Klint Kubiak: Kirk Cousins wants to be challenged to get better

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The Vikings have kept continuity within their offensive scheme, promoting Klint Kubiak to coordinator to replace his father, Gary.

Klint Kubiak has served as the team’s quarterbacks coach for the two seasons, developing a relationship with Kirk Cousins. Kubiak said in a press conference this week that the comfort level between he and Cousins is important. But Kubiak also wants to push Cousins forward.

“Certainly he’s a main leader on our offense and we want him to be comfortable. But I know Kirk and just like any other player, they don’t want to be too comfortable,” Kubiak said. “You’ve got to challenge them to get the best out of them, and he’s no different. I think that’s certainly why he’s had so much success to this point of his career, is he wants a challenge. And we’re going to be familiar in our scheme, we’re going to be familiar with the faces around the building. But it’s certainly a challenge to me and our coaching staff to define new challenges for all position groups in order to have them respond and for us to all become great and to get to where we want to get to.”

The Vikings missed the postseason by finishing at 7-9 in 2020, but Cousins set a new career high with 35 touchdown passes. With weapons like Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson, Minnesota’s offense should be set up well for contention in 2021 if the continuity in the scheme translates to results.

10 responses to “Klint Kubiak: Kirk Cousins wants to be challenged to get better

  1. Sorry, if Cousins has to be challenged to get better/be better from an outside source while making millions and millions .. aint going to happen. It comes from within a person, not outside.

  2. So, in 9 years in the NFL no other coach as thought to challenge him to get better? That comment is the definition of “Young guy who doesn’t know all that much but thinks he’s got it all figured out.”

  3. They can’t be afraid to put the game more on Cousins in the first half. They almost always did well on their first or second drive of the game when the plays are scripted. Good mix of pass and run. After that, they would lean on the run way too much and wouldn’t get back to passing more until the second half when they were behind. The Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Bills were the top three teams in the league in first-half pass attempts. The Vikings led the league in running plays on 2nd and 10. I hope this young guy will be less predictable in his play calls and run a 21st century offense.

  4. bunners1 says:
    February 11, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Sorry, if Cousins has to be challenged to get better/be better from an outside source while making millions and millions .. aint going to happen. It comes from within a person, not outside.
    __________

    Uhhh…it worked for Rodgers this year.

  5. “But it’s certainly a challenge to me and our coaching staff to define new challenges for all position groups in order to have them respond and for us to all become great and to get to where we want to get to.”

    +++++

    Uh oh. That doesn’t sound like a guy who is up to the, uh, challenge.

  6. Cousins’ salary is falling into a normal range and no longer draws attention to itself for being wildly excessive. He’s a very good game-manager but he will never be a very good game-changer. I think that’s about as good as it’s going to get.

  7. That’s greatness right there! Cousins is already the top qb in the league – now push him and make him even better?!! That sound you heard was the rest of the teams in the NFL trembling in fear of the thought!!

  8. Cousins doesn’t do well with challenges as I see it. He doesn’t beat the good teams very often or in the spotlight games. He did help the Vikings beat the Saints in the playoffs.

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