Irv Smith Jr.: Kirk Cousins has a lot more swagger this year

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The Vikings are looking to rebound this season after finishing 7-9 in 2020.

Tight end Irv Smith Jr. is set to become a major contributor this season after the club released Kyle Rudolph. And during a Thursday appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, Smith said he’s expecting plenty this year from quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“I mean Kirk, he’s done a great job, obviously, with the Vikings. Last year, we were a top-five offense,” Smith said. “Defensively, obviously, we didn’t play too well so our record didn’t show for it. But this year, I’m very excited. We’ve got a lot of weapons on offense. Kirk, he told us he’s just a point guard out there. He’s just going to deliver the ball and put it in the playmakers’ hands and we’re going to make some plays.

“He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder. He’s got a lot more swagger this year, for sure, and I’m very excited. It’s going to be fun.”

Minnesota finished No. 4 in total offense last season, but was No. 11 in points scored. The club’s defense was 27th in yards allowed and 29th in points allowed.

As for Cousins, he threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns, completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,265 yards. But he also tossed 13 interceptions and lost five of his nine fumbles.

But with explosive receivers like Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, one of the league’s top running backs in Dalvin Cook, and an emerging tight end in Smith, the Vikings’ offense should be solid in 2021.

20 responses to “Irv Smith Jr.: Kirk Cousins has a lot more swagger this year

  1. For Kirk Cousins, adding “swagger” to his life is using real butter on his white toast instead of margarine.

  2. The Vikes will be right up there. ZImmer always has a defense ready to play. Last year they were young and inexperienced but also looked promissing. This year they will show their stuff. A tough team to beat and will easily win the NFC North.
    Packers and Lions are also rans and the Bears, they have nothing

  3. Cousins stats last year are what they are; but after he (and the team) had a horrendous 1-5 start, over the last 10 games of the season he only threw 3 of those interceptions. If they can use a full training camp and preseason games to get warmed up and ready for when the bullets start to fly, they ought to be just fine.

  4. A lot more swagger this year? Outstanding! I think that puts a wrap on the off-season championship for our Vikings.

  5. 2 things usually add swagger for QB’s…. Contract years & the team drafting a young QB. In this case the Vikings drafted Kellen Mond….

  6. We’ll miss one game (maybe Walz will lock down US Bank stadium) . . . hence 7-9

  7. Cousins was a major contributor to that 1-5 start last year. The season was essentially over at that point, and then he started playing well. How the numbers look at the end of the season doesn’t tell the whole story. If Cousins wants to be here in 2022, he’s going to have to be at the top of his game all season long. That means the pressure is on, and Kirk isn’t known for handling pressure well.

  8. He’ll be back to having his eyes on the ground after his WRs yell at him a few times.

  9. Lots of the typical Snarkheads on this thread. We will accept your apologies when they go 12-5 or 11-6.

  10. Swagger from Cousins equates to nothing more than a desire to reduce the temperature of Zimmers’ hotseat. Swagger means he needs to keep his job and Zimmer’s. Good luck with that. You think Green Bay has question marks? Bah!

  11. Wow! 12-5 or 11-6 would equate to winning the super bowl for our Vikes. Go purple helmets!

  12. Instead of swagger, Cousins needs to add the ability to escape pressure to his repertoire. He’s great in the pocket, but when the heat is on he’s a sitting duck.

  13. Instead of swagger, Cousins needs to add the ability to escape pressure to his repertoire. He’s great in the pocket, but when the heat is on he’s a sitting duck.

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    Hopefully the addition of Darrisaw helps the oline out. Thats been their biggest problem for a few years.

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