Kirk Cousins on negative reactions: “Ignorance is bliss”

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There are a number of people not thrilled with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins at the moment.

That list includes coach Mike Zimmer, who huffed about his quarterback’s podcast apology to a teammate. But the more conventional line of displeasure includes fans of the team, who are expecting more of the guy with the $84 million guaranteed contract.

Via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cousins said he didn’t realize what the perception of his play was outside the team facility.

“I’m pretty naive to it,” Cousins said. “You know ignorance is bliss. The only time I’m aware of it is when I have friends or family text me. And the texts they send me you would think somebody died. ‘Hey man, I’m thinking of you.’ Boy, it must not be good out there if that’s what they’re texting me.

“So I honestly don’t see it so I think that helps.”

Sticking his head in the sand may work with fans and cranks on the internet, but having his coach and teammates barking at him is going to be harder to miss.

But after a recent stretch of play in which things are only going well for the Vikings when Cousins doesn’t have much to do with it (he averages 15.5 pass attempts in their two wins, 34.0 per game in losses), the very expensive quarterback maintains he’s still confident.

“My confidence is strong,” Cousins said. “I think I’m trying to be self-aware . . . and be honest and say, ‘Hey, when I mess up, I’m going to own it and point to it.’

“On the flip side, I’m not going to go up there and say, ‘I’m awesome!’ So when we have a good play, I’m not going to tell you about it. Sometimes, it can be one-sided. I’ve played a lot of football in this league, and I think you take confidence from the fact that I’ve been through this before. It’s not my first rodeo being in a tough game, a tough loss. You just move forward with confidence.”

Having been to events where men pester animals for eight seconds at a time might prepare Cousins for the criticism, but the expectations that he buck this trend are growing within his locker room, and that’s going to be harder to ignore.

37 responses to “Kirk Cousins on negative reactions: “Ignorance is bliss”

  1. The problem is every single time you lose and “own it”. You never actually do anything the next time around versus a team that is considered a contender. Vikings need to give Mannion a chance to see what he’s got. Cut your loses now. Pay the man his remaining 60 million or whatever it is and move one. Looking at the end result you’ll get the same thing out of your backup that you will with Cousins.

  2. With great wealth comes great expectations. It wouldn’t be so bad except he has the deer in the headlights look too often. Take the hit like a man or throw the ball away. To quote Shane Falco, “Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever.”

  3. Most people who follow/watch football, knew from day one that Cousins is not that great of a QB. Not sure what the vikes were thinking!

  4. Problem is with the offensive players on the field and the coaching staff. Case in point: Winston was a terrible quarterback until Bruce Arians and his entire coaching staff took over the Bucs reins. The coaches coached up the offense and all of a sudden Winston is a better quarterback. It’s not just Kirk. Sure he is part of the problem, but not all of the problem.

  5. Never been a fan of Cousins and always thought the Vikings SERIOUSLY overreached for him. My problem with his narrative though is that he talking about things in terms of plays or games. His deficiencies aren’t plays or games. Based on those stats DG provided it is play, his overall play.

  6. Cousin Kirk is what he has always been — a turnover machine who never comes up big in big games.
    The Vikings wasted their money on a guy who will never win a championship. But then that’s just continuing the Vikings’ legacy, right?

  7. Why does the amount of $$$ come into play when a player is not doing well?…Maybe people should look at the fools who are willing to give them that amount as the bad people.
    If you offer me more $$$ for a car than what it’s worth is it my fault for taking it? Just a thought.

  8. If any true Viking fan thinks Tin Man Cousins is the answer for this team, then yes, ignorance is bliss. This season just like last season is going down the drain very quickly. If we finish anything better than 4th in the division, I’ll be surprised. I’m a lifelong Vikings fan, but I’m also a realist.

  9. Cousins was doing extremely well last year with OC Defilippo, with Thielen posting 8 straight 100+yd games. Then the jealous head coach demanded they run the ball instead and FIRED Defilippo.

    And now Defilippo has gotten Jaguars offense rolling even without Foles and going with a rookie QB. That pretty much tells you the WRONG coach got fired.

  10. cousins blows, he is what he is and always has been.
    5-25 vs winning teams
    6-13 in primetime games
    1-12 on Mon and Thurs night games
    Its the vikings fault that they didn’t do their due diligence!

  11. I’m a life long Viking fan and can say that large majority of Viking fans did not want Cousins. We felt we could get by with Keenum. I disagree with some that say Cousins and Theilen didn’t handle it right. I’d disagree. Let them air it out in public…no harm done.

  12. 28 million a year is bliss. Alas, there is still time for Kirk to get hot. I think he needs to get in a fight and get punched in the face a few times and then go nuts on someone. Needs an edge to him because whatever he is doing right now, isn’t working.

  13. darrenkod – with DeFilipo as OC, the Vikings were below 0.500 most of the season. The playcalling was often questionable (long-developing plays with an OL that couldn’t block). The Jaguars offense is far from rolling – Minshew has barely put up 200 per game and Fournette’s highest total is 81.
    The two games we have lost have been against very strong defenses on the road.

  14. this all seems pretty overblown for a 2-2 start. i wanted to rip my hair out the same as the next viking fan in GB, but the bears D dominated the entire offense. those dump offs to the FB were made less painful by the reality that an attempt at a longer throw was likely to end in another strip sack.

  15. I’m so frustrated with this season I don’t know what to say. The entire offseason was devoted to building an offense that would work to Cousins’ strengths, and he has been absolutely terrible. He’s become a caricature of himself. Whatever he struggled with in the past is worse now. Whatever he did well in the past has disappeared. I don’t see how anything is going to change.

    That said, last year the Vikings were 2-2 and coming off a terrible loss to the Bills and a loss to the Rams in which the defense was completely inept. The season didn’t go great but the defense turned things around completely. Two years ago, they were 2-2 and coming off a 14-7 home loss to lowly Detroit. Their star running back just tore his ACL and their backup quarterback looked bad. That year, they finished 13-3. Three years ago, they were 4-0 and everything looked great, but the wheels came off with the offensive line and they finished 8-8. Four years ago, they were 2-2 and nobody knew what was going to happen because they changed the whole offense on the fly after Week 1. They finished 11-5.

    I guess the point is that we usually don’t know how the season is going to turn out after four games. I feel very pessimistic but things tend to change so who knows?

  16. You sure are ignorant Kurk. You basically are Ponder 2.0 with WAY more money.
    Sad really.
    This team will win in spite of its QB, but when they meet a defense like the Bears they literally have no chance unless special teams and the defense score some points.

  17. It seems the only thing Cousins isn’t ignorant about is cashing his big fat paycheck while he’s stinking it up. People expected more from that $84M contract than a below-average QB. I seriously doubt he’ll ever be given a contract worth 10% of that after he finishes out his contract with the Vikings. Expect them to show him the door one minute after the last game of the 2020 season.

  18. I guess the point is that we usually don’t know how the season is going to turn out after four games. I feel very pessimistic but things tend to change so who knows?
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    The big difference is QB play in those two seasons, and also expectations. Not even half way through Kirkxs contract and the offense chemistry and unity is falling apart.

  19. And yet, you “realists” are the same guys that proclaimed Cousins the… wait for it… “best QB in the NFL” when this debacle took place. And you’ll do the same with whomever they bring in next. It’s what you guys do. Everything is “the best”… until it goes to the scrap heap with all the other “bests.”

  20. That first game of the season when they threw only 10 passes was probably the worst thing that could happen to them. They obviously need a lot of practice in getting the passing game going but they didn’t need to pass against Atlanta or Oakland, so they didn’t. They had better throw the ball a lot against the Giants this week regardless of how well they’re running because they just need to have some success with it to build some confidence and get the receivers back on board.

  21. Cousins obviously isn’t the answer, and his historic inability to play well in big games has now been reinforced. If anyone thinks coaching is the issue, they haven’t watched all the games closely — Cousins has been the same player under every offensive coach he’s had. This team has done damn near everything they can to put him in a position to succeed, making the blame on his performance squarely on his very own shoulders.

    Then again, the team is 2-2, and they lost two tough games on the road against good defenses. The season ain’t over yet. Sure it was a mistake, but the team has to live with the guy under this contract at least this year. Maybe they can still get something out of him as a game manager, draft a QB this spring, and then move on. Expectations are now re-set — blowing up the world ain’t gonna do any good.

  22. Zimmer is correct. He should stop his podcast. He needs more time watching film and practicing.
    What’s next, spending his time filming mind numbingly stupid commercials instead of practicing with teammates?

  23. but having his coach and teammates barking at him is going to be harder to miss.
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    What’s not hard to miss is his check downs while there are open WRs and TEs down field.

  24. Just curious if the Vikings have considered trading for Bridgewater. Brees should be back soon and it might be a good answer. Even if Brees takes longer to get back, they have that other back-up that seems pretty legit.

  25. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 3, 2019 at 11:44 am

    And yet, you “realists” are the same guys that proclaimed Cousins the… wait for it… “best QB in the NFL” when this debacle took place. And you’ll do the same with whomever they bring in next. It’s what you guys do. Everything is “the best”… until it goes to the scrap heap with all the other “bests.”
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    Please provide one quote in which a Viking fan calls Kirk Cousins the “best QB in the NFL.” Not even Alan Light has said that. You have no credibility unless you can find this quote, which should be easy since we apparently were all saying it.

  26. sea3369 says:
    October 3, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Most people who follow/watch football, knew from day one that Cousins is not that great of a QB. Not sure what the vikes were thinking!////////

    We have been over this Cousins was the best FA QB the year the Vikings signed him. They didn’t have a lot of options.

  27. I do recall a bunch of Vikings fans proclaiming they were going to the Super Bowl after they signed Cousins. Keenum played better than Cousins has.

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