Kirk Cousins: I won’t finish the season if I keep throwing interceptions

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions in Sunday’s 40-23 loss to the Falcons and that leaves him with 10 through the first six games of the season.

It also leaves him with a realistic assessment of what the fallout from those interceptions could be. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said after Sunday’s loss that he didn’t consider benching Cousins, but the quarterback said he knows that is a possible consequence if he continues to play the way he’s played to this point in the season.

“The reality is if the pace I’m on in terms of the interceptions, if that were to continue, I won’t finish the season,” Cousins said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. “I won’t — you know what I mean? There’s a little bit of, you got to improve. Whether it’s them telling me, ‘Hey we gotta improve,’ or them pulling me; we got to get better. That’s what the rest of the season will be about for me, is trying to protect the football as best I can. Because when you turn the ball over, it really hurts your chances to win. I know that. I just need to improve as we look ahead to the rest of the season.”

The Vikings have a bye in Week Seven and finding a way to correct the interception issue will be the top priority on offense before they return to work against the Packers.

33 responses to “Kirk Cousins: I won’t finish the season if I keep throwing interceptions

  1. Unless he gets injured or a full on tank job becomes the game plan, Cousins will not be benched.

  2. The biggest problem with Kirk is that he’s not very good at football.

    At least he’s on a team friendly contract.

  3. The Vikings problem is that they cuddle Kirk. They’re not allowed to have a competent backup because Kirk will meltdown even more. They can’t bench Kirk because they have Mannion.

  4. It’s sort of reality when a QB confesses his game has sucked and needs to be better. I’m not on the fire Zimmer train or cut Cousins because they will be paid either way and it’s stupid talk about cutting them. I’m frustrated and full of rage, but I can’t think of anyone to become the new Vikings coach without losing some of the best in the league oriented coaches. If a change was to take place it should have been promoting Kevin Stefanski.

  5. Cousins will not be benched but Zimmer who is known to teach defense should be, the defense is terrible.

  6. He is a mediocre QB, losing record against good teams wilts under pressure and vastly overpaid. The Vikings gave him a fully guaranteed contract which should get both the GM and the tightly wound coach fired. Bye Bye Felicia!

  7. When the Washington Football Team lets a player walk, then you should run (in the opposite direction).

  8. Cousins just does not enjoy football. He has gotten paid and does not have anything to play for anymore. To be frank, he has lost any competitive edge he ever had. His play and subsequent press conferences prove that. If this is a question, watch and listen. He does not care. He needs to be honest and let everyone involved know so that each can move on. Release him and bite the bullet and pay him and move on. A quarterback needs to lead and he has no interest in it. Nice man…but it is what it is. I would rather go with a less talented Mannon or Stanley…we are losing anyway.

  9. arealisticpackerfan says:
    October 18, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    The Vikings problem is that they cuddle Kirk. They’re not allowed to have a competent backup….////

    Almost had it right. The Vikings’s GM Spielman doesn’t like a QB controversy so he normally has a non threat at back up. Cousins or not this is the case.
    And it is coddle not cuddle.

  10. Ya’ know what, Kirk, I have been one of your biggest supporters. But I have noticed you are always the first to recognize when you need to play better. I’ll give you credit for that. But when does it start?? Every week we hear you say things like “I need to play better”. WELL LETS SEE IT ALREADY!!

  11. Been a Vikes fan close to 40 years and frankly Cousins is clearly not the QB of the future. He lacks mobility, the game plans are lacking and he looks terrified so this year we all knew would be bad but they have to draft another QB or even sign Blake Borttels just because he is more mobile and if the QB does not have the time to drive the ball down the field due to a sucky line then you have to play a more mobile QB. We will not win anything meaningful with Cousins and its time in a lost season to start planning how this team needs to move forward and the long term Team was unprepared mentally and its time to consider a coaching change going outside of the organization. Shameful performance today and team was not ready to play.

  12. Cousins isn’t going anywhere this year.

    Or next year.

    Or the year after that.

    Maybe the year after that.

  13. What’s the point? Who cares? The season is over. You’re 1-5. Chicago is 5-1 Green Bay is 5-1. Just tank this season, improve in the draft, and come back next year.

  14. As bad of a game as the loss to the winless Falcons was, there is even worse news for all Viking fans. Due to the resigning of Cousins after a single playoff win, they are stuck with his salary for the next two years. So we have 10 games left in 2020, another 16 games in 2021, that’s only 26 games of misery before the Vikings can even consider who their next QB is going to be.

  15. Cousins was terrible but at least he took responsibility for it. Rodgers was even worse and he never said one word about his own performance. Just blamed the offense in general.

  16. whatjusthapped says:
    October 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    As bad of a game as the loss to the winless Falcons was, there is even worse news for all Viking fans. Due to the resigning of Cousins after a single playoff win, they are stuck with his salary for the next two years. So we have 10 games left in 2020, another 16 games in 2021, that’s only 26 games of misery before the Vikings can even consider who their next QB is going to be.
    /////////////
    Not true, he may be on the team and he may be making 21 million but that doesn’t mean he will be starting in 2021. There are 3 prize QB’s in this draft and all 3 would start over Cousins.

  17. Good. Maybe when real football comes back next year you won’t be on the team.
    Eat half his salary and trade away whatever to get rid of this waste of a QB.
    We’ve seen enough stupid back breaking turnovers.

  18. Your right Kirk….I was of the opinion that they MASSIVLY over paid you, before this season…Now I am convinced of it.
    As a person, I am sure you are a great guy…I just don’t know if your the QB that can lead this franchise.

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