Kirk Cousins ​​must be flawless to avoid criticism

October 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​(8) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

When Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​started the 2021 season with eight touchdown passes without turnovers in three games, people were surprisingly quite reasonable about his presence as the team’s QB1. Normally, Cousins ​​is a subject of constant debate, mainly because his paycheck demands that his performance be on the same level as Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson. Never mind the idea that Cousins ​​played to a cap of $ 21 million in 2020; nobody cares or recognizes it. Instead, his detractors turn to his future capitalization hit of $ 45 million in 2022.

Cousins ​​was awarded pass protection in the first three games of 2021. And lo and behold, it was wonderful, and people raved about Cousins. In a sarcastically shocking turn of events, it turned out that assigning the pocket pass quarterback some pass protection really worked. Boom. Cousins ​​was great to start in 2021.

Then in Week 4, the offensive line morphed back into a pumpkin. Surprisingly, Cousins ​​was not very effective. You also deserve personal guilt. But overall, few quarterbacks in the NFL can circumvent the porous offensive trenches shown in Vikings versus Browns. If you need proof, rewatch Super Bowl LV when the aforementioned Mahomes was looted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers en route to a Super Bowl loss. It’s the offensive line, stupid.

The short-lived congratulations awarded to Cousins ​​were erased by a single poor game. Same ol Kirk was the mindset, even though his traditional performance is more akin to his Week 1-3 than stinky from the Browns.

The usual suspects in the Twin Cities media were delighted with the wild Cousins. Because he didn’t show a perfect fourth game in a row, it was time to jump. Here is an example of the Pioneering press:

This author has a documented history of blaming Cousins, which is why his article is branded.

There is a pattern.

When examples of stardom emerge, they are called “confused.” Not good, confused.

And then the national media are delighted to cover Cousins’ much-hyped “QB Record” as if he were a tennis player at Wimbledon. Forget about the other 52 guys on the team: Cousins ​​loses alone.

In this example, Cousins ​​explained why he passed the short ball to set up the final play of the game against the Browns. But the author of the tweet twists the dialogue to his liking, suggesting that Cousins ​​did not understand that the ball should go to the end zone.

Your “mic drop” attempt from “Think About It” wants you, the reader, to believe that Cousins ​​had no idea on the final album. He wasn’t, he just wanted a crack closer to the goal line for a final pitch.

You know, like Brett Favre in 2009 against the San Francisco 49ers. Favre went through Bernard Berrian in hopes of establishing a closer push to Greg Lewis. In this set of tweets, the author of the screenshot had no idea that Favre set up his famous 49ers touchdown with a short pass. Just totally oblivious. The irony? Cousins ​​was replicating Favre’s strategy, absolutely defeating the purpose of the tweet intended to make Cousins ​​look like an idiot.

In fact, Cousins ​​is the author of lousy soccer games. Is that how it works. Since joining the Vikings in 2018, Cousins ​​has four games with a south passer rating of 70.0 (yesterday’s was 66.9). In the same time frame, Tom Brady has seven such games. Josh Allen is 10. Baker Mayfield is 11. Aaron Rodgers also has four. Deshaun Watson has five.

However, nobody cares.

“Cousins ​​Criticism” is a he thing. The roots of his division as a public figure are unknown. It could be the whole big contract.

Yet every Sunday in the fall and winter, NFL quarterbacks have poor games. Cousins’ versions of these bad outs are strung like no other. His great games are swept away by disappointing ones.

It’s like a media-driven practice of sadism to shame you. They long for their failures. Your game must be flawless each week to avoid hairpins.

The only solution should be to surround Cousins ​​with pass protection. Otherwise, the cycle is endless.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He present a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. Their Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut butter ice cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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