Is Kirk Cousins ​​the secret to tipping new hires in favor of the Vikings?

In our house, we often have to pull our children aside and have conversations about having “big feelings” and how we can handle them appropriately. When it comes to Vikings and Kirk Cousins ​​fans, I think we need to have this same “great feeling” conversation with everyone just to remind ourselves how we should treat each other.

With two major camps entrenched on either side of the Kirk Cousins ​​debates, there is a lot of nuance to the Pro-Cousins ​​and Anti-Cousins ​​sides. But maybe there is one thing where both groups can find something in common.

Having Kirk Cousins ​​as a member of the Minnesota Vikings may be the asset that tips the needle for a great general manager or head coaching candidate in favor of the Minnesota Vikings. Follow me on this.

When it comes to both the GM vacancy and the head coaching position, the Vikings could be the most attractive option for one of the available sides and embattled quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​could be the deciding factor.

This would be a good time to remember that the interview process is very much a two-way street. The Vikings must do their due diligence to find the best candidate for the job. Similarly, the available candidates, specifically those who might receive interest from multiple teams, will decide for themselves what might be the best place to land.

In this regard, the Vikings as an organization have a lot going for them. Brand new stadium, state of the art practice facility, supportive yet refraining owners. Also, Vikings are not in full rebuild mode. That level of competition carried into 2022 immediately gives them an edge over teams like the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars.

And then there’s Kirk Cousins.

You see, for both the incoming coach and the general manager, winning games right away is going to be a positive thing. TI helps your track record, keeps fans happy, and provides a better starting point for you to build the franchise where you’re taking it. So no matter which side of the Cousins ​​argument you’re on, his presence for the 2022 season offers very attractive possibilities.

If the incoming regime thinks Kirk Cousins ​​is the quarterback of the near future for this team, boom, he’s here. You have a top 10 quarterback (give or take) on the roster who has shown proficiency and will score your team’s points and keep you relevant going into next year. There is already a good relationship with Jefferson, Thielen and Cook and it’s not that it’s a bad attack player. That competitive advantage puts Minnesota ahead of other teams like Miami, Denver and even Chicago, who, despite who they have on the roster, still have questions about the quarterback job for next season. Cousins ​​is an excellent starting quarterback in the NFL. Only Las Vegas has that to offer for open positions, and Cousins ​​is better than Derek Carr.

But let’s say that the next leadership group is not on the cousin train, at best, they have full autonomy to explore business opportunities. We’ve heard the rumors that Cleveland or Pittsburgh are a good fit, those would be my first phone calls. If you can move him, you don’t have open tension finding the quarterback you want through the FA or the Draft and you have an additional $35 million salary cap space to work with and build a team around them. And then, worst case scenario, if they don’t like the idea of ​​Kirk… you have one more year with him. Sure, it’s going to demand a lot of money for this year, but then again, it’s going to win you games, put butt in the seats, and keep your star players productive. Then for the 2023 season, when all those big-name QBs come out, you kick the tires and really put your stamp on the roster.

For those reasons, there’s certainly an argument that Kirk Cousins ​​as a Minnesota Viking could help sway a coaching or GM candidate toward Minnesota over the other options.

From there, it’s all up to the coach and the GM to decide what the next steps will be and in what direction they will go.

The Minnesota Vikings won’t be in the postseason this year, they were eliminated by the rival Packers a couple of weeks ago, but there are positives.

An era of change is underway, evidenced by the firings of the team’s key leadership figures, general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer.

The next regime, the search is underway, will also inherit two first-team All-Pro football players. And arguably the account might have been Three mens.

The NFL announced first-team All-Pro rosters Wednesday, placing two Vikings on the team with running back Kene Nwangwu and linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Kendricks, a player theorized to return to the Vikings in 2022, actually had a bad year by his lofty standards. For professional soccer focus, Kendricks earned a rating of 58.8, ranking 32North Dakota of 88 qualifying linebackers. In 2020, Kendricks’ PFF score was 82.6. So, his rating dropped 29% in a single season.

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November 8, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) celebrates with teammates after making an interception against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

However, Kendricks approached people like crazy. He amassed 143 tackles, ninth-most in the business. Kendricks and the Vikings certainly won’t be complaining about the All-Pro designation, but the award may have been given to him in large part because of his reputation. See: Xavier Rhodes as a Pro Bowler in 2019 despite a terrible 46.4 rating from FFP.

Kendricks’ teammate Kene Nwangwu was spectacular in his rookie season. His All-Pro trophy was surely guaranteed. Nwangwu recovered in November and quickly scored two kick-return touchdowns upon arrival, a rare feat for the Vikings after Cordarrelle Patterson’s exodus from the franchise in 2017.

In all, Nwangwu returned 18 kicks for an NFL-best 32.2 yards per return. And that’s why the man is now an All-Pro.

On a dismal note for Minnesota, Justin Jefferson made no receives the All-Pro award. He was pushed by Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp and his former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase. Jefferson took notice, clearly annoyed at the perceived slight.

Jefferson had more yards than Chase in 2021, but Chase had three more touchdowns. For voters, the extra touchdowns made a difference. Also, Adams and Kupp absolutely deserve the credit. The decision came down to Chase or Jefferson, leaving the Vikings wide receiver on the outside looking in.

In the Spielman-Zimmer era, from 2014 to 2021, the Vikings drafted three first-team All-Pro players: Kendricks, Nwangwu and Stefon Diggs.

Jefferson is a lock for second-team All-Pro honors. He got the same title last year during his first season.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh Y Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking hobby dates back to 1996. He listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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