Kirk Cousins: If offense brought it “we would be pretty dangerous”

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The Vikings spent $84 million for Kirk Cousins to lead them in games like this.

And once again, he didn’t come through in prime time.

Cousins’ struggles were on center stage again last night, as he fell to 0-7 all-time on Monday Night Football (he’s 5-13 overall in prime time) in a flaccid 21-7 loss to the Seahawks.

“I don’t know what the scale [of frustration] is for that level, but certainly when you’re not putting as many points on the board as you know you’re capable of or you’ve shown in past games, it’s disappointing,” Cousins said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. “I think the added piece of the disappointment is when your defense is playing so well. Our defense, I feel the last couple weeks or the last several weeks, has played playoff football, high-level football, and put us in a position where we should and can be in the playoff conversation as a result of the way they are playing defense.

“You know that if our offense would bring it that way that we brought it in the earlier weeks of the season, we would be pretty dangerous.”

Of course, “our offense” is being led by him, and it’s easy to point to him as the reason for last night’s flop. Cousins was 20-for-33 passing for 208 yards, a touchdown and a fumble that resulted in a Seahawks score. But the team was 2-of-10 on third downs and 0-of-2 on fourth downs in particular, as Cousins was 1-of-7 for 2 yards, with a sack on those third and fourth downs.

The Vikings found something approaching the offensive balance they were looking for, but the quarterback didn’t deliver, though he was under significant pressure.

“What I felt coming off the field is there’s always a balance, a really hard balance to find between sitting in the pocket, going through your read, staying patient and then getting out of the pocket, giving up on the play and playing off schedule,” Cousins said. “And I think that’s something I’m going to go back and watch as to when do I want to quit on a play and get out and scramble and try to make something off schedule. I think I have the athleticism to do that. I think that’s in my game. I don’t think it’s something I do a lot of or enough, maybe, and when you have a pass rush like the Seahawks tonight, getting in there and influencing the plays and coverage, that was pretty sound. Maybe there were some times where I could’ve done that.”

The Vikings also underlined a troubling trend that doesn’t bode well for the playoffs. They’re now 0-5-1 against teams that entered their games .500 or better, but 6-1 against teams that were under .500.

That’s not getting their money’s worth.

153 responses to “Kirk Cousins: If offense brought it “we would be pretty dangerous”

  1. Any team would have had trouble in Seattle last night. Bobby Wagner should get a second paycheck for all the things he does. Total overhaul in one year and the defense still does it. There’s only Bobby left. He is talked about as being one of the best mlb in the game and somehow I still think he’s underrated. Apologies to Earl, Sherm, Kam, Bennet and Avril, but it’s always been the Legion of Bobby

  2. It’s times like this that I’m quasi, quasi, happy to be a Bears fan. Our QB can’t throw the ball to save his life, but at least he is a leader of men. Cousins is a mercenary. That’s all he is.

  3. Trust issues are going to start rearing there head, the receiver seemed as if they were tuning him out when chatting on the sideline.

    They certainly dont trust him against winning teams or in primetime.

  4. Broken record time…this was clearly not a good investment. I never thought he was particularly great. Average QB that reset the market. Desperation breeds fools. SKOL!

  5. Kirk folds under pressure…not a good quality for a Captain…the fact the Redskins who haven’t found a franchise QB since Theisman, didn’t pay him…should’ve given other teams a pause before throwing the bank at Captain Kirk…He had two opportunities to take the Skins to the playoffs…one in which the scenario was practically given to him…and he just couldn’t do it…

  6. “If our offense brought it we would be dangerous.” Isn’t this statement true for every team ever.

  7. This cat has been saying the same tired line all season. Meanwhile, his team’s record mirrors exactly what most of his detractors have been saying about him for his entire career as an NFL starter. Mediocre and average.

  8. Blah blah blah

    Record says it all. Cousins overrated BIG time. Vikings average at best.

    Coulda shoulda woulda…..DIDNT

    Talks cheap…..jalen ramsey and Cousins should both zip it

    You are what your record says you are

  9. Kirk Cousins is not a winner plain and simple. He wasn’t in Washington. He isn’t in Minnesota. His stats always look good but he never makes a play when his team needs it. Sad but true

  10. Cousins was absolutely horrible last night, the dude just cannot win against teams w/ a winning record to save his life. Coming into this season he was like 4W-23L or something really close to that number all time against teams above .500. All the same flaws he had in Washington that made the Skins not want to pay him seem like they’re magnified in Minnesota but the difference he has A MUCH MUCH Better team around him now up in MN. Look at all the weapons he has , he has one of the best receiving duo’s in the league, a dominant excellent receiving TE and a mid tier receiving TE along with two good really backs behind him and he still struggles. I think the Vikings seriously regret giving him all that cash GTD’d, the only good thing is it’s a shorter 3yr deal. The Vikings would of been much better off trading away draft picks to move up & draft a QB in last years draft who they could of groomed & developed in house & being he is on a rookie deal they could of stacked talent around a young QB building up a dominant offense to match it’s defense for a SB run. With Cousins at the helm they definitely are not getting there anytime soon & will be sitting at home in JAN watching the post-season like everyone else.

  11. Cousins had pressure on him all game. And every run attempt on short yardage conversions was contested and blown up. The offensive coordinator was predictable and I could call his choice sitting on my couch. Anyone thinking that keenum would be the savior and cousins is the problem doesn’t understand football on any level.

  12. We Know that Kirk. Lets start with if the Vikings had an “O-LINE” they would be pretty dangerous because they would be able to run the ball and set-up legit play action pass.
    For the record, DeFilippo as QBs coach was able to have the luxury of a #3 run game in the league along with the #1 ranked O-line with the Eagles last season. Going to Minnesota can sometimes be a rde awakening with those things.

  13. Poor execution often occurs when the play calling is dumb. Cousins isn’t worth what he’s being paid, that’s obvious, but he’s not the only problem. They have a solid run game which they fail to use in key moments. Every. Single. Week. That’s on coaching.

  14. I wonder where all the people that said the Redskins should have signed Cousins went. The Vikings are 6-6-1. Viking fans are finding out that he folds in crunch time the hard way. Expensive lesson.

  15. Cousins is absolute trash. He is exactly what he has always been. He can’t put his team ahead, even though he has had countless times to disobey. He can’t close any games. The guy looks like a deer in the head lights out there. All he does is hold the ball and throw it away or check down. Not to mention his league leading fumbles. He has ZERO pocket awareness.

    How do you pay this scrub 84 Million? Now we are stuck with this garbage for 3 years and this will cost us some good players. We have NO CHANCE to win with this guy. He has to one f the worst QB’s on the road. He has no control of the offender, countless times he wastes time getting the guys in and out of the huddle. He has no urgency and no real leadership. Again, last night it cost them a delay of game on a 3rd and 4. He took so long that they barely got the snap off after the penalty and obviously Captain Kirk threw it away.

    Flip is also garbage but it’s hard to see what he is really like when your QB isn’t capable of executing. As bad as this is to say, it has to be considered that Kirk may need to ride the bench. I don’t care how much they paid him, he can’t win and he can’t actually keep us competitive.

    The time is now to send Spielman packing and even the whole coaching staff at this point.

  16. There are a miriad of problems with the Viking offense. The middle of the OL is substandard, Remmers and Compton are not starting caliber guards. Elfein is decent at center, but not good enough to compensate for the other two.

    The play-calling, unlike last season, is not being tailored to the strength of the offense. If you can’t line up in an I-formation and gain a yard running up the middle on third or fourth and one, then do a pitch to the outside. Cousins wants to stand in the pocket like he’s stuck in quicksand, and too often reacts too late to an incoming pass rush. This OL isn’t built to pass block like that.

    John DeFilippo needs to be fired. His play-calling and handling of the offense just isn’t working, and it’s obvious he hasn’t figured out how to use the weapons he’s got. Unlike last season, this season’s offense is soft, especially in the middle, and Cousins can’t perform under pressure, especially on the road.

  17. This is the same type of performance Washington received from Cousins in big games the last 3 years so not sure why the Vikings thought money would change his performance in must win games .

  18. .
    Last spring many teams woke up to find a shiny new QB on their roster. How many are still happy with those QBs?
    .

  19. Really looks like the vikes bade a mistake with spending big money on him…. Shame, I loved watching him play at Michigan State and have been rooting for him since he entered the league.

  20. The offensive line is horrendous, particularly up the middle. Cousins is constantly dropping back then has to move out of the pocket as the push is there almost immediately, and hes not a very good scrambler or accurate on the run.

    The Vikings are not going to do anything this year. They need to address that line in the offseason.

  21. The Vikings have had O line problems for the past 3 years which they address by drafting Dbacks and wide receivers who can’t play high. DeFillipo was the QB coach of the Eagles and as we have seen they were a one year wonder. The death of Sporano may have had some impact but there is no reason for failing to convert repeatedly on 3rs and 1 or 2. The window is closing fast on them.

  22. I think the talk of DeFilipo becoming a head coach needs to stop. At this rate I don’t think he’ll be back next year as offensive coordinator. And as far as I’m concerned, the jury is in on Mike Zimmer as a head coach. As a head coach he makes a heck of a defensive coordinator. This is the umpteenth time his team has failed to show for a primetime game and bring the requisite fight.

  23. Why is Remmers playing guard? He is tall and the defense gets low on him and instantly he is off balance and ineffective. We need a good oline coach and we ought to just draft Oklahoma or Nebraska’s line. It is hard to blame Cousins when he has pressure in his face on every play. Every Viking fan is waiting for you to fix this. Last year was a bandaid. How long did you think it would last? Why can’t other teams get no name players and make them into effect of lineman. And we take affect of lineman and make them into no-name players. Case in point Elflein who looked good last year And this year looks like a turn style. Whoever thought we miss Easton and Berger this much. Look at what happened to Alex Smith. You’re $84 million man could be taken out in one play and we fool around with this group like we have forever to get it right. The window is closing.

  24. The defense didn’t play that well either, they gave up over 200 yards rushing and only mistakes by Seattle kept the score close. The Cousins inking was the worst signing since Hershel Walker, Spielman needs to be fired, first for giving up a #1 for Bradford then signing a 3 year guaranteed contract to a QB that has a history of failure. When we need his best Cousins gives his worst. Zimmer doesn’t know when to kick a FG or go for it. It’s 1st and 10 and they call a short 2 yard pass but when it’s 3rd and 1 they throw it deep, DeFlippo is a moron. Mike Priefer also needs to go, his special teams are a disaster. Looks like they need to blow this team up because they have no heart and cannot win a big game.

  25. Kirk is one of the nicest guys in the game. The problem is that he is also one of the worst quarterbacks when it comes to playing in the clutch on the big stage. He is 4-24 in his career against teams over .500. He is 0-7 on MNF football. He is consistently one of the lowest rated quarterback in the red zone. Last night was a microcosm of Kirk’s career. He loses on MNF to a team over .500. In the red zone, he panics, zones in on Rudolph, throws the ball into double coverage, instead of cooling surveying the fueled hitting a wide open in Theilen in the end zone for the score. At the end of the game, while still having an outside chance of winning, he turns the ball over through a fumble. And then, with the game out of reach, Kirk pads his stats with garbage yards and a garbage stats and a garbage touchdown. It was a vintage Kirk performance.

  26. Thanks Kirk, I laughed out loud at this!! You made a good, hustling defense look like world beaters. That said, nobody will be happy drawing the Seahawks. However, I know my ‘Boys aint skeered, so bring it.

  27. As a vikings fan of 30+ years, I can say this is what should have been expected by the Vikings fans. Even when we win we lose. Everyone thought the Vikings won the Cousins sweepstakes this summer, but as it turns out it was just another Vikings blunder that set the qb market and made us look foolish again. I’m tired of this team embarrassing me.

  28. Feeling really down about this season. Almost as bad as 2016 when we went 5-0, lost next 4 in a row after the by and finished 3-8.

    Remember that?

    So focus on Defense!! down only 0-3 at end of 3rd quarter was a great effort. (why does that feel so empty?)

  29. cousins sucks and viks are idiots from taking any player from the worst team in the league being the skins. on the hook for 81m for a QB that is average at best.

  30. One thing I think everyone can agree on – Kirk Cousins (and Matt Stafford) is an amazing garbage time stat compiler. Take away that and his numbers would be very pedestrian. On top of that – he can’t EVER win a big or nationally televised game. Still think he’s worth $84 million?

  31. Blaming Cousins is parochial. This is on the OC. The plays called in the 2rd and 4th down situations were awful. Red zone playcalling was worse. It’s not like Cousins was missing passes, off target, not finding wide open receivers…the offense has been stale and it’s all down to playcalling. DeFilippo can’t scheme WRs open, he does nothing unpredictable. Kirk has no time with that awful O-line, and DeFilippo does nothing to set up quick hit plays that set him up for success. Take a page from Chicago, where they scheme tons of quick hit plays to help Trubisky along. Dalvin Cook should be catch a ton of short balls, but all they do is run him up the gut despite the O line being abysmal. Fire the OC and bring one in who will get the most out of Kirk. DeFilippo has NO answers for defenses double teaming Thielen and Diggs.

  32. Coulda woulda shoulda. The only thing Kirk is elite at is making a costly mistake when it matters most. Vikings are going to regret this sooner than they think.

  33. Somehow, someway, the Vikings always find a way to do the wrong thing. You wanna over-pay a guy in hopes he can be an upgrade, fine. I get it. Good Qbs are hard to find. At least do your frickin’ homework and realize this guy needs a quality O-line to have a chance to succeed. They would’ve been better off giving Bridgewater a cheap 2 year deal, and bringing in a veteran back-up like McCown as an example. Well Rick, this is your last chance. You better build an O-line and keep drafting QBs because Cousins is not a 10-year type “franchise” guy. It’s obvious. Oh, and Deflip sucks at calling plays. Hopefully he’ll be fired by days end.

  34. Start with DeFilippo. Cuzzy was running for his life since the OL got bullied. He’s got maybe 2 seconds & the team cannot adjust with quick slants, outs or pick plays to their elite WR’s.

  35. That O-line is terrible. Cousins wasn’t great, I get that, but… When you have no time to throw, when plays designed to beat the rush like screens are TFL, when the running game can’t go anywhere (all because they can’t block anyone) then even Brady or Mahomes would struggle (yep, I went there). Blame the O-line first!

  36. Exactly when, Kirk, do you plan on bringing it? Obviously the playoff run is not deemed a sufficient occasion, nor nationally televised games against challenging opponents. When?

    He started off strong this year, but most of the last few games have been dismal. I owe the Packer fans an apology for challenging their assertion that he is the worst QB in the division–while I still do not think he is, he certainly looked it last night and the previous week.

    A big part of the problem is the offensive line, which is terrible. But that is clearly not the only problem.

    At this point, I hope they do not make the playoffs. They will only embarrass themselves.

  37. Unfair to put it all on Cousins. The OC play calling was terrible. And the O-Line play was terrible as well. Maybe they don’t have the proper plays in their arsenal? But whatever, there were a few plays on 3rd and 4th down, with less than 2 yds to gain, that made no sense. Maybe Cousins should have changed the play at the line, but again, unfair to put the blame only on Cousins.

  38. Don’t know why they are surprised, he produced the same results in Wash. Beat on scrubs get beat on by contenders. Hopefully, the trend of paying these QBs that have won absolutely nothing will fizzle out, for the sake of the cap and team balance across all positions.

  39. Cousins is not good right now but stands a chance to get better by putting the blame on himself and being self critical rather than just rolling his eyes at others and making excuses.

  40. Vikings gave Cousins the most guaranteed money in the history of the NFL when he signed his contract. They paid for and expected him to be elite and lift the team around him. And he just hasn’t done that at all.

    Crazy thing is, he never seems to catch much blame. In Washington, the team around him wasn’t good enough – nevermind that he played his worst when it counted the most. And now in Minny (13-3 last year), it’s the O-line’s fault, the play-calling sucks, etc…

    At what point does an 0-7 record on Monday night reflect on him, even just a little? Facts are, Kirk Cousins is now 4-24 against teams with winning records. Is that worth $84M? DO you really want to hang your $84M hat on a guy that cannot be counted on to play well against good teams?

    Cousins is a pretty good QB, in the vein of Keenums. But he isn’t elite by any measure of the word and he did not deserve to be made the highest paid QB in the league.

    Cousins is only the master of bad teams, junk-time stats and is IMO, “Fool’s Gold”.

  41. But you didn’t bring it Kirk…and rarely do! What an expensive mistake. Minnesota fans finally got rid of Joe Mauer…now we get Kirk Cousins. SMH.

  42. Cousins wasn’t the worth he expected when he was with the Redskins, he isn’t worth the money the Vikings are paying him to be there.

  43. The Vikings have again squandered what they had. They are stuck with this QB while the talent they have leave for better contracts, get hurt, or simply decline. The long decline has begun but the reboot won’t be able to start until this QB is gone. Too bad so sad.

  44. And through it all, the picked up flag on the blocked FG is what ultimately decided the Seahawks would win. The Vikes D was out there all day, and held them to 6 points. The Vikings offense was abysmal, and Flip should be fired first thing this morning (not just based on last night). But to pick up that flag, in a 6-0 game? They PICKED IT UP!! They saw the penalty. Threw the flag. Then said; “nah, lets not call the rule”.

  45. In order of problems for this offense:
    1. Play calling by Flip. Absolutely horrendous.
    2. Pass blocking.
    3. Run blocking.
    4. Cousins.

    The only immediate improvement that could happen would be to fire Flip this morning. You have the sixth seed today. And your offense is looking worse than ever. Plays don’t get in on time. Clock marches down to 1 second before they snap the ball (you can blame Cousins a bit here, but they aren’t breaking the huddle until 8-9 seconds left on clock, which is on play caller). Calling jumbo package running plays when everybody in the world knows your interior line cannot block for that (sure, you can blame the line on this, but aren’t coaches supposed to put you in a position to be successful?).

    Flip has to go. Today. It’s the only hope to save this season. What is the worst that could happen? The offense doesn’t score points for the first 58 minutes of the game?

  46. Cuz deflecting. Hate to see it.
    Receivers open but Cuz holds the ball.
    And DeFlip gets the blame from many media ‘members’?!
    I DON’T like that!

  47. “The Vikings also underlined a troubling trend that doesn’t bode well for the playoffs. They’re now 0-5-1 against teams that entered their games .500 or better, but 6-1 against teams that were under .500.”

    That trend comes along with the (ahem) ‘privilege’ of employing Captain Kirk and his guaranteed money. Cousins may have shown other QB’s how to do it when it comes to getting the guaranteed green but Minnesota has shown other teams why you shouldn’t.

  48. IF…..What Franchise QB says that about his offense??? If he was worth what he thinks hes worth and obviously what Spielman thinks he is worth , he would still be a Redskin..

  49. I see the cousins defenders are out in full force this am… it is always someone else’s fault for his poor play.

  50. I said it when the Vikings were courting Cousins.
    Offer Keenum $10 million per year after a 13-3 season, and take $12 million.

    Cousins needs to just shut his yap.
    Spielman, Zimmer and Flip should be fearing for their jobs with this debacle.

  51. Vikes have not made real significant moves on the O-line for the last 2 years, and it has been the weakest part of the team for longer than that. They had an opportunity in the first round last year to get Hernandez, but picked a cornerback. Cousins hasn’t been great, but it’s tough to be consistently good when running for your life. They won’t be a Super Bowl contender until they develop a reasonably good offensive line.

  52. The Chicago Bears defense is legit. Vikings defense above average. Lions and Packers defenses both meh. All four offenses in the division are mediocre to lousy this year. NFC North is not impressive in 2018.

  53. And to think I’ve actually seen Vikings fans writing that Kirk Cousins is a better QB than Aaron Rodgers! Not only are the Vikings management team living in a dream world, so are many of their fans! Cousins couldn’t carry Rodgers’ water bottle!
    The only differences between Casey Keenum and Kirk Cousins is Keenum actually beats teams with winning records and Cousins makes twice as much money as Keenum.
    The Vikings would have been better off keeping Keenum and Bridgewater than paying Cousins all that money.
    But as a Packers fan — I love it!!! Maybe they can work out a deal where they send all their draft picks to the Redskins to bring back Adrian Peterson, like they did when they traded away a bunch of them for Herschel Walker all those years ago. That still ranks as one of the worst trades in the history of the NFL. The Vikings helped Dallas win 4 championships with that trade. Meanwhile, the Vikings are still waiting for their first one.
    Oh — before I forget, Vikings. The draft starts April 25th, 2019 so don’t forget to hand your selections in on time! (Still the dumbest thing I have ever seen on draft day!)

  54. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I said it when the Vikings were courting Cousins.
    Offer Keenum $10 million per year after a 13-3 season, and take $12 million.

    +++++

    Okay, but Keenum is making $18 million a year so….?

  55. Inside the 5, where are the pick/rub plays or WR motion plays that worked so great last year. Flip doesn’t scheme well, doesn’t go after an opponents weakness (last night a rookie corner for Sea) and he doesn’t figure out how to neutralize the other teams best players (Wagner and Clark last night). It happens week after week. Like Cleveland has learned, sometimes a change is needed when something is broke. I expected these struggles in the first 4-5 games, not the end of season. Teams are taking Diggs and Thielen away now and Flip can’t counter. He’s not smart enough. I look for a change soon.

  56. pzebich says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:46 am
    The defense didn’t play that well either, they gave up over 200 yards rushing and only mistakes by Seattle kept the score close. The Cousins inking was the worst signing since Hershel Walker, Spielman needs to be fired, first for giving up a #1 for Bradford then signing a 3 year guaranteed contract to a QB that has a history of failure. When we need his best Cousins gives his worst. Zimmer doesn’t know when to kick a FG or go for it. It’s 1st and 10 and they call a short 2 yard pass but when it’s 3rd and 1 they throw it deep, DeFlippo is a moron. Mike Priefer also needs to go, his special teams are a disaster. Looks like they need to blow this team up because they have no heart and cannot win a big game.

    I think the defense did well. Limited the big pass. Just that Seattle was more creative with throwing to the tackle, having Lockett run reverses, plus Wilson using his legs, which Cousins should have done in short yardage and goal line.

  57. The Redskins are arguably the most inept organization in NFL, and Bruce Allen is indisputably the dumbest man in the game. And yet even the Skins and Allen had enough sense to pass on Cousins. It is true that the Redskins are not apt to find a quality quarterback to fill the void. But it is equally true that the Vikings will never contend for a title with Cousins at the helm — he just can’t come through in the clutch. If a team’s aim is to win a Super Bowl, Minnesota made a $84 million mistake.

  58. I don’t think Cousins was bad at all. I do think he can scramble more and create plays. The Seahawks defense was playing out of its mind last night, and got away with some things as far as I could tell. As others have said, the OL was dominated, which didn’t help. They had no running game.

  59. Cousins might be a more accurate passer than Case Keenum, but Keenum played the position better last season than Cousins has this season. Keenum plays with gusto, moves around in the pocket and can make plays with his feet, and throws well on the run. Cousins acts like all he needs to do is stand still until he finds an open receiver, but not behind that OL.

    Cousins missed a wide open Thielen in the end zone on fourth down, which would have give the Vikings the lead at the time. Cousins can’t take the heat, especially on the road.

  60. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Wait till you face those amazing Miami Dolphins this Sunday Kirk, won’t be pretty!

    —————

    The Dolphins have a winning record therefore that analytics say Cousins will lose…..again.

  61. All those calling for DeFilippo to be fired immediately are the same ones that will be calling for Zimmer to be fired shortly after DeFilippo is gone.

  62. Welcome to what we watched in Washington for years. An inability to show up for big games, a propensity to throw the interception in a crucial situation, consistently throwing into triple coverage, and taking multiple sacks. This is what you get with Kirk Cousins. Big stats padded by scores of dumpoff passes. Most overrated quarterback in the NFL.

  63. Cuz has more with the Vikings than he did with the Redskins. A great D, couple really prolific WR, a team on the cusp of at least an NFC Championship. Redskins fans tried to tell you all…Keep Case. Heck I wish the Redskins would have taken Case over Smith. At least they would still own their 3rd round draft pick and Fuller. Nobody made a very wise decision when it came to Cousins. Not the Redskins, not the Vikings, just Cousins. He made a good decision. Get away from the Redskins and go get paid.

  64. “Great QBs elevate the entire team to greatness!”

    Yeah, ‘cept for Rodgers this season, Brady to a degree, too. No QB can consistently do it all, year after year, without help. Regardless if it’s a dominating defense, a great offensive line, or stud RBs and WRs, the QB needs help, even if he’s great.

    Am I arguing Cousins is great? No, but he has shown flashes that he can be top ten material, but he definitely needs a a better team around him than Rodgers needs.

  65. Cousins if you brought it we’d be happy. 84 mil for a guy named Chokins can’t play with the good teams. Sitting on the couch I can see what’s developing in front of you, why can’t you??? Defilip should be Defired, 4th and 1 wide open toss to the RB, but NO! You choose to run it at the heart of the defense following your undersized rookie RT that is only playing because of injury. YOU outsmarted yourself. AGAIN

  66. Not all Cousin’s fault. Face it the Vikings offense is just not very good. The offensive line, coordinator and head coach all share the blame. GM and management have spent tons of money on the defense, and with the exception of the 84 million dollar man, nothing on the offense. The Seahawks are playing like a play-off team, Minnesota is not.

  67. The NFC north is spending a lot of money on QB’s. Cousins is only the third worst money spent in that group. As of today, the Vikings are in the playoffs. Another game like last night, and they won’t be. In reality, they probably need to go 2-1 to make playoffs at 8-7-1. Are the Panthers, Redskins, or Eagles going to go 3-0?

  68. Sooner or later these teams are going to stop overpaying dudes based on small sample sizes. They rarely ever reproduce that kind of production after the check clears.

  69. If they took that giant pile of money and lit it on fire, at least they’d have some heat for a little while. Just saying.

  70. packertruth says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:15 am
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:09 am
    I said it when the Vikings were courting Cousins.
    Offer Keenum $10 million per year after a 13-3 season, and take $12 million.
    +++++
    Okay, but Keenum is making $18 million a year so….?
    ——-
    Yes he is. but I don’t think Keenum would have demanded $18 million from the Vikings.
    But either way….I would have paid Keenum a lot less than paying Cousins.
    My point was and is that the Vikings should have NEVER paid Cousins what they paid.

  71. fwippel says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:24 am
    Cousins might be a more accurate passer than Case Keenum, but Keenum played the position better last season than Cousins has this season.
    ////////////
    And Case is not playing nearly as well this season. What’s your point, that 2018 isn’t 2017?

  72. SWFLPC.INC says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:25 am
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Wait till you face those amazing Miami Dolphins this Sunday Kirk, won’t be pretty!
    —————
    The Dolphins have a winning record therefore that analytics say Cousins will lose…..again
    ——-
    But if the Vikings win, the Dolphins will be 7-7 and thus, the Vikings still wont beat a team with a winning record. !!!
    So maybe the Vikings have a chance ?
    I wont hold my breath.

  73. madtowndan says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:25 am
    All those calling for DeFilippo to be fired immediately are the same ones that will be calling for Zimmer to be fired shortly after DeFilippo is gone.
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    I’m not sure what your point is, other than to make things up. Flip’s offense is horrible. Zim’s defense is the only reason the Vikings were in that game last night. Now, Zim is the head coach, so he gets some of the blame for the offense and the game plan. But Flip calls the plays. And those plays are not working. Start with firing Flip today, and then we can talk at the end of the season, depending on how the next month goes.

  74. I’m a Seahawk fan but any quarterback that doesn’t have a very good o-line is going to struggle…and those quarterbacks who have great o-lines perform at a much higher level than normal…give Cousins a better than average o-line and see the difference.

  75. Gary Buffington says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:25 am
    Welcome to what we watched in Washington for years. An inability to show up for big games, a propensity to throw the interception in a crucial situation, consistently throwing into triple coverage, and taking multiple sacks. This is what you get with Kirk Cousins. Big stats padded by scores of dumpoff passes. Most overrated quarterback in the NFL.
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    Cousins is like the third most overrated QB this season…..in his own division!!!! You’re just mad that he didn’t want to stay with your team. And now you’re on your fourth string QB. Just sit down and take your beatings.

  76. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:09 am
    I said it when the Vikings were courting Cousins.
    Offer Keenum $10 million per year after a 13-3 season, and take $12 million.
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    Congratulations on…..what exactly? Are you patting yourself on the back? Keenum is making $18 mil per season, and his record this year is 6-7. You seriously need to stop commenting.

  77. “Flaccid loss” haha. Cousins doing same stuff he did as a Redskin. Throwing timely picks and getting strip sacked late in games. Why do you think they let him walk???

  78. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    December 11, 2018 at 9:50 am
    Cousins running backward on every single 3rd down will NEVER work. Step up or get it out quickly.
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    Agreed. Sort of. Who is calling the empty backfield 7 step drops? Who is letting 4 guys rush up the middle and destroy the pocket? Who lets every defensive lineman stunt sack Cousins? The problem starts with the play calling, then moves to the blocking, then moves on to Cousins needing to make better plays.

  79. My point was and is that the Vikings should have NEVER paid Cousins what they paid.

    It’s the price of doing business in the NFL. Cousins in not even the top paid or top guaranteed money QB in the league and while he is not very good right not at least he is not in decline.b😋

  80. My point was and is that the Vikings should have NEVER paid Cousins what they paid.

    It’s the price of doing business in the NFL. Cousins in not even the top paid or top guaranteed money QB in the league and while he is not very good right not at least he is not in decline.b😋

  81. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 11:23 am

    You seriously need to stop commenting.
    +++++

    Says the guy with 6 comments since 11:17 trying desperately to convince anyone who will listen that the OC is the sole problem on a mediocre team.

  82. Cousins has been running for his life all year.
    No line, play calling that requires a good line, no running game.
    (Which also requires good line play…)

  83. Yes he is. but I don’t think Keenum would have demanded $18 million from the Vikings.

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    Are you saying he would have taken 6-8 million less per year to play for the Vikings? Why would he ever do that? He would have signed for 18-20 million with Minnesota

    After Keenum and Cousins, name the next starting caliber QB that would have been available to Minnesota this offseason……oh you can’t, can you? It was going to be one of them. Keenum would not have fared better than Cousins this year in Mnnesota, he would have been worse, guy crumbles under pressure more than Cousins (NFC Championship) and everyone would be saying that was a waste of 18 million.

    OLINE stinks, OC stinks, secondary gives up tons of big plays, HC needs to get better at preparing his team……

  84. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 11, 2018 at 11:18 am
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:25 am
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Wait till you face those amazing Miami Dolphins this Sunday Kirk, won’t be pretty!
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    The Dolphins have a winning record therefore that analytics say Cousins will lose…..again
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    But if the Vikings win, the Dolphins will be 7-7 and thus, the Vikings still wont beat a team with a winning record. !!!
    So maybe the Vikings have a chance ?
    I wont hold my breath.

    ——-

    Nope. You have to look at the opponents record entering the game. If that Pats would have held on to beat the Dolphins last Sunday then the Vikings had a chance

  85. Got to love Kirk Cousins! Kirk is “Billy the Kid” because he keeps robbing GMs of their cash. Kirk took the Redskins for $45 M and the Vikings for $84 M, robbery without a gun. After Kirk’s two jobs he walks away with $129 M! In two season with Kirk under the franchise tag, the Redskins got 15-14-1 and time off in January. Kirk’s first season with the Vikings @ $28 M this season the Viking will get a below .500 winning % and time off in January. Why do you pay all that money to a QB that has won nothing! A QB that has his whole time in the NFL “Choked” in every prime time game. Kirk Cousins is the riches garbage man in the NFL. The Kirk Cousins free agent signing will go down as the worst in NFL history! $84 M down the drain!!!!!!!

  86. Last year the Viking were within 1 game of making the Super Bowl. They did that with a back up QB in Case Keenam. Keenam apparently didn’t fit what the Viking wanted in a QB, too short, etc., etc. The quickly focused on Kirk Cousin as their idea QB, and dumped every other QB on last years team. Well the Vikings got their QB, and everybody can see the results.

  87. Lol remember when this guy made a whole documentary about how he was using the Jets as leverage against the Vikings? that noise you hear is the Jets owner and front office’s sigh of relief. I’ve never understood the hype around Cousins, outside of a few eye popping games when Shanahan was the head coach he hasn’t impressed me at all. In fact he looks worse with two all pro receivers, an elite defense, and a good young running back.

  88. A pocket passer needs a stout offensive line. Keenum was mobile and so he got alot more out of the offense than Cousins (not to mention Shurmur was a superior OC). Apparently, the “needs a stout offensive line” factor didn’t come into the Viking’s GM decision making last winter. More on him than anyone else.

  89. Looks like the Vikings are the NFC version of the Jaguars. Good defense, great at times. Offense that over-achieved last year. Didn’t get all the lucky breaks last year but got enough to get them to the conf championship game. Back to reality this year. Average team overall and stuck with an overpaid, undertalented quarterback. Seems like even the announcers last night dumped on Cousins quite a bit. At least the Seahawks were nice enough to give him a garbage time touchdown so he wouldn’t look like a complete loser. All Vikings fans are deserving of our pity for what their organization has done to them.

  90. Jeffrey Julian says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:48 am
    As a vikings fan of 30+ years, I can say this is what should have been expected by the Vikings fans. Even when we win we lose. Everyone thought the Vikings won the Cousins sweepstakes this summer, but as it turns out it was just another Vikings blunder that set the qb market and made us look foolish again. I’m tired of this team embarrassing me.

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    Eh, you’re not alone, man. My team, the Packers, have made me numb to horrible football this year. I just expect it now. Like back in the 70s-early 90s. It’s all good.

  91. no kirt, you would not be. that’s the point. you are going to be booed every bad throw from here on out, and you deserve it. this vikings fan is already hoping you get benched for the next two seasons. congrats on duping the vikings entire franchise into thinking you were worth that contract. enjoy it. because after 2020 season, you’ll be out of the league.
    good riddance. the slottr era cannot begin soon enough. that guy can actually navigate a pocket, unlike kirt, who seems to be almost as bad in the pocket as sam bradford, but bradford atleast had the bad knees excuse. cousins has no excuse. he’s just horrible. cousins is a blabbering talentless boob who should never open his mouth again in public, because minnesota fans will tear apart his every word from here on out.

    if the vikings lose out, zimmer, cousins, spielman are all gone after this season. they have to eat the cap hit from cousins, but so be it. they’ll be better off without this bum. good riddance to all of them. blow this entire roster up for all i care.

    packer fans can laugh and make jokes all they want, but your time came to an end two years ago in atlanta. you’re about to embark on a 30 year streak of horrible football and experience what every other team has had to go through: horrible QB play.

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