Kirk Cousins isn’t losing confidence

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday night, which marked the second time in the last three weeks that he’s crossed the 400-yard mark.

It also marked the third time in the last three weeks that a game ended without the Vikings getting a win. The 38-31 loss to the Rams dropped the Vikings to 1-2-1 through the first quarter of the season and led to questions for Cousins about whether he had the same confidence in the team that he did when he signed in the offseason.

Cousins cited his first meeting with wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen while saying that his feelings about the team haven’t wavered.

“When I met [Diggs and Thielen] in April, we threw on the field and I said, ‘These guys can play,'” Cousins said, via the Pioneer Press. “So I don’t know that that was going to change regardless of how we did in the first four games. I think that certainly we can move the football. We just got to turn it into wins.”

Cousins said the team will have “a tremendous sense of urgency” when they get back to work, which is the the bare minimum one could expect with a game in Philadelphia and the prospect of a fourth straight week without a win on deck for the Vikings.

48 responses to “Kirk Cousins isn’t losing confidence

  1. Barr was burned so many times, I lost count. Burned big. He’s slow. His contributions are late hits, because he can’t get there in time. That’s been taken away under the Barr Rule. He has nothing left to contribute.

    This team had everything it needed to beat the Rams on the road, and they should have. Their offense is very good. Theilen plays All-Pro. I love watching that guy.

  2. Through four games the guy is on pace for 5500 yards, 40 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions. I think it’s safe to say he is currently not the problem for the Vikings. What in the name of hell happened to their supposed elite defense?

  3. Cousins was awesome last night, but Goff was nearly perfect. There’s not much else Cousins can do. It would help to have a healthy Dalvin Cook. Even when he was in, he wasn’t moving like Dalvin Cook.

  4. He played well. Everytime he fought to get the Vikings back in the game the D allowed a huge pass play for a TD. This happened many times last year but the long passes came back due to penalties. In the 2nd half vs the Saints & the game vs the Eagles no penalties. Result long pass plays for easy TD’s. Zim needs to stop coaching the D. He’s been exposed. When Edwards coached the D vs the Cowboys when Zim was out with his eye, that’s the best the Vikings D played in years. Let him take over Zimmer because the D has quit on you.

  5. Cousins wasn’t the issue last night, has no reason to lose confidence. If a team loses when the other side scores more than 35 points, that’s on the defence

  6. Kirk has played great. He is NOT the reason the Vikings are in the position they are in. The Defense is an epic mess right now…THAT is the reason they are 1-2-1. So the people that are dogging on Kirk, or ripping the Vikes for signing him, are looking at the wrong position.

  7. Typical Cousins game , looks good on paper but in crunch time he makes a mistake that costs his team the game . That’s the reason Washington didn’t sign him to a longterm deal they knew he made too many mistakes when the game was on the line .

  8. shurmanblog says:
    September 28, 2018 at 8:09 am
    Typical Cousins game , looks good on paper but in crunch time he makes a mistake that costs his team the game . That’s the reason Washington didn’t sign him to a longterm deal they knew he made too many mistakes when the game was on the line
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    If you are responsible for 30+ and have to put up 40 to win, it isn’t you that’s the problem.

  9. shurmanblog says:
    September 28, 2018 at 8:09 am
    Typical Cousins game , looks good on paper but in crunch time he makes a mistake that costs his team the game . That’s the reason Washington didn’t sign him to a longterm deal they knew he made too many mistakes when the game was on the line .
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    I couldn’t agree more. He reminds me of Tony Romo – play a great game and then with the game on the line and a chance to win the game, turn the ball over for the L.

    Kirk has fumbled or thrown an INT on the last drive, with the game on the line many times in his short career.

    But he is still young (in QB years) and hopefully, he can work through it. League is better when the QB’s are good.

  10. dejal , great stats but with the game on the line and the ball in his hand Cousins choked again just like he’s done many times before in Washington .

  11. I turned on the game in the last two minutes expecting Kirk to throw a game ending int, the fumble wasn’t a surprise. He may not be losing HIS confidence, but the team will soon lose confidence in HIM.

  12. Maybe instead of standing there feeling confident, he should try to jump on and recover his own fumble with the game on the line. Who does he think he is, Cam Newton?

  13. saberwolf335 says:
    September 28, 2018 at 7:08 am
    Through four games the guy is on pace for 5500 yards, 40 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions. I think it’s safe to say he is currently not the problem for the Vikings. What in the name of hell happened to their supposed elite defense?
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    How many fumbles is he on pace for???

  14. Kirk Cousins will get you yards and FG (3). Kirk was outplayed by Goff and at the end of the day when the Vikings needed Kirk to step up and put them in position to win or tie the game Kirk “Choke”. This is the same thing Kirk did in Washington. The Vikings are a .500 team with Kirk, this team will not even make the playoff.

  15. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    September 28, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Zimmer needs to take over that defense from Edwards.

    +++++

    But when the defense does well, Zimmer wants all the credit. Hmmm…..

  16. Kirk Cousins played incredible. In crunch time though when the other team has a great defense of their own. We all know the O Line played great but can still faulter quickly. Why was Cousins staying in the pocket like that? He should of rolled out instead to buy himself more time. The O Line played a much better game though only giving up 1 sac on my count. Well that one play where a defensive player had his arms wrapped around cousins while he was handing the ball to cook for 7 yard gain. Offense needs to keep that up. Defense is underperforming and Rodes needs to learn to chill, cost them 15 yards for being a hot head. That Referee decision was suspicious (illegal block in the back) while Gurly had a 57 yard gain off it. Rams got 3 points off that and could of easily been 7. Whats up with that Refs? You can’t be serious.

  17. There are so many commenters blaming Cousins for the loss and that seems a bit ridiculous. Giving up 30+ points had nothing to do with him, and the strip sack at the end of the game was on the O-line collapsing. He didn’t even have the ball in his hands long on that play! Yes, Cousins looked horrible in the Buffalo game but he seemed to turn it around against a very good Rams team. The Vikes messed up royally by not bolstering the offensive line after signing Cousins, being that he is definitely a pocket-style passer. In regards to giving up 30+ points… Zim may need to alter his defensive schemes because it appears other teams have figured him out. It doesn’t help that the D is missing Griffen, and is also dealing with some injuries. At this point, I don’t have the Vikes making double digit wins this season. Hopefully they can turn things around though.

  18. Kirk Cousins put up big numbers in DC too, but that didn’t equate to wins. When it comes to crunch time he will always fold because he cannot takeover a game and make the plays needed to secure a victory. I saw it for 4 yrs in DC and nothing will change, he’s just not that guy.

  19. I’m starting to think the quarterback can influence how well the defense plays. In Zimmer’s first four years, the Vikings had a rookie QB, a second-year QB in a RB-friendly offense, a new QB without an offensive line, and a backup QB. In those situations, the defense has to come up big every game because they can’t count on much from the offense. Now that they finally have a guy who can wing it all over the field and put up big numbers, maybe the defense has lost that edge that comes with thinking they need to be great to win. Aaron Rodgers has a terrible defense year after year; maybe it’s because he’s so good they don’t need to be good even if they could be. How many historically great defenses have had a prolific quarterback on the other side of the ball? It’s probably a preposterous notion, but I’m at a loss to explain why such a good defense last year is so inept this year.

  20. Technically he threw for over 450 and 4 touchdowns, but since the official was blind one didn’t count.

  21. When has the defense looked good? Last year in Philly, against the Bills last week? Or last night in LA, 5 touchdowns! They tied the Pack, so their ok!

    But $84million! SMH!

  22. Wny wouldnt he feel confident, he isnt some rookie kicker struggling. He has a FULLY gur. 85$ mil contract, and hes doing the same thing he has for a while, put up good numbers, struggle to win against giod teams.

    Viking fans didnt want to hear that about
    their new QB. From GB fans or even washingtons that have seen it. Much like when Favre came to camp all pampered oh hes a different guy look at his regular season, CAREER year! Packer fans warned them, he is still gonna Favre and when all was said and done Vikings going all in still left them short the big game,

  23. I thought Cousins played great and he made some really sharp throws into the end zone just over the outstretched arms of defenders- it wasn’t luck, the guy is very accurate. Some will try to make the case that he could have stepped up in the pocket, but that fumble really wasn’t on him and was just a really good and timely defensive play.

    Vikings fans shouldn’t freak out. The Bears are going to be up and down. I’ll be surprised if they are better than 8-8. I don’t think the Packers are running away with anything. Vikings still have a very good team.

    That was something watching Danielle Hunter running downfield after Gurley and gaining on him.

  24. stellarperformance says:
    September 28, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Barr was burned so many times, I lost count. Burned big. He’s slow. His contributions are late hits, because he can’t get there in time. That’s been taken away under the Barr Rule. He has nothing left to contribute.

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    You’re in need of new lens on your Cheese-goggles. With Clay Matthews standing so close- you can’t even see him.

    On that note- get over Barr you cry-baby.

  25. If Spielman could get his pride and HEAD out of his Glutis Maximus and draft some quality Offensive linemen before the 5th round. Imagine the Vikings offense IF Cousins had more than 2.5 seconds in the pocket.
    Also Bench Barr, he is a liability with missed tackles and blown coverage. He is also slow as a turtle. The Saints and Eagles torched us because they found Zimmer’s Defense’s weakness. Mis direction, attacking Barr forcing him into covering receivers alone. Also challenging the safety
    position.. Until Zimmer figures the defense out this team may not win another game. They CANNOT
    Beat the Bears right now, Eagles, Patriots, and Lions. There is 6 more losses right there. The only good thing is Green Bay sucks worse than the Vikings!

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