Kirk Cousins hopes expectations are high for the Vikings

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins says if there’s a lot of pressure in Minnesota this year, he welcomes it.

“This is professional football. I hope we have expectations. I hope that people on the outside say, “Boy, they better be good this year or else.’ Is that pressure? Yeah, but we’re professionals,” Cousins said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Cousins said he hopes to play in such a way that expectations are always high.

Let’s go play football and go win games and set a really high standard. If having a high standard produces expectations that we have to talk about, that’s a good problem to have,” Cousins said. “I hope we get to play for a lot of years where people really are putting a lot on us because they expect a lot out of us because we’ve shown we can do it.”

After signing in Minnesota, Cousins fell well short of expectations last year. He knows this is the year he needs to play up to his contract.

38 responses to “Kirk Cousins hopes expectations are high for the Vikings

  1. Yeah because Cousins does so well in high pressure situations. This guy is out to lunch. Zero self awareness

  2. Sure that’s easy to say when you have a fully guaranteed contract. What’s going to happen if you underachieve? Nothing! He’ll still get all of his money.

  3. Good teammate. Humble guy. Hard not to root for Kirk. Wish Rogers had his demeanor
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    Ironically Rodgers has said very similar things many times only to have you guys call him an egomaniac.

  4. as vikings fan, i do have to say, it’s been nice knowing who the starting QB is going to be for 2 consecutive seasons. been a long long time since we have known such luxury.

  5. Sorry but their window has closed. Their defense is getting old and it wasn’t it once was and they are paying franchise money to a guy that can’t beat a good team. They were the most disappointing team in the league last year and didn’t get any better.

  6. Kirk, buddy, whenever you generate high expectations, fans have been burned.

    Let them take it easy and surprise them this year.

  7. The last Minnesota Vikings quarterback to win two Post Season games in a single season was Fran Tarkenton back in 1976. Expectations shouldn’t be too high based on that.

  8. Paid top dollar by default but has shown very little to demonstrate his worthiness of money spent. Glad it’s Ziggy’s and Company and not mine. I hope I’m proved dead wrong this season and he proves he was worth the money.

  9. Cousins isn’t the only one that has high expectations for this team this year. Most people think it is the Bears and Vikings for the division for 2019. And both teams in the playoffs. I could see it too.

  10. infinitig says:
    July 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    The last Minnesota Vikings quarterback to win two Post Season games in a single season was Fran Tarkenton back in 1976. Expectations shouldn’t be too high based on that.
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    Wade Wilson won two in 1987.

  11. I fail to see how expectations could be high for a team with a poor O Line and headcase QB. Throw in the fact that they’ve never had a successful post season, and it’s game over.
    Again.

  12. hailskins1975 says:

    Yeah because Cousins does so well in high pressure situations. This guy is out to lunch. Zero self awareness

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    Don’t agree, based on his highly publicized “I’m a .500 QB” comment of just a few weeks ago. Think a breathing OL and a good running game might help? If Kubiak gets in his head this could be a very fun year. Cousins hasn’t been very good, but he hasn’t ducked any questions.

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    jr325 says:

    Sure that’s easy to say when you have a fully guaranteed contract. What’s going to happen if you underachieve? Nothing! He’ll still get all of his money.

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    True, but it’s still a team game. I do believe the roster is improved. We will see.

  13. infinitig says:
    July 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    The last Minnesota Vikings quarterback to win two Post Season games in a single season was Fran Tarkenton back in 1976. Expectations shouldn’t be too high based on that.
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    Wade Wilson was QB when the Vikings beat the Saints and the 49ers in the 1987 season.

    But you are right. It’s been a long time.

  14. numba1wiscosportsfan says:

    July 31, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Good teammate. Humble guy. Hard not to root for Kirk. Wish Rogers had his demeanor

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You obviously mean Mr. Rogers. By all appearances, he and Cousins already have the same demeanor.

  15. How about not winning an NFCCG in 6 tries since winning their last one in 76.

  16. Sorry but their window has closed. Their defense is getting old and it wasn’t it once was and they are paying franchise money to a guy that can’t beat a good team. They were the most disappointing team in the league last year and didn’t get any better.

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    Hey Bucky whose old? Vikes defense is a lot younger then your old injury prone QB, who basically threw the season and the team under the bus to get McCarthy fired.

    Some of you just don’t get it, do you realize how hard it is to win in the NFL? Thast why teams like the Pats will go down in NFL lore as the best team/dynasty ever. Zim stated that as long as he has been around coaching that free agents do better there second year. I trust his analysis more than I do some arm chair QBs. I think they are much improved, the adjustment period is over for the whole team as far as Cousins connecting with his Wrs and tight ends.

    Usually in a Kubiak run offense, there are two tight ends sets and the second tight end (Irv Smith) usually ends up the number 3 receiver. I think Vikings fans will be pleasantly surprised this year. Its a team game and Cousins understands that concept. When your offense goes up against arguably one of the best defenses in the NFL day in and day out, they can only get better. The only concern I have is the three technique where they are a lil thin on the interior defensive line, Linval gotta play better. I’m not worried about the Bears, Lions nor the one man team to the East.

  17. Kirk is a very poor motivational speaker. As evidence I show you this quote, and his pre-game speech before the Michigan State Texas Tech game.

    When Kirk talks, his team loses.

  18. Ironically Rodgers has been a 500 QB with 1 playoff win the past 3.5 years only to have you guys rip cousins for the same thing. (And Rodgers will be 36 this season so he is not trending up) 😐😐

  19. 3.5 years. I guess it’s OK to say Thielen played like an All-Pro for .5 years last season and like a DII wannabe for .5 years last season.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    August 1, 2019 at 11:35 am

    3.5 years. I guess it’s OK to say Thielen played like an All-Pro for .5 years last season and like a DII wannabe for .5 years last season.
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    Are you referring to the two time Pro Bowler – the 20 catches,256 yards, 2 touchdowns against the Pack last year? That Adam Thielen? The Adam Thielen that has had two back to back seasons over 1,000 yards Adam Thielen?

  21. mrdarkness13 says:
    August 1, 2019 at 11:56 am
    Are you referring to the two time Pro Bowler – the 20 catches,256 yards, 2 touchdowns against the Pack last year? That Adam Thielen? The Adam Thielen that has had two back to back seasons over 1,000 yards Adam Thielen?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Yup. That’s the one. He’s been figured out. He disappeared in the last eight games and it showed in his displays of anger and frustration.

  22. pkrlvr says:
    July 31, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    Good teammate. Humble guy. Hard not to root for Kirk. Wish Rogers had his demeanor
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    Ironically Rodgers has said very similar things many times only to have you guys call him an egomaniac.
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    There is actually a huge difference, Cousins Mans up and admits his failings.Rodgers on the other hand, throws his teammates, especially Receivers, line and defense under the bus after losses. I’d say that is a pretty important difference. his own Brother doesn’t even like him for Christ sake!

  23. There are three people that think the Vikings will be better than the Packers this year. Sure, they have 50 screen names here, but don’t let that fool you.

    The Vikings are more than likely going to wind up last in the division.

    And that’s what their fans deserve.

  24. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    There are three people that think the Vikings will be better than the Packers this year. Sure, they have 50 screen names here, but don’t let that fool you.

    The Vikings are more than likely going to wind up last in the division.

    And that’s what their fans deserve.
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    Your predictions every year are funny because they are always so wrong. There’s no credibility left. You’ll be gone again by the end of September and come back next year with more wrong predictions.

  25. The only time I disappear is right after the Super Bowl until around the draft, and then again for a bit until training camp.

    I’ll pop in every so often in there to remind you that I’m smarter than you, and just better than you (not because of my team, but because you made excuses for child beating because it was Adrian Peterson).

    These are facts. Here’s another:

    Packers > Vikings. Always and forever.

  26. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    The only time I disappear is right after the Super Bowl until around the draft, and then again for a bit until training camp.

    I’ll pop in every so often in there to remind you that I’m smarter than you, and just better than you (not because of my team, but because you made excuses for child beating because it was Adrian Peterson).

    These are facts. Here’s another:

    Packers > Vikings. Always and forever.
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    Dude why you bring up a player that hasn’t even been on the team in two years? Oh I know why you Packer fans like to live in the past. Pounding your chests about your 13 World Championships and relishing the fact the you are somehow the NFL’s Golden Child. These are the facts……. Packers will never be the Pats and

    Brady > Rodgers always and forever am I right?

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