Kirk Cousins is back to getting no respect

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After a Week Four loss at Chicago, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had become a full-blown pincushion for criticism. He heard it, he got angry about it, and it carried him through much of the season (and it got him a call from the President).

Then came the Week 16 matchup with the Packers, and Kirk morphed once again into Kurt, losing for the ninth time in nine Monday night appearances and prompting many to presume that the player who is never ready for prime time won’t be ready for the playoffs, where he has a career record of 0-1.

On Tuesday, Simms and I conducted a draft of the quarterbacks we expect to play the best in January. Six rounds, twelve quarterbacks. Twelve teams. And Cousins finished . . . .

Not twelfth. He didn’t make the list at all, with one of us taking Taysom Hill instead.

A far more potentially motivational remark was made later on Tuesday, when Rich Eisen asked Saints defensive end Cam Jordan whether the wild-card game against Minnesota hinges on which type of Dalvin Cook the Saints are going to get.

“What do you think on that front?” Eisen asked.

“The issue of knowing what kind of Kirk Cousins you’re gonna get,” Jordan said.

So what do you mean by that, Cam?

“At times he looks to be a very proficient quarterback,” Jordan said. And while he wisely stopped right there (unlike December 2018, when he unnecessarily stirred up Ben Roethlisberger), the diss from Jordan and the return of the sense that Kirk simply can’t get it done could give Kirk some fuel.

A healthy Dalvin Cook helps, too. Regardless, if Cousins reacts now like he did after Week Four, he may get a chance to reunite with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in a way other than playing for him again.

64 responses to “Kirk Cousins is back to getting no respect

  1. A lot of those losses shouldn’t fall strictly on the shoulders of Kirk Cousins
    But man, that is some streak on MNF
    Like Wade Phillips said once, “It’s only a big game is you lose it”. There’s some truth to that

  2. I am just happy that I help pushed the quarterback market higher for other players.

    Regards,

    Kurt not kirk

  3. Super nice guy. Everyone likes him. But needs to win a big game to get respect. No participation trophies in the NFL.

  4. They could have had Bridgewater for cheaper and he would had done the same thing Cousins has been doing all year : hand it off to Cook and limit mistakes.

  5. Respect is earned and he’s earned nothing. He’s a more durable Sam Bradford. But who cares what we think. Keep cashing them checks.

  6. One thing is certain: It’s the other starting QB in the Superdome this Sunday that will get it done.

  7. People that aren’t Vikings fans only get to watch them on national tv; and the dude is almost always garbage during prime time games. He is who we thought he was.

  8. Since every playoff game is effectively “prime time” that’s what he deserves. Like Andy Dalton, Cousins melts under the brightest of lights. Can’t take the pressure.

  9. Cousins is no Stafford. Look up his number in playoff games. He’s played plenty well. It’s the defense that’s let the Lions down. Stafford has also performed in primetime games. Cousins just sucks. No excuse to lose with that defense behind you.

  10. Respect has to be earned, and Cousins doesn’t earn it. He chokes every time the lights get bright and the pressure is on. The Vikings will never win any championships as long as he’s their QB. He’s just a higher-paid Mitch Trubisky: he looks good at times, but never comes through when it really counts.

  11. I guarantee this is one of those games where the NFL will 100% make sure the Vikings cover the spread for Vegas.

  12. The Vikings two best runners were both out for the Packer game. The Packers knew all they had to do was defend the pass. Way to much blame for that game being put on Cousins.

  13. Saints have the 4th ranked run defense. They held Elliot to 35 he on 18 carries. If they control the minisoda running game then Cousins will have to win the game. Not gonna happen unless the league hurries and legalize the skip pass.

  14. Kirk Cousins is what he is and always has been. He’s an okay QB who isn’t an elite QB and cannot carry a team on his shoulders the way Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and others have done. I would not rate Cousins in the top 10 of QB’s who are playing right now. He is in the next tier down which includes guys like Matthew Stafford and Phillip Rivers, but I’d take both of them over him, too.
    The bottom line is, the Vikings got what they overpaid for.

  15. As a Vikes fan, Kirk isn’t bad. I think some of that blame should fall on Stefanski and Mr. Conservative Zimmer. That said, he needs to get some confidence early this weekend or this could get ugly fast…

  16. Everybody blames it on Night games or MNF.. It is the fact that the Best teams play on MNF and night games.
    Cousins simply falls to pieces and is not clutch! If he gets pressure his mind turns to self protection first, NFL QB 2nd. That is him in a nutshell. nothing more nothing less. Minnesota needs to draft a young QB this year, let him sit the first year and learn, then dump Cousins like the Backup QB he is. Perhaps Minnesota needs to go after Bridgewater, or Marcus Mariota this off season??

  17. theres a reason the skins never locked him down to a franchise qb…now we all know the skins are awful…..but they seem vastly intelligent on this move

  18. I hope Kirk proves the naysayers wrong and lights up the Saints like it’s the Fourth of July.

  19. Cousins has proven to be an average QB that gets paid like an exceptional QB. It’s not his fault Minnesota over paid him. Until he proves otherwise his a game manager but can’t put the team on his back and win tough games consistently. A deep playoff run would proven everyone wrong. I think even AB would agree.

  20. “Perhaps Minnesota needs to go after Bridgewater, or Marcus Mariota this off season??“
    ^^^
    Doesn’t know the Vikings already tried Bridgewater. Mariota would be a lateral move at best.

  21. Do Viking fans really believe if the 2 running backs were in the Packer/Viking game it would have been different? The OL of the Vikings were manhandled badly by the DL of the Packers. There is no way having Cook would have helped … can’t run if you can’t get to the line of scrimmage. Without 3 turnovers the 1st half, that game could have been 32-0.

  22. bunners1 says:
    January 1, 2020 at 4:42 pm
    Do Viking fans really believe if the 2 running backs were in the Packer/Viking game it would have been different? The OL of the Vikings were manhandled badly by the DL of the Packers. There is no way having Cook would have helped … can’t run if you can’t get to the line of scrimmage. Without 3 turnovers the 1st half, that game could have been 32-0.

    @@@@@@@@#@####

    If the Vikings had Cook and Mattison to set up the play action pass those 3 turnovers coukd easily been 21 points. Cousins is tied with LaMar Jackson for 14 TDs off play action this year both having a QBR of 129 of said plays.

  23. piis31415 says:
    January 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm
    I hope Kirk proves the naysayers wrong and lights up the Saints like it’s the Fourth of July.

    ———

    Yeah……he won’t

  24. Like Wade Phillips said once, “It’s only a big game is you lose it”. There’s some truth to that
    Wade should know….His defenses suck in big games!!

  25. Kirk Cousins can’t get the job done. This loss to the Saints will verify that the signing of him by the Vikings was an utter mistake.

  26. If Cousins throws for 350 and 4 TD’s in a win this weekend, the crowd will merely state he can’t win a SB. I’m sure the entire Vikings organization does not care what the trolls and PFT think.

  27. Cousins is an above average passer, when he has a great supporting cast that takes the pressure off of him. Left to carry an offense with his arm under pressure, he loses his composure, gets happy feet and struggles to keep a clear head. In a game where play action is working, he’s stellar. In a game without play action, with a quickly closing pocket, he becomes a fumble prone scarecrow.

    The efficiency of the defense he faces will determine which Cousins shows up. As a Vikes fan, I’m not optimistic.

  28. The Vikes under Zimmer are a run first pass when you have to offence. Run for three, then two and you only need 5 for a first down which you get from your top te ends. Keep doing this then throw the bomb. NO will not have a walk in the park on this on and if they get behind early, Zimmer stacks the D and blitzes all day long

  29. piis31415 says:
    January 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm
    I hope Kirk proves the naysayers wrong and lights up the Saints like it’s the Fourth of July.
    ————————
    Hope is free, as long as you don’t back it up with a paycheck.

  30. Cousins won’t have to face Marcus Davenport, who is on IR because of the knee drop Cousins performed on him last season in Minneapolis, giving him a season ending foot injury… Could be a career ender

  31. God I hope Minnesota doesn’t try to resign this guy… with his ego he’ll be wanting 3 yrs 99 million lol, he will be lucky to get a backup job after next year, well Broncos, Fins,or Been-Gals.. He is like a drunken Dad or Mom, never there when it counts!

  32. That’s funny, Wade Phillips did a great job having his defence shut down Carolina in the 15/16 Super Bowl…He held Brady and NE to just 13 pts in last year’s SB, while the Rams offence CHOKED…

  33. The Vikings are not as good at their 10-6 record. ALL of their wins came against bad, bad, teams. New O. is going to ravage MN. It will be so bad the Saints will put in Teddy in the fourth.

    You never should have cut Kyle Sloter, cause after next year, Kurt will be in Miami.

  34. Cousins’ chances of improving this situation would be helped significantly if the OL actually turns in an adequate performance on Sunday.

    The loss to the Packers was huge, and while Cousins gets the blame for part of that (especially that INT he threw up from grabs), the failure of the OL to adequately pass block for him or open any holes for the running game, and the failure of the coaches to adjust to what the Packers were throwing at them, were the biggest reasons for the offensive failures in that game.

    I’m not a Cousins fan and didn’t like the fact that the Vikings signed him; he’s too immobile in the pocket and too prone to fumbling when hit. That said, the front office and the coaching staff have failed to produce an offensive line that can compete with the elite defenses in the league. Until that happens, it won’t matter who their QB is.

  35. Cousins has beat one playoff team this season and beat their conference sister, in their stadium that is much louder than the Super Dome as well. Cousins gets tons of criticism dumped on him, and some of it he owns but, all it takes is one good game to erase a lot of the dung being thrown at him. This could be that week.

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