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

Kirk Cousins’ first year in Minnesota after registering a fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings did not cover off with any stretch.
The quarterback hit several livelihood private drops in 2018 — completions (425), attempts (606), comp. Percentage (70.1) and passing TDs (30) — although the Vikings were horribly average (8-7-1) and Cousins, though sexy in spurts, watched his production slow down the stretch.
Cousins is well aware of his perceived flaws when it matters most and informed reporters Wednesday about the second day of Vikings mandatory minicamp he is intent of taking his match also, by virtue, his staff to the next level.
“I feel another level, indeed, is all about winning,” Cousins said. “I’m pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I don’t think that’s where you wish to be, and that is not why you are attracted in or people or excited about you.
“If I don’t play well, if I don’t have gaudy statistics but we win several playoff games this year, the storyline will be I went to the next level and I might not walk off the area everyday feeling like 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 best year yet in 2019 but we are 8-8, I didn’t go to the next level. That’s the reality of this ”
Cousins is really below average as a beginner; his teams have a 34-37-2 record from the 73 games where he’s started. The more damning statistic for the 84 million man is that, though: zero playoff victories.
The signal-caller was supposed to cure that in 2018, linking a piled Vikings squad that a year before had made the NFC title game with journeyman Case Keenum below centre. Instead, Minnesota got off to 1-2-1 begin and never got more than two matches over .500.
In a win-and-you’re-in finale at home against the Chicago Bears, Cousins and the Vikings put a egg that was handsome. Cousins threw for just 132 passing yards and one score on 33 attempts as Minnesota fell to Chicago by two touchdowns.
In the offseason, Minnesota revived its training staff, adding former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive advisor to pair offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who took over in December after first-year Vikes OC John DeFilippo was fired.
Not much is different with Stefanski in charge and Kubiak from the construction, except for a few terminology. But the new Vikings offensive coordinator feels Cousins will prosper more this season because of his comfortability at the new area.
“Having one year under his belt round his teammates is a big deal and there’s so much that goes into knowing the nuances of each one of your receivers and your tight ends and knowing how they come out of routes,” Stefanski said. “That was something that we tried to speed up the process last year. There’s only so much you can do that. I think that it’s really helpful he walks out with this practice field and contains an inventory of knowledge of every one of his recipients in particular.”
There are many notions that Cousins must dispel this year in Minnesota, not least of which is the league-wide perception that he does not appear at the big minutes, that if the pressure is high he is, like he said,”a .500 quarterback.” Cousins is off to a good start. Acceptance and awareness are the very first steps on the road to modify.

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