Kirk Cousins promises to be an “open book” for Kellen Mond

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Kirk Cousins remains the starter in Minnesota, but for the first time since he arrived in 2018, the Vikings have a potential replacement behind him.

Cousins appears unbothered by the Vikings’ third-round selection of Kellen Mond. It surely helped that the team kept the starting quarterback in the loop about its plans.

“There was good communication through the process, and Kellen’s been great, working hard and picking up our offense quickly,” Cousins said Wednesday in his first comments since Mond joined the team, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “So, it’s been a good process.”

Cousins vows to help Mond, something Rex Grossman did for him in Washington in 2012. Cousins previously has done the same for Nate Stanley and Jake Browning, though neither was going to take Cousins’ job. Mond one day could.

“You’re an open book,” Cousins said. “You’re helpful, and you’re there and make yourself available.

“It was great to be able to learn from [Grossman], and he was a big part of my early development as a football player. I really took every word he said to heart because I felt he’d been there, done that and he should know what it looked like. I hung on his every word. I’ve been there and want to certainly be that same resource whenever possible.”

Cousins’ contract runs through 2022, and he has a $45 million cap number for the last season of his deal. The Vikings then will have a decision to make about Cousins’ future, if not sooner.

Cousins’ future surely depends on what the team does as he has led the Vikings to one playoff appearance and a 1-1 postseason record in three seasons. For now, though, the Vikings are Cousins’ team.

The plan is for Mond to redshirt his rookie season. Cousins played three games with one start as a rookie backup to rookie Robert Griffin III in Washington in 2012.

“The big piece right now, and I lived it back in 2012, is just being able to take in the volume of offense that’s thrown at you,” Cousins said. “The terminology is likely new, the plays at times are likely new.”

26 responses to “Kirk Cousins promises to be an “open book” for Kellen Mond

  1. I don’t think this kid will ever take Cousins’ job. He might get it handed to him, but he won’t take it.

  2. Books about disasters or tricking rich people out of a lot of money are always interesting reads.

  3. I respect and welcome the invisible quietness of Kirk Cousins compared to the unending hollowness of Rodgers vs Packers. Now that Cousins no longer wears the “highest paid miracle worker” label on his jersey, he can quietly continue being one of the most effective value-per-dollar quarterbacks in the NFL. The only thing missing, now, is a stalwart defense. The previous defenses were regular season juggernauts but admit it; they came up short in big games. Cousins needs a good defense. He’s very effective with field position. This kid will learn a lot because Cousins is no slouch.

  4. By the time Mond is ready to take over .. Cousins will be ready to move on.. the marriage seems inevitable to end in mutual separation .

  5. I always said Matt Flynn was the GOAT but Cousins is closing in on him. Flynn had one great game with 5 td passes. Went to Seattle on huge contract, bench sat because Wilson showed up. Moved to the Raiders with a huge contract, bench sat because Carr showed up. Wow huge money and nothing to do to earn it. Dont we wish.
    Cousins plays out option and has a big year doing it. Get monster deal with Vikes, now ready to train his replacement quickly so he can be traded again for monster contract. Wow smart guys.

  6. The championship winning quarterback torch will be passed to the next in line . . . oh wait.

  7. Say what you want about Cousins’ on field play, but he’s been a good teammate off it. Further, say what you want about Spielman, but it is reassuring to see how he communicated with Cousins regarding the draft process to alleviate any potential hard feelings. Doesn’t mean the Vikes are gonna win the SB or anything, but it at least eliminates unnecessary off-season drama.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    June 9, 2021 at 11:10 pm
    I respect and welcome the invisible quietness of Kirk Cousins compared to the unending hollowness of Rodgers vs Packers. Now that Cousins no longer wears the “highest paid miracle worker” label on his jersey, he can quietly continue being one of the most effective value-per-dollar quarterbacks in the NFL. The only thing missing, now, is a stalwart defense. The previous defenses were regular season juggernauts but admit it; they came up short in big games. Cousins needs a good defense. He’s very effective with field position. This kid will learn a lot because Cousins is no slouch.

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    I’m hoping that the defensive problems have been solved – 3 games the Vikings lost last year on final drives over the final minutes that changes them from being 7-9 to 10-6 with a possible play off spot. It wasn’t Kirk and the offense it was the defense. The one that sticks out in my mind the most is the game in Seattle and Cam Dantzler gave up a 4th and long. If the defense can even be 50% better this year play offs and a divsion title are not outta the question.

  9. Suchhhh a much better position than in cheeseland!! Hey Aaron, take notes on how to be a pro bro.

  10. What World Class looks like…Rodgers and the Packer front office should take note, but won’t…

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