What will the Vikings do with Kirk Cousins?

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Sunday’s game confirmed for everyone what many suspected: For Kirk Cousins, those “You Like That?!?” moments are too few and too far between. For the Vikings, who have Cousins under contract for another 28 games, the question is whether they like that enough to keep paying him.

Not that they have much of a choice. His $29.5 million base salary for 2020 was fully guaranteed at signing. Which suggests that the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for the balance of his contract. But if the next 12 games go the way the first 20 have gone, with Cousins failing to step up in big games or big moments (he’s now 2-8-1 in games that fairly could be regarded as significant), will the Vikings try to figure out a way out from under his contract?

There are no good options, short of someone willing to trade for the privilege of paying him $29.5 million in 2020. And that’s not happening. At best, the Vikings would have to do a Jadeveon Clowney-type deal, trading Cousins to a team and paying a large chunk of his salary. Or maybe they’ll have to do a Brock Osweiler-type deal, trading Cousins and his contract to a new team and sending a first-round pick to the team that assumes the responsibility to pay Cousins.

At worst, the Vikings would bite the bullet, cutting Cousins, paying him the difference between $29.5 million and whatever he gets elsewhere, and moving on.

The Vikings will have to ask themselves whether paying him not to play for the team is better than paying him to continuing to play for the team. Without knowing more about their other options, it’s impossible to answer that question.

At this point, though, it’s fair to say that the Vikings made a mistake when entrusting so much cash and cap space to Cousins. Barring a dramatic turnaround by a player who seems to be all too conscious of — and all too freaked out by — big games and big moments, the Vikings will be looking for a way out of a third year with Cousins, even if they won’t have one.

179 responses to “What will the Vikings do with Kirk Cousins?

  1. Cousins likes that contract! He played the system perfectly. 2 years on the franchise tag, then a short, sweet 3 year deal. And will still be in his early 30’s to be a BU into his late 30’s. Stud! He knew ‘long term deals’ are never fulfilled (by either side) all the way, compliments to him for being bright.

  2. The Bears bullied my Vikings all day long. Just better coached, better personnel, and better execution. In my opinion my Vikings will be in the cellar of the North when the smoke clears as the Packers, Bears, and Lions are all clearly better teams.

  3. He’s terrible has fear in his eyes. Should have never let Sloter get away. Zimmer is gonna be fired if he keeps him in there, only maybe if he benches him. Rick Speilman should be fired. Chickens shouldn’t play football!

  4. “Here are some scores from around the league”:
    Kirk Cousins – 84,000,000
    Minnesota Vikings – 0

    Kirk is losing (or has lost) the locker room. The pass protection issues were not handled in the offseason for the second straight year. A talented defense, talented receiving core, and talented running backs will do nothing for you if an opposing defense can make you one dimensional. The heat is on in Minnesota…and its gonna get really hot.

  5. You can’t pay a guy almost $30M and then have to gameplan the offense to minimize his impact. If you’re paying someone over $10M a year, at ANY position, he needs to be having a positive impact every time he’s on the field. If he’s not, you messed up, not him.

  6. Trade him, but if a first rounder is needed, do not trade a first round to get the salary off. Trade a 2nd rounder and cousins to any team wanting him. No faith in this guy and there is no excuses why he isn’t playing well. The Vikings upgraded their offensive line, got 2 of the best wr’s, a fantastic rb. Unreal that this guy can not get out of the pocket and either make an efficient pass or run the ball. Seems to me this guy is afraid to get hit.

  7. Maybe they should invest in an OL and offensive coordinator. Cousins had no time to go through progressions due to the inability to protect him for the 5 or 6 seconds required for all the slow-developing pass routes called. Cook couldn’t get anything going on the ground, either, again because of poor OL play.

    When your OL is as bad as the Vikings, your OC needs to account for it with the play calling. He didn’t.

    Blame for the poor offense does include Cousins, but he’s a fairly distant third behind the OL and the OC calling plays.

  8. i don’t need or want to kick a team when it’s down. The Vikings’ own fans are doing enough of that already. It’s enough for me to simply have their trolls silenced a little bit, if just for a day or so. They’ll be back, and they’ll immediately try to pick unnecessary fights with insults and put-downs. That’s the only ammunition they ever have.

  9. I love it. I live in MN and work with a couple huge Vikings fans. Hearing them make up excuses on why Cousins was the best option available is hilarious.

    Cousins is basically Rob Johnson. He parlayed one amazing game (You like that!! game) into a huge payday. He was a .500 QB with a penchant of turning the ball over, and a team that made the NFC championship game fell in love with a single game instead of the overall player.

  10. For Kirk Cousins, those “You Like That?!?”

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    I think the trademark application was “You Vike That” and you are correct, they have no recourse but to pay him. First fully guaranteed QB contract in history setting off the current escalation of higher guaranteed salaries in contracts which will cripple teams if they give the guarantees to the wrong person, like Kirk Cousins.

    They truly would’ve been better off keeping Case Keenum. Better mobility and his contract would’ve been alot easier to get out of.

    Desperate GMs can convince themselves that lead is gold.

  11. Thought he was worth all the guaranteed money he received? That’s what was said at the time. The Vikings have under achieved for years but continue to be hyped. The OC was suppose to be the problem and were used as the scapegoat. Keep loving Zimmer.

  12. LOL Lifistough.

    They don’t.
    Both of yours were unwanted and cut from their previous teams.
    For all the “Cousins was a major diappointment last season” talk, it just isn’t true.
    he had top 5 qb numbers, and most of the games they lost were due to the defense choking, not Cousins.
    And if not for FIVE missed kicks in the GreenBay game, they would have been in the playoffs.
    Not that I”m defending his ineadequate play. I just think it’s time to calm the hell down and stop acting like he’s Nathan Peterman.

  13. Good running game, good receivers, good defense — missing just one thing. Trade for Tannehill. He’s serviceable.

  14. You got outplayed by a 10 year journeyman!
    And why are you cheering when walking onto the field for away games on the first play? Are you trying to cheer on THEIR defense? He lost the fanbase last year with his little arm-flailing act with Theilen when he had a whopping 85 yards through 3 Qtrs and has now lost then entire team and will definitely get people to lose their jobs after the season. Sure, they’ll probably beat the Giants next weekend, but does it really matter?

    The Vikings will have to ask themselves whether paying him not to play for the team is better than paying him to continuing to play for the team. YES IT IS.

  15. It doesn’t matter. The o-line cannot pass protect. The receivers can’t get open, and when they do, they can’t catch it.

    It’s not just Cousins.

    This team can legit go 5-11 this season pretty easily.

  16. As a Vikings fan of 27 years I can say with certainty that us as a collective are checked out of this team until he is gone. Not one fan I’ve met wanted this guy. Bring back Sloter and let the good times roll. I’d rather watch this team go 4-12 with Sloter than 7-9 with Cousins.

  17. Washington is the worst run organization in professional and amateur sports. But they did get one thing right in letting this charlatan walk. Good job Bruce, now please hand in your keys to the building while security escorts you out.

  18. He’s doing the same exact things he did as a Skin… fumbles on sacks and throws timely interceptions. Didn’t the Vikings watch any film on him???

  19. Do something like a straight up trade with Atlanta for Matt Ryan or Dallas for Dak or Foles or Cam, Rivers in San Diego (has yet to do a new contract), Stafford, would say Goff but he can’t read defenses and doesn’t like cold weather, or there are plenty of other teams that don’t like their current mediocre QB that they are stuck paying maybe a change of scenery might lite the fire under one of these QB’s. Can’t do much worse unless it is someone like Flacco.

  20. 2ruefan says:
    September 30, 2019 at 11:23 am
    LOL Lifistough.

    They don’t.
    Both of yours were unwanted and cut from their previous teams.
    For all the “Cousins was a major diappointment last season” talk, it just isn’t true.
    he had top 5 qb numbers

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    Top 5 numbers? He is like 4-29 against teams with winning records!!!

  21. This tickles me… becasue because the Redskins suck, nobody listens to us. We told you guys that Cousins folds under pressure. I mean doesnt it tell you something when the lowly Redskins will not pay the man. You all say that management screwed up (which yes, they suck) But “Kirt’s play was the reason. He is who we thought he was. Period. You like that??

  22. The “you like that” Cousins was playing that Lovie Smith defense that couldn’t defend a 10 yard slant route. Unfortunately for Cousins, most teams can defend that.

  23. For once the Redskins got something RIGHT and did the RIGHT thing regarding Kirk Cousins….To paraphrase the late great Denny Green …”he is who we (the Redskins) thought he was”……

  24. Signing him at the time was the correct move. He was the most talented QB on the market. It just didn’t work out. On to the next QB.

  25. Cousins, Eli, and Russell Wilson are the most overrated QBs in the league. The only reason Bradford is no longer on the list is because teams finally came to their senses

  26. As a Viking fan that was in a bar yesterday with many many other Vikings fans, this team has lost its fan base in terms of this roster being a contender. it’s over. we were literally laughing at this team yesterday.

    I hope the people that read the comments on this site take my word for it and not the usual Viking fan troll idiots on here. i’m not surprised at all at this disaster of a season. anybody that watches the NFL could see this coming at the end of last year.

    Cousins literally said he would rather throw incompletions and/or take a sack against Mack so he could avoid being strip sacked. What kind of attitude is that? Oh, and that didn’t exactly work out too well for him.

    Cousins is probably a wonderful person. but he got $84 million to do a job, and he has been a major disappointment. he has lost his teammates confidence.

    But, what are they going to do? Bench Cousins for Mannion? Mannion is awful and has no upside whatsoever. I’d rather they just gut it out with Cousins. Sloter would have been the ideal replacement but this goes to further prove that they cut Sloter because they knew if Cousins was performing badly, the fans would chant for a minimum wage salary QB over their $84 million QB. it would have been too embarrassing, so they never gave Sloter a chance.

  27. “The Vikings will have to ask themselves whether paying him not to play for the team is better than paying him to continuing to play for the team. Without knowing more about their other options, it’s impossible to answer that question.”

    Not impossible at all. Vikings have to ask one simple question. Is Cousins likely to improve and lead the team to wins in important games against tough opponent, or he is likely to continue playing a he has his entire career?

    If the answer, which seems to be clear, is that its highly unlikely he will improve under the brightest lights and continue losing big games, then they have to find a way to part with him, and not give up a 1st round pick as you suggested as they’ll need that to draft the next QB.

  28. 2ruefan says:
    September 30, 2019 at 11:23 am
    LOL Lifistough.

    They don’t.
    Both of yours were unwanted and cut from their previous teams.
    For all the “Cousins was a major diappointment last season” talk, it just isn’t true.
    he had top 5 qb numbers, and most of the games they lost were due to the defense choking, not Cousins.
    And if not for FIVE missed kicks in the GreenBay game, they would have been in the playoffs.
    Not that I”m defending his ineadequate play. I just think it’s time to calm the hell down and stop acting like he’s Nathan Peterman.
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    Last year the Vikings defense was 9th in the league in scoring defense (points allowed). Their offense was 19th in scoring offense. So Cousins may have put up decent numbers, he didn’t put up enough points. The blame falls on the offense, not the defense, and to say otherwise is silly. Stats mean little without wins… Ask Marino and Fouts

  29. TheDPR says:
    September 30, 2019 at 11:21 am
    Maybe they should invest in an OL and offensive coordinator. Cousins had no time to go through progressions due to the inability to protect him for the 5 or 6 seconds required for all the slow-developing pass routes called.

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    Dude – there are NO routes that take 5-6 seconds and there is NO OLine that could block that long. The problem is Kirk turtles up at the first sign of pressure. He’s just not good.

  30. Never ceases to amaze me how teams will convince themselves to overlook a player’s demonstrated key playing characteristics – in this case, not performing in important games.

  31. I’ve only watched a handful of Viking games, but it seemed to me he was doing very well last year with Diggs and Thielen (8 straight 100+ yd games) until their head coach mandated they run the ball instead and fired OC Defilippo.

    Defilippo goes to Jaguars and their offense now looks pretty good even with a rookie QB starting. Perhaps it’s the HC Zimmer that’s the problem.

  32. When are the Vikings going to address their lousy offensive line? Keenum got sacked 34 times his final season in Minnesota. They then went out and spent all that money on Cousins only to see him be sacked 40 times last year and he’s on pace to be sacked 32 times this season. Whoever their QB is the guy will play a whole lot better if he’s standing up the majority of the time.

  33. This is so hilarious! Skins fans already knew Cousins wasn’t the savior other teams thought he was; did they watch him when he was a Redskin? Apparently they didn’t, that’s why they really overpaid him. The Vikes shouldn’t have messed with the chemistry that Keenum developed with the team. Hey Vikes, do you want to trade QB’s with the Skins? We can get Cousins back and you can have Keenum, hell it may pay off for both teams, lmao!

  34. Cousin’s biggest contribution to the league so far? Owners will now think twice before offering a blockbuster contract to a basically unproven QB.

    (You can’t see it, but those words are positively dripping with sarcasm)

  35. Problem is that the Vikings have done nothing to add any other viable option at QB. Mannion is a career backup, at best, and he’s the only QB on the depth chart.

    Seems as if they’re stuck with Cousins this year and then we’ll see if they’re smart enough to draft a QB early in the draft.

    Short of that, the only option is to trade for someone with experience that’s on a short, manageable contract like Tyrod Taylor. And still draft a QB.

  36. For all those “should’ve kept Case Keenam” fans, good news! Looks like he just became available, shouldn’t cost much. Let Cousins sit the bench and you’ve got a poor man’s Wentz and Foles!

  37. There is nothing stopping the Vikings from resigning Kyle Sloter – last I checked he is still a FA. And one option not mentioned in the article is that the Vikings and Cousins could come to an agreement to buyout the remaining contract for less than what is owed.

  38. So lets see: 2 probowl widerecivers, a tightend that you just paid to stay here, a 2nd round pick in another tightend, and last but not least an 84 million dollar QB to hand the ball off 30 times a game. I mean does this make sense to anyone?

  39. Spielman and Zim saw this coming from a mile away, that is why they cut fan favorite Sloter. The drumbeat for Sloter would have been deafening, for Mannion not so much. Not saying Sloter would have done anything for them, but they would have been forced to consider it when the masses and the media are relentless scream for their pound of flesh. Sloter earned the backup role, but this was a business decision all to try to help the frail psyche of one Kirk Cousins.

  40. Cook is a pretty good back. When you have a RB like him, the passing game should be open – unless your QB scares no one.

    Cousins scares no one.

    Can’t trade him, the contract us an albatross. Can’t keep him, he doesn’t win games and you can’t pay a guy 29 million to hold a clipboard.

    To retain the fanbase, complete housecleaning from GM down needs to happen. Anything less is a half measure.

  41. The Vikings need to cut bait on Cousins. Aging defense and conservative coach paired with conservative qb is a bad combo. He needs a qb that makes him uncomfortable and takes a few risks. This team is boring and they are not good enough to yawn to victory. Cousins is a crappy fit with this line so find someone who can make them better. That was Keenum but that magic was lost when we let him go. Sloter was that guy but we got too cute and let him go

  42. Just think of all the money Cousins made by simply being mediocre. First he ripped off the Redskins for two years for ~$44M. Then he found another team dumb enough to give him $84M guaranteed. Why should he care if they win or lose. He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

    If any other team signs him after this current contract I’ll be surprised. He’s likely going to demand to be a starter and want $20M+. What team would want him at any price now except to carry a clipboard in case of an emergency. Still, if you’re going to lose with him you might as well lose with a cheaper option. The Jags found a good QB in the sixth round with Minshew. I find it hard to believe you couldn’t take a chance on someone in the draft instead of wasting time and money on Cousins.

  43. Isn’t this further complicated by a no-trade clause? If anyone even wanted him (why would they?). He’s Terrible.
    This whole team folds in big games, medium games, any games that aren’t at noon on Sunday against a local High School JV squad.
    Time to fire everyone and blow it up unfortunately.

  44. Seems like an over reaction. They lost a game they should have lost. Cousins didn’t look good, but would anyone look good getting blind sided like that over and over again? I’d give the OC a chance to learn from it before writing them off.

  45. I hate to say it, but Rick Spielman will be gone after this year. He’s a nice guy and has done some good things, but the incompetent quarterback and offensive line are his responsibility. I have no doubt the new GM will not allow Cousins to be on the team next year. If that means trading a pick to get someone to take his salary, that wouldn’t be a bad move but I wouldn’t give up a first round pick. They’ll need that pick for a new quarterback or a new left tackle. If they can’t make a reasonable trade, just cut him. There will probably be a lot of other players traded, so you get your salary cap relief there.

  46. They could bring in Blake Bortles and we’d hear shrieks of joy from the West because the Vikings landed “the best QB in the NFL.”

    If they dumped Zimmer and brought in Hue Jackson, we’d hear shrieks of joy from the West because the Vikings landed “the best Head Coach in the NFL.”

    And then they’d spend 5 more years crying about the Packers, the refs, the O-line and “the curse;” until it was time for the next shrieks of joy for the next batch of “best QB and best Head Coach in the NFL.”

    This story never changes.

    Super Bowl? Homeboy?

  47. In this part of the country at least, Kirk is doing commercials for Pizza Ranch. He may want to keep up that relationship cause at the rate he’s going he may be working for them full time soon. And not as an endorser.

  48. Well if the Vikings want Sloter they can get him…all they have to do is snag him from the Cardinals Practice Squad and keep him on the active roster for the rest of the season.

  49. He has no trade value due to performance and his contract so the only options are to bench him or play him. The Vikings need to also go to a quick passing game against better teams to give them a chance.

  50. akira1971 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Wait, the running game gains only 40 yards, the o-line gives up 6 sacks, the defense can’t stop a backup quarterback, BUT SOMEHOW THIS IS ON COUSINS?!?
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    No, the game yesterday isn’t all on Cousins. The entire team and coaching staff is to blame for that loss. That game went pretty much exactly like last year’s Week 17 game against the Bears went, where the Vikings had every advantage and were still putrid in every phase of the game.

    That doesn’t change the fact that Cousins is terrible and has proven over and over that he can’t win an important game. We knew that for sure two weeks ago and this loss just adds more confirmation.

  51. You couldn’t keep Sloter. He didn’t practice well. Zimmer’s a genius. Spielman is a magician. Cousins is going nowhere.

  52. Hey congrats to the Bears — even short-handed their D smoked my favorite team. I actually thought at the time that Daniels offered more than Trubisky, not that the Bears needed much offense.

    And yeah, Cousins is lousy. However, hindsight sure is 20/20. What should they have done back when they signed Cousins? They weren’t in a draft position to get a decent QB, no other decent options were available, Keenum has proved to be a one-year wonder, and Teddy has proven to be the same check-down king he’s always been. Maybe the best option was to keep Teddy at the lower cap hit, but I’m not sure the results would have been much more different. About the only thing to realistically trash them for is the contract terms and guarantees.

    The Vikes are 2-2, the season isn’t over, they’re stuck with Cousins one more year and will have to live with the choice. They can work on drafting a QB and let him go when his contract ends. It ain’t the end of the world.

  53. Blindside protection has to be better. No QB can withstand that many hits to the back without it affecting their trust and timing. Once Cousins lost his trust in the blindside last year things got ugly. They need to fix it quick or they won’t stand a chance against any defense with a decent pass rush.

  54. They have several options, but I doubt that they will give it a shot. One of them is to sign Kap and hope that he can get the job done and get the Vikes into the playoffs. At this point Kap is not going to demand even Teddy Bridgewater (the highest paid backup in the NFL) type money, at least not yet. Another option is to give Johnny Football a call. He is not going to be asking for a lot of money either. Kap or Manziel can sit on the bench at first but they can go in if Cousins really stinks. Watching the highlight of yesterday’s game, it seems that the OL is one of the reasons Cousins couldn’t do his job. So, if they face another team like the Raiders, their oppenent the week before Sunday, their problems can disappear.

    Other options include trading for a backup on another team. They usually come with low salaries do they will not have salary cap restrictions, but they do have to give up draft picks. Heck, may be Case Keenum can return. he may come cheap since the Redskins may not start him any lnoger.

  55. Quote says it all “2-8-1 in games that fairly could be regarded as significant”. Cut your losses and get away from this purple poison pill while there is still some hope to make 10 wins. Two more weeks with this over paid mediocre QB is two weeks too long. God I miss Teddy!

  56. Spielman should be fired for this Cousins disaster.

    If this isn’t the final straw for the Wilf’s, the Vikings will never find a serviceable QB.

    The QB failures on Spielman’s watch should be unacceptable to the owners.

  57. My prediction is that the starting QB for the Vikings next season isn’t even on their roster right now. So 2019 needs to just play out, the advantage in starting Cousins for the rest of the year is that they will end up with a top 10 pick in next year’s draft.

    Now they got to figure out who the GM is in making that pick. It can’t be Spielman, he has already proven he can’t evaluate the QB position, its the reason he was fired in Miami and will be fired again in Minnesota.

  58. I seem to remember tons of articles on Cousins before he was signed. In those articles the author praised Cousins and IIRC said Cousins was worthy of the biggest contract. Those same articles contained hundreds of comments that said he wasn’t worthy and the move would not end well in Minnesota.

  59. or maybe protect him and mix up plays so it’s not always 3rd and long. I checked the rule book and you can pass on first down….

  60. Viking fan going on 40 years. This is the first season where I genuinely do not care how they do the rest of the year. Cousins and his lack of primetime ability has depleted my interest in this team.

    I already know when we face Dallas, Philly, GB, Kansas City, etc we will already lose. Kirk does not have the ability to beat good teams.

  61. Sure Cousin’s mediocre at best, but no QB in the NFL can play behind a line that offers no protection. Cousinfs had pressure on every throw. Daniels outplayed Cousins because he had all the time in the world to pass. It was night and day between the pass protection between the two teams.

  62. As usual the QB is the focal point of praise or blame without looking at the other areas that are the problem. Kirk Cousins is not a franchise QB, but he’s a guy you can win with provided you actually allow him time to throw the ball. That is the issue with the Vikings. If you watched that game yesterday and the Packer game earlier this season, the Oline, especially Reilly Reiff, can’t pass protect consistently. Cousins didn’t have time to do much of anything yesterday and while you’d like to see him protect the ball a little better when the pressure is close, he really doesn’t stand much of a chance when he can’t even setup to look for a receiver without someone blindsiding him. I have no dog in this fight, but Cousins isn’t the biggest issue here and singling him out really just ignores the fact they don’t have an Oline to allow any QB success in the passing game right now.

  63. Everyone said that other NFL players should be thankful to Cousins for breaking new ground by signing a shorter, fully guaranteed contract. Now they can all curse him for the fact that no team will ever do it again.

  64. glac1 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    or maybe protect him and mix up plays so it’s not always 3rd and long. I checked the rule book and you can pass on first down….
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    You can forgive the Vikings for thinking that the best RB in the league is a better option than the worst QB

  65. “And one option not mentioned in the article is that the Vikings and Cousins could come to an agreement to buyout the remaining contract for less than what is owed.”

    I don’t see that as a viable option. Cousins has absolutely zero reason to agree to this. He stays on the team he’s paid fully. He’s cut and he’s paid fully, can sit at home and make a huge paycheck while not working.

    Seems unlikely any other team would pay him close to what the Vikes are. Cousins should never agree to a less than full value buyout. That helps only the team he would no longer be part of, not Cap’n Kirk

  66. Make a statement and bench him, or release him. If he got injured and missed the rest of the season, and most of next, they would still have to pay him, so cut him loose now before the season is completely lost.

    Which brings me to the next statement, you need to fire Spielman for giving out such an idiotic contract to a guy that never led his teams to anything. He has fallen on his face, and you give him a Brady or Manning type contract like he has won something.

  67. The Vikings will beat NY, Wash, and Denver. I do not see any other wins on this schedule except for maybe winning 1 of the home division games just because the entire team might actually decide to show up and play well.

    5 to 6 wins at best. I used to say 7 to 9, but there is no way with this schedule. most of the remaining teams are all playoff contenders, and we know the Vikings cannot beat playoff contenders.

    Next year will be worse. It’s going to be a tough time to be a Vikings fan.

  68. Kirk Cousins is the biggest winner! The guy will have made $128 million in the short time he’s been in the NFL!

  69. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    It was a really fun game to watch. I enjoyed it immensely.
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    Just as we all enjoyed the game on Thursday. Nobody likes Philly yet were all thrilled that they beat you. What does that say about your team nationally? Not much.

  70. realitypolice says:

    You can forgive the Vikings for thinking that the best RB in the league is a better option than the worst QB

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    I agree that Alvin Kamara would be a better option than Kirk Cousins. But that’s kind of a random thought here.

  71. Oh ,please , just stop with the pretending about it’s more than just Cousins. It really isn’t anything more. The pieces have been in place for a stellar season and his poor leadership and lack of confidence are killing this teams chances. It’s all on his shoulders and he can’t handle it and his pretender stats prove it all! However; his wallet is in great shape.

  72. The Bear’s d-line dominated over our o-line! All credit belongs to them! Our line is better, but is a piece (or two) away. We need to stay focused on improving them. The trenches are where games are won & lost. It takes time to do that; not neglecting it; which we have done up until two years ago.

  73. In his four years as a starter, he has the fourth most passing yards, and eighth most touchdowns, in the league. With the Vikings last year he had a 70% completion rate, 4000+ yards, 30 TDs, and 10 INTs. But he gets beaten up by the league’s best defense, and now everybody’s a genius. “Oh they paid him too much money, I knew it all along.”

    Give me a break.

  74. If any of you think that the Vikings will/can trade or cut Cousins or possibly work a buyout with him you’re out of your mind.

    They signed him to a guaranteed contract and there’s no way MN will eat $29m on their cap to get rid of this guy. He’s the starting QB there until his deal is up, so get used to it.

  75. Cousins may not be a top five QB, like his salary, but who’s the guy who offered to pay him that much? He is only one player on that team. A lot of the blame should be placed on the coach and GM. SKOLOL

  76. I watched Keenum play this weekend and there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Case and Kirk. The big contract has handcuffed the Vikings in terms of signing other players so in hindsight, they should have kept Keenum but if you were really into highsight, they should have drafted Rodgers in 2005.

  77. The o-line is better than it was in 2017 and Keenum was able to prosper. The issue is Cousin’s lack of pocket awareness and lack of mobility. We have a 11-5 team with a 8-8 QB and looking at an 8-8 season this year and next unless changes are made at QB.

  78. jeremycrowhurst says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    In his four years as a starter, he has the fourth most passing yards, and eighth most touchdowns, in the league. With the Vikings last year he had a 70% completion rate, 4000+ yards, 30 TDs, and 10 INTs. But he gets beaten up by the league’s best defense, and now everybody’s a genius. “Oh they paid him too much money, I knew it all along.”

    Give me a break.

    He crumbles against good teams..always has always will..it’s not THIS game that makes it a bad signing, it was a horrific signing all along. Point out whatever stats make you feel better, but Cousin’s was an average QB at best..and one with a knack for wilting in the big games….. so yup we are and were right. He is who we thought he was.

  79. bassplucker says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    In this part of the country at least, Kirk is doing commercials for Pizza Ranch. He may want to keep up that relationship cause at the rate he’s going he may be working for them full time soon. And not as an endorser.
    —————-

    He’s stolen more than enough money in his career to buy Pizza Ranch.

  80. Redskins really don’t deserve much credit for letting Cousins go.

    They traded a starting CB and a draft pick for Alex Smith. They even handed Smith a ton of guaranteed money ($55 mill) for a guy who couldn’t throw the ball 5 yards past line of scrimmage.

  81. I said last year that if the Vikings had Cousins in the 2017 NFC Championship Game instead of Keenum, they would have lost to the Eagles 38-10 instead of 38-7.

  82. The Seahawks started a rookie qb after paying a big time free agent. That took guts but it got them a sb. It’s not the same with guaranteed money but the right play is to not play cousins anymore. The real rub is we don’t have any qb prospects on roster. None

  83. Cousins and the coach lost the team, it was only a Matter of time before the big play WR could voice their frustration, and they sang about it the first chance they got, cuz it would look selfish after a win.

  84. It’s the qb folks. The Vikings have had two great performances from qbs over the last 20 years and in those years it seemed they could overcome any crappy o-line play. Cousins doesn’t have IT period and I don’t care about the money. If you want to win with an aging defense then put his butt on the bench and search for a journeyman that takes a few risks but might give us a few exciting wins. Been a fan since the 70’s and this team is as boring as the Childress era

  85. Zimmer got rid of a kicker they drafted in pre season because the guy missed three field goals. When asked why his comment “Were not in the player development stage right now, were in the win stage right now”.
    I say one more game like the last and he will be let go or traded. Spielman is the best GM in the business and will come out smelling like a rose. No one will want to pick up that huge salary thats for sure.

  86. Hershel Cousins can’t get the quick ball out. He’s scared. The D only allowed 16 points to the home team. What a waste of a D.

  87. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Spielman should be fired for this Cousins disaster.

    If this isn’t the final straw for the Wilf’s, the Vikings will never find a serviceable QB.

    The QB failures on Spielman’s watch should be unacceptable to the owners.
    ————
    Averages a bonehead QB move every couple years. Remember 2013 with Josh Freeman and his 20-53 MNF outing vs a 32nd ranked NYG Def? Picked off the street and named a starter 3 days later. Those were good times……

  88. The Bears defense was simply better than the Vikes offense, especially the O-line. Kirk did not have enough time in the pocket, they should’ve went to the hurry up offense sooner, Tony Romo suggested it in the series before they actually did it. Speaking of which, it seems to me that Romo would make a good coach since he reads the game so well, I wonder if he someday will.

  89. Hey Vikings fans, you don’t get to play against the Raiders D everyweek. Cousin’s is going to lose some games. Deal with it.

  90. Tony Romo, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Case Keenum, and others are all better than Cousins. Pull one of the first two out of retirement, give up a forth or fifth-round pick to acquire one of these current players listed here, or just start tanking. They could have used over half of Cousins’ $84 million contract on offensive line protection.

  91. This is dumb. Did Cousins light it up yesterday? Clearly not, but let’s not ignore that they played the best defense in football. The Bears D completely shut down probably the best RB in the league. The receivers dropped balls, and Diggs had a critical fumble. The O line was a sieve. Did Cousins elevate the entire team? No he did not, but the fact is this team is just not that great overall, and the defense let the Bears crappy backup QB move the ball through the air.

  92. I’m disappointed in Kirk Cousins. I was hoping for more, and assumed it would happen. I was mistaken, as were The Vikings. He’s a good guy though, so there’s no point in bashing him. He’s not the first or last person to land a starting gig and prove unworthy of it, so aside from the fat contract it’s not a big deal. If you’re not a Vikings fan or work in their front office, you shouldn’t get upset about someone else blowing their money on a bust. It’s their problem, not yours, so you can turn off the light show and smoke machine for your hater concert.

  93. madmike66 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    This is dumb. Did Cousins light it up yesterday? Clearly not, but let’s not ignore that they played the best defense in football. The Bears D completely shut down probably the best RB in the league.

    ——

    The best defense in Football resides in NE. And in what universe is Dalvin Cook the best RB In the league?

  94. jeremycrowhurst says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    In his four years as a starter, he has the fourth most passing yards, and eighth most touchdowns, in the league. With the Vikings last year he had a 70% completion rate, 4000+ yards, 30 TDs, and 10 INTs. But he gets beaten up by the league’s best defense, and now everybody’s a genius. “Oh they paid him too much money, I knew it all along.”

    Give me a break.

    ———-

    Nice …..he’s also 4-29 against winning teams.

  95. When the opposing D spends as much time in your backfield you can’t throw 100% of the blame on the QB!

    And when the guy that’s doing the finger pointing ONLY has 2 catches on 6 targets for 6yds he needs to look in the mirror!

  96. Cousins has actually been a solid QB the last few years. 30td last year, which was top 5. 2nd best completion % next to Brees but he has looked worse than he ever has. This was a guy who with bad Redskins teams was throwing 27-29td. He has two great WR and only 3td/2int after four games.

  97. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 30, 2019 at 3:32 pm
    Nice …..he’s also 4-29 against winning teams.
    ———-

    No, his teams are 4-29 and he played on some bad Redskins teams with no defense. Not a Cousins fan but giving a QB a win/loss record has always been stupid. One guy doesn’t win or lose games on his own. It’s a team record. I guess Trent Dilfer is 11-1 with Baltimore and won them a Super Bowl?

  98. Cousins STILL can’t beat winning teams, only losing teams. Also he is the king of garbage yards. 3 and 10 he throws 8 yards all day long

  99. Miami could easily absorb that contract and gladly take 2 2nd round picks off the Vikes hands. Trade Fitzpatrick straight up.

  100. Give whatever it takes to get Trent Williams. We know Cousins can throw with time. He has well above average arm strength and is more accurate than 75% of the leagues QB’s. Protect the one weakness that keeps killing this offense… the BLINDSIDE STRIP SACK FUMBLES.

  101. For those of you who want to say this is not Cousins fault, I am old enough to remember the Vikings coming into the league. I remember a very average team absolutely stunning the bears behind a young quarterback who willed them to victory. They won because Tarkenton did everything possible to move the offense and soon everyone was playing like they were all pros. This guy needs to step it up. Period. And he probably can’t. Period. I always knew the intangibles weren’t there but now even base levels are missing too. And the more he feels pressure the worse he plays. What a mess. And while it isn’t ALL his fault, I’m ready to go 90%

  102. O line stinks, players on Defense got paid and are under performing, we lost free agents over the last 2-3 years that we should have kept. made different decisions on keeping, who we shouldnen’t and got played by an Agent that knows by holding out his QB created a sense of Demand.. that got him paid. Were stuck with the bum.. Give me Tommy Kramer any day!

  103. Jason Harshman says:
    September 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm
    Cousins has actually been a solid QB the last few years. 30td last year, which was top 5. 2nd best completion % next to Brees but he has looked worse than he ever has. This was a guy who with bad Redskins teams was throwing 27-29td. He has two great WR and only 3td/2int after four games.
    —————————————————————–

    They Have to run, their Offensive line cannot keep defenders off the QB for all but 3 step drops even then he has only a second before he is being slapped around by defenders.

  104. Jason Harshman says:
    September 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 30, 2019 at 3:32 pm
    Nice …..he’s also 4-29 against winning teams.
    ———-

    No, his teams are 4-29 and he played on some bad Redskins teams with no defense. Not a Cousins fan but giving a QB a win/loss record has always been stupid. One guy doesn’t win or lose games on his own. It’s a team record. I guess Trent Dilfer is 11-1 with Baltimore and won them a Super Bowl?

    ———

    Technically every record is a “team” record. Good players make their teams better and get them to somehow prevail. Did you see Brady being his team back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons in the SB? Was it all Brady…..of course not. But he and his play “inspires” his team. Cousins doesn’t inspire anybody

  105. And one option not mentioned in the article is that the Vikings and Cousins could come to an agreement to buyout the remaining contract for less than what is owed……

    Wow what a option. Let’s see you are guaranteed a large sum of money. Northward of $40M by your employer. They call you into the office and say, ‘we know your guaranteed all that money, but how about you take a third of that for the good of the team?’ Physically and game wise Cousins isn’t that smart. But I am pretty sure he and his agent would think otherwise about the money.

  106. Four games in. How many surprises in Week 4? Cousins is still learning yet another new offense. Unlike Daniels, who has been in the same system his entire career, like a nighty night blanket.
    Minnesota has a lot of upside. If we can stay healthy, we’ll be fine. It’s a work in process.
    R-E-L-A-X.

  107. He’s immobile and not the QB for a terrible O-line. How many times do we have to see the two fatties Elflein & Bradbury get trucked before we change to Bradbury LG Jones Center. Or Jones LG. But seeing Elflein then Bradbury fall on their faces via traveling from the stomach in successive weeks is vomit inducing.

  108. yousoldout714 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Simple….make him fit in….take what he does best and do it….
    ___________

    That’s what they’re already doing. See the problem?

  109. When is the last time adding a couple lineman helped a QB achieve greatness after underachieving? Ever notice how the great qbs manage to have hof offensive lines every year? It’s not the line….it’s the qb. Gms do not know if a QB is going to be successful until they play. The coach for the rams was literally crying when Trent green got hurt which would indicate They didn’t know the dude bagging groceries was a future hall of gamer. They simply are guessing. You never settle on one guy but rather try multiple qbs until you find gold. You don’t build a team like the Vikings did for 5 years and say the only missing piece is qb. A good QB makes the line look better so stop wasting picks on them. It’s the QBs stupid. We signed ponder and basically gave up looking for another option= fail. We sign cousins and stopped looking=fail. Sloter plays like Johnny Unitas and obviously shows some signs of the IT factor so we cut him? We go 13-3 and didn’t get the trophy because our defense got demolished so we let Keenum go????? Fire everyone involved in qb decisions as fans know just as much if not more. Use your eyes.

  110. Any GM that does not have high ceiling prospect QB on roster or multiple high ceiling prospects at qb should be fired. I would have a few every year. If I found a Tom Brady I would still have high ceiling prospects. The packers did it with Rodgers when they had Favre. The patriots have done it multiple times. The Vikings put all the chips in on unproven players and sign the likes of Sean Mannion to back him up. Why would you have a qb on roster who has maxed out his ceiling unless the guy in front of you is one of the great ones and your team is poised for a sb run? We have not one high ceiling prospect. No one saw Brady coming and no one saw Rodgers becoming this elite either. Until they played. If someone tells you Sloter playing is laughable I would ask for evidence as to how they know it wouldn’t have worked. The best part? You can move on if it doesn’t work and try another one. Our GM consistently screws up the most important position in sports. It’s time for Spielman to go. Zimmer is a great defensive coordinator but has been a problem when coming to scheming and personnel decisions. More leash with him but time for some new tricks for that old dog too. I am sick of the Vikings stealing defeat from the jaws of victory because they think they are smarter. Keenum was a big part of us winning 13 games and they got cute and now our window just closed

  111. forthegoodofthegame says:
    September 30, 2019 at 11:24 am
    The Vikings had a solid roster with winning chemistry with Keenam, and decided to fix it anyway. Self-inflicted problem now…
    this guy nailed it.

  112. Remember this the Vikings won’t lose all their games this year so that means Kirk will defeat somebody’s favorite team. Which one will it be?

  113. Pay him 28 painful $1.6 Million dollar game checks while they try and figure out how to disentangle from the mighty Zim dynasty. It won’t be pretty.

  114. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says:
    September 30, 2019 at 11:14 am
    Man, how do my Phish have two better QB’s than the Vikes…

    But the thing is….regardless of how the Vikings played….the Dolphins don’t!

  115. The Redskins didn’t get anything right. People have short memories. His contract was up. They got nothing of value except a compensatory pick. They would not entertain better offers at any point because they stupidly always think they “are close.” They paid this man a ton on 2 franchise tags, while having a below average team around him, because they had no foresight to lock him up earlier and were stuck with no other plan. They kept kicking the can down the road until the road ran out. Then they traded assets for a similar, older quarterback and extended him unnecessarily. I think we know how that’s worked out. This “front office” is a disaster.

    Management had an opportunity to get Kirk signed at 19 million per before the franchise tags started, but he correctly bet on himself once it didn’t get done in time. That would have looked like a bargain comparatively…and the deal would almost be up by now, having avoided any of those expensive franchise tags. The Washington Post timeline article from March, 13, 2018 is worth a read to see how bad the Redskins messed up that situation.

    Say what you want about his record against winning teams, and it’s there for all to see, but the defense in Washington was beyond atrocious for most of his time there. Some years were historically bad, just like this year. He was the only reason they were 500 or better most of those years, including a playoff appearance. The problem is that Kirk doesn’t seem to have gotten any better, which surprises me a little bit. He made the most of the system though, I give him that. He’ll also be a very valuable backup in a few years.

  116. Someone earlier said: “If you think Zimmer has lost this team or should be fired…..you don’t know sports. This guy expects his players to play 110% each and every game, don’t lose and fight. For ones who say he isn’t the right coach, name a coach that would be a good replacement?”

    If what he says is true, and Zimmer requires 110% from his players, and these guys are truly giving 110% yet are performing this badly, than the problem is definitely NOT Zimmer.

    The real problem must be then that the players they have on their roster just plain suck!

  117. Minnesota’s offensive weapons made Case Keenum look like an all-pro. Kirk Cousins has turned a once dangerous, exciting offense into the Dink, Dunk ,& Dalvin Show…

    Cousins seems afraid to throw the deep ball even though he has 2 premier WRs and top RB…

    Hopeful Vikes fans from last season now know what everone else already knew – Kirk Cousins is not the ANSWER/ He’s looking more and more like the PROBLEM…

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