Kirk Cousins apologizes to Adam Thielen

AP

After Sunday’s Super Bowl IX-esque (in more ways that one) 16-6 loss to the Bears, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen called out Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. On Tuesday, Cousins agreed with Thielen’s observations.

I really want to apologize to [Thielen] because there’s too many opportunities where we could have hit him on Sunday,” Cousins said on KFAN, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “and postgame when I talk to the media I always say, ‘Hey, until I watch the film it’s hard for me to really give you a straight answer.’

“Well, now it’s Tuesday night. I’ve watched the film and the reality is there were opportunities for [Thielen]. The one that’s most obvious is the third-and-10 at the beginning of the game. We’re near midfield. That’s arguably seven points. If you put the ball where it needs to be he’s shown . . . that he will make that play and he’ll probably finish the play in the end zone and pull away from the defender.

“Adam’s not just a really good player or one of the best players on the Vikings, he’s one of the best players in the NFL, one of the best players in the world, period, regardless of position. And so we want to, we need to, I need to get him more opportunities. Get him the football.”

The Vikings have tried to create greater balance this year on offense, but they’ve leaned too much on the run. With Cousins, Thielen, and largely-forgotten Stefon Diggs, the Vikings can and should be throwing it more. And Cousins needs to be throwing it better, when it’s time to throw it.

120 responses to “Kirk Cousins apologizes to Adam Thielen

  1. What does that say about Theilan calling out Cousins in public? He isnt the whole team. Dude needs an ego check…what did the nasty words about a teammate help. Now you have the qb apologizing to him?

  2. The fact that this all happened shows this team is wildly dysfunctional. Diva receiver, shut up and know your place. Talk to the QB not the nation. Fix the issue, don’t point out that it isn’t your fault.

  3. tb12bestqbevah says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    An NFL player who gets called out publicly and instead of pouting and throwing a hissy fit owns up to his mistakes. A true unicorn

    ——–

    Or one that is overpaid for mediocre success and needs to apologize before his teammates turn on him

  4. How come he doesn’t apologize for taking the $84 million and giving nothing in return? Well except that Hail Mary pass to Diggs against New Orleans, wait, nevermind that wasn’t him.

  5. What a dysfunctional team. The coach fires multiple OCs for not running it more, now everyone is saying pass it more…..

  6. I’m not a Cousin’s fan.
    I’m glad he chose the Vikes, performed like a mediocre QB after saying he owed it to other QBs to chase the money, and is getting ripped by his teammates, who should shut their mouths and never rip their QB or any teammate in the media.
    Unprofessional all around.

  7. That’s ‘How to be a Leader 101’. He may not be a top 5 QB, but taking the onus on his shoulders and publically acknowledging Thielan’s ‘needs’ is how to manage many large egos in one quotable.

    RB’s have been getting a healthy workload and they probably have no issues. Now the receiving core has had their egos stroked.

    The Viks just need to string some wins together or watch a deep division pull away on them.

  8. ranking Vikings at 20 .don’t matter. They’ll be back on top and in top 5 in a few weeks. Packers, Lions and Bears won’t beat Vikings at home.

  9. tep1955 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    The only apology that is needed is to the Wilf’s for spending that much money on a bust QB.
    ———————————————————

    Seriously, just think of how many people they had to defraud to get that money

  10. Folks. No one is wrong here. Thielen isn’t a diva or soft. Cousins isn’t wrong for apologizing. The Vikes have been built to win now and a huge investment was made in Cousins to be the final piece. Cousins has only said the right things about his play after games but hasn’t changed in key moments in games. He willingly signed the contract pressure and all and hasn’t performed. Period!!! He should apologize to the entire organization and loyal fan base
    Thielen is a proven producer and leader of this team. Calling him out simply stating that he needs to make plays when there available as thev$84 million dollar man doesn’t make him a Richard. He’s completely right and as a leader and top producer of the team should be able to call out the obvious. I just hope that this somehow galvanizes the team and they start playing better.

  11. This is what happens when you have a head coach that isnt qualified to be anything other than a D coordinator. Also, Theilen your 5 minutes are up…back to being nothing more than an avg wr.

  12. this is basically his podcast comments every week. he’s certainly not short on class and says all the right things, probably because he’s had so much practice honing that skill after games like this. but, you won’t find me tracking him down on social media to insult him and his family, he’s going to be our quarterback til the end of next season unless he gets paralyzed behind this poor pass blocking at some point first. no choice but to hold my breath and give him a chance to improve. go kirk

  13. The best way to apologize is to re-work your contract to afford the Vikings the money to replace parts of that Sponge Bob Offensive line! Plus get rid of the ball when you do have more than 2.25 seconds between snap and sack.. You got solidly out played by the Bears backup QB in every way!

  14. There’s a good chance these two loathe each other, or maybe not. I’ll keep guessing and say the Vikings would be in far better shape if they kept Keenum (who was liked and respected by his teamates) but Cousins has the physical tools to succeed. He’s got to know the fanbase is turning against him. The only cure is winning.

  15. I never understood how Cousins got such a big contract. He was mediocre with the Redskins for several year. Did the Vikings think wearing purple would somehow make him better?

  16. He needs to apologize to a lot of people–the Vikings for taking all that money and doing virtually nothing, the fans for getting their hopes up they finally had a QB that could take them to a Super Bowl, and his teammates for playing like garbage and making it nearly impossible to win with his awful play.

  17. chickensalad43 says:
    This Chicago Bears defense is not nearly getting the credit it deserves. It’s a generational unit. They do this to every offense.
    __________________________________________________-

    100% TRUE. Scary as it might be its obvious the Bears Defense is still improving. That Defense hasn’t even peaked/reached their potential. They’re gonna do that to most they play this year.

  18. Man I’m glad mike Evans and any buc receiver doesn’t get mad when they get over thrown on one deep ball. Because Jameis does that on a consistent basis. But he will come back to you and let you LeBron James celebrate into the end zone on Marcus peters. I see this same throw overthrown 100 times on Sunday to call him out your insane Thielen . Cousins must be broken down because I would have said if the receiver would have got a better release the ball would have been perfectly placed. He got caught up a little bit on the release with his footwork which threw off the timing of the route. The throw is where it needed to be just wish he would have gotten a better release and we are talking about a great touchdown throw and catch.

  19. Franchise QBs don’t apologize to their WRs but we aren’t talking about a franchise QB are we?

  20. chickensalad43 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    This Chicago Bears defense is not nearly getting the credit it deserves. It’s a generational unit. They do this to every offense.

    ——————

    How many titles have they won? None? No they aren’t generational. When did you start watching football? 2 years ago

  21. Sounds like it’s time for a millennial intervention…… we can’t have all the “FEELINGS” being hurt without consequences!!
    Looks like this team needs a great big group hug!!!
    YOU VIKE THAT!!??!!

  22. jimmyjohns01 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:29 pm
    tb12bestqbevah says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    An NFL player who gets called out publicly and instead of pouting and throwing a hissy fit owns up to his mistakes. A true unicorn

    ——–

    Or one that is overpaid for mediocre success and needs to apologize before his teammates turn on him

    *********

    Incorrect!! No soup for you!!

    All these guys, to a player, support their fellow players maximizing every single dollar they fight for. You don’t get to now turn around and accuse a guy of being overpaid after you supported him fighting for maximizing his contract.

  23. Cousins, as terrible a QB as he is, handled this perfectly.

    Thielen comes off like a selfish prick who needs to learn when to keep his stupid mouth shut.

  24. Minniesoda fans have accepted the fact that Kirk was exactlywho we thought he was. Told you. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    -NFC East

  25. Didn’t Thielin and Diggs have a couple drops? Bears destroyed the line.

    And whoever commented we won’t beat you in Minny? ROFL. We owned you last year when playoff implications were on the line. Your team got parked with 2nd stringers. Sorry to tell you.

  26. An NFL player who gets called out publicly and instead of pouting and throwing a hissy fit owns up to his mistakes. A true unicorn.

    ===
    This actually makes sense since Cousin’s skills are more mythical and harder to spot than a unicorn.

  27. golions1 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    This sounds more like real housewives of Minnesota than it does a football team.
    ————-
    Thank you…….you win!!!

  28. The only apology needed in Minnesota is from the GM. Cousins doesn’t need to say a thing, he can only be what he is.

    4 picks wasted on Patterson, who ended up winning a Super Bowl with the team that received the picks!
    High picks lost for Bradford, again the team receiving the picks soon won a Super Bowl.
    A fan favorite jettisoned (ie blamed internally) after a loss in the NFC championship where the D was exposed.
    $84M guaranteed for a mediocre QB…

    1 or 2 of those decisions, eh, excusable. But to have all 4 of these in a 6 year span… That’s incompetence.

  29. Wow the NFC north is changing, it seems like the only fully functional, low drama, adult run team in that division, may be Detroit. Now that is a change….

  30. chickensalad43 says: This Chicago Bears defense is… a generational unit.

    lololololol Just like the Seahawks from not long ago and the Jags from even less time ago. “Generational” is thrown around so much these days and most people don’t seem to understand what it actually means…

  31. Stefon Diggs, do you care to comment on the number of targets that will certainly be going to Theilen now that he’s publicly trashed the QB?

  32. It’s a non-story. If you watch the interview Thielen acknowledged that he’s emotional & competitive which all the great athletes are. They put a lot of work into preparing for a game.

  33. I like it.

    Thielen wasn’t calling out Cousins as much as the overall game plan.

    We kept running with zero success. You need to pass against the Bears D, short, mid and long to open up the running game.

    This is the perfect storm of slow processing and bad offensive line play. I want them screaming at each other to light a fire under his ass.

  34. It’s a non-story. If you watched the interview Thielen stated that he’s emotional (& he’s competitive), which all the great athletes are. They put a lot of work into preparing for a game & they want to win. The media just likes to twist things too much to get a story.

  35. Giants fans were not happy to see Cousins leave Washington. He’s an average QB who shrinks in Crunch Time and certainly not worth that huge contract. The Vikings are stuck with him until 2021. Hard to believe this dude will make over $60 million between now and then.

  36. Since realignment, no team in the NFCN has won the division with 2 losses in the division.

    Only happened 9% of the time in the NFL as a whole.

    I think Viking fans will see the house cleaning they want this off season.

  37. Thielen is still smarting from his bad route running which Cousins called to his attention last season on the sidelines. Thielen is a spoiled brat who needs to shut up.

  38. Pile on Thielen all you want but he’s only stating the obvious. Cousins has got to make these throws. Cousins simply put isn’t playing good football. He is an 8-8 QB all day. The guy can’t win against the good teams and looks like a champ against crappy teams.

  39. codylaws: your delusional bud the Vikings are going to stay in the cellar for the remainder of the year and possibly get a top 5 draft pick not top 5 power rankings. Cousins is to afraid to throw the deep ball. Bears Lions and the Packers will beat Minnesota at home.

  40. The question for me is when are people going to figure out the biggest problem is Zimmer . He decided to move on from a game manager type QB in Keenum who was perfect for this offense to pay a QB who’s a poor fit $90M guaranteed . Then he hires an OC only to fire him during his first season because once again failure is never his fault . He then hires another OC which doesn’t really help leading to a disappointing 8 win season . Now the season is going off the rails so now he’s blaming the QB , you know the one he handpicked to take over for an 11 win team 2 years ago . Everybody that Zimmer blames for the Vikings struggles was brought in by him so when do people finally wake up and realize the real problem is Zimmer for bringing the wrong guys on board in the first place .

  41. Cousins is class, like it or not. I disagree with most of the above comments. Dude has some humility and is man enough to say “Hey, I need to do better.” What do you think is better received, this kind of tone or the tone of Ben, etc who always look to shift the blame elsewhere when things aren’t clicking?

  42. Cousins was one of the few offensive players who looked good against the Bears. The offensive line, Blitz pick up, overall offensive scheme, and the vikings defense (especially on 3rd down) was the reason they got spanked.

    People are quick to blame the qb because he got paid. He’s a pocket passer, and needs a pocket to pass in. Give him 3 seconds and the trust that he won’t get blindly strip sacked and he’s a well above average QB.

  43. He’s overpaid but that loss is not on him. Go watch the protection and the route trees, he has no option on majority of drop backs. Cook was awful, Reiff was dominated by Mack. Interior line lost every battle. O’Neill is the only one who held a block for 3+ seconds most of the time.

  44. The so called “locker room” is critical to establishing a winning culture in today’s NFL. Leadership begins at the top, want proof? Just look at last year’s Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin did a terrible job tamping down the dissension.

    Zimmer is making a huge mistake letting this thing play out. But consider this, the players are just following his lead where throwing your teammates under the bus is a daily habit in Minnesota. Watch how the rest of the season unfolds, a dumpster fire for sure.

  45. shurmanblog says:
    October 2, 2019 at 8:10 am
    The question for me is when are people going to figure out the biggest problem is Zimmer.
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    The biggest problem is Spielman and his QB failures.
    He should have been fired Sunday night after the game.

    While Zimmer isn’t a good offensive mind, Zimmer is a good coach. But probably not good enough to get to a superbowl.

  46. screamingyellowzonkers , sure Spielman is responsible for the team but Zimmer is a large part of the decision making process too , especially when it comes to hiring OCs and who he wanted at QB .

  47. You can’t pass downfield if you’ve got defensive linemen in your face. That offense’s problem was that the Bears defense was way too good for their OL to handle without adjustments. Adjustments never came from the OC. That’s on coaching. I don’t think a QB should apologize to a WR; he should have said how much he hates losing and how the desire to win will drive him to do whatever it takes to win games in the future. Never coddle a WR.

  48. tb12bestqbevah says:
    October 1, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    An NFL player who gets called out publicly and instead of pouting and throwing a hissy fit owns up to his mistakes. A true unicorn.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I agree that’s rare but what was he going to say that could be seen as a valid defense? Saying what he did ensures two things. It shuts up Thielen and it allows the issue to fade away much more quickly than a spat in the media or twitter.

  49. I’m not a Vikings fan but these stories are way overblown. These are hyper competitive guys saying things in the heat of the moment. Cousins did the smart and classy thing to diffuse it. He clearly missed some throws but until Thielen is perfect that’s stuff that is better kept in house. Having watched that game the o line didn’t help much either. I also wonder if Thielen’s comments were aimed more at Zimmer and his run first approach.

  50. shurmanblog says:
    October 2, 2019 at 9:07 am
    screamingyellowzonkers , sure Spielman is responsible for the team but Zimmer is a large part of the decision making process too , especially when it comes to hiring OCs and who he wanted at QB .
    —–
    I would assume Zimmer has a significant say over personnel.
    And if the QB decisions were Zimmer’s call and not Spielman’s call, Zimmer should be fired as well.

  51. The larger problem is this team is built around the defense and Zimmer wants to run the ball. You can’t do that with micro OL that can’t pass protect…we are right back to the Christian Ponder/Bridgewater era where teams stack the line of scrimage and force them to throw. Now we have a QB who plays scared in the pocket and can’t hit WR who for the most part ARE covered, contrary to Theilen and Diggs thinking they are always open.

    The other major issue is why we can’t get an OC who can do both the run and pass. Where did the timing routes and crossing routes go. Seems when we do pass the receivers are in long developing routes and Cousins has no time before he panics and fumbles the ball or takes a sack.

    Same ole same ole with this team. Might be time to move on from Zimmer, who I love, but i think the NFL has passed him by.

  52. BuckyBadger says:
    October 1, 2019 at 10:36 pm
    Franchise QBs don’t apologize to their WRs but we aren’t talking about a franchise QB are we?
    ____

    If you would ask his paycheck he is

  53. It’s not only the qb. A person has to wonder about coaching too. With such a balanced attack they should be almost unstoppable.

  54. If I were GM:
    1. Put Elflein on the bench.
    2. Tell the OC to change the routes to quicker developing, timing routes.
    3. Tell the OC to quick putting Cousins under center when the RB leaves the backfield. All you do is give the DL time to get to you before Cousins even finishes his drop. I get he’s a “play action” QB, but be smarter.
    4. Stop having the Corner play 5-10 yards off the receivers on 3rd and short. You have the corners, play press.
    5. Understand who you are playing and what their offensive options are. Bears had Cohen out of the backfield, a WR in Allen. Take those two out of the game. Instead we left Cohen free with Barr once again trailing him into the endzone. Come on man!

  55. Dammit Vikes I have been pulling for you guys every since my Chiefs beat you in the 69 Superbowl, but you cant seem to get out of your own way. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Vikes and the Chiefs had a rematch 50 years later?

  56. Who cares Cousin is a compendium of useless sayings and excuses. So sick of this clowns rhetoric. He is afraid back there, you can’t coach it out of him, his teammates needs to beat it out of him. STOP SHUTTING YOUR EYE AND MAKE A PLAY!

  57. You can cut the dysfunction on this team with a knife.
    And you just know there’s a number of innocent stuffed animals who are dangerously close to paying the ultimate price.
    Oh, the Humanity!

  58. Cousins is making avg pay now so stop acting like he’s the highest paid guy in the league. every receiver gets overthrown once in a while so everyone should shut up – Cousins doesn’t need to take a knee and bow down to Thielen. One dimensional offense – not news to the world Adam – sure its a problem, love your insight – players talking strategy and passing out blame is not what I want to hear.

  59. MNfaninIL says:
    October 2, 2019 at 10:14 am
    If I were GM:
    1. Put Elflein on the bench.
    2. Tell the OC to change the routes to quicker developing, timing routes.
    3. Tell the OC to quick putting Cousins under center when the RB leaves the backfield. All you do is give the DL time to get to you before Cousins even finishes his drop. I get he’s a “play action” QB, but be smarter.
    4. Stop having the Corner play 5-10 yards off the receivers on 3rd and short. You have the corners, play press.
    5. Understand who you are playing and what their offensive options are. Bears had Cohen out of the backfield, a WR in Allen. Take those two out of the game. Instead we left Cohen free with Barr once again trailing him into the endzone. Come on man!
    ——-
    Well I sure as heck don’t want the GM making these decisions. These are Zimmer’s decisions. The GM is responsible for personnel moves. And given the QB personnel moves under Spielman’s watch, Spielman should be fired. Immediately.

  60. If you listen to Thielen’s comment instead of reading the media’s version of his comment, you would realize he didn’t call out Kirk.

    Kirk shouldn’t apologize. He should grow a pair and get angry that this team can’t pass the ball. He’s too much of a wimp.

    Everyone wants to say Kirk was under too much pressure but Kirk had (on average) 3.52 seconds per drop back. That is significantly higher than the average time as compared to the rest of the league. Game video and those in attendance also shows that Kirk isn’t seeing open receivers down the field and then choosing to dump the ball off. He is “sensing” pressure even if it isn’t there and he’s panicking which is preventing him from standing in the pocket, stepping up and delivering the ball downfield.

  61. This is not a Theilen or Cousins problem, it’s Zimmer problem, he needs to step it up and take control of this team. 100% a coaching problem. get control of your team. and you better do it quickly.

  62. I guess I just don’t understand all the negativity being expressed by all the Barney fans of late.
    This is the same team that went 8-7-1 last year and you all spent the offseason pleased as punch, yucking it up to Packer fans about just how great the team was.
    Confusing.

  63. ducks4remi says:
    October 2, 2019 at 9:21 am
    Apologizing… very weak! Favre would have broke one of his fingers in practice for spouting off to the media.
    —————————-
    True, but Cousins can’t throw that hard sooooo….

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