Vikings rookie QB Kellen Mond studying Kirk Cousins, trying to mimic him

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Kirk Cousins remains the Vikings’ starting quarterback, but Minnesota drafted Kellen Mond in the third round, and that fueled speculation that some day Mond will supplant Cousins. For now, however, Mond says he’s just trying to learn from Cousins.

Mond says he’s been spending time watching film of Cousins to see how the Vikings’ offense works.

“Being able to watch Kirk on certain cutups . . . really enjoy watching his execution, his footwork, just watching how he’s able to go through reads and pretty much master the offense. The more I watch him, the more I’m able to mimic his footwork, his cadence, which is huge in the NFL. There’s so many things I need to learn, but I feel like I’m in a phenomenal organization with phenomenal talent and obviously can’t wait to get to work with Kirk also.”

Mond said Cousins contacted him after the draft and the two have had good communications.

“He was just congratulating me and telling me he couldn’t wait to work with me. I said the same,” Mond said. “When I got drafted, I knew what type of opportunity it was for me to be able to learn from a veteran, a guy who has been in multiple systems and been under center, playing in a great offense. Just be able to learn how he’s able to lead when he gets out here with J.J. [Justin Jefferson], Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook. Just watching how [Kirk is] able to communicate and really just learn. Just him being a mentor and being able to watch him, that’s what I’m excited for.”

Mond had a very prolific career at Texas A&M, passing for 9,661 yards and running for 1,609 yards. As a rookie he may not play at all, but he’s optimistic that some time learning from Cousins will help him have a prolific NFL career as well.

68 responses to “Vikings rookie QB Kellen Mond studying Kirk Cousins, trying to mimic him

  1. So every time he throws an int he’ll say “gol-dang it limminy snickets!” I love Kirk, go bless him

  2. Overthrowing wide open receivers, and bottling it in the biggest games, aren’t trait you wanna develop, Kel.

  3. Copy the annual 4,000 yds, 30TDs and 10Ints part.

    Don’t copy the inability to put your team on your back in crunch time part… or the take a sack on a key 3rd down part…, or fumble on a soft sack part…

  4. Someone needs to tell Mond that throwing for 3 yards on 3rd and 5 is a bad idea. Don’t learn too much from Kirk.

  5. Unless he’s studying what not to do, then go for it. He’s got a better chance at success by studying simulations on Madden 21.

  6. I wouldn’t waste my energy studying Kirk Cousins on the field… I’d definitely mimic his choice in agent though… Just hire Mike McCartney and get all the benefits of being mediocre while getting paid like a superstar

  7. Wouldn’t it be smarter to study a quarterback who wins in the playoffs?

  8. Cousins is average, but paid a lot. If you can replace him with a low price rookie next year then you can save a lot of money.

  9. Buttering-up his target so as to easily extract whatever tips, tricks and tools he can from the experienced (yet limited) veteran before he snatches away his very job. Shoot, with such silver-tongued sweet-talking, he might even get Kurt to spill his beans on how to “extract” mega-millions.

    I like your style, Mond. Slick.

  10. Do that and you’ll be a rich man. Besides that, that organization has wasted phenomenal talent during its existence, walk as soon as you can.

  11. watched mond throughout his entire career at A&M. what I see is a lack of self control when things go south. his body language is poor at best. he pulls that in the NFL & he will never succeed. He also sulks on the bench after a poor series on the field. IMO shows very little leadership skills.

  12. Zimmer has a strict QB room rule that film of Kirk is to be used purely for entertainment value.

    Rookies.

  13. When the Vikings win a game it’s because the Vikings played well but when the Vikings lose a game it’s all on cousins. He doesn’t get any respect. He won on Monday night even though everyone said he doesn’t win those games. . He led the Vikings to a come from behind win at the end of the Saints game in the playoffs, when everyone said he doesn’t. People drag out the same old tired criticism, most of which has been proven wrong. If you want to criticize him, criticize his lack of pocket presence. He rarely seems to feel the pressure. Criticize his random lapses where he stares down his receiver. Criticize his leadership style if you disagree with it, but every single possible stat rates him as an upper echelon quarterback. I’m not his biggest fan, but I recognize what he can and can’t do well. It’s also hard to rate a quarterback behind a tissue paper offensive line. And JJ doesn’t break the rookie receiving record without someone getting the ball. Last year we had no defensive line, no offensive guards, no corners and no linebackers and people blame Cousins. You don’t have to smart or knowledgeable to be a fan, but it helps.

  14. Oh…..Justin Jefferson’s going to just love this quote. 🤣

  15. Crack your jokes, but Cousins came in as a 4th round pick and has outlasted a lot of other quarterbacks with who had a lot more hype. The franchise that let him walk is still looking for their replacement, and he’s made a lot of money being solid, but not spectacular. Not a bad role model for Mond to have, if he has Kirk’s career then he’s done pretty well.

  16. I guess his work with Jefferson and Thielen includes standing on the sidelines while they yell at him then.

  17. malone8585 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 9:46 am

    The franchise that let him walk is still looking for their replacement
    *******
    The franchise that he’s currently with is still looking for his replacement. 😉

  18. And what is Love learning from Rodgers in Green Bay? How to abandon your family, be passive-aggressive, try to get your GM fired, basically hold your team hostage, choke in NFCC games, host a game show, and just generally be as smug and unlikable as can be?

  19. diveleft, if Jordan Love can play anywhere near the stratosphere of Aaron Rodgers, Packer fans will be quite pleased.
    I would be willing to venture most fans would.

  20. Kirk is a certified dime dropper and an elite passer. If you don’t see it you’re either just a packer idiot or somebody that has never watched him play and accepts the false narrative the media likes to push because they need somebody to hate on.

  21. For all the packer fans bashing Cousins, hes still in the top 15 of QB,s.. the problem Was the offensive line that was terrible… maybe got that fixed this year. Will see!

  22. gallopinghost says:
    May 15, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Higher career passer rating than Brady//////////////////////
    So because of this does anyone think that Kirk is better than Brady of course not.

  23. Mond is showing a terrific attitude and is ready to work on his skills. Hope he has a successful QB career. As a lifelong WFT fan, completely agree that former GM Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder bungled handling Kirk Cousins who has been a quality starter for the Vikings ever since.

  24. When Kirk Cousins scrambled against Kansas City last year and slid a yard before the first down line instead of taking a hit and making a play to pick up the first down… that confirmed everything I thought about Kirk as a leader.

  25. Last year we had no defensive line, no offensive guards, no corners and no linebackers and people blame Cousins. You don’t have to smart or knowledgeable to be a fan, but it helps.
    —–
    Packer fans can certainly relate to that. How many times have we heard about Rodgers lack of SB rings. Same deal.

    I might be in the minority but I like Cousins. He never gets hurt, throws a great deep ball and always seems to have the team in the game. Put a good o-line around him for once and I think he will change some perceptions.

  26. All the backlash against Cousins…the guy posts pretty good numbers each year but people act like he is one of the worst in the NFL: 29td/11int, 25td/12int, 27td/13int, 30td/10int, 26td/6int, 35td/13int. Steffon Diggs became a 1000 yard WR due to Cousins while Justin Jefferson had one of the best rookie seasons ever due to Cousins. Is he the best in the NFL, no…but he is coming off a 2020 season where he had a 105 QB rating, 67 comp %, 4200+ yards, 35td/13int…top 5-10.

  27. So much for our higher education system. Now had he less diplomatically said he was pulling a George Constanza and doing everything opposite of Cousins I may have had a different opinion!

  28. I think we are going to see Mond vs Fields in many NFC championship games

  29. I’m not a fan of Cousins, but I once watched a piece on his study habits when he was with WFT. He’s both organized and obsessive. Mond is doing exactly the right thing to prepare himself to be an NFL QB. Nothing wrong with being a student of the game regardless of talent.

  30. The most important thing Kellen Mond can do is be himself. Cousins is a better QB than he’s given credit for and it’s hard to be successful when the line can’t pick up a corner blitz or the guards and center get pushed back into his lap.

  31. Say what you will neither cousins or mond is trying to force their way out of town

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Say what you will neither cousins or mond is trying to force their way out of town
    ******
    You’re right, that was Stefon Diggs.

  33. Truth be told Mond was horrible at first but he made vast improvements and looked great in 2020. Jimbo will keep producing draftable QB’s.

  34. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm
    Say what you will neither cousins or mond is trying to force their way out of town

    3 3 Rate This
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    Why would they? They’re getting paid way more than they’re worth.

  35. He can mimic what Kirk does well AND add mobility and pass rush avoidance. You would have something there.

  36. After watching some tape on Mond and listening to his interviews, the more I see and hear from him, the more I like this pick up.
    He seems to have a really good sense of himself. Tape doesn’t lie. It’s clear he has a lot of hard work to put in before he can be considered a solid qb in this league on any level. He seems to fully understand the incredible amount of hard work and dedication it takes to become prolific at the most important position on the field. It appears he’s taking the “thinking man’s” approach by his willingness to learn from others that have been there before him.
    In his interviews he comes off as being very intelligent, articulate and well spoken.
    Most important, his humility is not contrived. I look for big things for him in the coming years.
    I’m no Cousins apologist and have similar frustrations around his play as others have voiced. I’ve said this before, and I will continue to say it. Kirk Cousin’s is the most talented and intelligent man the Vikings have ever employed at the quarterback position. And this includes the great Fran Tarkenton. Because of they’re end of career “desperation rental” status, Moon, Favre and Bradbury do not count. Kellen Mond, or any aspiring NFL QB would do exceedingly well to apprentice under someone of Cousin’s stature. Mond is a fortunate young man and seems to recognize this.
    I hope those that are so easy to dispense such harsh and unwarranted criticism around Cousins are one of three things.
    1.Drunk and playing the ass clown cut up
    2.Just being mean spirited for the sake of being an ass clown
    3.Do not or cannot vote in any election of any kind…ever.

  37. Viking Fan Blames Officials…..Everybody Drink says:
    May 15, 2021 at 10:51 am

    diveleft, if Jordan Love can play anywhere near the stratosphere of Aaron Rodgers, Packer fans will be quite pleased.
    I would be willing to venture most fans would.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Good luck with that and your obsession with Viking fans.

  38. Is watching Cousins over throw receivers, throw behind receivers, and my personal favorite, slap the ball over and over until you get sacked something you really want to mimic? If anything, watch what Cousins is doing and do the exact opposite unless it has anything to do with contract negotiations.

  39. We already got the “Body Language” criticism for Mond…..LOL…As though their aren’t 2 HOF QB’s currently playing who look for a penalty or openly berate teammates every time a play doesn’t go their way.

  40. We already got the “Body Language” criticism for Mond…..LOL…As though there aren’t 2 HOF QB’s currently playing who look for a penalty or openly berate teammates every time a play doesn’t go their way.

  41. He’s wise to mimic a quarterback as successful as Cousins. Anybody in the Top Ten of any category is there for a reason. Cousins will never be a game-changing difference-maker. He’s very likely the best game-manager in the NFL and is compensated accordingly. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  42. Learning fundamentals from one of the best in the league is a blessing. Anyone knocking Cousins is a fantasy football following size queen . The guy is as consistent as you could ask for. With one of the worst offensive lines each year in MN, he still gives them a chance to win and keeps the offense moving.

  43. When you draft a QB in the third round, he’s not guaranteed anything. That’s the round you take a backup, and unless he knocks your socks off in pre-season (like Russell Wilson), he’s not competing for the starting job. When you draft a QB in the first round like (Jordan Love), he’s the eventual starter, and even if he doesn’t earn it, there are politics involved when you spend a first rounder. Cousins is a legit NFL QB. Not an elite QB, but not a terrible QB, either. You have to play the QB who gives you the best chance to win, unless he’s a first rounder (like Tua). There’s no pressure to play Mond. He’s going to have to take the job from Cousins, and I’m not at all convinced that’s going to happen.

  44. gallopinghost says:
    May 15, 2021 at 10:55 am
    Higher career passer rating than Brady

    ——-

    Tells us all we need to know about the values of QBR

  45. arealisticpackerfan says:
    May 15, 2021 at 12:09 pm
    When Kirk Cousins scrambled against Kansas City last year and slid a yard before the first down line instead of taking a hit and making a play to pick up the first down… that confirmed everything I thought about Kirk as a leader.
    ///////
    This was amusing. A Packer fan, after his QB refused to run at the 8 yard line in the NFCCG, is pointing out one play in another QBs career on why he doesn’t like said QB.

  46. So much hate from the fans and media on Kirk, yet year after year he’s ranked in the top 100 by his peers, the one’s that you know, play the game. You haters dont know squat about football…..Vikes have a lot more to worry about than Kirk Cousins, thats for sure.

  47. Noooo! DON’T mic Cousins! lol. We drafted YOU instead of like Mac Jones specifically to NOT mimic Cousin’s play!

  48. Cousins is very good but he’s not elite and he’s NOT mobile. Mond was drafted to give us a great mobile rookie QB and hopefully he DOES turn out as the starter, in say 2 years.

  49. Culpepper, Jackson, Bridgewater, Ponder, the list can go on and on. The problem is the vikings organization never can figure out how to development a QB, Hence that’s why we always go after washed up veteran QB’s. Like McNabb, Cunningham, Farve, Mcmahon, George, Moon and the list can go on and on and on and on………….

  50. I see the usual Viking obsessed packer fans are here to dump on cousins. It’ll be fun to see them struggle with Love this season.

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