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

Kirk Cousins’ first year in Minnesota after signing a totally guaranteed $84 million deal with the Vikings didn’t pay off with any stretch.
The quarterback hit several career private highs in 2018 — completions (425), attempts (606), comp. Percentage (70.1) and passing TDs (30) — but the Vikings were horribly average (8-7-1) and Cousins, though hot in spurts, saw his creation slow down the stretch.
Cousins is well conscious of his perceived flaws when it matters and told 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 the next level, really, is all about winning,” Cousins said. “I’m pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I don’t think that is where you want to be, and that is not why you’re brought in or people or enthused about you.
“If I do not play nicely, if I do not have gaudy numbers but we win several playoff games this year, the storyline will be I moved to another level and I might not walk off the field everyday feeling as I did but if we win, that is the life of a quarterback is you’re in the next level. If I have my best year yet in 2019 but we’re 8-8, I did not go into the next level. That’s the reality of it”
Cousins is actually below average as a beginner; his teams possess a 34-37-2 record in the 73 games where he’s started. The damning statistic for the 84 million man is that, however: zero playoff victories.
The signal-caller was designed to cure that in 2018, joining a stacked Vikings squad that a year before had made the NFC title game with journeyman Case Keenum under centre. Rather, Minnesota got off to 1-2-1 start and never got more than two games over .500.
At 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 efforts as Minnesota dropped to Chicago by two touchdowns.
From the offseason, Minnesota revived its training staff, including 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 terminated.
Not much differs with Stefanski in charge and Kubiak in the construction, except for some terminology. Nevertheless, the new Vikings offensive coordinator feels Cousins will thrive more this season due to his comfortability in the new locale.
“Having one year under his belt round his teammates is a big deal and there is so much that goes into understanding the nuances of every one of your recipients and your tight ends and understanding how they come out of channels,” Stefanski said. “This was something we tried to hasten the process this past year. There is just so much you can do this. I think that it’s really helpful he walks out with this practice field and has a list of knowledge of each of his receivers in particular.”
There are lots of ideas that Cousins must dispel this season in Minnesota, at the least of which will be the league-wide perception he does not appear at the big minutes, that if the pressure is high he’s, as he said,”that a .500 quarterback.” Cousins is off to a fantastic start. Awareness and acceptanceare the very first steps on the road.

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