Kirk Cousins’ first year in Minnesota after signing a fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings did not pay off by any stretch.
The quarterback hit many occupation private highs in 2018 — completions (425), makes an strive (606), comp. percentage (70.1) and passing TDs (30) — nonetheless the Vikings were terribly moderate (8-7-1) and Cousins, although sizzling in spurts, saw his manufacturing slack down the stretch.
Cousins is successfully conscious of his perceived shortcomings when it issues most and told reporters Wednesday on the second day of Vikings well-known minicamp that he’s intent of taking his game and, by virtue, his workers to the next level.
“I mediate the next level, definitely, is all about winning,” Cousins talked about. “I am handsome mighty a .500 quarterback in my occupation to this level and I glean not mediate that’s the set apart you’ll need to need to be, and that’s the reason not why you are brought in or other folks or by you.
“If I glean not play successfully, if I glean not absorb gaudy statistics nonetheless we draw shut numerous playoff games this year, the account will doubtless be I went to the next level and I could presumably also not walk off the discipline day after day feeling esteem I did nonetheless if we draw shut, that’s the lifetime of a quarterback is you are on the next level. If I absorb my most productive year yet in 2019 nonetheless we’re 8-8, I did not paddle to the next level. That is the truth of it.”
Cousins is fully under moderate as a starter; his groups absorb a 34-37-2 file in the 73 games in which he’s started. The more damning statistic for the $84 million man is this, although: zero playoff victories.
The signal-caller became once purported to clear up that in 2018, becoming a member of a stacked Vikings squad that a year prior had made the NFC title game with journeyman Case Keenum below center. As a alternative, Minnesota acquired off to 1-2-1 originate up and never acquired more than two games over .500.
In a draw shut-and-you’re-in finale at home against the Chicago Bears, Cousins and the Vikings laid a magnificent egg. Cousins threw for factual 132 passing yards and one ranking on 33 makes an strive as Minnesota fell to Chicago by two touchdowns.
Within the offseason, Minnesota renovated its teaching workers, including frail Broncos coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive advisor to pair offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who took over in December after first-year Vikes OC John DeFilippo became once fired.
Now not mighty is diversified with Stefanski guilty and Kubiak in the building, aside from for some terminology. However the contemporary Vikings offensive coordinator feels Cousins will thrive more this season attributable to his comfortability in the contemporary locale.
“Having 365 days below his belt round his teammates is a gigantic deal and there may be so mighty that goes into determining the nuances of every one of your receivers and your tight ends and radiant how they near out of routes,” Stefanski talked about. “That became once something that we positively tried to tempo up the assignment closing year. There may be most productive so mighty you may presumably perchance glean that. I mediate it be definitely helpful that he walks out on this practice discipline and has a list of data of every of his receivers in particular.”
There are plenty of notions that Cousins need to dispel this season in Minnesota, not least of which is the league-large thought that he would not near up in the massive moments, that when the stress is excessive he is, esteem he talked about, “a .500 quarterback.” Cousins is off to a lawful originate up. Consciousness and acceptance, despite every little thing, are the first steps on the path to trade.