Kirk Cousins: Games without fans “would kind of be refreshing”

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As 49ers tight end George Kittle said last week, there’s a silver lining to the prospect of playing games without fans, specifically when the time comes to play in places like Seattle or New Orleans.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins took it a step farther on Tuesday when discussing the possibility that all or part of the 2020 season will entail games without folks in the stands cheering or booing the performances of the players.

“Honestly, we practice every day in an empty grass area and pump in fake crowd noise for away games,” Cousins said on a conference call, via ESPN.com. “But more often than not, you’re used to it. OTA practices don’t have a lot of pomp and circumstance to them. So honestly to go out and just play the game would kind of be refreshing, a breath of fresh air, to just let us know that we don’t have to have all the smoke and the fire, we can just play football. So as long as we’re playing the game, I won’t have a lot of complaints, and hopefully if it’s still not returned to normal, we can find a way to make it work.”

Plenty of players thrive on the energy that comes from playing before a crowd. Others would prefer silence, and those players will have a benefit in 2020, if games happen without all the ambient noise.

The Vikings go to both Seattle and New Orleans this year, so the absence of raucousness would help Cousins run the offense without a silent count or other devices that erase the advantage that the offense otherwise has thanks to the split-second before the defense reacts to the start of the play. Of course, Minnesota’s defense would sacrifice that same edge in its eight home games, where the noise at U.S. Bank Stadium can make it impossible for the opposing offense to operate.

97 responses to “Kirk Cousins: Games without fans “would kind of be refreshing”

  1. So honestly to go out and just play the game would kind of be refreshing, a breath of fresh air, to just let us know that we don’t have to have all the smoke and the fire,

    +++++

    And they extend this guy? Purples gonna purple.

  2. Would also be refreshing if Cousins could actually win a meaningful game for once in his life.

  3. Before you jump all over Kirk, I think he is trying to look at the bright side of a bad situation.

  4. Maybe, the networks can digitally add fans into the stands. And then digitally replace the field and the players too, and we can all watch Madden.

  5. He doesn’t like the nonsense surrounding football. I agree with him. He didn’t say anything about the fans themselves. He’s talking about all the pregame hoopla and all the commercial breaks in stadiums where they advertise and do stupid skits and such. “And now, let’s see a couple of goof balls try to win a t-shirt by spinning their heads on a bat then trying to run!” “ Heres a random trivia question with excessive noise and lights and fireworks!” “Look here’s some random kid who is the (local grocery store) child of the day, let’s give em a hand!”

  6. You know what else is refreshing if there are no fans Kirk? Instead of 33m per season, try 8m per….wow, and I’m a Vikings fan this is embarrassing.

  7. If I was Cousins I would not want fans in the stands either. when you can’t win the big game you like to hide.

  8. Let’s do it!
    It’s a better product on my living room tv anyway. We can superimpose fans in the stands.
    Good riddance who dat and the 12th man.

  9. Ummm…cause you choke a lot and fans WHO PAY YOUR SALARY have a right to express their displeasure. I’m a retail manager, when we do bad we feel the immediate impact. People go elsewhere and voice their displeasure. Glad you got lucky to be paid millions to fail 50% of the time and still have a job. Most of us would be fired for doing our jobs only 50% of the time.

  10. I’d be down with the NFL playing with no fans so we can still have football under the condition that everyone involved at the games test every week before going to the stadiums and stay away from people when it’s not doing their jobs. But questions remain, like will they do all of that for the most part, and will enough testing be available, and will it take too many testing kits away from those who really need it. For sure you can’t do it with fans, but even this would be tricky. Most likely they will play the games but not test unless there are symptoms which would ultimately spread the virus throughput the NFL and the USA. As much as I need football, I don’t think even this would be a good idea for the people of the country unless the virus us gone by then.

  11. After years of playing for the Redskins, Kirk Cousins knows better than anyone what it’s like to play in an empty stadium.

  12. It’s unsportsmanlike to allow crowd noise to hinder the opposing team’s offense. Or, there should be headphones in the offensive players’ helmets so that they can hear the QB’s calls. But, the NFL allows crowd noise to interfere because they want more parity.

  13. Just remember; without the fans, there is a significant pay cut! Be careful what you wish for…….

  14. Kirk Cousins has spent his entire career thus far playing without fans, this should be no different.

  15. If gamers can talk to each other half way around the world, I’m sure the geniuses can hire an it and audio crew to fugure out how to upscale that and pipe in audio from the microphones of all the smart devices people are watching on. Would be a he’ll of an experiment at the very least.

  16. I’m sure Vikings fans would be refreshed not to watch there huge money Quaterback choke in person.

  17. Good honest boy. Psychologically it will up his game. His personality will thrive off it. Vikings become first team to win super bowl with no one in attendance

  18. Are you kidding? I’m all for it. For one game. You’ll realize how much you need and want us.

  19. Refreshing? I hope he remembers that the next time he collects a paycheck as it’s the fans (and TV contracts) that make his career even possible. Sure seems to me like playing a meaningful game with no fans would be surreal, if not a bit disappointing to players.

  20. I liked how he handled the diggs situation, never been a fan on the field but cousins seems like a genuine guy

  21. Would Vikings fans be refreshed to see their favorite team’s games played without Cousins?

  22. I’m sure opposing teams and players would love playing in Kansas City with no fans. They can’t hear when the stadium is rocking. Pretty unfair though.

  23. Yes, if fans didn’t go as a protest to the ridiculous ticket prices.
    There is no football without fans.
    We pay your “well deserved” $30 million dollars salary, don’t forget that.

  24. I think Kirk is right . if nobody is there and the Vikings are playing a winning team in Primetime nobody will know he stinks.

  25. The Vikings pump in fake crowd noise during their home games too, been doing that for years.

  26. The Colts and Falcons were trialing crowd noise systems for years for just this circumstance!

  27. That’s funny, because as an NFL fan I find games without Kirk Cousins in them “refreshing.”

    🙂

  28. To open his mouth and say that tells me a lot about him. I want my QB to know better, to show better judgment and not say something so inflammatory, especially since my employer earns a lot of my salary by selling tickets to those same fans. No class.

  29. The Vikings pump in fake crowd noise during their home games too, been doing that for years.

    >>

    I remember hearing from lots of fans after Lambeau updated their speaker system that fans were louder than ever at home games. After their speaker system was updated.

  30. I see his point, playing in front of Vikings fans is hard to do with them jumping on and off the bandwagon so much.

  31. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    April 15, 2020 at 7:25 am
    The Vikings pump in fake crowd noise during their home games too, been doing that for years.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I don’t think they’re doing it at US Bank, but my son and I attended a Packer-Viking game at the Dome several years ago. It was halftime and half the crowd was elsewhere when all of a sudden the place erupted like a pick-six had just taken place, except nobody was on the field. Everybody was looking around and laughing. Oops…..wrong button! I wonder where that guy is working today?

  32. It would be refreshing if Kirk could bet a team with a winning record more than 10% of the time

  33. I like it when fans think they pay a players salary. No you don’t. TV deals spiked by large markets like LA, NYC, Chicago pay NFL contracts. You season tickets are pennies.

  34. Home field advantage is overrated. Didn’t the sorry Falcons go into New Orleans and throttle the Saints this past season?

  35. Are you kiddin’ me, then who would all these divas like Diggs pump their chests and celebrate in front of?

    It’d make the game meaningless for them!

  36. Just watch this past WWE WM and you will see how extremely boring a sporting event is with no fans.

  37. Is it possible that no matter how he answered the question about empty stadiums that many of you would find fault? I don’t know what answer so many of you were looking for. These guys are supposed to stay positive but it isn’t always easy to find the positives in this pandemic. I am no big Cousins fan but jeesh give the guy a break.

  38. Maybe they can retro fit each seat with a speaker and for say…..10 bucks, fans can reserve a speaker from home to boo him like usual.

  39. jackedupboonie says:
    April 15, 2020 at 10:44 am
    Maybe they can retro fit each seat with a speaker and for say…..10 bucks, fans can reserve a speaker from home to boo him like usual.
    —————–
    Ill take $20

  40. hoptowntiger says:
    I like it when fans think they pay a players salary. No you don’t. TV deals spiked by large markets like LA, NYC, Chicago pay NFL contracts. You season tickets are pennies.
    ==

    You’re not an economics major, are you?
    Where do you think those TV contracts come from?
    The NFL pays its players with money it gets from the the networks. The networks pay huge dollars for rights to broadcast the NFL because they can recoup their money and make big profits from advertisers. Advertisers pay those big bucks to the networks because they know it’s worth it to reach many millions of viewers — aka the FANS who are watching at home!
    Yes, fans DO ultimately pay players’ salaries by watching on TV and driving ratings, in addition to buying tickets and buying many millions of dollars more in NFL merchandise.

  41. MortimerInMiami says:
    April 14, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Would also be refreshing if Cousins could actually win a meaningful game for once in his life.
    ===================================================================================
    Pretty sure Cousins led the Vikings over a superior 13-3 Saints team in the playoffs just last season.

  42. nknielsen says:
    April 15, 2020 at 1:31 am
    No one to boo him, I guess…
    /////////
    A lot of you saying variations of this. Who is booing? He’s played well. No booing.

    How about they CGI in a crowd, and have pumped in crowd noise to a certain level. Since hardly any of you have ever been to an nfl game, would you no the difference?

  43. I think Russell Wilson thrives on the electric environment and it will be interesting to see how he does when you can hear a pin drop. Probably the same but you never know.

    Good time to study the effects of a crowd in the stands. They have never before done it without one.

  44. See what I mean about these so called athletes? Where are they during this plandemic? Will be refreshing to see Kirk get a real job and help the country, now that will be refreshing.

  45. With no one in the stands or buying jerseys, where do you think your 80 million will come from? What a country…..

  46. Can you honestly blame him?
    I’m quite sure that Kirk Cousins isn’t the only Viking player that just loathes playing in front of the ignorant troglodytes in Minnesota.

  47. A lot of people owe Stefon Diggs an apology. He was absolutely right to shoot his way out of town. Josh Allen might overthrow/underthrow him 4 times a game next season but at least he won’t have to worry about him turning into a puddle.

    He’s making all that cake and he is that fragile?

  48. Honestly, I’m sure Kirk Cousins is of at least average intelligence. How he can make comments like that and diminish the fans that make it possible for him to enjoy a fairy tale existence of wealth and fame is beyond stupid.

    Kirk, just don’t make dumb comments that will make it all the more easy for fans to dislike and ridicule you, seems pretty easy to me

  49. “Of course, Minnesota’s defense would sacrifice that same edge in its eight home games, where the (FAKE PUMPED IN CROWD) noise at U.S. Bank Stadium can make it impossible for the opposing offense to operate.”

    Fixed that for you.

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