Kirk Cousins frustrated after “really disappointing performance”

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Kirk Cousins won’t play again in the preseason.

Kirk Cousins knows he’s got a lot of work to do before the regular season.

The Vikings quarterback was clearly frustrated by his final preseason performance, an ugly 3-of-13 for 35 yard passing day which included two sacks.

Really disappointing performance,’’ Cousins said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Put it on me. It wasn’t good enough. If we play that way during the season, it’s going to be a very tough year. We have to be much better than we were [Saturday]. And I really should say I have to be much better than I was. It’s about as simple as that.”

The Vikings gained just 35 yards in the first half, if you don’t count Dalvin Cook‘s 85-yard touchdown run.

“We’ve got to be a lot better,’’ Cousins said. “Thankfully, I know we can be better. . . . I said to the centers and quarterbacks as we took the field for warm-ups, every time you step out there, this is your resume. You have to put your name on it, whether it’s preseason, regular season, postseason. . . . I’m disappointed that I’ve got to put my name on [Saturday’s game], and it’s the kind of thing that I’ll be pretty cranky with my wife when I go home.’’

Coach Mike Zimmer was critical of his team’s performance, down to their speed getting in and out of the huddle. Along with dropped passes and penalties, it was a forgettable performance, in their final tune-up before their opener against the Falcons.

46 responses to “Kirk Cousins frustrated after “really disappointing performance”

  1. Everybody on the offensive side should be disappointed. Kirk terrible, Diggs not good, Beebe dropping EVERYTHING, holding calls… an all-around disaster. Ugly, ugly football. It reminded me of the Frazier offense.

  2. Now he knows how Washington and Minnesota fans felt after watching him fail in the clutch numerous times .

  3. Fanbase is crankier than you’ll be with your wife.
    No matter how many times you talk to Fran, a robot under pressure has a more natural sense for eluding pressure in the pocket.
    Probably a top 5 QB when he can just set and throw, a bottom 5 when he is off his spot.

  4. “And I really should say that I have to be much better than I was.”

    ==========

    You are a 31 yr old QB. You are not going to get better. It’s over. You have been saying you are going to get better for like 8 years now. It’s not happening.

    The best QB on the Vikings roster is Kyle Sloter and he sucks.

    It is going to be another long season for the Vikings. Vikings fans can at least look forward to changes in 2020. You will still have Cousins though, so good luck.👍

  5. This guy knows just what to say to keep Viking fans awaiting passively. He can’t speak from his gut. His first inclination is to appease the masses. He’s Jeff George 102.

  6. Going to be an interesting year of football in the Black and Blue Division. Packers with a new coach and how his offense does, Vikings qb and his offensive line, Chicago with a young qb and new defensive head man and Lions with a whole lot of unknown. All in all, GB and Bears have the least amount of “problems” to handle. Going to be a dog fight the whole season.

  7. The decision to leave Washington will haunt him for the remainder of his career. Not easy to pick up a new system and I think he is finding that out. Last year, he looked nothing like he did his last two seasons in Washington.

  8. He’s a milquetoast politician, choosing his words so carefully so as not to offend anyone and keep the locals nodding their heads in uncertain approval.

    They are stuck with this guy.

  9. Vikings 1st team offense: Last 8 drives. this preseason. Seattle & Arizona

    Punt, FG, Punt, Dalvin Cook 85 yd td, punt, punt, punt, missed FG.

    The first punt was an 11 play drive. yet they punt. I can’t blame Capt. Kirk the whole time though because the WR & TE keep dropping passes & Elflein has been run right past & trucked over. It’s not looking pretty for him on passing plays. Klein is a pretty questionable acquisition.

    More concerning is the defense. Especially the CB & Safety play. When the Vikings CB’s have to cover WR’s for long distances they lose a step and then get beat deep. It’s how the Eagles destroyed them. The CB’s start to slow up because they think the play is over, then bam, burned. The D-line getting zero pressure has a lot to do with that. Hundley had 2 passes down the middle that his receivers bungled & Murray got a huge pass on the same play. Zim did zilch to adjust for it.

  10. Kirk, go count your money and shut up.
    You were paid, so produce.
    No excuses.

    I think the team will improve … to 9-7.
    Who knows, that might be good enough to make the playoffs.
    It’s all up to Kirk.

  11. Cousins is a mediocre QB, there really isn’t anything surprising here. He is basically Popeye, he is what he is . . . nobody should be shocked that he will be great one game and horrible another . . . that is the definition of mediocre . . . the only shocking thing is how much this guy has managed to earn during his NFL career – at the conclusion of his current 3 year fully guaranteed contract Cousins will have made $131 million over a 8 year career. The only thing that prevented that from being about $20 million more was his drop in the 2012 draft, which was the difference between a >$20 million and <$3 million four year contract.

  12. I tried !!! But Cousins is as pocket aware as a pig is clean ………… He’s Terrible !!! Those of us who watched the game saw how every pass he through was completely off the mark so close to the defender it was simple to knock his pass’s away .. As for Sloter , You could just see the Energy level sky rocket when he hit the field … Give the kid a chance …. Being a True Honest fan is also telling the truth even when hurts .. PA,Wobby are u listening …..

  13. first game last year the Vikings peaked. It was down hill from there with injuries and complacency.

    I think its good for Cousins and the Vikings to have failed big time in game 3. They are healthy to begin the season like last year, and there is no complacency. I would not be surprised to see them beat Atlanta and then keep going.

  14. Vikings 1st team offense: Last 8 drives. this preseason. Seattle & Arizona

    Punt, FG, Punt, Dalvin Cook 85 yd td, punt, punt, punt, missed FG.

    ————-

    I watched the Seattle game and the first team offense did just fine. Cousins was very accurate in the first two Pr-Season games. He wasn’t good in the Arizona. He had some great deep throws to Thielan.

    The offensive line let preasure all day against Cousins, and Oneal didn’t play. Theilan didn’t play. Cousin’s was just a bit inaccurate missing the Diggs touchdown throw.

    People are way overratcting. This is Pre-season. They aren’t going to show many good plays, and the offense is going to be very vanilla.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:12 am
    This guy knows just what to say to keep Viking fans awaiting passively. He can’t speak from his gut. His first inclination is to appease the masses. He’s Jeff George 102.
    ——————————————

    Jeff George was a coach killer diva that never took blame for anything. That sounds more like Erin Rodgers than Kirk Cousins.

  16. C\mon Viking faithful, its one PRE SEASON game. Look at the positive side, the Vikings got outta the pre season with no major injuries to their starters.One game and you are thinking the sky is falling, thinking about throwing in the towel. Did you ever think that maybe they were trying some different things. I don’t’ recall Cousins rolling out that much during the game like he did the previous two. I’m not gonna base the season off one preseason game.

  17. Starting to sound like Christian Ponder moto ‘the mistakes are easily correctible’
    84 million piece of garbage. The deep pass to Diggs and some other pass to Diggs that were off by about 5 yards tells ya all you need to know about Kirk Cousins.

    Maybe you should join Luck.

  18. I was frustrated by Cousins and yelling at the TV as much as anyone, but the fact remains that preseason performances have very little to do with regular season performances. It was obvious the Vikings weren’t running the same kind of offense they’ll be running in two weeks. Anger and panic are the appropriate responses if we see this kind of effort in the regular season, but not now.

  19. Wow people need to calm the eff down. The Vikings weren’t showing anything other than a vanilla offense and defense. Could Cousins and the line played better? Absolutely. Actual game planning and fully involved offense will look a lot different. I hope this will make people sleep on the Vikings. Please do so.

  20. Sloter is #1!!!!!!!
    Zimmer blinded by the big contract they gave to a less than average QB Cousins.
    Zimmer is too cowardly to call Cousins a bust.

  21. itswhereyourmindsat says:
    August 26, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Vikings will miss the playoffs again. Calling it
    ________

    Wow, really going out there on a limb there, aren’t you, Fella?

  22. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 26, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Wow people need to calm the eff down. The Vikings weren’t showing anything other than a vanilla offense and defense. Could Cousins and the line played better? Absolutely. Actual game planning and fully involved offense will look a lot different. I hope this will make people sleep on the Vikings. Please do so.

    —-

    Incorrect. As I’ve said all along, preseason is specifically for fine-tuning scheme. It’s the only angle I have to make fun of Aaron Rodgers. Let me have that.

  23. If the Vikes “fall apart” again this season the Wilfs have to step up/man up with a business decision….time to move on from Spielman…………….and maybe even Zimmer…..

  24. stellarperformance says:

    He’s a milquetoast politician, choosing his words so carefully so as not to offend anyone and keep the locals nodding their heads in uncertain approval.

    They are stuck with this guy.

    ***

    Cousins is the QB and I have no issues with it, contract or no contract. He’s a tough player who doesn’t miss games and has a great arm. Kirk’s limited pocket awareness/elusiveness is a weakness, but he thinks before speaking and says the right things the right way. Green Bay would benefit if Rodgers did the same.

  25. There is absolutely nothing he or anyone else on the team can say that will make me feel better about that mess. We need to let our play speak for us. Nothing our play said in this last game is acceptable. Taking responsibility is nice but I want improvement. Running out of patience with under performing teams. Time to man up.

  26. It’s just preseason football, this is the time to make mistakes. Meanwhile to the east the QB at the cheese factory refuses to take the field for even a second worth of preseason action.

  27. And I agree Kirk. Now let’s not do that in the regular season. And people, stop stop stop talking about a backup QB that looks good against 3rd and 4th stringers. No, Sloter is not a #1.

  28. Had hoped this would work out. But it won’t. He’s an average QB, nothing more. The stars don’t have games like that. He can get us to the playoffs but that is it. He will need a Keenum-like alignment of the stars to get to the NFC championship game.

  29. Getting Cousins is just another nail in Spielmans GM Coffin. It’s just too bad he’ll be taking Zimmer with him. That front off is is a dysfunctional mess. When will they realize (obviously never) a CHAMPIONSHIP NFL team is built with the OFFENSIVE line first and not last, the way the team has done it for the past 58 years. They are so head strong on defense they forget you must score points to win. The Offensive line has been Minnesota’s Achilles heal for as long as I can remember. I just wonder what stock holder has that much pull with the team? meh see ya next year.

  30. So wrong,

    what do you expect from cheaters though.

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Could have just kept Keenum for the same production and a lot less pay.

  31. What’s worse in the genius fan base wanting Bebe who’s 5’8 180, if he’s got a 10 pound weight in his pocket, as the #3 receiver. If Diggs & Theilan get hurt you want that as your #1? He should be cut. Nobody’s going to sign him. He’ll be on the practice squad. He’s injury prone. Sadly Treadwell has played much better than Bebe. Less drops too. Bebe should be #5 and used out of the slot only.

  32. Why is Rick Spielman such a terrible judge of QB talent? Overall he’s been a good G.M. He’s completely turned the team around from a culture standpoint (think of the Tice years). He’s built a good roster with solid drafts. Why oh why he is so blind when it comes to QBs I just don’t get. Cousins is what he is and he’s just not going to get better. You can’t teach poise and pocket presence. You either have it or you don’t. Cook has to stay healthy and the defense needs to be monster for this team to have a shot at the playoffs. Cousins is not the answer, sigh.

  33. Stockpile draft picks and trade up for Trevor Lawrence when they can. I don’t think Cousins is terrible but he isn’t Lawrence either.

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