Job 1 for Kirk Cousins

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins under center during the afternoon session of the Vikings Training Camp on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Tuesday's session was rookies and select starters. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
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It’s amazing how much time we’ve been required to think about Kirk Cousins since he came to Minnesota. Most of the thinking has been negative, and yesterday, that flood continued to drown us in anger. In Quarterback 101, they teach you that job No. 1 is to take care of the ball. Last year, and two games into this season, Cousins failed to do that. What does he have to date in 2019? Four fumbles? Two interceptions? If he were anybody else, he’d be benched. We’re stuck with him however, and Rick Speilman has to answer for that at the end of this season.

I am comfortable with Mike Zimmer as head coach of the Vikings. If Speilman goes, Zimmer should stay. He’s a solid guy and most games, yesterday aside, he has his team ready to play. He puts fighters on the field, and outcome aside, I liked the fight in the Vikings yesterday. I also liked the kind of power football we saw out of the Vikings yesterday. That can work even with Cousins, where he doesn’t have to do much of anything except call the snap and hand off.

Meanwhile, the Vikings ought to start targeting quarterbacks to draft in the first round next year. It’s time for some homegrown quarterback talent. But Speilman shouldn’t be drafting next year, either quarterbacks or kickers or anyone else. He has to answer for committing the Vikings to a quarterback who has been good at times, awful at others, but mostly mediocre.

The Vikings have to roll with mediocrity until Cousins is losing games all by himself, which he arguably did yesterday. But we’re two games into the new season, and there’s always next week to start anew. Cousins can’t do anything about what happened Sunday, or last year, or all the years he’s been in the league. He can, however, begin writing new chapters beginning on Sunday against Oakland.

Focus on Job. 1 Kirk. Take care of the football.

-Roger Dier is a PurplePSTD.com contributor. 

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  • #52705
    RogerD
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    It’s amazing how much time we’ve been required to think about Kirk Cousins since he came to Minnesota. Most of the thinking has been negative, and yes
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    I have one foot off the KC bandwagon, Roger, and the other one is desperately hanging on by toenails. Like a doctor, the first responsibility is “do no harm,” and Dr. Kirk is failing right now at this. We saw it last week–just manage the game and don’t screw it up. The defense and running game are good enough. even Kirk is good enough to win some games sometime. He deserved a better fate in LA and GB last year. But like you said, Job 1 is hang onto the ball–do no harm. When he starts getting loose with it, problems ensue (as against Buffalo last year). Sometimes it’s not his fault. More often it is. This has to change. I see him becoming more conservative now as a reaction, and he can’t do that either. But something’s got to change. Nice piece.

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      Well said, Joe. Hopefully you were able to see my post-game reaction. It was ranty and repetitive but it was basically very similar. I don’t know how to fix this, it’ll just get worse and worse because I think he’s stuck in his head and that he’s making really bad decisions (and when he makes the right decision, he more often than not doesn’t make the throws).

      It’s really disappointing. They had that game. They had it. He didn’t need to make that throw in the end-zone, he just didn’t and I will never understand why he made that throw. It’s just… It’s a bad situation. I am crushed.

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    I have a lot of question from Stefanski offensive scheme to Zim lack of adjustments early in the game to Kirk himself ~ Right now I’m leading toward Stefanski offensive scheme and if his offense or lack of leads to a 1~2 start ~ Well let’s just say its nowhere he wants to be close to ~ Zim has shown he will move on and with every one of the coaches basically in a contract year there will be a push to get this fixed ~ Like starting this week vs the Raiders ~ JMHO Stefanski is on a very short leash ~ Pat Shurmur is the only good OC the Vikings have had under Zim ~ Its year 5 and Zim may be on a short leash himself ~

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    Came across an interesting, albeit depressing, stat yesterday. In the last 10 years, there have been 13 games in which the losing team averaged more than 7 yards per play during a game while the winning team averaged fewer than 5 yards per play. It happened again on Sunday, with the Vikes getting more than 7 yards per play while holding Green Bay under 5 yards.

    Here’s the kicker: Kirk Cousins has been the losing quarterback in three of those 13 games.

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