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Kirk Cousins Is Not The Problem

Kirk Cousins doesn’t get the respect that he deserves as he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL every season for a while now. He is not going to win the NFL MVP award anything soon but he is going to win the Minnesota Vikings a lot more games than he is going to lose.

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Limiting Mistakes

Kirk Cousins has been doing incredibly well this season as heading into Week 13, he has a 57.1 QBR while completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards with 23 touchdown passes and three interceptions. He has been playing well and is completing his passes at an elite rate and is tied for the fewest interceptions this season.

It definitely helps to have someone like Cousins under center with the injury bug surrounding elite running back Dalvin Cook this season that has forced running back Alexander Mattison to be on the field more than they originally chalked him up for.

The pinpoint accuracy that Cousins possesses is a big reason why the Minnesota Vikings are able to move the ball down the field and play well on the offensive side of the game.

Helping the Wide Receivers Grow

The Minnesota Vikings have had a handful of solid wide receiving options in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson. One thing that helped them get to their solid level of play has been having a quarterback that can get them the football because with a dependent position like wide receiver, it is important to have a guy like Kirk Cousins under center with experience making big-time throws.

Cousins looks like he is in a great position in his fourth full season with the Minnesota Vikings so the offense is trickling as they click together. He isn’t going to put the ball in harm’s way and that will be a great sign as they aren’t forcing the defense to be on the field for too long.

What About the Contract?

If you have any issues with Cousins, it’s likely the contract. Cousins is making $21 million this season and $35 million for next season as base salary in the final two seasons of his contract before becoming a free agent once again. When adding in the bonuses, his cap hit is $31 million in 2021-22 and $45 million in 2022-23.

It is a tough position but as the quarterback market continues to increase, mediocre quarterbacks are going to make around this number and Cousins is an above-average player under center throughout his career.

Looking at some of the other quarterbacks in the NFL and how much money they are making, they would kill to have Cousins. Look at a team like the San Francisco 49ers with Jimmy Garoppolo and his contract. If you don’t think they’d want to switch quarterbacks in a heartbeat, you’d be wrong.

Conclusion

With a quarterback with as much savvy and poise inside of the pocket, Cousins is going to keep the Minnesota Vikings playing well with a high floor, low ceiling attribute under center. Cousins has experience as he evolved from a backup quarterback in Washington to Robert Griffin III to being one of the better quarterbacks in the entire NFL.

Having extremely talented weapons with Jefferson, Theilen, and Cook all on the field to continue showcasing the offense and keeping the team in the game. He isn’t going to make many mistakes and if you are looking to place some blame for the Minnesota Vikings mediocre season this season, you cannot put the play of Cousins in that discussion.


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