Mike Zimmer wants Kirk Cousins to keep going for the jugular

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The Vikings have moved into playoff position in the NFC after back-to-back wins that have been fueled in part by quarterback Kirk Cousins taking more shots down the field.

In Sunday’s 34-31 win over the Packers, Cousins posted his highest average yards per attempt of the season while going 24-of-35 for 341 yards and three touchdowns. After the game, Cousins wasn’t totally thrilled about his performance.

He said he thought he had a handful of throws that were too aggressive. One apparent interception by safety Darnell Savage was wiped out by a roughing the passer penalty and another turned into an incompletion when replays showed Savage failed to control the ball. The game may have turned out differently if just one of those stayed on the board, but head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that he doesn’t want Cousins to change his approach.

“I want [Cousins] to keep doing it like he’s doing it,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “He can’t second-guess himself. If he throws an interception, that’s life. But you keep going for the jugular. It’s going to open up a lot of other areas in the running game. It’s going to open up other players.”

The Vikings will be in Santa Clara to face the 49ers in a matchup of 5-5 teams this week and it sounds like the Niners should expect to see a lot of Cousins once they hit the field.

24 responses to “Mike Zimmer wants Kirk Cousins to keep going for the jugular

  1. This is definitely a mind shift for Zim. And, it may allow him to keep his job. I was ready to say goodbye to him with his conservative garbage. Also, the Vikings D dropped a pick 6, so no sense in saying “if” on any dropped balls.

  2. Cousins was pressured in almost 50% of his throws again. Some of those were miracle catchers against the Packers. If they could protect Cousins then maybe they’d have something. Fingers crossed

  3. Cousins has been balling. Good slate of games this weekend. Wish the Packers and Vikings weren’t on at the same time, would like to see both.

  4. ragnarthegreat says:
    November 23, 2021 at 9:22 am
    Cousins was pressured in almost 50% of his throws again. Some of those were miracle catchers against the Packers. If they could protect Cousins then maybe they’d have something. Fingers crossed
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    I’m going to disagree just a little bit here. Yes, Cousins would be lights out if he had just a little more time. But, he was kind of lights out with the pressure in his face last sunday too. The balls maybe weren’t the tightest of spirals as he was getting leveled, but they were on time and to his receivers. With JJ running loose 1 on 1, I saw lob it up ala Randy Moss style, and let the kid make a play.

  5. Almost any decent NFL qb can be effective and deliver if given enough time.
    But the truth is that Cousins is a very accurate passer when given time. If this o-line was great at pass protection.. He would be deadly. And he is NOT generally good when the pocket breaks down. Although I have to say he has been a LOT better this year.

  6. Same thing, different year. Zimmer blows several games playing it safe and/or putting the fate of the game on his defense who subsequently chokes it away. Then the offense magically opens up when his seat is warm (or in this case, on fire).

  7. commentsareforclosers says:
    November 23, 2021 at 10:12 am
    Gotta love Vikings fan applauding the Franchise QB’s stats after another L. Geesh!

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    Another L? You know we won 2 in a row right……..

  8. I’m not saying my squad has arrived and we’re SB bound but I’m encouraged with the way we’ve played the last couple weeks. If we can keep getting the ball to Jefferson and Theilen, good things will happen. The OL and D needs to hold strong and be consistent throughout the game if we’re going to be successful.

  9. When the Vikings beat SF and Pack lose to LA, the Vikings control their own destiny as far as winning the NFC North. It WILL happen. SKOL!

  10. Keep up the turnover worthy plays and see where it gets Cousins. He got incredibly lucky he wasn’t picked off 4 times against GB. Let Cousins cook and see what happens im the end… Spoilers, it won’t turn out well.

  11. “ gerbertron says:
    November 23, 2021 at 10:56 am
    Having the refs bail your team is not a good strategy. 8-9 sounds about right.”………………………every team benefits here or there from home field calls. The Packers get their share of help at Lambeau. When you play in another teams house you have to really beat them because if it comes down to a close game you are not going to get any help. The packers did not soundly beat the Vikings and so they lost a close one. It’s not the Vikings, it’s the NFL. When all the calls go against the Vikings in your house the next time we play you will see what I mean.

  12. gerbertron says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:00 am
    Keep up the turnover worthy plays and see where it gets Cousins . He got incredibly lucky he wasn’t picked off 4 times against GB. Let Cousins cook and see what happens im the end… Spoilers, it won’t turn out well.
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    And the Packers got incredibly lucky Breeland dropped what would’ve been a pick 6. Woulda Shoulda Coulda doesn’t count in the NFL…

  13. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:57 am
    Kirk is an honest guy
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So was Forrest Gump.

  14. I’ve never seen a fan base so full of themselves, patting each other on the back over a .500 team.
    It’s kind of hilarious. 🤣

  15. complicatedfella says:
    November 23, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    And the Packers got incredibly lucky Breeland dropped what would’ve been a pick 6. Woulda Shoulda Coulda doesn’t count in the NFL…
    *******
    Agreed.
    Yet, you purple clowns keep yammering on about being two or three plays away from being a 9-1 team and atop of the NFC North. 🤣

  16. I respect this Viking team and my respect for Cousins has skyrocketed. He won that game. He beat the Packers at their own game. I do not agree with his stance on vaccination, but at least he’s doing his protocol-compliant best to not selfishly endanger anyone else. Thumbs up on that. Thumbs down on Aaron Rodgers for lying.

    I will never cease being a devoted Packer fan, but Rodgers can leave anytime he can as far as I’m concerned.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    November 23, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    I respect this Viking team and my respect for Cousins has skyrocketed. He won that game. He beat the Packers at their own game. I do not agree with his stance on vaccination, but at least he’s doing his protocol-compliant best to not selfishly endanger anyone else.
    **********
    But Kirk Cousins wasn’t protocol compliant.
    He was giving unmasked pressers just like Aaron Rodgers.
    And shaking hands and chatting up opponents after the game too.
    They all are.

    It’s just the NFL, along with certain members of the media, (Mike Florio) just want to keep the focus on the Packers QB rather than open a huge can of worms for everyone else.

    In fact, guys like Cousins, Rodgers, Wentz and Beasley are less likely to endanger anyone as they’re Covid tested every single morning before coming into contact with anyone on their teams.
    Vaccinated players, who are just as likely to carry and spread the virus, are only tested once a week.
    That’s a significant amount of time they can be spreading it without knowing their status.

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