Kirk Cousins says he plays better “when I have an edge to me”

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While the Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins were being picked apart in the aftermath of their Week Four loss to the Bears, Cousins said he didn’t pay attention to what people were saying outside the organization because “ignorance is bliss.”

Cousins may have been paying a bit more attention than he let on, however. During his weekly podcast, Cousins said that he plays better “when I have an edge to me” while discussing his strong performance against the Giants in a 28-10 win.

On Wednesday, Cousins was asked what gave him an edge and he avoided diving too deep into his psyche while admitting that there are things from outside that can make an impact on his mindset as he prepares for games.

“I don’t know the answer,” Cousins said, via Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Sometimes when I get frustrated and ticked off, there’s a little more fire there. It can also get you in trouble if you’re not careful, but I think within reason it can help you. . . . You play this position and things happen inside the building and outside the building that motivate you. You find motivation anywhere you can, really.”

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he was unaware that Cousins felt that way and added that “whatever he says is fine with me.” The coach also said he would “tick him off myself” if he knew that it would result in better play, so we’ll see if he goes to that well ahead of Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

37 responses to “Kirk Cousins says he plays better “when I have an edge to me”

  1. Cousins is the dad QB of the NFL. Even when he thinks he has an edge, he really doesn’t. If they have to kick him in the balls before a game, so be it. It’d be worth a try. That’s what we’d do in Green Bay.

  2. Cousins is a great QB against teams with bad defense who leave receivers open.
    He carved up the Giants.

  3. He lost some of his edge when he started doing Sleep Number Bed and other garbage commercials. His focus on football happens sporadically on game day. It shows.

  4. This story reminds me of Brian Bosworth, whom some of you may remember. He was a loud-mouth flamboyant star LB at Oklahoma, who was selected by the Seahawks in the 1987 Supplemental Draft at the insistence of the owner. He proved to be a disaster. He was undersized for the position and opposing offenses deliberately ran the ball right at him because he was slow to the hole and then had difficulty with tackling the ball carrier, often getting trucked. The criticism focused on his delay and slowness to hit the hole, the thinking being he would be more effective against the ball carrier if he plugged the hole in the line and was not one-on-one for the tackle. The HC, Chuck Knox, ever the good soldier, kept starting Brian because he was the star and the owner had demanded they spend a #1 draft pick on him. Responding to criticism that Brian was slow to the hole and in catching up to the ball carrier, Chuck said Brian’s lateral speed was exceptional, you know, sliding ones feet side-to-side while sliding down the line and in pursuit of the play. Someone suggested he line up facing the sidelines to capitalize on that lateral speed – maybe he could plug the hole.

  5. Bob, you’re going to have to explain how this story reminds you of Brian Bosworth.

    Kirk should be ticked off every week because he gets more criticism than any other player in the NFL. I’d love to see him shove it back in everyone’s faces, but I just don’t think he has it in him.

  6. “This story reminds me of Brian Bosworth, whom some of you may remember. He was a loud-mouth flamboyant star LB at Oklahoma…”.

    Perhaps you should stop living in the 1980s.

  7. If I were his coach, I would tell him to zip it the rest of the season. He will have ample opportunities to talk if he reverses his trend of losing to teams at .500 or better and conversely, he might decline his opportunity to talk about his role in a 7-9 season. I have a feeling that its more the latter than the former.

  8. I literally forget this guy’s face within seconds of looking away. He’s white bread with the crusts cut off, he’s caffeine-free diet soda, he’s a Miley Cyrus instrumental.

  9. Weren’t the Giants coming off 2 straight wins? Wasn’t everybody praising their rookie QB? It’s not like the Vikings were playing the Dolphins or Bengals.

  10. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he was unaware that Cousins felt that way and added that “whatever he says is fine with me.”

    ++++

    Except on the podcast, right, Zim?

    Cousins does hear the criticism, Diggs went home in his uniform because he was excited for the next game, and control freak Zim doesn’t care what anyone says.It’s getting harder for everybody to keep their stories straight.

    Which bodes well for the Eagles.

  11. ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY THOU PER GAME not enough to get your “edge” or whatever the hell you need Kirk??!?! Freaking DOOF!
    He should go to prison for grand larceny! every single Monday, Tue, Friday after a game!

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