Kirk Cousins happy to keep his friend Adam Thielen happy

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins needed a good week, just to silence the talk about him for a moment — though he professes to not hear it.

But an improved passing game, and a win over the Giants at least changed the conversation, a week after the $84 million (guaranteed) quarterback apologized to his wide receiver for their struggles in the passing game.

This week, he won’t have to discuss his relationship with Adam Thielen, other than in terms of how tight they are.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a closer friend in the league than Adam,” Cousins said, via Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America. “We sit together on planes. Our families are friendly. What’s funny is the comment Adam made after the game last week is the same one he’s said to me. He thought it was unrealistic to just run it and have that be all our offense. So I had the context. But I guess it took on a life of its own.”

Cousins was 22-of-27 passing for 306 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and for a change, wasn’t something they planned around. He had averaged 15.5 pass attempts in their first two wins, as they leaned on their running game to get by. But when he had to pass and it didn’t work, it was hard to pretend to not know it.

“It was a pretty normal week for me, and a very good practice week,” Cousins said. “I can read between the lines when reporters are asking me things, so I guess there was a lot swirling around. I can tell by the tenor of the questions.

“But I can tell you I don’t pay attention to what’s out there. I just don’t. Maybe a high school friend will text me something about me coming under fire. I’ve gotten to the point where I tell my friends: ‘You don’t have to text me.’ Really, it’s better to be in the dark.”

Actually, it’s better to play better, so your friends don’t have to approach you with a worried tone. And for a week, Cousins was able to do just that.

31 responses to “Kirk Cousins happy to keep his friend Adam Thielen happy

  1. “the $84 million (guaranteed) quarterback”

    I keep seeing this and I wonder why that’s such a big deal to some people?

    That’s $84 million over 3 years.

    Aaron Rodgers was actually PAID $80 million dollars in the first year of his current deal (signed when he still had 2 years left on his old deal).

    Since signing their respective contracts in 2018, Rodgers had 10 wins. Cousins has 11.

    Rodgers will have been paid nearly $100,000,000 at the end of this season. Cousins will have only paid $53,000,000.

    Rodgers cap hit for next season is $32,600,000. Cousins is $31,000,000.

    The Vikings can decide what to do at QB for 2021 – resign Cousins or go with another option.

    The Packers – Rodgers cap charge is another $33,600,000 if they want to keep him or they can cut him with $23,000,000 in dead cap space.

  2. I’ve been saying all along the Vikings have a good team. When they balance it out, they play well.

    Relax.

  3. The Twin Cities’s media trolls the local teams, likes to cause drama for the teams they poorly cover. A local TV station was going through a Vikings lineman’s trash once. No where else are they doing stuff like that.

  4. Imagine the talent the Vikings could afford if they had allowed Bridgewater to play for peanuts and the “privilege?” He was willing. The Vikings sent him packing. He didn’t promise the instantaneous success a stud like Cousins gives you.

  5. When you compare Cousins, who is a career .500 QB, to 2 time MVP, Super Bowl Champion Aaron Rodgers, literally everything you have ever said or ever will say in the future will be laughed at.

  6. I keep seeing this and I wonder why that’s such a big deal to some people?

    That’s $84 million over 3 years.

    Aaron Rodgers was actually PAID $80 million dollars in the first year of his current deal.
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    If you cant see the difference in play between them IDK what to tell you.

    Ones going to a HOF and the other is upsetting teammates and costing people their jobs.

  7. Aaron Rodgers was actually PAID $80 million dollars in the first year of his current deal (signed when he still had 2 years left on his old deal).

    ++++

    And why is this such a big deal to you? It’s like the ninth time you mentioned it, and it does nothing to make Kirk Cousins more capable of beating good teams.

    Heck he hasn’t even scored a playoff touchdown in a full regulation season yet. 🙂

  8. Victories are hard to come by in the NFL. Very few games are a cakewalk, and most coaches will figure out a way to exploit every weakness you have. There are things in this game that I could throw stones at. There’s posts and comments that I could throw stones at. But honestly, we won and most of the time we looked good doing it. I’m too happy nit pick And not ready to look ahead to next week. Thanks Vikings, I want to sit back and enjoy this one. I may even watch it again.

  9. He had averaged 15.5 pass attempts in their first two wins, as they leaned on their running game to get by.
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    “To get by”? They won those games 28-12 and 34-14 and both games were effectively over in the first half. They weren’t game-planning away from Cousins; they just didn’t need to pass.

    Yesterday they did exactly what they needed to do. They had to demonstrate they can pass the ball against a team with a bad pass defense. It doesn’t really mean very much other than they did what they should do. It’s a step forward because it’s a win on the road and the offense finally looked like we were told it was going to look. 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing is about as balanced as you can get. That should be the goal every week.

    Next week they play a good team in the Eagles but it’s at home. The next step is to beat a winning team at home and show you can pass against them. Then they have a road game against a good team (Detroit) and you have to show that you can win that game. Then later you need to show you can win a prime time game. Kirk has to prove himself every week so we’ll see if he can handle it. I’m skeptical but willing to see how the season plays out.

    By the way, Oakland is 3-2 so are we going to change Kirk’s record against winning teams?

  10. The most awesome play I’ve ever seen was when Josh McCown threw a laser Hail Mary to Nate Poole, who made a diving, toe tapping catch in the corner of the end zone with no time left.

  11. The 2nd most awesome play I’ve ever seen was when Favre declined to run untouched for ~5-8 yards to set up a game winning FG and instead threw into triple coverage for an easy INT.

  12. The 3rd most awesome play I’ve ever seen was when Gary Anderson hadn’t missed an attempt of any kind all year and missed a FG to let the Falcons come back and win in OT.

  13. The 4th most awesome play I’ve ever seen was when the holder placed the ball with the laces facing the kicker and Walsh missed far right from 27 yards.

  14. The 5th most awesome thing I’ve seen is someone digging up isolated bonehead plays by a rival team and passing it off as something remarkable.

    No ones life or career is without inexplicable incidents they wish they could take back.

  15. This team would not have a win if the refs didn’t help them in every game. Just imagine if they called it every time the offensive line held. Cook would have maybe 60 yards per game.

    The Vikings are the darlings of the NFL, though, so it’s obviously rigged to help them out.

  16. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    By the way, Oakland is 3-2 so are we going to change Kirk’s record against winning teams?

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    Of course. 5-28. Congrats.

  17. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 7, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    The most awesome play I’ve ever seen was when Josh McCown threw a laser Hail Mary to Nate Poole, who made a diving, toe tapping catch in the corner of the end zone with no time left.
    __________

    Apparently you never saw that play, because Poole never landed in the end zone. He was hit in the air and landed out of bounds. At that time, it was up to the referee’s discretion to determine if the receiver would have landed in-bounds if he hadn’t been hit and forced out of bounds. If the same play happened today, it would not be a touchdown.

  18. Little known fact about Aaron Rodgers. Arron has never beat a .500 team trailing going into the 4th quarter by one or more points. Can’t call him a comback kid. 0-41.

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