People are running with ‘Cousins Isn’t Elite’ like it’s the news
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The Minnesota Vikings employ a divisive quarterback, Kirk Cousins. He earns the eighth most dollars per season among NFL passers.
In any given season since 2015, Cousins has typically finished statistically between the 7th and 12th best quarterbacks in the league. Last year, it ranked around 9th when all credible metrics were combined.
And because Cousins receives the eighth-most dollars in the league, some fans are demanding elite-level performance from the 33-year-old.
But he’s not an elite quarterback.
The age-old “cousin debate” took another baffling turn on Friday when the viking agea popular site covering Vikings, the news broke which stated the vikings admitted Cousins is not elite.
The story was bizarre because only the fringe periphery of Vikings fans proclaim Cousins as a top-tier QB in the same mold as Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady. Do you know a credible pundit or Vikings voice that says Cousins is a Top 3 quarterback?
Still, the viking age supported the claim by quoting Managing Director Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who spoke with Professional Football Discussion‘s Mike Florio this week, “Listen, Kirk is a really good quarterback. When you study historically what wins in the NFL, yes, the elite special quarterback game matters. But there are other ways to win.”
Truth be told, Adofo-Mensah’s words confirm what Vikings fans already know – the Vikings’ plan for 2022 is to support Cousins with a roster that takes their strengths into account. The same strategy was used by the Los Angeles Rams and Matthew Stafford in 2021, and that team’s offense was coordinated by Kevin O’Connell, the Vikings’ new head coach.
Cousins as an “elite step” is far from breaking news. Adofo-Mensah’s confirmation of the notion is honest and straightforward. Has Adofo-Mensah previously claimed that Cousins is among the elite? He does not have. So, it’s unclear why his admission with Florio is newsworthy.
At least fans can take Florio’s interview and the viking age article that the cousin debate will rage over the summer. And always remember – from day one, the fuss over his job with the Vikings has been all about the money.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).