Kirk Cousins doesn’t want to be ‘.500 quarterback’

Kirk Cousins’ initial year in Minnesota after signing a fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings didn’t cover off by any stretch.
The quarterback hit many livelihood private drops in 2018 — completions (425), attempts (606), comp. Percent (70.1) and passing TDs (30) — although the Vikings were horribly average (8-7-1) and Cousins, though hot in spurts, watched his production slow down the stretch.
Cousins is well conscious of his perceived shortcomings when it matters and informed reporters Wednesday on the second evening of Vikings mandatory minicamp he is intent of taking his match also, by virtuehis team to another level.
«I think another level, indeed, is all about winning,» Cousins said. «I am pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I don’t think that’s where you want to be, and that’s why you’re attracted in or individuals or excited about you.
«If I don’t play nicely, if I don’t have gaudy numbers but we win several playoff games this season, the storyline will be I went to the next level and that I may not walk off the field everyday feeling as I did but if we win, that is the lifetime span of a quarterback is you’re at the following level. If I have my very best year yet in 2019 but we’re 8-8, I did not go into another level. That’s the reality of it»
Cousins is actually below average as a beginner; his teams possess a 34-37-2 record from the 73 games in which he’s started. The more damning statistic for the $84 million man is that, however: zero playoff victories.
The signal-caller was supposed to cure that in 2018, linking a piled Vikings squad a year before had made the NFC title game with journeyman Case Keenum below center. Rather, Minnesota got off to 1-2-1 begin and never got more than two matches over .500.
At a win-and-you’re-in finale at home against the Chicago Bears, Cousins and the Vikings laid a egg that was handsome. Cousins threw for only 132 passing yards and one score on 33 efforts as Minnesota fell to Chicago by 2 touchdowns.
From the offseason, Minnesota revived its training staff, adding former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive adviser to set offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who took over in December after first-year Vikes OC John DeFilippo was terminated.
Not much is different with Stefanski in charge and Kubiak in the building, except for some terminology. Nevertheless, the new Vikings offensive coordinator feels Cousins will prosper more this season due to his comfortability in the new area.
«Having one year under his belt round his teammates is a big deal and there is so much that goes into knowing the nuances of each one of your recipients along with your tight ends and understanding how they come out of routes,» Stefanski said. «That was something we definitely tried to hasten the process last year. There’s only so much you can do this. I believe that it’s really helpful he walks out on this practice area and has a list of knowledge of each of his receivers in particular.»
There are lots of notions that Cousins must dispel this year in Minnesota, not least of which will be the league-wide perception that he does not appear in the big minutes, that if the pressure is high he’s, as he said,»a .500 quarterback.» Cousins is off to a good start. Awareness and acceptance, after all, are the first steps on the road to change.

Author: pto