Rick Spielman on Kirk Cousins: Second year is usually when FA acquisitions take off

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Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman made a big splash last offseason when he signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year deal, but the team fell short of expectations by missing the playoffs in 2018.

That result has led to rough reviews of Cousins’ work during his first season in Minnesota and the quarterback was one of the topics of discussion during Spielman’s appearance on PFT Live from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Spielman noted Cousins’ stats while saying he didn’t think the quarterback had a bad season, but agreed that the team’s place in the standings were the ultimate judge of how things played out. He also explained that more time with offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and the addition of Gary Kubiak to the coaching staff are among the reasons why he believes 2019 will be better.

“When you look at any free agent, usually coming into their second year is when they take off,” Spielman said. “The other thing that I think will be a huge benefit for Kirk Cousins is bringing in a Kubiak and a Stefanski now working with Kirk for a year. Understanding what his strengths are, what his weaknesses are and let’s design a scheme … that utilizes the things he does well.”

Mike Shanahan said recently that the Vikings need to improve other spots on the offense to get the most out of Cousins. Spielman agrees with that sentiment and said he has to “get better personnel” on the offensive line this offseason to maximize their return on last offseason’s big pickup.

29 responses to “Rick Spielman on Kirk Cousins: Second year is usually when FA acquisitions take off

  1. There is no such thing as a second year take off for FA. Time to admit you made a $84 million mistake.

  2. Play Franchise mode of madden and tell me how you can have a balanced roster with his ridiculous cap space. It’s ridiculos. Kirk grills his steaks on tinfoil. Please someone trade for him.

  3. I’m not a Spielman fan, but the fans of the green and yellow on here are throwing stones in a glass house. Ted Thompson had an opportunity to build a dynasty around Favre and Rodgers.

  4. Rick Spielman on Kirk Cousins: Second year is usually when FA acquisitions take off

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    Yeah, Rick. Because it is clear to us now that it definitely isn’t in the first year.

  5. beerbratscheese says:
    February 27, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    Worked really well for Favre in his second year with the Vikings. Also, why’d they get rid of Keenum if the second year is supposed to be the magic year?

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    Keenums year was an anomaly, as shown by his 2018 in Denver. He just was on a team that didn’t go into the fetal position and cry after one player got hurt (see 2017 packers).

  6. Ted Thompson had an opportunity to build a dynasty around Favre and Rodgers.
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    And has two Superbowls to show for it. Should of had more though, I agree.

  7. He just was on a team that didn’t go into the fetal position and cry after one player got hurt (see 2017 packers).
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    I thought the 2017 rallied well after Rodgers went down….they just had an awful backup

  8. It isn’t Cousins fault his O-Line Stunk BEFORE his Offensive Line coach died without a replacement right before the regular season! It is Spielman’s fault for letting Zimmer spend nearly every pick on splash players and saying They could make ANY big guy a good lineman!
    so they ignored the line for 6 or 7 years until 5th-7th and unsigned FA’s Washington always has a good O-line that is why he looks so much better.
    Jets are willing to trade out of the 3rd over all pick… Get on the line and swap him. The Jets tried and even offered more money to Cousins than the Vikings.. throw in a 2nd pick to sweeten it, then have Rick turn that 3rd spot into 2 more 1st’s and half a dozen 3rd-5th rounders…

  9. Out of the 32 GM’s in the league, the last GM I would want picking my Qb is Spielman, every single time he has tried it with both the Dolphins and the Vikings, he has come up woefully short.

    So this is just wishful thinking, he needs Cousins to only be slightly above average so they can both keep their jobs. Cousins will be lucky to even do that. Zimmer can throw all his OC’s and kickers under the bus again this year and I don’t think it will make a difference in Cousins, just more of the same. More of the same in Minnesota is failing to win a Superbowl, at least they are consistent in that.

  10. If Thielan falls apart again and has another monumental collapse in the 2nd half next year it will not help. Diggs is also too small. Both guys need to put on 15 lbs of muscle minimum. The Vikings need a big strong fast receiver to help them. Too bad Treadwell couldn’t hit water falling out of a boat.

  11. the stat that doesn’t lie: cousins is 5 wins and 25 losses against teams with winning records.

    case closed. i have zero hope for this team. i know spielman will spend like crazy on cast off offensive lineman in free agency and ignore them in the draft. and around and around we go. why did i choose this stupid team?

  12. love the way this team drafts and develops on defense.
    On offense? Well… Cousins is going to get you all fired.
    Probably should’ve taken the olineman instead of the kid with the bad knee.

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    February 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Out of the 32 GM’s in the league, the last GM I would want picking my Qb is Spielman, every single time he has tried it with both the Dolphins and the Vikings, he has come up woefully short.
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    John Elway says hold my beer.

  14. Well, if Cousins can’t break through against top competition in 2019, Rick Spielman will likely be looking for work this time next year.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    February 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm
    Out of the 32 GM’s in the league, the last GM I would want picking my Qb is Spielman, every single time he has tried it with both the Dolphins and the Vikings, he has come up woefully short.

    So this is just wishful thinking, he needs Cousins to only be slightly above average so they can both keep their jobs. Cousins will be lucky to even do that. Zimmer can throw all his OC’s and kickers under the bus again this year and I don’t think it will make a difference in Cousins, just more of the same. More of the same in Minnesota is failing to win a Superbowl, at least they are consistent in that.
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    Cousins is slightly above average. What does that say about that awesome packer d that he completely shredded last year while Rodgers choked against the Vikings

  16. ogpackerfan says:
    February 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    He just was on a team that didn’t go into the fetal position and cry after one player got hurt (see 2017 packers).
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    I thought the 2017 rallied well after Rodgers went down….they just had an awful backup
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    Guess a difference in opinion exists here I wouldn’t call a a 3-8 finish a good rally. I mean even Aaron quit after his one bad game back.

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