Josh McCown: Kirk Cousins not getting vaccinated takes away from his ability to lead

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Josh McCown has spent most of the last two decades as an NFL quarterback, so he knows something about what the job entails. And McCown thinks that this year, doing the job right includes getting vaccinated.

McCown said that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has refused to get vaccinated and had to miss five days of training camp because of a potential COVID-19 exposure, isn’t doing everything he can for his team.

“Obviously, we have a personal choice, and that’s a freedom that he has,’’ McCown told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “But I think in the realm of a team and understanding everything we do about the science and the safety of it, I would just say it would be hard week in and week out for a quarterback to say, ‘Hey, I’m all for my team, but I’m not going to do this.’”

McCown said the unvaccinated Cousins won’t be the best leader a franchise quarterback can be.

“Obviously, he has a firm belief in his systems of beliefs that are leading him to say, ‘I don’t want to vaccinate,’ and that’s his business,’’ McCown said. “But given the effect and the impact that it can have on a team, we don’t share the same beliefs on that aspect. And I just think you want to lead the way and do everything that allows you to be effective for your team, and so if you don’t [get vaccinated], I guess you have to throw the mask on and be vigilant about that. But even then I think that takes away from some of your ability to lead.’’

Cousins may not want to hear it, but McCown is right. If you’re not vaccinated, you haven’t done everything you can to help your team win.

53 responses to “Josh McCown: Kirk Cousins not getting vaccinated takes away from his ability to lead

  1. We can all look forward to the day when we have the benefit of hindsight. New information comes in every week from countries around the world. I’ll suspend judgment until that day.

  2. It’s also a sign of lack of intelligence. We’ve all had enough time to see and measure the hard facts. It’s the unvaccinated dying and having the long term effects, not the vaccinated. They are also the ones keeping this thing around. Thanks Kirk for your contribution of extending this pandemic and no, we don’t “like that’”.

  3. If you’re not vaccinated, it’s all about you. Not your team, your neighbors, your community, or your nation. You.

  4. “Obviously, he has a firm belief in his systems of beliefs that are leading him to say, ‘I don’t want to vaccinate'”

    It’s funny how everyone has to tiptoe around trying to describe the anti-vaxers’ views, but it basically boils down to “I trust God’s will over all the doctors and scientists” or “Bill Gates is injecting people with microchips”.

  5. Kirk Cousins has never lead a locker-room. He’s a check collector masquerading as a QB. He’s also a simpleton.

  6. Cousins, over payed and under archived. I believe this shows he is not a team leader, he is only in it for the $.

  7. Kirk has been paid. That is why he is holding out on the shot. If he test positive does the entire offense get held out of the game that week ? I mean I doubt they social distance in the huddle.

  8. Listen, idiots are out the taking horse deworming pills, instead of the most extensively researched MRNA vaccinations in the modern history of mankind. The man hours and amount of individuals who worked to get the vaccine ASAP out surpassed the Polio vaccine by 50 fold & we still use that vaccine for infants & nobody says a word.

    YOU ARE TAKING HORSE DEWORMING PILLS INSTEAD OF SAVING YOUR LIFE & OTHERS WITH THE MOST RESEARCHED VACCINE, EVER, EVER EVER EVER EVER

    So people are just plain stupid. Kirk is right up there. There is a reason for him being jittery in the pocket & such. He’s just not bright. He was gifted with athletic ability & the mind of a child.

  9. McCown is right. If your starting QB, or any starter for that matter, but especially the leader of the offense is willing to go week to week on the season and putting the team in limbo because he refuses to get a shot, then he only cares about himself and should get out of team sports and take up golf full time.

  10. Not only that, you also come across as a selfish uninformed ignorant individual that gives the virus yet another host to mutate in & make the vaccine that was designed to help those of us that took it become less effective at eradicating it….. GREAT JOB KIRK….SAYS NOBODY!!!

  11. I mean, it’s not like his guy Jesus would want him to get the shot to help stop all of this completely preventable suffering. Nah, not at all.

  12. How can anyone have a religious objection to the vaccines? The Bible is not anti-science. Nothing in Christian theology says that followers should eschew medical treatment for some type of wacko faith healing.

  13. Kirk doesn’t have the ability to lead anyways. Have you heard any of his rehearsed pregame speeches or generic interviews? Kirk is ‘a guy’ not ‘the guy’.

  14. Ronnie Lott once told a doctor to cut off his pinkie toe so he could get back out there and play. This dude won’t even take a shot.

  15. So which QBs do we know are unvaxed at this point? Wentz, Cousins, Allen, who else? I get it’s a personal decision but when your job and the job of others around you are put at risk you have to add that to the equation.

  16. Agreed. Interestingly the Supreme Court in 1905 ruled that mandated vaccines were legal (polio at that time) because your individual rights cannot be applied to situations where exercising them presents a serious danger and risk to others. Look it up. You may not agree with this but it has been argued and ruled on already.

  17. Totally agree with Josh McCown and Mike Florio on getting vaccinated. Down vote all you want. I hope Kirk’s teammates are very understanding should Kirk test positive with a bunch of other players thus forcing a forfeit and no game check. Or possibly miss the playoffs because of one game and a important decision by a leader of the team.

  18. Cousins is an overpaid bum QB. As long as Rodgers is in that division, a Cousins led Vikings team will never do anything noteworthy.

  19. He’s never been a leader due to his inconsistency on the field. His overall leadership took a major hit when he decided to invest most of his time in various commercials and not the playbook.

  20. Everyone has an opinion weather to take the (JAB) Or not. I sure Cousins can care less about Josh’s opinion. I stand with Cousins choice of not taking the (JAB).

  21. McCown is right. You aren’t doing everything you can do to help the team win. They have different rules in the NFL for unvaccinated players.

  22. I can’t get past football players refusing to get vaccinated. I’m more understanding of people who have desk jobs or careers that don’t take a physical toll on their body, but football players?
    They’re being ridiculous.
    Beyond the damage the sport does to their bodies, there’s the plethora of pharmaceuticals and ‘supplements’ they take to stay on the field. Almost all of which have considerably more dangerous consequences than any vaccine might have.
    And yet…

  23. Plus Kirk is far better than McCown ever was so his opinion doesn’t really matter 🤷‍♂️

  24. I don’t necessarily like him but McCown is right. Being part of any team means making sacrifices for the greater good. Especially an NFL team and especially the QB. Cousins is putting himself before the team.

  25. There are a number of reasons Cousins will never be a great QB. This is just another example of why. No doubt the Vikings are eager for the day they can replace him.

  26. Getting vaccinated hasn’t necessarily been the main issue, though it definitely adds to it.
    There’s been significant doubt about Kirk Cousins’ leadership long ago.
    It started with his abysmal record during prime time games, postseason, Heck, just about any time he’s had to face any competition who’s records pointed North of .500.

    If the clueless Viking brass didn’t have so many $$$ tied up in him, the coaching staff would have probably moved on from him long ago.
    Or maybe they wouldn’t.
    Who knows?
    It’s like the blind leading the blind over there.

    Kirk’s not even the best thrower in his own family.
    Jake Cousins, right hander out of the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen, will end up having a better 2021 season than his rudderless cousin Kirk. 🤣

  27. Cousins is just an average QB, he has been and always will be just that. He is the kind of person who only thinks of himself, you can just tell. But by saying that one must admit that he is probably the smartest business man alive (or crook like I think he is)
    from the millions of dollars he stole from the NFL.

  28. I have supported and defended Kirk since he donned the purple. I am off of that bus now. He is the only experienced QB on the roster. If he goes down all of his teammates go down as well. I expect more from him. Maybe all the critics are right and I am wrong. Maybe he isn’t a leader.

  29. NFL fans should be pressuring the NFLPA to support 100% vaccination. The NFL has supposedly asked them to agree with this, and then the NFL would require it. If the NFLPA does not agree, then they should defend their decision with a public statement so that fans do not target individual players for following the exisiting NFLPA guidelines.

  30. The Vikings, as a franchise, have been dysfunctional for 35 years. The have CONTINUALLY and CONSISTANTLY made poor personnel and financial decisions from draft picks to free agent signings, to game playing to character content.

    Kirk Cousins is terrible character content. He’s selfish, ignorant, and stubborn. You won’t win with a guy like that any more than someone who is a criminal, rude, and obnoxious. Don’t let his “good guy” mask fool you. He’s a clown.

  31. vikingsfansteve says:
    September 1, 2021 at 6:44 am
    Listen, idiots are out the taking horse deworming pills, instead of the most extensively researched MRNA vaccinations in the modern history of mankind. The man hours and amount of individuals who worked to get the vaccine ASAP out surpassed the Polio vaccine by 50 fold & we still use that vaccine for infants & nobody says a word.

    YOU ARE TAKING HORSE DEWORMING PILLS INSTEAD OF SAVING YOUR LIFE & OTHERS WITH THE MOST RESEARCHED VACCINE, EVER, EVER EVER EVER EVER

    So people are just plain stupid. Kirk is right up there. There is a reason for him being jittery in the pocket & such. He’s just not bright. He was gifted with athletic ability & the mind of a child.
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    Ivermectin won a Nobel prize for its treatment of human beings long before it was used on animals. Your lack of knowledge (ignorance) combined with your outspoken banal diatribe is disturbing disinformation to be polite. Please be quiet little boy and let the adults handle this.

  32. I’d say there’s a very good chance, maybe a 75-25 chance, that the Cousins vaccination stance will destroy the 2021 Vikings season.

  33. Josh is correct on this Cousins actions of ignoring the owners and coaches to be vaccinated. Cousins isn’t a leader and doesn’t care about being one. He got over paid
    for years. He loses a game and he is on the field smiling talking with players like he won the game. Cousins is an average player – not really good not terrible, he just isn’t a likeable player.

  34. All due respect to to QB8, he’s absolutely maximized his god given talent into $$$$. Never in the history of sports has such a grossly under achieving athlete made the boat loads of cash he has. By all accounts he’s a great person but his beliefs are his beliefs. I don’t agree with him not getting vaccinated but do agree with this shows he’s not a true leader and in it for the betterment of his teammates or franchise.

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