin’s 3-4 years, well they don’t compare. You know what you’re getting in Kirk. The verdict is still out on Keenum as a full time starter for years to come. You pay Kirk, hopefully $22-$24 million range not Keenum $15-$19 million. If that means we lose a defensive guy I’m ok with that. A franchise QB is way more valuable then a defender.

  5. @kingthielenscourt

    If the money was right the reskins could have signed him long term. There is also a lot of noise about the Jets signing Cousins, they have a ton more cap space than the Vikings. It is very entertaining to see the Vikings going after the flavor of the month QB every year

  6. irishgary says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
    @kingthielenscourt

    If the money was right the reskins could have signed him long term. There is also a lot of noise about the Jets signing Cousins, they have a ton more cap space than the Vikings. It is very entertaining to see the Vikings going after the flavor of the month QB every year

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    Almost as entertaining as watching Aaron walk into a barr and leave with a prescription for Zimmerol to help his broken shoulder.

  7. I wouldn’t be against the Vikings spending crazy money on a second-tier quarterback, which right now appears to be just about any of their obvious choices.

  8. irishgary says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
    @kingthielenscourt

    If the money was right the reskins could have signed him long term. There is also a lot of noise about the Jets signing Cousins, they have a ton more cap space than the Vikings. It is very entertaining to see the Vikings going after the flavor of the month QB every year
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    You must not have read the comment Cousins made last week. It was when talking about Minnesota Kirk replied “If the money was comparable I’d be a Bullet” but if he goes for 40 mil. he just plain isn’t worth it. Minnesota could keep Keenum and shore up about 3 weak positions to make them even better than last year! Plus they need to extend the core linebackers contracts long term. Cousins is simply not THAT much better than Keenum, especially with the new Coaches coming in. Foals might even be a better option than Cousins. When are people going to learn if you have a killer Offensive line and superior RB/FB/WR blocking a Monkey can look good at QB.

  9. “Can I have a puff of what you’re smoking? Keenum was good for us and could be had for less, i’ll give you that. But to say Case and his 13 games as a starter vs Cousin’s 3-4 years, well they don’t compare. You know what you’re getting in Kirk. The verdict is still out on Keenum as a full time starter for years to come. You pay Kirk, hopefully $22-$24 million range not Keenum $15-$19 million. If that means we lose a defensive guy I’m ok with that. A franchise QB is way more valuable then a defender.”

    As a fellow Viking fan, I think it’s wishful thinking on the numbers you put out there. Keenum will be on the high end of the numbers stated, and Cousins is going to cost $25-30 mil, especially when you consider Jimmy G just signed for $27.5 mil/yr. Even if Cousins gives the Vikings a “discount” to play for a contender he’d still be around $25 mil. I’d love to eat my words on this. The other problem I have with this is that Cousins is NOT a franchise quarterback. He’s a good QB, but a franchise QB will lift a team to the playoffs at some point, Cousins hasn’t done that.

    With all that said, I think Cousins is more likely to put up big numbers than Keenum, but one area that Keenum really excelled was his red zone and critical game situations decision making while these situations seem to be the weakness of Cousins. This is why, though my overall preference is probably Cousins all things nearly equal, but if the numbers are more than a couple mil off, then I say keeping Keenum is the better way to go. There’s not a big enough difference between the QBs (and I believe Keenum could be even better with an improved offensive line and an offseason with the Vikes) to lose a defender like Anthony Barr (current Pro Bowler with All-Pro upside) or to cost further upgrades on the OL to improve the running game and pass protection…and then you add Dalvin Cook and this offense is dangerous.

  10. As a Skins fan, I like Cousins, but he’s in it for the $$$. He swears he’s not, but I keep hearing his dumb commercials for some fireplace company on his way out of town.

    He’ll go to whoever gives him the most coin, not the place that will let him win.

  11. @matthiass122413

    But you know the most entertaining event is watching the Vikings choke in playoff games. I would say annually, but they don’t make it half the time

  12. Washington has treated Cousins like deal. He asked for office space so he could study and go over film and play an actual role, and they give him a corner in the basement. He has a lot of desire. He treats his body like a temple, and is nerdy to a point that it scares me a little. HOWEVER, if a team actually gave 2 craps to him, gave him room to spread his wings and excel, with proper facilities and staff? He could be dangerous. I’d like the Cousins-Bridgewater experiment in Minnesota. But, if Cleveland got him, Sequin Barkley, and Josh Allen? Plus they have 2 picks right at the top of the 2nd, plus a ton of other picks & free agency &cap space? Damn…could make a huge jump in 2018 = wildcard run?

  13. mathias122413 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:44 am
    irishgary says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
    @kingthielenscourt

    If the money was right the reskins could have signed him long term. There is also a lot of noise about the Jets signing Cousins, they have a ton more cap space than the Vikings. It is very entertaining to see the Vikings going after the flavor of the month QB every year

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    Almost as entertaining as watching Aaron walk into a barr and leave with a prescription for Zimmerol to help his broken shoulder.
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    Yeah, I guess that would be entertaining to some of the troglodytes on this board.
    I would make some kind of ill conceived joke about how one of your QB’s knees were shredded by a practice field to the tune of two seasons, but I have more class than that.

  14. wafflestomp says:
    February 18, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    mathias122413 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:44 am
    irishgary says:
    February 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
    @kingthielenscourt

    If the money was right the reskins could have signed him long term. There is also a lot of noise about the Jets signing Cousins, they have a ton more cap space than the Vikings. It is very entertaining to see the Vikings going after the flavor of the month QB every year

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    Almost as entertaining as watching Aaron walk into a barr and leave with a prescription for Zimmerol to help his broken shoulder.
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    Yeah, I guess that would be entertaining to some of the troglodytes on this board.
    I would make some kind of ill conceived joke about how one of your QB’s knees were shredded by a practice field to the tune of two seasons, but I have more class than that.

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    No you don’t, you just used the word troglodyte to a tee talking about yourself. Now go back in you cave.

  15. Vikings know they need a better plan than signing one of their average QBs to a new contract. Rodgers is back, and the other 2 doormats are potentially better next season so if they want a return trip to the playoffs, it’s Cousins or another radical idea.

  16. packmanfan says:
    September 1, 2016 at 2:03 am
    If this had been Aaron Rodgers, no doubt it would have been all the usual suspect Viking trolls with things like, “Good! Glad to see it and it wasn’t us!” etc etc etc.

    Since there are a couple of Pack fans on here and showing respect and zero negative comments or trolling, that just shows you which fan base is the classier one.
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    Found the above post under the story, Vikings Place Bridgewater on Injured Reserve.
    Fairly prophetic, huh?

  17. If Cousins wants to sign with a contender, he obviously won’t be signing with that dumpster fire over in Minnesota. They don’t have a very good track record of keeping their qbs healthy. And on the other side of the ball, if their defense even smells a whiff of adversity, they quit on their coach and each other. They need to get their house in order before anyone with any real sense would want to go there.

  18. Go ahead …pay him $25 mil ( or more ) a season and cripple the team cap.

    No matter what Cousins or any player of any professional sports team say “it is about winning and not the money” the more you know they are going to the highest bidder.

    Cousins will take the highest offer ….watch and see. Then of Course at the press conference announcing the signing he will stand there and tell you is best opportunity to win a championship.

    Nothing against Cousins it is simply the nature of the beast!

  19. Depending which team he’s on, but Washington didn’t have the right coaches to make him better. Vikings can make him better with the compliment of the defense and offensive coaching.

  20. bordner says:
    February 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    If Cousins wants to sign with a contender, he obviously won’t be signing with that dumpster fire over in Minnesota. They don’t have a very good track record of keeping their qbs healthy. And on the other side of the ball, if their defense even smells a whiff of adversity, they quit on their coach and each other. They need to get their house in order before anyone with any real sense would want to go there.
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    Geez! What are you smoking, Cheese Curl? The Vikings have one of the top teams in the NFL (and I didn’t say NFC, I said NFL) and according to several experts, my team IS the best fit for Cousins. I don’t care if Aaron comes back–your team is in rebuild and NONE of you have any idea how that throwing shoulder is going to hold up. Again, even after what happened last season, all you Packer fans are putting your eggs in one basket (Aaron Rodgers) and again it’s gonna bite ya in the heinie. One SB 8 yrs ago w a HOF QB, something most teams haven’t had includ the Vikes, and nada. Your team is more mouth than production so can’t take ya seriously.

  21. So if Cousins is so good why didn’t the redskins give him a long term contract?

    They’ve tried to sign him long term for the past two seasons. He turned down their offers in favor of playing on the FT so that he eventually could be a FA. He’s going to cost at least 28 mill a year for whichever team signs him due to the way contracts work in this league and he’ll make a team like the Vikings an immediate favorite for the SB. They have the cap space and a good supporting cast. If the Vikings go with Keenum instead it will be a big mistake. He is a journeyman QB who had a nice run and faltered when things started to ramp up. He’s a major step down from Cousins.

  22. I do not want the Vikings to enter into a long term deal for this guy. I think he is good not great and I fear him signing for big money and not delivering when the time comes. I have seen him play many times and I have not seen the Montana type play I keep hearing about. I watch sports center and his aerial heroics almost never make the high-lite reel on a program desperate for high-lite reel clips. The league is desperate for franchise quarterbacks. SO much so that we are happy to create a media frenzy around almost any mediocre QB. I don’t think he is mediocre but I don’t think he is great either. Vikings please don’t do this. Fain interest to force some other team to make a franchise killing financial move.

  23. He was quoted as saying he likes Minnesota while here during super bowl. Who wouldn’t?
    Not only is the stadium indoors, there are some pretty good options to throw to and a beautiful brand new state of the art team facility opening in Eagan. Ownership is great, basically the anti-Snyder, and will pay if you can play.
    Cousins would only be so lucky to sign with Minnesota.

  24. They should sign Kaeperneck.

    That said, I don’t know if Cousins will be worth the price. He will get paid.

  25. Cousins is not going to Minnesota. Too much money. QB’s need an o-line and that costs money. Keenum had a great year up until the o-line was dominated and he was forced to make dumb decisions. All QB’s fall apart when they are under overwhelming pressure.

  26. Cousins could be great. Keenum could be great. It will be hard to choose. Like some here, I see increased harmony in Minnesota with everyone enjoying more pay. That won’t be as easy signing Cousins, unless he invests back like Brady (and a few others). I think Keenum will do that, and the TD/YDS numbers between the two were not miles apart in 2017. Factor in Minnesota’s dedication to the run and less snaps for Case. I’ll be stoked if the Vikes sign either one!

    Nothing wrote with DeFilippo’s comments. He was asked a question and answered it.

  27. The media has hyped up cousins a QB with a losing record even though playing on a solid team in an up and down division. I mean he has never had to face the Patriots yearly or a team like the Steelers. He was 9-7, his best record ever in 2015 when the division was really down with Romo out. Cousins cost only $660K against the cap at the time. Since then, he is 8-7-1, and 7-9 and a whopping 1-5 in the divisions this year (certainly not even a Russell Wilson impact performer). The system he plays in easily enables him to rack up 4000 passing yards a year with only average TD’s for all those attempts and yards. He has never even had a 30 TD season with the yards. He has stunk up the joint in the last game of each of his last three seasons. Even through the game losing pick in 2016 that would have put the skins in the playoffs. I mean I am trying to figure out exactly what all the hype is about. This guy is a regular season QB. He loses to playoff caliber teams.

    This guy is like the “pet rock” phenom. Much ado about nothing. I am waiting for the team who pays this guy like he has the resume of an Aaron Rodgers or Brady or even Nick Foles. This guy has never even come close to winning a playoff game. smh. This is an embarrassment to the entire NFL organization.

  28. Hard to justify giving Cousins $24-30 million a year like reports have suggested. why pay that just because Washington mismanaged him? If the price doesn’t come down he can go to Denver or wherever. I am just not interested in Cousins eating cap space in Minnesota like he did in Washington.

  29. Kyle Sloter has #1 on his jersey for a reason. He will be in Minnesota for a long, long time. No need to sign an aging QB.
    DeFilippo is just blowing smoke. He has his new project signed.
    SKOL!

  30. I love the off season Viking stories. Same old same old. Raise ticket prices to pay for their new “participation banner”?
    Maybe win something before running you’re mouth! Have you ever looked at the Pack’s trophy case? Where is yours kept?

  31. These guys are asked specific questions by national reporters. They all say a compliment or two or three. And THIS IS A STORY? What exactly do you expect him to say? Seriously!

  32. regaliaimagewear says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:57 am
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    These guys are asked specific questions by national reporters. They all say a compliment or two or three. And THIS IS A STORY? What exactly do you expect him to say? Seriously!
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    That is the polite thing to say. But in their coaches rooms and in his thought bubble, he probably said something like: “For what he wants with THAT LOSING RESUME, Cousins can go jump in a lake!!”

  33. stellarperformance says:

    February 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I wouldn’t be against the Vikings spending crazy money on a second-tier quarterback, which right now appears to be just about any of their obvious choices.

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    Your a Packer fan, and the Vikings signing Cousin’s to “Crazy money”, is not what you want. Your team’s problem has been Aaron Rodgers being amazing…but the rest of the team….not so much. So if Cousin’s signs a 30 million dollar deal with the Vikings…how much do you think Rodgers will command? Your team will be flat broke and the rest of your team will cost you playoff games/superbowl appearances like it has. So be careful what you wish for. 🙂

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